The best advice on suitability of items comes from the item manufacturer. If in doubt, check if labelled "dishwasher-safe".


  • Most everyday dishes are dishwasher-safe.


  • Finish is recommended by leading manufacturers such as Dartington Crystal and Villeroy & Boch.
  • Wash lead crystal by hand unless labelled “dishwasher-safe”.


  • Rinse off acidic foods like salad dressing or ketchup and mustard as direct and prolonged contact can tarnish your cutlery.
  • Wash items containing wood or bone by hand.


  • Only use dishwasher-safe plastics in a dishwasher.


  • Stainless steel pans are excellent for automatic dishwashing but aluminium parts may discolour.
  • Pans with wooden handles should be washed by hand.