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glossary dishwashers

The dishwasher is designed to be installed under the kitchen counter.
A dishwasher that can be stored anywhere in the kitchen. To wash the dishes, it must be wheeled to a sink and connected to the faucet with a special adapter. An electrical cord attached to the back of the dishwasher is plugged into a standard electrical outlet.
Width (In.)
The front dimension measured from side to side.
Depth (In.)
The dimension measured from the front of the dishwasher to the rear.
Height (In.)
The dimension measured from the base to the top of the dishwasher.
Control Panel
Manual Timer - Turn the dial to select a wash option.

Push Button Selection - Push the button to select a wash option.

Tap-touch Controls - Tap touch an easy-clean polycarbonate covered button to select a wash option.

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.
Racks Coating
Dishwasher racks are available in two different coatings: vinyl and nylon.

Vinyl - A stain-resistant PVC coating covering the dishwasher rack.

Nylon - A stain-resistant NYLON coating strong enough to resist cuts.
Tub Material
Plastic - A durable, reliable and rustproof polypropylene material.

Porcelain On Steel - The tub is made of a stain-resistant porcelain on steel.

Stainless Steel - A long lasting, stain resistant, rust resistant material.
Tall Tub
A tall tub dishwasher provides extra capacity to hold a larger load of place settings
Sound Reduction System
Insulation buffers the sound of the running dishwasher. There are many grades available. We classify them as :
  • Standard
  • Good
  • Better
  • Best
Reversible Coloured Door Panel(s)
Reversible door panels let you choose a colour to compliment your kitchen. Commonly available colours include:
  • Black & White
  • Black & Bisque
  • Bisque & White
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.


Soil Sensor
The Soil Sensor Wash System works like magic. It can determine just how much water has to be used to get everything - even the most dried-up, the most baked-on, the dirtiest dishes - sparkling clean. And since the amount of water used affects the amount of energy needed, this can help save you money. Takes all the guesswork out of the heaviest load of dishes or pots and pans.
Wash System
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.
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
Maintains the ideal temperature depending on the wash cycle chosen to clean dishes properly. The water is hot enough to dissolve the detergent and provide ultimate cleaning.
Number of Wash Levels
Basic Wash Level - Water is sprayed up from the floor of the dishwasher.

Two Level Cleaning - Water is sprayed up from the floor of the dishwasher to both top and bottom racks.

Two Level Direct Water Feed - Water is fed directly to each spray arm.

Three Level Cleaning - Water is sprayed up from the floor of the dishwasher to reach top and bottom racks. Water also sprays from the top of the dishwasher down onto the dishes.

Three Level Direct Water Feed - Water is fed directly to each spray arm, and it sprays down onto the top of the dishes.
Four Level Cleaning - Water is sprayed up from the floor of the dishwasher to reach both top and bottom racks, and from the top down onto the dishes. In addition, water is sprayed from the bottom of the upper rack onto the lower level of dishes.

Five Direct Feed - water is fed directly into each of the three spray arms, providing five levels of wash action.

Six Level Cleaning - Water is angled at the racks for additional cleaning action. The spray also shoots up from the floor of the dishwasher to reach both top and bottom racks, and from the top down. Water is also sprayed from the bottom of the upper rack onto the lower level of dishes.
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.
Filters - Used to clean small particles out of the water so debris can be flushed away during draining.

Glass Trap - Accidents do happen. And when they do, the Glass Trap goes to work, catching broken glass or large bones - generally anything you don't want to end up in the dishwasher pump.

Macerator - 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.
Maximum Delay Time (Hrs.)
A timer on the dishwasher lets you delay the start of the wash cycle until a more convenient time. In communities where hydro is cheaper at off peak hours, this feature helps save money.
Wash Temperature Options
Dishes should be washed at 135 to 140 degrees F. To sanitize them, the temperature can be adjusted to 160 degrees F.
Rinse Temperature Option
Can also be adjusted (135 to 140 degrees F. for clean, 160 degrees F. for sanitization), or choose a combination of the two - normal wash, sanitizing rinse.
Indicator Lights
Provide a guide to the progress of the wash/rinse cycle.
Number of Cycle Options
Refers to the number of pre-programmed wash options available.
Pots and Pans Cycle
Ideal for a very dirty load - say after a party - or for cleaning pots and pans.
Normal Cycle
This is ideal for a normal, everyday load of dishes.
Econo/Short Cycle
Use for lightly soiled loads.
China/Crystal Cycle
Delicate crystal and glassware is cleaned carefully and gently.
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.
Half Load Cycle
Fill the top or bottom rack to run a half load.
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.
Drying Options
Heat - The bottom element heats up and dries the dishes.

No Heat - Dishes dry naturally by convection and no power is used.

Fan - The fan removes wet air from the dishwasher. This option can be used alone, or in combination with the heater to dry dishes faster.
Favourite Cycle Option
Pre-program the dishwasher to a favourite cycle. When it's time to wash the dishes, press the button and you'll get your favorite cycle every time! This feature is only available on electronic dishwashers.
Child Lockout
This feature allows you to lock control panel operation to help protect children (and your dishes) from accidents.


Rack Type
Standard - This rack has regular capacity.

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

Extended/Jumbo - This rack has a greater capacity and holds more dishes than most other types.

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.
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.

In-door Cutlery Basket - Built into the dishwasher door. Some models offer a small items cover.

Cutlery Tray - Cutlery lies flat on top of a pullout tray. Very convenient for holding utensils, such as carving knives.
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.
Fold Down Clips - Keeps lighter items, such as plastic containers, from flipping over during the wash cycle.


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

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.
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.
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.


Type of Wheels
Wheels attached to the bottom of the dishwasher allow you to move it around the kitchen.

Rollers - Rollers attached to the bottom of the dishwasher make it easy to move the appliance.

Casters - Casters make it easier to move the machine.

Sheppard Casters - This deluxe design makes it very easy to move the dishwasher.
Convertible to Undercounter Use
Some portables can be installed as an underneath model at some later date. May require an optional kit.
Type of Top
Laminated - Extra counter space can be created with the choice of an easy to clean laminated top.

Hardwood - This top does double duty as a butcher block for preparing vegetables, fruit and meat.
Other Features
Any other feature (s) the product offers.