24 Nov '12, 1pm

Effective Energy Star dishwasher choices?

Hello GBA community: I often get questions involving dishwasher selections. Traditionally, my advice was, naturally, Energy Star. More recently, I've questioned this general advice given the user experiences that I've witnessed. The problem statement is thus: I'm seeing wasteful dishwashing practices in all of the homes that I'm involved with. The homeowners all have some brand of high-end, Energy Star rated dishwashers, and all of them pre-wash their dishes because the dishwasher just doesn't do a sufficient job at washing dishes by itself. The questions are these: Are dishwashers and associated detergents insufficient to the task of washing dishes these days? Are their specifics of water/detergent chemistry that would be result in improved performance with these dishwasher models? Are there specific features that I should look for in addition to Energy Star certification...

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