Thinking about purchasing a new dishwasher in the near future? Consumer-grade dishwashers have come a long ways over the years, with manufacturers like Whirlpool, Kitchenaid and Frigidaire constantly adding new features to improve their usability. To make your shopping experience a little easier, check out some of the latest and greatest features of modern-day dishwashers.
Dishwashers manufactured 10-20 years ago typically require a minimum of one hour to complete the wash cycle (oftentimes more). Some of the newer models, however, feature fast-washing or “quick-wash” cycles that complete the job in just 20 minutes. Not only will this feature save you time, but it will also use less water and power.
If you’re the parent of a small child, you may want to choose a dishwasher with a built-in child-lockout feature. As the name suggests, this feature is designed to prevent children from accidentally (or intentionally) opening the door while the unit is running.
The water inside a dishwasher can range between 120 degrees Fahrenheit and 150 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to scold and injure a young child. If a young child happens to open the door while it’s running, the hot water could leave painful burns on their skin. Thankfully, this scenario is easily avoided by investing in a dishwasher with a child-lockout feature.
Sensor-Assisted Wash Cycles
One of the most innovative features of modern-day dishwashers is sensor-assisted wash cycles. Using computer-controlled sensors, the dishwasher gauges the quantity of dirty changes and adjusts the wash cycle accordingly. If you’re washing a half load of dishes, for instance, the unit may reduce the wash duration to just 50% to save energy. On the other hand, if you’re washing a full load, it may increase the power and duration.
Adjustable Top Racks
Dishwashers are typically designed with two racks – an upper rack for holding cups, and a bottom rack for holding plates. Purchasing a dishwasher with an adjustable top rack, however, will allow you to lower or raise its height so you can fit larger dishes here. Consumers shouldn’t be restricted from washing plates on the upper rack, which is where an adjustable rack comes into play: it allows consumers to change the height to fit their dishes.
Integrated Waste Disposal Units
Lastly, consider purchasing a dishwasher with an integrated waste disposal unit. These models have built-in garbage disposals (on a smaller scale) that chop up food waste and flush it through the plumbing. Granted, these models produce more noise, but that’s a small price to pay for the convenience of having your food debris automatically eliminated from the unit.