DuWayne said "I find it disgusting that the company recommending you do a partial load of dishes "every night" instead of waiting for the dishwasher to be full!!! They also suggest you are saving water by doing this instead of washing in the sink. Ridiculous!! It doesn't take 17 liters of water to hand wash a small load, unless you leave the water running the whole time! Duh!
Also if you do 2 half loads in your dishwasher instead of a full load you end up using twice as much water/electricity, 4 quarter loads =four times as much water/electricity. What a waste of water and electricity, not to mention the extra wear and tear to your dishwasher!! Of course you end up using a lot more of their expensive product!! "
I didn't believe the dishwasher propaganda either, so I did some research. Here's what I found:
- Yes, the assume you are running the tap the entire time you are washing. I have personally only known 1 person my whole life that washed dishes like that.
- Modern dishwashers really do use very little water. The modern ultra-efficient ones only use a few gallons. The trade off is that they take a really long time to wash. This is a good primer demonstrating how dishwashers wash https://youtu.be/_rBO8neWw04
They are also more prone to clogging in from my experience, as they just don't have the water pressure/volume to move food bits along.
- They don't tell you how much energy your dishwasher uses.
- I calculated how much water I use when handwashing a similar amount of dishes to what my dishwasher holds. It's approx the same, assuming the rating on my dishwasher is accurate. The only thing it saves me is time.