Dishwasher Key Stats and Facts for 2023

Dishwashers are a common and important major appliance. Here are some key stats and facts about dishwashers and other home appliances, updated for 2023.

  • The home appliance industry in the United States includes major and small domestic appliances. Dishwashers are part of the major appliance category. More than 500 million small and major household appliances were shipped in the United States, with US-based Whirlpool being one of the leading appliances manufacturers in the country​1​.
  • Households in the United States spend around 450 U.S. dollars per year on major appliances and an additional 140 U.S. dollars on small appliances. Small appliances such as toasters, food processors, juicers, and coffee machines are commonly owned with ownership rates of above 70 percent​1​.
  • The United States’ trade balance for household appliances shows that the country’s imports of household and kitchen appliances are more than five times as high as the value of home appliances exports. Over the last ten years, U.S. exports have mostly stagnated or even decreased, while imports have grown by nearly 75 percent​1​.
  • Around 13 percent of households in the United States already own a small or major smart appliance. This number is projected to grow in line with the growing shipments and penetration rate of smart home devices in general​1​.
  • The Household appliances market in the United States is valued at 53.2bn USD​1​.
  • Home appliances unit sales in the U.S. in 2020 were 576.8 million​1​.
  • Electronics and appliance store sales in the United States are valued at 93.51bn USD​1​.
  • Compared with other major home appliances, dishwashers are both less pervasive and less likely to be used when available. A little more than half (54%) of all U.S. households both have a dishwasher and use it at least once a week​2​.
  • Lower income households are more likely to have older, unused dishwashers​2​.
  • Dishwashers save water and energy compared with washing by hand. 84% of dishwasher models shipped to retailers in 2015 met the ENERGY STAR criteria​2​.
  • An ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher uses, on average, 12% less energy and 30% less water than a standard model​3​.
  • A new ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher uses less than half of the energy used when washing dishes by hand and saves more than 8,000 gallons of water each year​3​.
  • Washing dishes by hand wastes more energy and water than using an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher​3​.
  • Tips for optimizing energy savings include skipping the rinse, using ‘eco-mode’, air drying dishes, and using a rinse aid​3​.

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