“Making dishwashers great again”

For years, my wife has been justifiably complaining about how  dishwasher performance has gotten way worse because of goofy environmental rules enacted by the Feds.

Ostensibly, DOE rules were put in place to reduce energy and water consumption.


While well-intended (maybe) , from the get-go, consumers started complaining that dishwashers made under the new rules don’t clean very well — dishes come out dirty and smelly … and take forever to run … often requiring follow-on runs to finish the job.

DOE itself has acknowledged this is caused by its regulations, saying: “To help compensate for the negative impact on cleaning performance associated with decreasing water use and water temperature, manufacturers will typically increase the cycle time.” Source

The news: help may be on the way….


According to the WSJ

The Competitive Enterprise Institute — a free-market think tank — has petitioned the Dept. of Energy (DOE) to reconsider their long-term energy-saving campaign that has systematically degraded dishwashers.

Specifically, CEI argues that: “Dishwasher cycle times have become dramatically worse under DOE standards, and consumer satisfaction has dropped as a result.”

Specifically, “The average dishwasher cycle today is more than 2 hours, while decades ago it was one hour.”

The DOE is now now considering CEI’s request to shorten the time needed to thoroughly wash dishes by establishing a new category of dishwashers with relaxed energy standards.

Again, CEI asserts that the DOE  has already acknowledged that its regulations calling for “decreasing water use and water temperature” have had a  “negative impact on cleaning performance”  that “typically increase cycle times” and sometimes prompting consumers to run dishwashers twice for satisfactory cleanliness.

In other words, the energy savings were illusory.  Consumers may use less energy per minute, but they need to run their dishwashers longer … or eat off still dirty dishes.

Some consumers (e.g. my wife) are hoping that the DOE include clothes washers in their reconsideration.

Stay tuned…



In response to the CEI petition, the DOE has received “an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers who are tired of waiting for their dishes to dry or pre-washing their dishes by hand.”

According to the WSJ, the reaction was so positive that Energy wrote a draft rule to allow a new class of dishwashers featuring a cycle time of an hour or less.

Despite the groundswell of consumer sentiment, the dishwasher industry is opposing the change,  arguing that “manufacturers have made significant investments to meet the current standards — and that relaxing these standards would make these stranded investments”.

But, the WSJ opines:

The proposed new rule would not force anyone to change current dishwasher models.

If the machines are as good as the industry and environmentalists claim, consumers will stick with them.

If not, why not give the American people the chance to buy dishwashers that actually clean dishes?

Note: Save for Whirlpool (which owns Kitchenaid), all of the leading dishwasher brands are foreign-owned (think: Haier (GE brand), Bosch, Samsung),



My view  Degraded household appliances is a broad scale kitchen table issue. If the DOE acts quickly on dishwashers and clothes washers, Trump’s re-election is all but assured.


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2 Responses to ““Making dishwashers great again””

  1. Last week on the HomaFiles | The Homa Files Says:

    […] “Making dishwashers great again” DOE drafting regs to shorten cycle times and get dishes clean […]

  2. Ken Gorfiths Says:

    Same with Cars. Look at the cool cars of the 1960s and today’s cars look like a bureaucracy

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