Everything You Need to Know About Dishwasher Cycles

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The dishwasher’s control panel has a number of cycles and you may probably wonder whether you will need to use all of them. Ranging from “Speed 60” and “SaniWash” to “Normal” and “Sensor” – it can be very difficult to know which one to use.

One of the easiest ways to find out about each of these cycles is to read the user manual. In that regard, here is a breakdown of the most popular dishwasher cycles and also keep in mind that specific cycle names may vary, but they often fall into the following categories.

diswasher cycle

1. Auto/Sensor/Smart Wash Cycle

Despite having various names, this dishwasher cycle is increasingly becoming very common these days. However, not all models of dishwashers come with this great feature. If you are using a dishwasher that has an Auto/Sensor cycle, you can use it to detect how dirty your dishes and cookware are and also adjust the cycle duration and intensity to get your utensils clean.

Auto Wash Cycle

2. 1-Hour Wash/Express/Quick Cycle

This dishwasher cycle has a variety of names; for instance, Bosch’s Speed60 is one of the most creative cycles of this group. Express, Quick and 1-Hour Wash is just the same cycle with different names and it uses extra water and heat to clean your dishes within an hour, but some dishwasher models like Ikea‘s can take less than an hour to clean dishes.

Quick Cycle

3. Normal Cycle

This is actually the most commonly used dishwasher cycle just because most people give up on trying to decipher other options. It’s the best dishwasher cycle for cleaning an average load of dishes, but most manufacturers usually advice that the Normal Cycle is the best setting for washing normally-soiled cookware and dishes. This cycle doesn’t need extra heat and water to get the job done – saving you a lot on your utility bill.

Normal Cycle

4. SaniWash/Anti-Bacterial Cycle

SaniWash, also known as SaniRinse is also another common cycle that you probably see at the control panel of your dishwasher. In fact, this cycle is based on a certain standard that requires all dishwashers that have this particular cycle to eliminate up-to 99.99% of bacteria from the dishes and cookware with a 150° rinse temperature.

Anti-Bacterial Cycle

5. Rinse Cycle

This dishwasher cycle isn’t actually the best for getting your dishes and cookware clean, but it’s the best one to use to wash off the leftovers. However, according to some brands, this cycle is also the best for preventing food residues from drying on the dishes. Some manufacturers suggest not to use any cleaning solution or detergent, particularly when doing a quick rinse.

Rinse Cycle

6. Pots & Pans Cycle

This dishwasher cycle is the best option for cleaning heavily soiled dishes with baked-on grime. It’s actually the only cycle that uses more water than any other cycle – but what’s most important is to clean your dishes. Just like most other dishwasher cycles, Pots & Pans also has some other names, including Ikea’s Intensive and KitchenAid’s Heavy Duty.

Pans Cycle

Concisely, China is also another important cycle you should know about. It’s commonly used to clean delicate dishes, such as fine china and crystal. Lastly, understanding everything about all these cycles makes it easier to operate your dishwasher and get your dishes and cookware clean in the right way.

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