Although we like to feel the warm soapy dishwater on our hands when we decide to hand wash crystal, not one of us would think about building a luxury kitchen without a dishwasher! In fact, you can think about having two, one in the Butler’s pantry and one in the main kitchen. We used our second one for large pots and pans. It was located in the laundry room next to the pantry.
Dishwashing technology has advanced to the point where you really do not have to ‘pre-wash’ your dishes any more. With the additives that are available along with the advancement of the dishwasher, we can pile in the dirtiest of dishes and pull out clean, sparkling dishes to place in our cabinet or dish racks.
You can go with dish drawers – using one for pots and pans the other for crystal. It is amazing the range of washing cycles that are now available. You can even have different levels of washing intensity in different sections of a dishwasher during the same wash. Really, the choices are amazing fun.
What if you want to sanitize your dishes, well, the in-washer water heater will heat the water to relatively high temperature to accomplish just that. You can load and delay for hours if you wish to do that. Running the dishwasher at off peak hours at a lower electric rate can help keep your utility bill down.
Quiet! One of the most objectionable things about dishwashers was the noise they made. Well, not any more. Where one brand used to be able to claim to be the quietest, more than two or three have the same noise range, or lack thereof. But now there are several brands that when tested, the noise levels are so that a phone conversation is not a problem. You can be standing at your kitchen island having a cup of coffee with a friend and not be disturbed by the noise of your dishes being washed.
There are dishwashers that are stainless steel, black, white or even some with custom colors. There are those that are built to accept a cabinet front so it looks like just another of your cabinets.
There are also portable dishwashers so you can roll them to where they are needed, load the dishes right into the dishwasher off the table and roll it somewhere else to run or to store. You really have a wide variety of brands and functions now available.