Tub Capacity and Material
Courtesy of GE Profile
A stainless steel dishwasher tub is durable and stain-resistant.
When it comes to performance, the dishwasher's interior should be tops on your list. There are several options to consider when purchasing a dishwasher.
Choosing the size that best fits your needs will save you money in the long run.
- A standard tub in a 24-inch dishwasher should fit about 10 or 12 place settings in one load, or eight place settings and six serving pieces.
- A super-capacity or tall tub in a 24-inch dishwasher should fit 14 or even 16 place settings in one load. A tall tub dishwasher fits in the same space as a standard tub model even though its interior is larger top to bottom. The extra room allows it to hold dishes and pots in a wider range of sizes and shapes.
- A compact tub typically fits eight place settings.
Tubs, regardless of their size, typically come in one of two materials:
Stainless Steel. The more expensive of the two, stainless steel is more durable, doesn't spot or stain, resists hard water and retains heat better than conventional materials.
Plastic. The cheaper choice, plastic is more common and still quite durable.
Stacks and Racks
The new generation of dishwashers has a multitude of configurations designed for different dishwashing needs:
Adjustable or removable racks and shelves can be rearranged to accommodate large or unusual-shaped items: tall stemware, baby bottles and sippy cups, cookie sheets or tall pots and pans. In most instances, the tines can be lowered or removed to allow for more flexibility.
Cutlery baskets are fairly common. They are used to hold most kitchen utensils, sit in the bottom rack and can be moved as necessary.
Stemholders can be added as an extra line of protection when washing wine glasses.
Some manufacturers are adding a third rack to the dishwasher. The third rack can be used for anything from cutlery to an extra set of dishes.