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Dishwashers

Last Updated: 03/07/18 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

A machine designed to clean and sanitize plates, glasses, cups, bowls, utensils, and trays by applying sprays of detergent solution (with or without blasting media granules) and a sanitizing final rinse.

Product Details
  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
Procurement Info

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Life Cycle Cost Savings

For most applications, energy-efficient dishwashers have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, EPA has estimated that an Energy Star-qualified dishwasher can save a typical user $69 in energy costs over the life of the unit, while avoiding 57 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR dishwashers.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

Energy Star Version 6.0 requirements for residential dishwashers include compact, standard, and portable dishwashers. Version 6.0 took effect on January 29, 2016.  Refer to the specification for definitions.


The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient program identifies the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR in particular product categories. Product categories were selected and recognition criteria were established to ensure that products that receive this recognition demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge. There are Most Efficient criteria for standard dishwashers.

Included products: Standard sized residential dishwashers are eligible for ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient recognition in 2017. Excluded products. The following products are not eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition in 2017:  Compact dishwashers (<8 place settings)  Commercial dishwashers

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