How Technology is Changing the Future of Dishwashers
As technology advances, it seems the changes in regular household appliance become more amazing each year.
As technology advances, it seems the changes in regular household appliance become more amazing each year. Smart touch-screen fridges, self-cooking automated ovens other highly automated appliances are becoming quite frequent.
Technology hasn’t passed over the old dishwasher, either, with so many features and enhancements included that it seems the only thing they can’t do is choose whose turn it is to stack the dishes in the machine.
Even the basic low price dishwashers include energy efficiency features and other cool additions that used to only come in models that are more expensive.
Current Dishwasher Technology
The Bosch Active Water Plus Dishwasher has the highest water efficiency rating of any other dishwasher on the market. Boasting a Water Efficiency Star Rating of 5.5, there isn’t another model that comes even close.
This dishwasher uses technology to keep water consumption down to just 10.3 litres with every wash cycle. This delivers plenty of water efficiency, but doesn’t compromise how clean your dishes are.
The best part of increased energy efficiency in dishwashers means reduced power bills and reduced water bills.
Self Cleaning and Hygiene Capability
One of the most common causes of reduced energy efficiency with dishwashers is a clogged filter. This happens when food particles get caught in the filter. Water drains more slowly out of the machine. Those stuck food particles can cause bacteria to spread around the dishwasher during the next wash cycle. Mould can also start to form on the filter beneath rotting food.
The solution to this problem in the past is to clean out and rinse the filter at least once a week. This had to be done manually. If you’re anything like me, you cook regularly and use the dishwasher a lot. This meant cleaning the filter out at least twice a week. To keep bacteria and mould to a minimum in the filter and pipes, running an anti-bacterial wash weekly was also important.
However, new dishwasher models feature a self-cleaning feature. This feature is really a small grinder that grinds down the food particles in the machine to a tiny size. Those smaller particles are washed down the drain more easily without getting caught in the filter or clogging the drains.
Soil Monitoring Functions
Some of the latest dishwashers feature soil monitoring sensors. The design includes sensors inside the dishwasher that check how much soil remains on the dishes. This is monitored based on what level was there when the cycle began. Sensors continue to monitor those levels.
Even if you set your dishwasher on a six cycle wash, the sensors will stop the wash cycle after only three if the soil levels are gone. This huge energy saving feature really seems to work well in the new dishwasher models.
Speed Dry Functions
The drying cycle of a dishwasher uses plenty of energy to dry your dishes after the wash cycle is complete. Yet, there are many models that feature speed drying functions that reduce the drying time. This increases energy efficiency and reduces the time it takes to complete a wash and dry cycle overall.
Individual Wash Sections
Most dishwashers allow you to load up heavy items in the bottom tray, like pots and pans, and lighter items in the top. However, modern technology washes heavy pots using a more intense water pressure to remove baked-on food, while washing the top section with a lighter pressure.
This variable pressure during wash cycles is ideal for cleaning all the dishes in the machine properly, without damaging fragile items. Yet the really heavy-duty dishes still get a good, solid clean.
Smart Dispense Technology
People often think about dishwasher expenses in terms of purchase price and running costs. Yet, have you thought about the cost of detergent? Detergent for dishwashers can be more expensive than other brands of detergent. Many people use more detergent per wash cycle than is actually required. This increases wastage and increases your total running costs.
GE dishwashers feature a Smart Dispense option that lets you pour enough detergent into the holder to last around 2 months. The dishwasher only releases enough detergent into the machine to complete the current wash cycle. This reduces the amount of detergent you use and makes it easy to keep your costs to a minimum.