Washing dishes is a chore many people don't enjoy, so having a dishwasher is often considered a necessity. Unfortunately, standard dishwashers don't always clean dishes that have large particles of food on them or have filtration systems that are easily clogged by this debris. That means you have to pre-wash the dishes before you put them in the machine.
The hassle of pre-washing your dishes seems to defeat the purpose of having a dishwasher. However, many dishwasher brands have started integrating food grinders or disposers in their systems that eliminate this problem and save you time and energy. Some of these systems are also described as self-cleaning filter dishwashers.
Maytag Fully Integrated Built-in Dishwasher (Model #MDB8959AWS)
The top-of-the-line Maytag fully integrated built-in dishwasher (Model #MDB8959AWS) has a 4-blade hard-food disposer along with a JetClean Plus wash system with Precision Clean turbidity sensor that automatically adjusts the wash cycle depending on the food soil levels, detergent, rinse-aid concentrations, and water temperature. It also offers a Sanitize wash system which eliminates 99.99% of bacteria. The machine has extra thick sound barriers and Maytag's Seal of Silence which keeps noise levels to a whisper. The dishwasher holds 14 place settings and is Energy Star qualified, which means that it is government certified as being energy efficient and better for the environment.
LG 24-inch Built-In Dishwasher
This higher end LG dishwasher (Model #LDS4821WW) has a stainless steel food disposer, a stainless steel tub, three wash options, and can hold 16 place settings. It is Energy Star compliant. The dishwasher is a great choice if you are looking for a quiet dishwasher, as it has sound-damping materials in the machine, as well as an extra quiet motor to keep the sound to a minimum even when the food grinder is in use.
GE 24-inch Built-In Dishwasher
This GE dishwasher (Model #GLD4900PBB) is a mid-priced model that holds 16 place settings and offers four wash cycles and five options. The Piranha hard-food disposer grinds up and eliminates any leftover food particles on your dishes, including large chunks, and the six-level BrilliantClean towerless wash system washes it all away. Its QuietPower 3 system is engineered to keep noise levels very low.
Amana Tall Tub Dishwasher
This budget dishwasher (Model #ADB1500AWW) with a stainless steel food grinding system has three wash cycles and holds 14 place settings. It is Energy Star rated and uses 25 percent less energy than the federal minimum standards. They dishwasher has extra sound absorbers to help control the noise. And for those of you who prefer the dishwasher run at a later time, there is a convenient delay start feature that lets you choose a 2, 4, or, 6-hour delay.
Not Available in All Brands
If you have your heart set on a Bosch or Whirlpool dishwasher with hard food disposer, you may not find what you're looking for in stores. Consider contacting these companies to ask about the availability of these products and to special order one.
Besides those mentioned in the above list, other popular brands that make dishwashers with built-in food grinders include Frigidaire and Samsung, Cafe and ZLINE.
Amy Whitmyre has been a writer for more than 10 years. Her career experience also includes work as an educator and market researcher and a librarian in the legal and medical fields. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in library science and is currently working on a Master of Science in education.