Choosing an efficient dishwasher can save you up to $500 in energy costs over 10 years, compared to using an inefficient model.

Choosing a dishwasher

  • Choose the right size dishwasher - most dishwashers are designed to handle the equivalent of 12 place settings.
  • Slimline or single drawer dishwashers - are great if you have a small number of people in your household, or a small amount of dirty dishes. They hold around 7 place settings.
  • Choose models with an ‘eco', ‘half load' or ‘fast' wash setting - they will help you save water and energy.

Dishwasher energy labels

All dishwashers have energy rating labels so you can see roughly how much electricity they use in a year.

  • If you’re comparing similar sizes and types of dishwashers - the model with the most stars will be the cheapest to run.
  • If you’re comparing different sizes or types of dishwashers - for example a full sized versus a single drawer model, then ignore the stars and look at the annual energy consumption (kWh per year).

Dishwashers with the ENERGY STAR® mark use up to 50% less electricity than non-qualified models.

 Energy rating labels

 ENERGY STAR qualified products

 ENERGY STAR retail partners

Smart use of dishwashers

  • Rinse dishes under cold water before loading.
  • Regularly clean your dishwasher's filter.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded.
  • Use the machine's eco-cycle - or select the cycle with the lowest temperature and minimum time to get the job done.
  • Open the door after the final rinse cycle - to help with air drying while the load is still hot.