It is a very common question for all of us. Below are the features that will help you understand the important and advanced features to choose a perfect Energy Star dishwasher. This post will also help you understand what makes it an Energy Star or Energy Saver.
Quick Wash or Power Wash:
This is the most advanced feature in the latest models. One hour of power wash will clean your load without compromising quality. Some old models may have the option for quick wash but there were issues reported on quality of wash.
Mobile and App control:
With the help of wi-fi connection, you can turn your mobile phone in to a remote control to operate your dishwasher. A simple app downloaded to your phone will help you turn on your modern dishwasher remotely.
Intelligent Dishwasher with Cleaning Sensors:
The sensors will measure the dirt in water which is called turbidity. After measuring turbidity, the sensors can adjust temperature, cycle time and water flow.
Flexible and Adjustable Trays:
This is one of the most important features in a modern dishwasher. The spacing, number of trays and adjustment levels are some features that keep advancing every year according to design and customer base.
Window and Interior Lights:
If you don’t want to turn on kitchen light at night to operate your dishwasher then the one with interior lighting is the best match for your needs. Even the control panel can have LED lighting to guide you on controls without need of additional lights.
On top of that, you can also choose a dishwasher with a glass window to check your dishes without opening the door.
Window with Lighted Interior allows you to view the dishwasher interior and inspect your dishes to ensure they are sparklingly clean even before removing them.
What if you have a half the load only and you want to run the dishwasher efficiently? What if your dishes have too much dirt and you want an intense wash? All different kind of program settings you can find on the control panel of your new generation dishwasher.
Quietness of the dishwasher:
Just a few years ago the range was 45 db to 60 db (decibel). Nowadays it is 35 db to 50 db. The quietest modern dishwashers create 35 to 39 db of noise which is very good compared to some old models.
Drying and Rinse Aid:
There are two different techniques for drying. Heated drying and Condensation. Heated drying uses hot air to dry dishes and vent out. Condensation drying on other end will condense all moist inside to convert it to water and drain out.
When water evaporates from dishes, it often leaves spots or films. Rinse Aid will reduce the surface tension of water to help the water flow down easily without leaving any impressions or thin films. A good quality Rinse Aid helps you in dry and rinse process to get the best drying experience.
Modern dishwashers have more advanced dispensers where you can put the rinse aid to enhance the drying performance.
Hard water leaves salts when evaporating and no one likes to see those thin films on dishes after a wash. Your dishwasher may have one of the options below to deal with hard water.
Your dishwasher may contain a small water softener to remove salts and make your hard water soft. Or you can use the Rinse Aid which is a chemical that breaks down the water tension and makes it soft.
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