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Hot List: What's New in Dishwashers

Innovations are improving washing and drying peformance—and more

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

The Electrolux Solaro dishwasher boasts a laundry list of innovations. First, for better loading, there's a removable third rack for culinary tools and serving utensils, plus a Sure-2-Fit rack system that adusts for platters and pitchers. Improved wash performance comes from a LuxCare wash arm that rotates to make better use of water for effective cleaning. The washer also boasts a Perfect Stemware Cycle for sparkling glassware and a time-smart 30-Minute Fast Wash Cycle. A Perfect Dry system circulates air evenly for exceptional drying. And there's an exterior floor light that comes on to let you know when the dishes are done.

Bosch has completely redesigned its dishwasher line, touted as the quietest brand in the U.S. Taking inspiration from how consumers load their dishwashers, the new MyWay rack adjusts to meet the demands of your dishwasher load. It also provides the industry's largest third-rack loading capacity.

Gaggenau has created a unique backlighting feature for its 400 series dishwasher. The new design, which will be available in the U.S. this fall, features six LED panels on the back wall that simultaneously light up with the two existing LED lights at the top front of the appliance to perfectly illuminate the entire interior from every angle. The dishwasher also has a push-to-open system for a handleless door and a flexible rack system with foldable racks and glass supports for versality in loading.

Looking to add some color to the kitchen? Big Chill has you covered with the 1950s-inspired Retro Dishwasher. It looks vintage, but it functions for today with energy-efficient performance. Made in Boulder, Colorado, the dishwasher is available in 10 standard colors including: Beach Blue, Buttercup Yellow (shown), Jadite Green, Cherry Red, Orange, Pink Lemonade, Black, White, and Turquoise, and more than 200 custom colors.