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What’s better? Washing by hand or using a dishwasher?

It’s a subject of much debate: is using a dishwasher better than washing by hand? With technological advances, dishwashers are now more efficient than ever — but how do they compare with the old practice of washing dishes in the kitchen sink?

If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, you might be wondering if it’s worth all the fuss. After all, isn’t washing by hand just as effective and cheaper than running a dishwasher? We’ve tackled the most common questions, and the answers might surprise you.

Q. How can dishwashers be more hygienic, if food on plates is being washed onto other plates?

Today’s dishwashers are far more advanced than those of the past. All new dishwashers have a pre-rinse cycle which removes food particles from plates prior to washing. In addition, dishwashers often include a number of high-tech features that hand-washing just can’t compete with. For example, the design of the racks and the spray of the water jets mean a better and more thorough wash than what we could do by hand.

Dishwashers also use water at far higher temperatures than our hands can handle. Our dishwashers boast adjustable shelves, and super-hot jet sprays which can be targeted toward specific cleaning duties. If that’s not enough, with ASKO’s Turbo Drying System, dishes are left dry and free from spots and streaks so there’s no need to dry them off with a tea towel that could be harbouring bacteria.

Q. What’s the point of a dishwasher if you only have to pre-rinse your dishes anyway?

In years gone by, it was often necessary to pre-rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, to ensure a good wash. However, today’s appliances are ultra-efficient and other than scraping large amounts of food off plates, there is no need to pre-rinse. ASKO’s innovative Super Cleaning System+ pre-rinses dishes before the main wash to remove food particles, saving you time, water and energy.

Q. Don’t dishwashers use more water than washing by hand?

Older model dishwashers certainly do use more water than today’s models, but advances in technology mean that dishwashers are becoming more efficient than ever. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (as reported by CHOICE), Australian households use around 31 litres of water in their kitchen sink every day. No dishwasher on the market uses that much water.

ASKO dishwashers offer tailored wash cycles with personalised controls, meaning you can wash your dishes with maximum water efficiency.

Q. Aren’t dishwashers bad for the environment?

It’s true that you use electricity to run your dishwasher, but washing by hand not only uses more water, but getting water in your sink hot enough to wash dishes uses more energy than running a dishwasher. In addition, using a dishwasher means you can wait until it’s full before you run it (which could be days), thereby saving more energy and water. However, very few of us would leave dirty dishes piled up near the sink for days.

At ASKO, we take the environment seriously. All our dishwashers achieve high energy and water star ratings. And all our dishwashers are constructed from fully recyclable materials, further reducing our environmental footprint.

Q. Dishwashers can damage your plates and glasses, can’t they?

Older-style dishwashers aren’t very gentle on your crockery or glassware. However, today’s models take far greater care of your dishes. For example, some ASKO dishwashers have Crystal Glass Care TM for extra protection. Flexible racks allow you to easily fit in bulky or large-sized items, meaning you get more out of every wash. Our baskets glide open and are fully extendable, which means loading and unloading is quick and easy, reducing the risk of chipping.

When you consider the evidence above, ASKO ticks all the boxes for a faster, better, cleaner wash that uses less water and is kind to the environment. Are you ready to swap to an ASKO?