Washing dishes by hand for the last few years has certainly been a time waster but I had no idea how much of a drain it’s been on natural resources. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) hand washers use up to 27 gallons of water per load versus as little as 3 gallons with an ENERGY STAR-rated dishwasher. I recently installed a Whirlpool 6th SENSE PowerClean dishwasher in my home and it’s saved me time, money and resources across the board on waste management.
On average, I was washing dishes three times a day prior to owning a dishwasher. My biggest Kitchen woe was washing dishes before cooking which usually delayed meal preparation. Now, I’m able to load the dishwasher and move straight into getting meals ready, while the 6th Sense handles the rest. It’s multitasking at its finest.
The 6th SENSE dishwasher has 28 powerful jet sprays and PowerClean technology that uses intelligent sensors to detect the level of soil and adjust the water pressure to clean dishes. It has 6-Litre water consumption, which is exceptionally low compared to the average of 45 liters used when hand washing. This technology ensures two things: the least amount of water possible is used and there’s no unnecessary drain on power. Shorter wash cycles using less water decrease monthly utility costs.
The surmountable costs (time and money) associated with drying dishes is yet another household challenge that 6th SENSE solves with innovative tech. The PowerDry function achieves ultimate results, even on plastic items, thanks to its 3D airflow drying system. Now, this dishwasher holds up to 14 place settings, but thanks to the demographics in this household, most of my dishes are plastic. The first few times I used it, I was disappointed to pull out wet plastic ware after a drying cycle. The dishwasher door never got hotter than room temperature and I was convinced that it was broken. I called in a repairman who checked things out and confirmed that nothing was wrong – the dishwasher was working just fine.
Further research revealed that 6th SENSE is a new school appliance that dries in a totally different way. Back in the day, the women in my family were warned not to put plastic on the lower rack of the dishwasher because items could fall onto the heating source, burn and subsequently cause a fire. That’s a thing of the past. Newer appliances have abandoned exposed heat sources and 6th SENSE does it with a completely closed drying circuit that works by using steam from inside the dishwasher to condense and drain away water on dishes. By essentially recycling water from the wash into steam, 6th SENSE dishwashers eliminate the need to use hot water from the tap. It relies on its built-in heater to reduce power consumption. The 6th SENSE PowerClean dishwasher also has a Normative ECO50 setting that enables you to save up to 20% of energy when drying. Steam drying is a great improvement however it will not completely dry plastics alone. For better results, I add rinse aid to the wash and now my kid’s colorful Ikea plates, bowls and cups come out dry.
Whirlpool asserts that the 6th SENSE dishwasher can save you up to 50% on energy, water and time. I can attest that it uses such a small amount of water that you can’t really detect when it’s on. The last time I owned a dishwasher prior to the 6th SENSE, I could hear the wash cycles. You know, that classic swishing of water during the wash and gurgling when it drains. I don’t hear any of that now. I literally started and stopped the inaugural wash about three times to check if it was on because I couldn’t hear any water. That’s due in part to the minimal amount of water used and the number of jets emitting small streams of water. If you kneel down and listen closely, you can hear water trickling inside but otherwise, this appliance is not a nuisance. It runs quietly.
Other notable features
The 6th SENSE PowerClean dishawasher by Whirlpool comes in built-in and standalone variations. I have a standalone unit, which works well in smaller spaces where you may have to get creative with placement. With adjustable basket heights, fold flat racks and cutlery baskets, it has the capacity to wash a lot of dishes at one time – including pots and pans. I’m able to put my non-stick pans and even cutting boards in the dishwasher with no problem. This is not a cookie cutter appliance either. There are too many settings to list but you can choose from a variety of different wash programs using the digital display. It’s clear and easy to program. Choose from options like 24 Hour Delay, which enables you to set your dishwasher to begin up to 24 hours later. And, there’s no need to rinse! Remember those 28 powerful jet sprays I mentioned? Well, they make removing stuck on food hassle-free and according to Consumer Reports, pre-rinsing wastes more than 6,000 gallons of water per household every year. Don’t do it.
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If your new year’s resolutions include saving time, money or undertaking a more eco-friendly approach to life, the Whirlpool 6th SENSE PowerClean dishwasher could put you on the pathway to success.
The 6th SENSE PowerClean dishwasher was provided for the purpose of this review.