Cooking is usually the fun part and one of the most rewarding activities in life to whip up good food for the family. However, when it comes to dish washing, this is perhaps the most dreaded activity in the kitchen especially for ladies who wish to maintain tip-top condition of their delicate skin and nicely crafted nails.
Prolonged dish washing especially with strong detergents is known to cause dryness in hands and brittle nails. This is also the main reason why most courted the smart dish washers offered in the market. Automatic dishwashers represent a tremendous saving in time and effort; they minimize breakage through reduced handling of dishes; they help keep the kitchen neater and more clutter-free; and cleanup after entertaining is simplified.
Dishwasher is a robot that cleans and rinses dirty dishes. Humans have to load the dishes, add detergent, set the proper washing cycles and turn it on, but the dishwasher accomplishes a whole series of functions by itself. A dishwasher:
• Adds water
• Heats the water to the appropriate temperature
• Automatically opens the detergent dispenser at the right time
• Shoots the water through jets to get the dishes clean
• Drains the dirty water
• Sprays more water on the dishes to rinse them
• Drains itself again
• Heats the air to dry the dishes off, if the user has selected that setting
Cleaning systems consist of a wash tower and sprayer arms, but the openings, the power of the water pump, and positions of racks relative to the washers are all design elements.
Over a weekend, we head to one of the largest retail store to hunt for a dishwasher which we readily install without much labor since we have limited space in the kitchen and the only main discharge pipe is currently taken up by our washer machine.
To our delight, we managed to find Electrolux ESF2433W Dishwasher which is the only table top dishwasher and is reasonably priced at ~ S$400. Fisher also offered a similar table top model but at twice the cost. Most of the dish washer out there are huge & has to be mount on brackets. By far, table top version is the most practical and simple to install and useful for small family with small dishwashing load.
The Electrolux ESF2433W dishwasher is pretty simple in design. Front panel includes the main console while the back holds the discharge pipes and water inlet connector.
Once the front door is opened, the main roller based basket can be easily manoeuvred in & out of the compartment.
Beneath and within the dishwasher compartment lies the water spray arm and the discharge sink with multiple layers of filter to retain solid wastes (e.g. bones, food chunks etc). One can easily disassemble them to clear those waste and do simple cleaning up before the next use.
Since the Electrolux ESF2433W dishwasher is a table top version, it can be placed on top of a regular size washer machine to make use of the same water source and also the same discharge pipe. But that will need some additional preparation and materials – Y splitter PVC pipe (for the discharge pipe), Y splitter tap (water source), DIY cement mix (to maintain the fix of the PVC Y pipe to the existing discharge pipe) and the anti-slip mat (to hold the dishwasher unit in place on top of the existing washer machine).
The eventual configuration can be seen here:
– The water source is routed to both the dishwasher and the washer machine
– The discharge from the washer machine and dishwasher merge into one existing main discharge pipe
Now the new dishwasher can sit nicely stacked up ontop of the existing washer machine. The dishwasher also operates in minimal sound and vibration, thus should pose no impact to the normal operation of the washer machine.
The various operating modes of Electrolux ESF2433W dishwasher can be controlled at the front panel. To save water consumption, it is advisable to do simple rinse of the soiled dishes before they are place in the dishwasher.
Theoretically, one can load quite a number of cutlery into one washing load within the given basket. But in reality, with big pots & pans, the space could be limited. Thus this model is better suited for small families with small washing load.
Automatic dishwashers require detergents with very special characteristics because of the conditions under which the detergent must work. One of its essential characteristics is that it must produce little or no suds or foam because too much foam can inhibit the washing action. Other important functions that a dishwasher detergent should perform are the following:
– Make water wetter (reduce surface tension) to penetrate and loosen soil.
– Tie up water hardness minerals to permit the detergent to do its cleaning job.
– Emulsify greasy or oily soil.
– Suppress foam caused by protein soils such as egg and milk.
– Help water to sheet off surfaces of dishes, thus minimising water spots.
– Protect china patterns and metals from the corrosive effects of heat and water alone.
Some dishwashers have automatic rinse agent dispensers which release a liquid wetting agent into the final rinse cycle. Rinse agents in solid form are also available for use in dishwashers without the dispenser. The rinse agent allows the water to sheet off dishes rather than dry in droplets, thus helping to eliminate spotting.
There is also the all-in-one dishwasher version which eliminates the hassle. Just place one washing tablet in the given placeholder within the basket and all is good to go for a clean wash.
As expected, all the cutlery, plates and bowls came out very clean and water mark spot free without any oil stains at all. An automated dish washing job well done indeed!
In summary, a normal operating mode should set you ~ $1.20 per wash (electricity, water, detergent) but the time you will save and the relief to the damage on your hands should be more than sufficient to offset this cost in the long run. That said, if you have just a couple of cups to wash, you might as well roll up your sleeves and hit the tap.
Will you get one Electrolux ESF2433W for your wife today?
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