Technological advancements and design expertise have helped to improve the look and operation of every large kitchen appliance in the last several years, and dishwashers are no exception.
As a result, industry professionals might be surprised by the transformative effect today's innovative dishwashers can have in a newly built or renovated kitchen. Here are a few of the top trends in dishwashers:
Flexible and compact
Designers and architects need flexibility when designing a new or remodeled kitchen, which means appliances must fit seamlessly into multiple layouts. With 31%1 of remodeling homeowners installing dishwashers within their kitchen islands and many others living in small spaces2, it's important to have compact dishwashers that have ample cleaning power. The Whirlpool 18” Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub fulfills that need, with a separate spray arm in each rack and sensor cycle.
Quiet and stylish
More homeowners are looking to their appliances not just to provide functionality, but to make a statement3 as well. Those wanting a modern kitchen might not prefer the style of a traditional dishwasher – with a bar handle or exposed control panel – as it may not provide the sleek, minimalistic look they're after. That's why some dishwasher manufacturers are hiding the control panel and sometimes even adding a window that can help you see when a remarkably quiet dishwasher has finished its cycle.
More room than ever
Consumers want to fit as many dishes, cups and plates in the dishwasher as possible, and for a long time there wasn't much they could do beyond finding creative ways to stuff two racks and a silverware caddy. Thanks to innovative design and engineering, manufacturers are making it possible to fit more in every load. The most recent development in this area is the KitchenAid Dishwasher with FreeFlex™ Third Rack, the largest third rack dishwasher available among leading brands based on usable volume.
Forget the pre-rinse
At every gathering, there's at least one person obsessively pre-rinsing dishes before they go into a dishwasher, assuming the appliance can't handle heavy duty cleaning. But there's a reason why pre-rinse is likely a waste of time – newer models can manage those tough stains. For example, KitchenAid ProWash™ Cycle determines the ideal cycle based on load size and soil level and makes real-time adjustments to achieve the best cleaning performance.