Consumer Reports ratings on energy use are from their extensive testing, not just the yellow labels on new appliances, so they helped me to zero in on eco-friendly dishwashers. CR also said that sparkling performance starts at about $500 or less, but those are louder than more expensive ones. Most conventional dishwashers fit a 24-inch-wide space under a kitchen countertop and attach to a hot-water pipe, drain, and electrical line. That was true for ours. It was also 34" high, so a replacement had to be that or lower to fit under our countertop, but most have adjustable feet. So the standard 24”-width size meant a wide selection.
We try to run the dishwasher after 6 pm, when people use less energy, to avoid contributing to situations that require energy companies to power up the dirtier power plants. We use the “normal” cycle, which doesn’t include drying. This dishwasher is so quiet, it's easy to think it's not running! So it shines a dot of light on the floor under it to SHOW that it's running. It has a “manual filter” that I clean every few months, and fold-down tines and an upper rack that we can lower for tall items. And I enjoy (yes, enjoy) using the silverware tray that keeps the forks, knives and spoons from touching so they get cleaner. When the dryer beeps that it’s finished, we turn it off, open the door, and pull out the racks. The steamy water evaporates thoroughly by morning. After a year and a half, we can still recommend this Bosch dishwasher.