Dishwasher Brands to Avoid: The Top 4

When it comes to dishwashers, not all brands are created equal. Some brands are far more reliable than others, and some are known for their poor performance. If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, it’s important to do your research and avoid the worst brands out there. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at four of the worst dishwasher brands on the market today. Stay away from these brands if you want a dishwasher that will actually work!


What Affects Unreliability of Your Dishwasher?

Dishwasher is not the cheapest device at your kitchen. Spending about $800-1,500 on a new one, you demand it to be effective and long-lasting as well as perform at a high level. There’s nothing worse than shelling out a lot of money for a new kitchen appliance, only to find it’s not working properly.

According to Consumer Reports, roughly 25% of new dishwashers break within the first five years. Considering that dishwashers are designed to last around 10 years, it’s a little disappointing that so many brands won’t even make it past the halfway mark before breaking or requiring repairs.

Things which contribute into bad reliability of the dishwasher:

  • cheaper materials used in construction
  • rushed production schedules
  • lack of quality control measures

Cheaper materials used in construction

The reason cheap dishwasher materials are bad for reliability has to do with how they were made. Usually, when a brand gets acquired by another company it’s because there is money involved and the new owner wants their investment profitable as possible at any cost even if this means cutting corners on quality or safety standards.

Rushed production schedules 

Because of their popularity, appliance makers are often caught off guard when sales spike for certain models. As a result, manufacturers may have little choice but to rush through production before they lose market share or customers simply buy from competing brands with more supply available.

Lack of quality control measures 

Many top dishwasher brands outsource manufacturing operations overseas where quality standards aren’t as rigorous as those here at home (not really applicable anymore). This can lead some companies using lower levels of safety testing than others which means there’s greater risk that something will go wrong down line.

Costable Dishwashers Parts

It’s also important to note that dishwashers require expensive parts. Electronic boards, sensors and heaters account for roughly 40% of a high-end model’s manufacturing costs. These components can be very unpredictable in terms of their reliability since they’re often made with lesser quality materials. By contrast, mechanical components like pumps tend to last much longer than other types·of·parts because they’re built from stronger metals or plastics (usually). They also don’t break down nearly as easily if maintained properly over time which means replacing them is typically less costly than having an entire unit replaced which would include many different components all together at oncee (and worst case scenario).

The Least Reliable Dishwasher Brands

So, what are the worst dishwasher brands to avoid? There is no single rating for unreliable dishwashers, but the following brands can usually be found on these lists:

  • Frigidaire
  • Viking
  • Maytag
  • Crosley


The most unreliable brand of dishwasher, according to Consumer Reports and Puls (a nationwide network of appliance repair professionals), is Frigidaire. It also has the lowest Consumer Affairs user rating (3.6 stars) out of any dishwasher brand on our list. Their dishwashers seem to suffer from problems soon after purchase and don’t last as long as they should. Customer care is also mentioned frequently.




Although Viking dishwashers are typically priced above $1,000, they aren’t dependable and have poor customer satisfaction ratings. Even Consumer Reports gave Viking dishwashers a Poor rating in the reliability category.

This is certainly a dishwasher brand you’re better off avoiding, based on consumer reports of water-logged kitchens due to malfunctioning dishwashers and an endless series of service calls.


Maytag might be one of the brands that comes to mind when you think of reliable appliances, but at least in terms of their dishwashers, that’s just not the case. Maytag is one of the lowest-rated dishwasher brands among appliance repair technicians.

Repairs on major appliances, such as dishwashers, are a common occurrence. Repair technicians may service hundreds of appliances each year, and you can bet they’re keeping an eye on which brands seem to need repairs more frequently. Puls repair techs rated Maytag (as well as Frigidaire) among the bottom two dishwasher manufacturers.

Consumers are also concerned about the unreliability of Maytag dishwashers. Many customers report a poor short guarantee that does not cover the defective components that break quickly. A typical problem with Maytag dishwashers is the motor and pump assembly.


Crosley is the worst dishwasher brand, according to Consumer Reports and Puls. Crosley has a Very Unreliable rating from Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports), and it’s also the worst-rated dishwasher manufacturer by repair technicians in our survey.

Isn’t just a Purchase

Like many other consumer products, buying a dishwasher is often more than just a purchase; it’s an investment that can make or break your experience with a product for years to come. A good rule of thumb is that major appliances should last at least ten years without any serious problems. Comment below with any of your own experiences – good or bad – with dishwashers so that others can learn from them. We hope this article has helped you make an informed decision about which dishwasher is right for you.