I especially like the well-designed, flexible rack system. The upper rack slides up and down to accommodate 14-in. plates on the bottom or 10-in. plates in the top rack. Folding and removable tines make room for pots and serving bowls. All told, the large stainless-steel washer tub holds 14 place settings. A nifty, shallow third rack at the top of the tub holds cutlery and other utensils—all the things that I’ve tried to cram into the single basket in my dishwasher, where they then nest together and are still dirty when they come out.
Although the LG is Energy Star rated, for a third of its price Bosch offers dishwashers that are 84% more efficient. If you run 262 loads a year, that’s nearly a 100kwh difference. However, this dishwasher’s water usage is pretty miserly, with cycles as low as 2.6 gal.
Available for around $1600, the LG dishwasher isn’t going to win any best-buy awards, but with its gleaming stainless-steel countenance, blue LED indicator lights, and gee-whiz steam-cleaning options, it might grab a prize for “best bling.”