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At the risk of sounding a little over-the-top, I could talk all day about having a great, or not-so-great dishwasher. Not only did I work in the corporate office of a major appliance manufacturer for over 10 years, but I’m a mom of three children with dishes constantly piling up in the sink, which means I understand how valuable a dishwasher can be. Since Black Friday is a fantastic time to buy this appliance, I wanted to share my favorite tips and tricks for finding the best deals—and how to choose the right dishwasher for your budget.
When is Black Friday?
Technically speaking, Black Friday is the Friday directly following Thanksgiving (in the United States), which always happens on the fourth Thursday of November. This year Black Friday is on November 24th.
While you may think you need to rush to the store at 12:01AM on November 24th to receive the best Black Friday dishwasher deals, well, I have great news for you. The dishwasher deals usually last the entire month of November. You will likely find the same pricing (unless there is a special in-store promotion from the retailer) from a national manufacturer on Black Friday, as you would during the rest of the month, so go ahead and sleep in!
What deals should I expect on dishwashers?
Based on my experience, Black Friday is the best time of year to purchase a dishwasher or any new appliance. While there are steep discounts available throughout the year around other holidays, such as Memorial Day, the manufacturers seem to pull out all the stops for pricing during the month of November. Not only do they want to compete for pricing because all the manufacturers are doing it, but companies want to end their year strong financially and move as much inventory as possible.
What kind of dishwasher deals did they have last year?
There are always great deals to be found on dishwashers for Black Friday. Last year we saw steep discounts with products such as:
- 24-inch Samsung smart linear wash built-in dishwasher (39 dBA), $799 (regularly $1,080)
- 24-inch KitchenAid top control built-in dishwasher (44 dBA), $949 (regularly $1,215)
- Whirlpool large capacity built-in dishwasher (47 dBA), $669 (regularly $837)
These are only a handful of deals found last year. It’s a great time to save $200, $300, or even more on the most popular dishwasher brands.
How to get a good deal on a dishwasher on Black Friday
The manufacturers put out their Black Friday pricing during the month of November, so you can usually start shopping earlier in the month and start comparing prices. You shouldn’t see too many price fluctuations during this time, unless a particular retailer decides to kick in their own additional coupon for in-store use.
Almost all major dishwasher brands will have deals in November. It’s too competitive of a time for them to not participate in lower pricing. As you start shopping around and comparing prices, you may want to pay attention to the pricing of the most popular national brands:
If there’s a particular brand you’re interested in, then start with the manufacturer’s website. Not only can you research your favorite dishwasher features, but it will point you to a place to purchase. You can order almost any dishwasher online (which I recently did), but you can go see many of the models in-person at the national big box stores.
How to choose the best dishwasher for you
I consider myself a dishwasher snob, thanks to my years of working with an appliance manufacturer. If I had to choose a few features to focus on (which I went through recently when I purchased my own brand new dishwasher) I would advise you to focus particularly on these these pointers:
Plastic tub vs. stainless tub
The plastic tubs dry your dishes better than stainless tubs, but they don’t insulate the sound, as well. Plus, they look dingy over time. Stainless steel tubs will leave water on your dishes, but will clean them just as well (if not better) than a plastic tub.
A stainless steel tub is almost always quieter. Look for the dBA rating which rates how loud it is and the lower the better. Anything 44 dBA or lower will be ultra-quiet, with 50 dBA being an average sound level.
Plastic tubs cost less while stainless steel tubs are more expensive. However, a stainless steel tub has amazing durability and may last longer than a plastic tub.
Today’s dishwasher technology is so much more advanced and produces more energy efficient dishwashers than ever before, which means you can find a great fit across all price points.
Our top picks for the best Black Friday dishwasher deals
Best overall plastic tub dishwasher: Frigidaire Gallery Top Control 24-inch Built-In Dishwasher, ENERGY STAR, 52-dBA
For those who prefer a plastic tub due to its superior drying capabilities, then check out the Frigidaire Gallery built-in dishwasher with fingerprint-resistant stainless steel (regularly $729, now $478). It also features a quiet rating of 52 dBA, so you should still be able to have a conversation with someone while you’re in your kitchen.
FRIGIDAIRE GALLERY 24 in. Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel Smart Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher, Silver
Best overall stainless steel tub dishwasher: KitchenAid 24-inch Stainless Steel Front Control Tall Tub Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub, 39-dBA
This KitchenAid dishwasher features a printshield finish (which means no more fingerprints!) and ultra-quiet 39 dBA (regularly $1,149, now $748). I personally have this model in my kitchen and can attest to how well it cleans—including the dishes on the third rack—plus it’s so quiet you barely know it’s running.
KitchenAid 24-inch Stainless Steel Front Control Tall Tub Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub, 39-dBA
Best fingerprint-resistant dishwasher: Whirlpool Top Control 24-inch Built-In Dishwasher With Third Rack (Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel), 47-dBA
A dishwasher with a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finish is a true time-saver, since you’re not constantly wiping down fingerprints. The Whirlpool 24-inch dishwasher ($598, regularly $929) has a tall tub, a third level rack, quiet 47 dBA plus easy cleanability and it’s on sale for less than $600.
Whirlpool 24 in. Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Top Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher with Third Level Rack, 47 dBA
Best dishwasher with bottle wash: GE Profile 24-inch Built-In Top Control Stainless Steel Dishwasher with Microban Technology, 42-dBA
Bottle wash is one of those features you ever wondered how you lived without-especially if you’re a new parent who’s constantly scrubbing the inside of bottles. The GE Profile UltraFresh built-in dishwasher offers bottle wash, a third rack, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, and a super-quiet 42 dBA all for $848 (normally $1,249).
GE Profile 24 in.Built-In Top Control Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Dishwasher w/Stainless Tub, Microban Technology, 42 dBA
Best adjustable rack height dishwasher: Maytag 24-inch Stainless Steel Top Control Built-in Tall Tub Dishwasher with Dual Power Filtration, 47-dBA
Having an adjustable rack height option makes life easier when you’re constantly loading dishes, plus it helps you get those awkward-sized items placed squarely in your dishwasher. This Maytag dishwasher ($748, regular price $1,049) includes an adjustable rack, a third rack, and comes with fingerprint-resistant stainless steel.
Maytag 24-inch Stainless Steel Top Control Built-in Tall Tub Dishwasher with Dual Power Filtration, 47-dBA
Best smart (connected appliance) dishwasher: Samsung Smart 46-dBA Dishwasher with StormWash in Stainless Steel
Having a smart-connected dishwasher like this Samsung built-in dishwasher ($548, normally $899) means you can start, stop, or delay a wash all from the convenience of an app. Plus, this dishwasher features a third rack, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, and quiet 46 dBA.
Samsung Smart 46 dBA Dishwasher with StormWash in Stainless Steel, Silver
Best black stainless steel panel dishwasher: LG 24-inch PrintProof Black Stainless Steel Front Control Dishwasher
Black stainless offers another color alternative to stainless steel, but is just as sleek and beautiful, while resisting fingerprints. The LG QuadWash ($648, normally $949) includes a gorgeous printproof black stainless steel and comes with a third rack for extra capacity, plus it’s 32% off.
LG 24 in. PrintProof Black Stainless Steel Front Control Dishwasher
Best plastic tub dishwasher with third level rack: GE 24-inch Built-In Tall Tub Top Control Dishwasher with Third Rack 50-dBA
It’s hard to find a plastic tub dishwasher that also includes a third level rack, but the GE Dry Boost dishwasher ($448, normally $829) with a third rack is a great option. It’s also engineered with fingerprint-resistant stainless steel for added convenience and is now a whopping 46% off.
24 in. Built-In Tall Tub Top Control Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Dishwasher w/3rd Rack, Bottle Jets, 50 dBA
Best stainless steel tub dishwasher with third level rack: KitchenAid 24-inch PrintShield Top Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher, 44-dBA
The KitchenAid FREEFLEX ($848, normally $1,349) boasts a third level rack, ultra-quiet 44-dBA and adjustable racking system so you can fit taller objects—all with the signature sleek look from KitchenAid and robust handle that looks great in any kitchen.
KitchenAid 24-inch PrintShield Top Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher, 44-dBA
Best budget dishwasher: Frigidaire 24-inch Front Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with 3-Cycles, 55-dBA
This Frigidaire built-in dishwasher ($345, regularly $559) proves you don’t have to have a major budget to get a nice upgrade for your kitchen. You’ll enjoy superior drying results and a larger capacity that holds 12 place settings too—and at 38% off.
Frigidaire 24 In. in. Front Control Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with 3-Cycles, 55 dBA, Silver
Best premium quiet dishwasher: Bosch Benchmark Series 24-inch Stainless Steel Top Control Tall Tub Dishwasher, 39-dBA
If you’re looking for one of the best dishwashers, then it’s hard to beat the sleek, quiet beauty of the Bosch smart built-in ($1,618, normally $1,799). It features an ultra-quiet 39 dBA, a third rack, superior cleaning power, and gorgeous stainless steel.
Bosch Benchmark Series 24 in. Stainless Steel Top Control Tall Tub Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub, 39 dBA, Silver
Where to find Black Friday deals on dishwashers
When it comes to the best Black Friday deals for dishwashers, you have several options. Of course, the big box stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy not only have their deals online, but you’re likely to find the best selection with the bigger sites.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t find deals in other places, as well. There are smaller, regional retailers like Abt Electronics based out of Chicago, Illinois, or AJ Madison out of Brooklyn, New York, that can deliver throughout the U.S. If you have a favorite local or regional appliance store you prefer, then it’s definitely worth taking a look. The prices should be the same as the big box store or lower if they’re running their own in-store promotion.
Surprisingly, Amazon may not be your first choice for Black Friday dishwasher deals (or any appliance deals for that matter).
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