A dishwasher is a necessary part of kitchen equipment in most homes across the world today. The appliance is used to wash cooking items including plates, pans, cups and saucers, glasses and the like. Though the term ‘dishwasher’ refers to an appliance that can wash all kinds of cooking articles, there are special appliances for particular kinds of equipment too, such as the glass washers that can wash only glasses.

Dishwashers are usually 24 inches in depth and up to 34 inches high, though there are various other models available such as the tall tub dishwashers. They are placed in the kitchen itself and in most kitchens, spaces are already present to place the dishwashers. Dishwashers have casters which can be used to move them from one place to another and they have counter tops to add to their utility. In order to make them more durable, their outer bodies are made with steel, though plastic bodied dishwashers are also available.

The principle of the dishwasher is quite different from traditional manual methods of cleaning cooking items. When people wash by hand, they usually scrub the surfaces of the items with a special detergent and then rinse it with water. In a dishwasher, the items are placed in compartments and jets of water with detergent are allowed to pass over them. These jets clean the surfaces of the items and remove the grime and the grease that they may have. When that is done, they are again rinsed, but this time with plain water so that the detergent may be removed. This may be done a number of times until the dishwashers are deemed to be completely clean. There are repeat cycle arrangements in most dishwashers. When the washing and rinsing is done, the dishwashers will dry the items within so that, when done, the items are ready for use again.

In most dishwashers, there are arrangements for using hot water so that the items can be cleansed more thoroughly. Hot water can cleanse utensils more thoroughly by facilitating the removal of food particles from them. However, these dishwashers consume more energy because they will need a heater arrangement for heating the water in addition to the regular arrangements.

Modern dishwashers have several automated features that increase their cost but make the washing process much more efficient. One example of these features is the use of a microprocessor that decides how many wash and rinse cycles are required for complete cleansing. These microprocessors use sensors in the water to tell them how many particles are present in the water. When the water comes out clean, the machine stops itself. Another feature is the use of a thermostat which becomes useful in the case of dishwashers that have heating features. These dishwashers will heat up to a particular temperature that is set by the user. When this temperature is reached, no further heating of the water will take place.

Dishwashers are considered to be more efficient than manual methods for washing utensils and other kitchen equipment. The jets that they dispense and their ability to heat water make them better at cleaning. Also, because there is no contact of these items when they are being cleaned, it is possible to use stronger detergents to remove the grime very effectively.

However, the contention against dishwashers is that they consume energy. This is more the case with dishwashers that will heat the water. Some people rinse the items before putting them in the dishwasher, which is unnecessary wastage of water too. Another unnecessary aspect with dishwashers is the fact that they dry the items by the use of heat when they can be simply air-dried in a very economical and ecologically-friendly method.

This Dishwasher Review is Written/Updated on May 31st, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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