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7 Things You Don’t Know About Dishwashers

Learn what you need to know to get the most out of your dishwasher.
By Ellen Sturm Niz
August 02, 2010

1. You may not be washing your dishes with hot water. If you don’t have a heat pump in your dishwasher, the water coming into it is only as hot as what is in your water heater, said Lori Dolnick, spokesperson for Miele. If someone has just taken a shower, your dishes may not get as clean. Miele’s dishwashers (such as the G 2732 SCi, shown below), for example, feature a SaniWash feature that gets water hot enough to kill germs.
2. Rinsing dishes before loading the dishwasher can do more harm than good. Not only does it waste water, time and energy, detergent can etch small pits in some types of glassware, making them appear cloudy, said Stephanie Hutaff, Bosch senior product manager for dishwashers. Today’s detergents are designed to attack food particles left on dishes, so if there isn’t any food soil, it attacks the surface of the glass instead. Plus, pre-rinsing in the sink under running water uses up to 25 gallons of water in five minutes. According to Energy Star, using an Energy-Star qualified dishwasher instead of washing by hand will save consumers annually 5,000 gallons of water, $40 in utility costs and 230 hours of time.


3. Loading odd-sized or odd–shaped items into your dishwasher doesn’t have to be frustrating. The interior of dishwashers can be customized with different basket configurations to meet any home’s needs, said Dolnick. Miele, for example, offers special baskets for baby bottles, long-stemmed glassware, vases and even cappuccino-maker parts.
4. Using your dishwasher’s special wash features will also increase the unit’s drying performance. “Rinse aid” causes the water to sheet off the dishes very efficiently, causing the drying process to be much more effective, said Robert Mckechnie, manager of new product development for Electrolux Major Appliances. The “sanitize” feature (on the control panel of an Electrolux dishwasher, pictured) ensures the sanitization of the dishes by heating the dishes to a higher temperature, which also makes the drying more effective.
5. Even small kitchens can make room for a dishwasher. Special sizes are available, including an 18-in. dishwasher, as a secondary or a compact primary unit, said Tom Bennett, business director of Frigidaire Appliances.


6. You don’t have to wait to run a full load. Half-load options are a great solution for homeowners who might have typically smaller loads of dishes to get clean, yet prefer the flexibility of having a full-sized dishwasher, said Hutaff, of Bosch, which offers a half-load feature on its products.


7. A loud dishwasher doesn’t equate to clean dishes. Today’s dishwashers are much quieter than their predecessors. The Bosch 800 Plus (shown below), for example, operates at 40 dB—a television 3 ft. from the couch is 60 dB, the average fridge is 50 dB and a library is 30 dB—and, as with all of the company’s dishwashers, features an LED indicator light that shines on the floor so homeowners can tell when it is in use.
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