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The desire to become more efficient is a concern for both consumers and manufactures alike, and along with that desire is the increased interest in cutting back on waste while saving money at the same time. One of the areas in which recent progress has been made in leaps and bounds is with home appliances, specifically dishwashers.

Dishwashers have had a bad reputation throughout time as being water wasters, as being noisy & clunky, and as being less efficient than good old-fashioned hand-washing. All of these negative connotations have recently been done away with, however, starting with the newest EnergyStar criteria, which requires that the usage of energy and water remain below specific levels, which is good for both the planet and the consumers wallet. All of the dishwashers here have either met or exceeded the EnergyStar criteria. The EnergyStar rating is used to help you choose the appliances that save energy while still providing a variety of convenient features and great functionality.

Machines manufactured before 1994 cost up to an additional $35 a year and waste more than 10 gallons of water per cycle! With the new criteria and latest technologies, however, resources of all types are being saved. Some newer machines, like the KitchenAid Artchitect II, are using less than half the energy and water of the old models. Knowing the energy and water usage also helps you estimate your annual operating costs, helpful for anyone aware of their budget!

There are several ways that the latest innovations from companies such as Bosch and Frigidaire have improved the way dishwashers are being built. One of those breakthroughs was the addition of soil sensors inside the machines, like with XYZ model. These sensors detect how dirty the dishes are and adjust their usage of water, where the jets should focus, how much detergent to use, and how long the cycle should remain running. Then, improved water filtration removes food particles from the wash water, ensuring a clean rinse of your dishes. More efficient jets and water usage means less energy and less water used overall.