Who among us loves washing dishes? Cool, we’re on the same page. Now, who thinks of the dishwasher as a design element for your kitchen? No one. It happens to be part of the package Lowe’s or Home Depot won’t shut up about during appliance sales.
Enter Heatworks with the more than stable geniuses at frog, an international design firm. Together they created the Tetra, a $300 countertop dishwasher available later this year. Here’s how Jerry Callahan describes the role Tetra will fill:
“Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more. This makes people believe that they either need to handwash their few dirty dishes — which wastes 10 times more water than using a dishwasher — or wait for a full load to run a cycle. With Tetra, we hope to change people’s mindset.”
Jerry, I don’t think you’ve seen the aftermath of me or my dad cooking, but it looks like we have cooked for 30. Why is the colander dirty when we made pancakes? Don’t ask. Trust the process.
Jokes aside, the Tetra is designed for those who either lack the space or are eco-conscious. It has enough room for two full place settings and can use a regular electrical outlet. If you have no clue what a salad plate is, the Tetra can handle 10 plates or 10 pint glasses.
How does it work? Heatworks is employing its Ohmic Array Technology. Regular metal heating elements rust over time. Instead, the water is heated using both graphite electrodes and advanced controls to excite the naturally occurring minerals in water, which heats the water and cleans the load of dishes.
The precise temperature control and the use of only water allow the Tetra to work as a sanitizer for baby products, plastic containers become Tetra-safe, and you can cook seafood if you choose.
Switching to a system similar to this instead of handwashing a few dirty dishes or running a traditional dishwasher has the potential to save 1500 gallons of water every year in a small household.