Beko dishwasher is a relative newcomer to the U.S., but it might be just what you need as a replacement if yours has broken down.
But you may not have ever heard of Beko or seen one of its dishwashers in person in a friend’s home or in a store. How do you know if they’re any good?
You want to invest money on the best dishwasher for your budget that’s going to clean well and last—especially if you’ve been dealing with a problematic aging one for a while. And while you’re at it, you want to make sure the next one you purchase has all the essential features you need, perhaps along with a few conveniences that make doing the dishes less of a chore.
That’s why we’ve put together this overview to walk you through the pros and potential cons of a Beko dishwasher.
Is Beko a match for you?
Beko dishwashers compare with KitchenAid dishwashers in terms of performance and reliability, but they cost considerably less. The popular Turkish brand has made inroads in the U.S. since it arrived stateside in 2016. Here are a few reasons you should consider a Beko dishwasher:
Pros and Cons of Beko DishwashersPros: Reasons To Buy:
- It’s affordable (... and available.) If you’re planning to sell your house in the relatively near future or need a dishwasher ASAP, Beko is a great choice. Its affordable dishwashers have all the features you need, and many are in stock or available in short order. The brand did a great job in keeping up with its supply chain in the midst of the pandemic shortages.
- It’s all about solid performance. If you’re looking for a simple dishwasher minus all the bells and whistles, Beko will meet your needs. Unlike other dishwasher brands, even the least expensive models give you many of the high-quality features you’d find on the best dishwashers, like a stainless steel interior and sensor wash which detects soil level and applies the appropriate level of clean.
- It’s energy efficient. All Beko dishwashers are certified as Energy Star Most Efficient—that’s something the company is very proud of.
- Beko has panel ready dishwashers. If you want an affordable dishwasher that comes panel ready, so that you can cover it to match the rest of your kitchen cabinets, Beko has a range of options for you.
- It’s not a household name brand. If you’re a brand-conscious shopper who likes to buy only the best of the best, you’ll probably want to take the same approach with your kitchen appliances. Beko is still growing its presence in the U.S., and its name doesn't have the same cachet.
- Your priority is resale value. A Beko dishwasher is a functional, solid appliance, but it isn't a long-term investment piece that'll make your kitchen stand out. Choose a Bosch or Miele dishwasher instead if it’s important to you to have the kind of top-of-the-line dishwasher that gets called out in real estate listings.
- Gets pricey when you upgrade. Beko does a good job offering a great feature set at a reasonable price. Dollars add up quickly as you go up in the lineup. Ultra-quiet (39 decibel) models with doors that open automatically are right under $1,399. (Still a better price than its European competitions Bosch or Miele.)
Differences Between Beko Dishwashers and 3 Top Models
1. Best Budget Beko DUT25401X Dishwasher
Is it a match for you?
- Most competitive price point on the market.
- Respectable quietness (48 decibels).
- Stainless-steel interior.
- Turbidity sensor determines soil levels and adjusts programs for better clean.
- 162 degree F wash temperature is amazing.
- 35-minute express wash for lightly soiled dishes.
- 2 year warranty.
- No Wi-Fi or smartphone support.
- No 3rd rack, only the silverware basket.
- 14 place settings makes it less roomy. (We recommend 15-16 place settings for most families.)
Other noteable models in this category
The DDT25401X dishwasher comes with the same feature set. The only difference is the towel bar style handle and controls hidden from the view.
Pro Tip! Beko often runs an exclusive rebate on its dishwashers. Make sure to check out additional rebate savings beyond the advertised price.
2. Best Upgrade Beko DDT38532XIH Dishwasher
Is it a match for you?
- Very quiet at 45 db (so silent that a light beams to the floor to indicate operation.)
- Spacious with 16 place settings including the 3rd rack for silverware.
- More efficient with water usage (up to 1 Gal per wash.)
- Sanitize cycle is ideal for baby bottles. In addition, the DeepWash feature provides dedicated attention to bottles and jars.
- CornerIntense helps spray water evenly and effectively.
- Self cleaning filter is part of the superior cleaning technology. It requires no maintenance.
- Superior build quality (Visible even comparing the weight 101 lb vs 78 lb in budget models.)
- No Wi-Fi or smartphone support.
- No interior lights.
Other noteable models in this category:
DDT38532X is the same model with a towel bar handle.
The Beko DDT38532XIHWS dishwasher incorporates a water softener to fight resiliant calcium marks. The water softener also ensures longevity in hard water areas by keeping the internal pipes calcium-free.
Please note that this series has replaced the DDT38530 dishwashers.
3. Best Overall Beko DDT39434X Dishwasher
Is it a match for you?
- Ultra quiet at 39 db (one of the most quiet dishwashers on the market today.)
- Auto open door enhances drying and prevents musty smells. (The dishwasher door opens ajar once the cycle ends. IonGuard keeps the stainless steel interior fresh.)
- Luxurious interior lights.
- WiFi support.
- Features panel ready design to match your cabinets (model DIT39434)
- Price point over $1,000 (still a bargain for the feature set compared to KitchenAid, Bosch, or Miele.)
Our Dishwasher Rating Criteria
- Basic wash cycles (normal; heavy; pots and pans; rinse), standard spray arms.
- More advanced wash cycles, such as steam/sanitize, an hour-or-less quick wash, and a sensor wash that adjusts the cycle time based on the soil level.
- Additional or specially designed spray arms, designated water jets or wash zones for bottles or utensils, high-end delicate or china wash cycles, built-in water softener.
- Basic condensation drying or heated drying with fan assist.
- Condensation drying with auto-open door.
- Condensation drying with mineral assist or a gentle final heat cycle.
- 46 to 50 decibels (dB)
- 40 to 45 decibels (dB)
- Under 40 decibels (dB)
- Two or three racks, ideally including a third row top rack for utensils and small bowls.
- Three racks; some racks’ height can be adjusted or tines repositioned; wine glass and bottle fasteners.
- Three smooth-gliding racks with adjustable levels and movable tines; additional wine glass holders or bottle fasteners.
- Plastic tub, tubular handles, front control panel, regular stainless steel or black or white plastic front.
- Stainless-steel tub, sleek or pocket handle (or panel ready option), hidden top display, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel or panel ready front.
- Stainless-steel tub; sleek pocket handle or pro-style handle.
- Expected to last between five and seven years.
- Expected to last around 10 years.
- Expected to last 20-plus years.
How to Shop for a Dishwasher
Shopping for a dishwasher can be an arduous task. There are thousands out there, and to the untrained eye, they’re practically identical. It’s easy to feel confused or overwhelmed when you’re trying to make a smart decision. That’s why we judge all dishwashers according to the same criteria to see how they stack up.
1. Price - How Much Do Beko Dishwashers Cost?
Of course, you’ll want to consider the price. Dishwashers can range from $400 for a noisy, no-frills base model to over $3,000 for a silent one with the most advanced features.
Beko sits at the low to middle end of that range. It offers durable and high-performance dishwashers for a range of budgets. A Beko dishwasher costs from just over $500 to just over $1,300.
Size - Will It Fit in Your Kitchen?
Picture this nightmare scenario: Your new dishwasher arrives and won’t fit in the space in your cabinets. We’ve seen it, and we want to help make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Most people need a standard-size dishwasher. Some kitchens, however, have lower than standard counters or raised floors; they might require an ADA compliant dishwasher. If you’re installing a dishwasher in a secondary kitchen or bar area, you might need an 18 inch, small dishwasher.
Beko makes standard height, ADA compliant, and 18-inch dishwashers, so you’ll find whichever type you need.
Nobody likes excess noise, and dishwashers can make a lot of it. The noise level of a dishwasher is inversely proportional to its price. The lower the cost, the more noise a dishwasher tends to make.
New low-end dishwashers can make a noise of up to 60 decibels (dB). Midrange dishwashers tend to clock in from the mid-50s to mid-40s. High-end dishwashers can dip into the low 40s or even 30s, and are for all intents and purposes silent.
We recommend looking for dishwashers at least below 50 dB, the noise level of an average conversation.
If you have an open-concept floor plan, you might want to invest in one of the quietest dishwashers.
Bosch, Miele, and Beko are among the best choices if you’re looking for a noise-free dishwasher. Among these three, Beko offers quiet dishwashers at the most affordable prices. All Beko dishwashers operate at the mid-40 dB noise level.
Cleaning and Drying Performance - Do Beko Dishwashers Work?
Contrary to popular belief, the price of a dishwasher doesn’t necessarily determine its cleaning power. We like to look for features that show a company is invested in improving its dishwashers’ performance, like the number of wash arms, the way they distribute and filter water, and the way they dry your dishes.
With Beko, as we mentioned, all of its dishwashers have turbidity sensors, which continually monitor how dirty the water is and adjust the cycle accordingly. Most have a sanitize cycle that exceeds NSF International regulations by heating to the required 167 degrees F. And they all received the EPA and DOE’s Energy Star Most Efficient rating, meaning they use less water and energy to wash your dishes.
Beko also has features on certain models to help optimize cleaning:
Aqua Intense power spray zone: This refers to an area of the dishwasher that gets extra water pressure to get very dirty dishes, like casseroles, clean.
Aqua Flex: This feature puts less water pressure on the top rack to protect your glassware.
Ion Guard: You’ll also find this odor prevention feature on a Beko refrigerator. It filters the air inside your dishwasher to keep stinky smells from accumulating there. This is especially useful if you don’t run your dishwasher every day.
Fan Assisted Drying: Available on higher-end models, this helps get plastics and other items fully dry.
Hard Water Features
If you live in an area that has hard water, like northern New Jersey where we are, you might ideally want a dishwasher with features to combat water spots and etching on your glassware and prevent hard water buildup. Some dishwashers, like a Bosch dishwasher, have a built-in water softener for this purpose, but Beko dishwashers don't have a water softener.
The design of the racks determines how convenient your dishwasher is going to be to use every day. You might want a third rack to hold extra utensils and small bowls and free up space on the two racks below. They can all be adjustable, and different companies’ racks adjust more easily and in more useful ways than others.
You also want to check out the tub material. Some are plastic, and some are stainless steel. Stainless steel is a necessity only if a dishwasher dries dishes via static or condensation drying, as Beko’s entire lineup does. However, it also helps insulate the noise so a dishwasher runs quieter. But it does look nicer for longer than plastic does. We like that it won’t get stained or discolored.
Interior lighting matters too. You might not expect it to make a huge difference, but once you have it, you see how much more pleasant it makes the experience of unloading dishes.
Beko dishwashers all have stainless steel interiors and two interior lights. The racks are also flexible and easily adjustable.
Static vs. Heated Drying
Traditional American dishwashers dried water off your dishes by actually heating up inside until the water evaporated. That required the dishwasher having a heating element at the bottom. This method gets dishes dry, but it also can bake on any food that didn't get washed off and it can melt plastics, particularly if they're on the bottom rack. If you've seen a plastic baby toy or spoon fall to the bottom of the tub and melt there, this is why.
Newer dishwashers, especially European ones like Bosch, don't have a separate heating element. Instead, they rely on the heat from the final hot-water rinse and the residual heat it leaves in the stainless steel tub to dry up the water. You'll see this referred to as static or condensation drying. Sometimes high end dishwashers have a feature that opens the door a bit or turns on an added fan to help get dishes bone dry.
You can still find dishwashers in black and white, but most quiet, nicer models today are stainless steel. Price determines whether it’s standard stainless or fingerprint- and smudge-resistant.
You can also buy panel-ready dishwashers that you can cover with cabinetry to match the rest of your kitchen.
Beko makes all of the above options, including panel-ready. Beko panel ready dishwashers run at an especially competitive price point.
You want to buy a dishwasher you know will last. The most reliable brands on the market today are Bosch, with a life span of around 10 years, and Miele, which is designed to last for 20 years or longer.
We expect Beko dishwashers to serve you well for about five to seven years, which is consistent with rest of the industry. But if you’re not sure how long you’ll be in your current home, that may be enough for you.
All Beko dishwashers come with a two-year warranty when most of the manufacturers only offer a one-year coverage.
Why Choose Beko Dishwashers?
Prominent brands such as Whirlpool, Miele, and Bosch have availability issues right now, and their prices have gone up. Beko offers comparable efficiency and performance, and its dishwashers are readily available.
Beko dishwashers have plenty to recommend them, but they’re not for everyone. You’ll appreciate a Beko dishwasher if you’re looking for one that checks all of your boxes for a good price ASAP. Even its base models are solidly built and have features you wouldn’t find on other brands’ least expensive dishwashers.
Beko dishwashers have a good track record for reliability, and because the brand is focused on growing its footprint in the U.S. we feel confident that it’ll support its consumers here well.
If you’re looking for the best of the best, however, another brand might be worth the wait.
Who Makes Beko Appliances?
Beko appliances are made in Europe and sometimes people think it’s a subsidiary of Bosch. But Bosch and Beko aren't related apart from being in the same industry. Bosch appliances are from Germany, and Beko is a subsidiary of a Turkish company called Arçelik. Founded in 1955, Arçelik also owns Blomberg.
Beko is one of the top appliance makers throughout Europe. It's especially well known because it sponsors the soccer club FC Barcelona.
Where Are Beko Dishwashers Manufactured?
Beko dishwashers are made in factories owned by Arçelik in Turkey.