What Is a Smart Dishwasher?

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A smart dishwasher is a connected smart home appliance (like a smart microwave or a smart oven) that brings enhanced features to your standard dishwasher. These features can include Wi-Fi connectivity and flexibility options such as voice controls via an enabled virtual home assistant and smartphone controls.

What Can a Smart Dishwasher Do?

There are two key areas where smart dishwashers have the edge over the standard dishwasher most people are used to. First, manufacturers have added features that make dishwashers more efficient, more flexible and address common issues such as food particles redepositing on dishes. The second area where smart dishwashers have the edge is that manufacturers have included smart technology features that incorporate your dishwasher into your smart home design.

New Functional and Flexible Features of Smart Dishwashers

Smart dishwashers incorporate features that make this appliance more useful and work better than previous generations. While many of these features are mechanical or functional updates, it’s important to include them when considering if a smart dishwasher is a good choice for you. Many of these changes have been implemented in conjunction with the addition of the connected smart home technology features.

  • Bottle jets on the top shelf to help properly clean the inside of baby bottles, reusable water bottles, and other tough to clean items.
  • A thin third rack for flat large items such as platters, baking sheets, or laying spatulas and cooking utensils flat for proper cleaning.
  • Adjustable racks that can be moved higher or lower and sliding or fold-down tines to make room for larger items.
  • LED light added for increased visibility and front viewing window to peek in during the wash cycle.
  • High-efficiency filters that remove food particles during the wash cycle and in some models, pass that material through to a built-in food disposal unit.
  • High-powered turbo jets and re-designed sprayer arms to use less water more efficiently to get dishes cleaner while also conserving water and energy.
  • Enhanced dish drying capabilities with additional heating elements, fans, and vents to get dishes drier in a shorter amount of time and using less energy.
  • Water recycling reservoir to store filtered water from the rinse cycle for use in the next load’s wash cycle, reducing water consumption by 30 percent or more.

Features vary depending on brand and model. This is an overview of features that are available across the market.

Smart Dishwasher Technology Features

Along with the improvements in function and efficiency of smart dishwashers listed above, smart dishwashers incorporate new technology that gives you the capabilities you would expect of a smart appliance.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity integrates your dishwasher into your connected smart home.
  • Start wash cycles anytime from your smartphone, monitor performance, and check cycle status.
  • Lock and unlock the dishwasher door from anywhere, particularly useful for child safety.
  • Compatible with voice control systems such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to start a wash cycle, enable various features, and lock or unlock dishwasher door with just your voice.
  • Receive alerts on your smartphone when rinse aid or detergent is low, when a wash cycle is finished, and if the sensors detect a malfunction or leak.
  • Download new cleaning cycles for special items, such as delicate stemware or heavily soiled pots and pans.
  • Sensors automatically detect the size of the load and the amount of grime on dishes to adjust water and energy use to operate efficiently for even small loads.
  • Monitor energy use in your area and program itself to automatically activate the wash cycle when local energy consumption is low, running the cycle during off-peak hours to save you money.
  • In models with built-in detergent dispensers, you can either receive an alert on your phone when detergent is getting low or you can set it to automatically order more detergent from Amazon for itself whenever the detergent gets sparse.

Common Concerns About Smart Dishwashers

Smart dishwashers are significantly different from the dishwashers of the last 20 years or so. Here are some of the common concerns many people have about smart dishwashers.

Are smart dishwashers incredibly expensive compared to ordinary dishwashers?

Smart dishwashers are still somewhat expensive compared to standard dishwashers. You can buy a fairly decent standard (not smart) dishwasher for just under $300, whereas smart dishwashers range from $650 to $1,600 depending on the brand, model, and included features. However, there are standard dishwashers with no smart features on the market with price tags close to $2,000.

Are smart dishwashers more expensive to repair?

Yes and no. Many standard dishwashers are beginning to incorporate some of the functionality features more commonly found in smart dishwashers. The good news is that several manufacturers are increasing the warranty on certain parts, such as motors and sprayer arms to as long as 10 years.

Can someone hack my dishwasher through the Wi-Fi connection and cause problems?

Smart dishwashers connect to the internet through the same Wi-Fi connection the rest of your devices use, including computers, smartphones, tablets, TV streaming services, and smart home hubs. It’s important to ensure you set up your Wi-Fi securely and use complex passwords and other standard safety measures to keep all of your connected devices safe from tampering.