More families today are choosing stainless steel dishwashers because they lend a professional, sophisticated look and imitate the kind that real chefs use. To accommodate this demand, several top dishwasher manufacturers proudly advertise their models’ stainless steel interiors. Not only do they look sleek and stylish, but stainless steel offers several benefits to the dishwashers’ cleaning performance.
The dishwasher’s tub material has a great impact on the machine’s durability. Old-fashioned dishwashers used to have enamel-coated metal tubs. Unfortunately, the enamel would wear down and crack over time, exposing the metal to rust. Manufacturers took note of this problem and developed durable plastic tubs that withstood wear and aging problems. Now they have taken it a step forward with stainless steel tubs that offer a host of benefits.
Consider the following:
- They’re resistant to cracking and rusting.
- Heavier than plastic tubs, they vibrate less during wash cycles, making the dishwasher quieter.
- Stainless steel withstands higher temperatures. The hotter the water, the more effective the detergent’s power and the overall cleaning performance.
- Able to handle temperatures up to 165°F, they also let dishwashers feature sanitizing cycles that kill bacteria.
Of course, there are always a couple disadvantages to any dishwasher feature. The most noticeable one here is cost: Stainless steel will always raise the price. You may get more use and better performance over the long term, though, so consider the long-term benefits as well as the initial ticket price.
Another possible downside affects people whose houses receive hard water. Both plastic and stainless steel tubs tend to develop calcium deposits, but it’s more noticeable on the stainless steel ones. This means extra cleaning and maintenance, something that might turn off certain buyers.
Professional chefs like stainless steel not only because they’re durable and resistant to corrosion and rust, but also because they’re gleaming and spotless when kept clean and sanitary. If you have a stainless steel dishwasher in your home, you’ll quickly learn how to keep the exterior clean and fingerprint free, and you’ll be happy with a shiny, attractive appliance.
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