Monday, June 24, 2013

Design Tips: New Trends in Dishwashers


Once upon a time, my house had two dishwashers. Me, and my husband! For water savings, we turned off the faucet. To make it quieter, we stopped talking. For automatic drying, we left the dishes in the drying rack overnight. Wow, what an upgrade when we moved to a new house and there was one already installed in the kitchen.

That was a wonderful, quiet and water efficient one by Asko. In the years since, technology in dishwashers has kept up with everything else. They’re quieter than ever, wash great, and use less water. You do still have to load and unload it yourself, but a good quality dishwasher will do practically everything else these days.

The most exciting thing I’ve seen lately is Bosch’s new Third Rack system. They found room at the top of the dishwasher for a slim, but very useful rack for all those tiny things you’re trying to find a place to set. Measuring cups, utensils too big to go in the silverware compartments, prep bowls, and, silverware. There is still plenty of room for wine glasses in the middle rack, and plates on the bottom.

Bosch claims the Third Rack adds 30 percent more capacity. In my house, that could be the end of leaving a few things out because there is no room, no matter how cleverly you stack things.

And, you don’t even have to shell out for their top of the line model. The Third Rack is available on many, including the affordable and quiet 500 and 800 Series, both frequently well rated by Consumer Reports.

My latest Bosch dishwasher is now nearly 10 years old, the average lifespan for a dishwasher. I was already wondering if it is time for something new, so I can donate it to a good cause while it's still running great. At least I won’t need to look far, I know what I'm getting! For additional buying information, see the Consumer Reports Dishwasher Buying Guide, published online in May of 2013.

What’s your favorite dishwasher story? Let us know!

Until next time!
Elaine Bothe

Photos courtesy of Bosch and Consumer Reports.

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