Every single, family or group of roommates has their own washing up routine. If there is no space for a dishwasher, however, routine begins to become standard. And the routine takes the form of a stack of dishes left to accumulate in the sink in a loop that never ends.
Difficult to wash them, difficult to rinse them, n'est pas? It is not my fantasy. Dishwashers are a luxury in small kitchens, so sinks full of dirty dishes waiting for a reluctant wash is just a given. Fortunately, a new technological pearl could change that very soon. Meanwhile, it must be said, the best is behind us.
FlashDry: why did you leave us?
FlashDry® is a solution developed by KitchenAid which inexplicably (for me) ended up out of production. Perhaps due to an outrageous price, I don't know. Apart from that, however, its design can even today tell how technology can be integrated in small spaces: a worthy heir is still awaited.
This compact sink dishwasher fit neatly into a double sink, taking up its footprint for washing dishes and also leaving space for kitchen cabinets underneath. A love.
The dishwasher door also served as a dish drainer, and the unit came with a retractable cutting board that further enhanced the surface. The cutlery basket was above average, and the capacity was generous both for the number of dishes and for their shape (even the uncomfortable one of the pans).
Less space, less consumption
With enough space to accommodate up to five place settings at a time, this device also used 50% less water than a regular dishwasher for similarly sized loads. It could do a full cycle in 20-30 minutes, and the sink lid eventually opened to release internal steam and pressure.
There are space-saving countertop dishwashers and they are also easy to find, but it's not the same. The way these devices fit into the space is not that elegant. Those who are content with a compact kitchen are waiting for a solution like FlashDry to reach the consumer market.