Everything You Need To Know About Dishwasher Cycles

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Dishwashers are found in almost every kitchen these days – all you have to do is load, add the detergent and set the proper wash cycles! Sounds simple but if you don’t choose the appropriate cycle for your items you could be in trouble. Take a look at everything you need to know about dishwasher cycles here…

Different dishwasher categories

The easiest way to learn about cycles is to read the manual that is supplied with your appliance. You can also get details of your specific dishwasher online if the model you have isn’t new. To make things simple cycles can be divided into the following types:

The Normal Cycle

This cycle is ideal for normally soiled dishes and cookware that doesn’t have any baked on food residues. It’s the most commonly used cycle as it uses minimal heat and water, so saving on energy bills.

Auto/Sensor/Smart Wash

This cycle will detect how dirty your dishes are and set the heat and cycle duration to get them clean. Whichever name is given to this particular cycle the results are the same – your dishes will be thoroughly cleaned without you hardly have to do any setting at all!

Express/Quick/1 Hour Wash

Using extra water and heat to get your dishes clean in an hour is perfect for when you need to get items cleaned quickly.

Pots and Pans/ Heavy Duty/Intensive

You need this option for heavily soiled cookware with baked-on food residues, and most of the water will actually be used during this washing process.


Used to clean delicate items such as china and glass this option uses a light wash with a gentle spray to avoid causing any damage.


This cycle is actually based on a standard that requires all dishwashers to eliminate almost 100% of bacteria from dishes and cookware with a 150 degree rinse temperature.


Use this particular cycle for washing off leftovers, and for preventing food residues from drying on dishes. When doing a quick rinse it isn’t always necessary to use any cleaning solution or detergent. Useful for when you’re loading just a few dishes and don’t want to run a full cleaning cycle.

Half-load Options

Selected models may have a half-load facility for use on occasions when you only have a few items that need cleaning and it’s not worth doing a full cycle. This also helps to save energy and water.

Drying Functions

Technology for fast and efficient drying means absorbing moisture and converting it into energy which is then released as heat to dry the dishes.

When you need experienced appliance repairers

There may come a time when your dishwasher just isn’t responding to your cycle requests, and that’s the time to call in the professionals! Dishwasher repairs can be booked online really easily. Make sure you choose a reputable company with qualified technicians who deliver a fully insured service with a six-month guarantee. Get a free quote for the repairs you want and choose an appointment that fits in with you – if you need a short notice option you’ll be able to get one!

Everything You Need To Know About Dishwasher Cycles was last modified: January 8th, 2018 by Mix Repairs