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Dishwasher Features and Their Importance

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Do you want to buy a dishwasher but confused by so many new designs and features? Nowadays, dishwashers have become so sophisticated with enhanced features and smart technology that it's become difficult to keep track of all the innovations. Our guide will help you learn about new dishwasher features and their importance to make an informed purchase.

A lot of brands offer various customizable rack options to increase the space and flexibility without increasing the size of the dishwasher. For example, some models offer flexible or adjustable racks, added third racks, and fold-down tines. If you need a large capacity for washing your dishes, all these features will let you customize the space to your convenience.

Adjustable racks enable you to raise or lower the racks to fit dishes with different sizes and shapes, while added third rack gives you an additional space and flexibility for washing small items, such as spoons, knives, forks and even large utensils. Some models offer fold-down tines. With this feature, you have the option to leave the tines up to hold small dishes and glassware or fold them down to accommodate space for larger dishes.

Bosch and GE dishwashers provide a great rack flexibility with various rack configuration options.

For a video demonstration take a look at the videos below:

Wash Cycles

In addition to basic wash cycles (light, normal, heavy), newer dishwashers feature more specialty wash cycles, such as delicate, rinse and hold, quick wash, half load, pots and pans or power wash, sanitize, and smart wash.

Delicate wash cycle uses less hot water and provides gentle wash for delicate items, such as china and crystal. Items should be pre-rinsed before loading.

Rinse and hold wash cycle is used to pre-wash your dishes. It typically runs a quick cycle and doesn't use detergent. So, it wont clean the soil from your dishes. This wash cycle is useful to rinse dirty dishes before you accumulate enough dishes to start a full cycle, preventing soils from setting and avoiding unpleasant odors.

Quick wash is a short cycle that usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. You can use this cycle if you already pre-washed your dishes. It provides hot water and high pressure to sanitize your dishes.

Pots and Pans/Power wash cycle provides longer wash, using more water and high temperature to clean heavily soiled dishes with baked-on grime. You can wash your pots and pans but always make sure that they are dishwasher safe.

Half-load wash cycle means that dishwasher only uses a spray arm for only upper or lower rack. So, you can fill up either upper rack or lower to wash your dishes. It's a useful cycle when you only have few dishes to wash. The cycle uses less water and washes for a shorter period of time, therefore reduces the water and energy consumption. If you like the idea of half-load wash cycle, Samsung's dishwasher will be a great choice.

Sanitize wash cycle uses high temperature of 140-150 degrees Fahrenheit compared to regular wash cycle temperature, which is 120 degree of Fahrenheit. All the dishwashers equipped with this feature eliminate 99% of bacteria from your dishes. It's a great feature if you have infants or worried about getting sick during flu season.

A lot of dishwashers have smart sensors, often called auto clean or soil sensors. This smart feature can measure how dirty your dishes are and use the exact amount of time and water that is required to wash your dishes. So it's water and energy efficient. If you like the idea of the soil sensor, Whirlpool's dishwashers will be a great choice.

Check out the Whirlpool's sensor wash cycle in action:

You might also come across dishwashers with the following features:

Delayed start feature lets you preset the time so that it start the wash cycle at the most convenient time for you, 1 to 9 hours later. That means you can run the cycle when you are out making chores, or at night time when you are asleep. (Electricity rates are often lower at night)

Plate warmer feature lets you warm your dishes at a perfect temperature while you are cooking the meal. Cold plates can quickly cool down the food. This feature dry heats the plates, which helps you keep hot food at the right temperature.

Add-a-dish feature lets you open the dishwasher to add a last minute item.

Stainless-steel tubs offer a lot of advantages. Many manufacturers make stainless steel tubs for the dishwashers because they are more durable than plastic tubs and able to resist high temperatures of sanitizing or power cycles. Additionally, they provide a better noise insulation.

Noise Insulation

Dishwasher sound level is measured in decibels, so if you want a quiet dishwasher, you should choose a model that operates at 50 decibels (dBA) or less. Dishwashers with more than 50 dBA are considered loud.

Bosch and Miele offers one of the quietest dishwashers in the US with the sound level of 38 dBA.

Take a look at other dishwashers with noise level under 40 dBA:

LG Signature (LUDP8996SN) 24" Built-in Fully Integrated Dishwasher.

GE Monogram (ZDT870SPFSS) 24" Built-in Fully Integrated Dishwasher.

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