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Dishwashers Buying Guide – Glossary

Dishwashers are great time savers in the kitchen, plus they can also help you save on energy and water costs.



EnerGuide Rating (kWh/Year)

The more efficient your dishwasher, the less energy is used. The number of kilowatt-hours used per year (based on average usage) will be shown right on your machine.

Product Width (In.)

The front dimension measured from side to side.

Product Depth (In.)

The dimension measured from the front of the dishwasher to the rear.

Product Height (In.)

The dimension measured from the base to the top of the dishwasher.

Controls & Display

Electronic Controls

A light touch on an electronic control panel activates the dishwasher.

LED (light emitting diode) Display

The operating status of the dishwasher is monitored and displayed on a lighted panel.

Manual Timer

Dials are turned manually to select options.

Push Button Controls

Buttons are pushed manually to select options.

Tap-touch Controls

Tap touch easy-clean polycarbonate covered buttons to select options.


Rack Coating


A stain-resistant PVC coating that covers the dishwasher racks.


A stain-resistant nylon coating that covers the dishwasher racks that will not chip or discolour over time.

Wash Systems & Options

Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)

Maintains the ideal temperature depending on the wash cycle chosen to clean dishes / clothes properly. The water is hot enough to dissolve the detergent and provide ultimate cleaning.

Rinse Aid Dispenser

A container installed in the door to hold a rinse agent. Rinse agents help dishes dry streak free. When the rinse agent is added to the dispenser, it is automatically dispersed during the wash cycle.

Soil Separator

Centrifugal force in a soil collection chamber removes solids from the wash water. This is known as active cleaning.

Soil Settler

Food and dirt settle in a holding chamber where it is removed from the wash water. This is known as passive cleaning.



Used to remove small particles from the water so debris can be flushed away during draining.

Glass Trap

Catches broken glass or large bones - generally anything you don't want to end up in the dishwasher pump.


A high-speed blade chops up any lumps in the water, such as bones or broken glass to prevent debris from clogging the dishwasher's pump.

Wash Cycles

China/Crystal Cycle

Delicate crystal and glassware is cleaned carefully and gently.

Econo/Short Cycle

Use for lightly soiled loads.

Normal Cycle

This is ideal for a normal, everyday load of dishes.

Plate Warmer Cycle

Having company? Serving on a warm plate keeps food hot until it reaches the table. Load plates into the dishwasher, set the cycle and in minutes the dishes will be warm. There's no water involved.

Pots and Pans Cycle

Ideal for items that require more scrubbing, such as pots and pans.

Rinse Only Cycle

When the dishwasher is not full, but the dishes are heavily soiled, the rinse cycle loosens baked-on food until you're ready to run a full load.

Drying Options


The fan removes wet air from the dishwasher. This option can be used alone, or in combination with the heater to dry dishes faster.


The bottom element heats up and dries the dishes.

No Heat

Dishes dry naturally by convection and no power is used.

Rack Features & Types


Rack can be raised or lowered to accommodate tall or bulky items. The rack may also come with fold down tines.

Cup Shelf

A shelf provides additional space for cups.

Cup Shelf Flip/Up or Flip/Down

With this version, flip the cup shelf out of the way when it's not needed.


This rack has a greater capacity and holds more dishes than most other types.

High Sided

Tall items are more secure and easier to position in the rack.

High Sided With Extended/Jumbo

The maximum capacity rack. It has the extended sides for tall dishes and it's designed larger to accommodate bigger loads.


This rack has regular capacity.

Tiered Racks

Tiered racks provide the greatest flexibility of all. Small, tall or bulky items can be easily fitted, without making any adjustments. The tiered racks may also come with fold down tines.

Basket Features & Types

Cutlery Tray

Cutlery lies flat on top of a pullout tray. Very convenient for holding utensils, such as carving knives.

Fold Down Clips

Keeps lighter items, such as plastic containers, from flipping over during the wash cycle.

Fold Down Tines / Clips

These are tines in the racks which fold down to enable you to put larger items - like mixing bowls - in your dishwasher.

In-door Cutlery Basket

Built into the dishwasher door. Some models offer a small items cover.

Silverware Basket

There are three styles of basket:

  • Standard
  • Basic Cutlery Basket
  • Jumbo

Small Items Cover for Cutlery Basket

A cover secures small items, such as a baby bottle nipple, during the wash cycle. Available for both the standard and the jumbo baskets.

Storage Accessories

Utensil Basket

This is ideal for longer cutlery items such as knives, carving forks, etc.

Stem Holders

Keeps wine glasses secure during the wash cycle.

No Flip Clips

Plastic clips attached to the dishwasher rack hold light objects in place during the wash cycle.