Half load dishwasher - the pros and cons

When choosing a PMM, among other characteristics, you can notice the presence or absence of a partial loading of the bunker. It is not always clear to the user what a half load of the dishwasher means, and this important parameter is often overlooked. To find out if you need this feature, what is the use of it and whether to pay extra for its presence, read our review.


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    Half load is an additional function, applicable to any washing mode, thanks to which you can load half as many dishes. What is the convenience? There are several of them:

    1. No need to wait for a sufficient amount of soiled dishes to be collected.
    2. Water is saved - it is used much less than when the bunker is fully loaded.
    3. Less power is required due to the smaller amount of water that needs to be heated.

    Is it possible to not fully download the MMP without such a function? Of course, you can - you can wash one or two plates. Only about saving water and electricity is out of the question - resources are spent in full.

    Important! In modern expensive dishwashers, manufacturers bypassed the half load option by adding special sensors to the design. These sensors determine the degree of contamination of dishes and calculate its weight - the required amount of resources is calculated using these parameters. Therefore, if you have an expensive model in front of you, and you didn’t find the “1/2” options in it, ask if this is compensated for by the “intellectual” abilities of the dishwasher.

    In the PMM of the middle price segment, practically in every model there is a “Half hopper loading” function. It can usually be used in the main washing cycles: “Intensive”, “Economy” or “Soaking”.

    Pros and Cons

    You already know what loading means by half. It remains to be seen if you need this option. Consider the benefits:

    • mode "half" saves water and electricity;
    • washing program runs faster;
    • do not need to save the "mountains" of dishes - you can wash a small portion of plates immediately after breakfast, lunch, etc.

    There are functions and some drawbacks associated with the use of universal “3 in 1” tablets or liquid capsules - they are designed, as a rule, for a full wash and for a “short” program they may not fully dissolve. If liquid capsules have to be postponed until a full-fledged “long” wash, then the tablets can be dosed manually, cut in half.

    Important! Do not crush and do not erase tablets into powder - they should dissolve gradually, layer by layer. Saw with a clerical or wallpaper knife( not food!) Neatly, making a cut in the middle of the tablet.

    It can be concluded that this mode will bring many benefits to a small family or a person with the habit of not postponing washing dishes for later. If frequent washing is not about you, and you are used to downloading PMM to the top, it is possible that the “half” function will remain unused, and there is no point in spending money on it. In this case, do not overpay for what may not be needed.

    On the other hand, it cannot be said that there is a significant price difference between machines with and without partial loading. If the cost is practically the same, it is better to buy the model in which there are more options - perhaps they will be in demand later.

    How to arrange the dishes in the mode "½"

    When partially filling the PMM hopper, it is necessary to stack the dishes not as usual, but otherwise, in order to ensure a complete washing of each plate, glass, etc. The layout may differ, depending on the brand and model of your dishwasher, its principle is usually indicated in the instructions. In some Bosch brand machines on the “half” mode, the dishes should be placed only in the upper container, in other brands this is the lower shelf, and in some cases it is evenly distributed over all baskets.

    If you have decided( read the instructions or read the requirements on the Internet) how to properly distribute the dishes, loading them, follow the useful recommendations:

    1. Long appliances, such as shovels, ladles, skimmers, fold horizontally in front of the basket.
    2. Small tableware - forks, spoons and knives - set vertically in specially provided cells on the shelves.
    3. Do not put fragile ceramic, porcelain or glass products in a crowd - leave free space between them so that the utensils are not damaged by vibration. Use clamps.

    Review of the latest models of

    We will conduct a small review of the MMP that have entered the market in recent years. All of these models are equipped with the latest technology, including the function of partial loading of the bunker.

    Hansa ZIM 676 H

    Full-size dishwasher, fully integrated in the kitchen. The capacity of the bunker is 14 dishware sets. Classes washing and drying - the highest: A, energy class: A ++.Electronic control, convenient display. Water consumption per wash cycle is 11 liters, power: 1900 watts. Relatively quiet operation with 47 dB.

    Among the 6 washing programs, “Casual”, “Intensive” and “Express” are especially convenient. The program "Economical" and the function of half load allow efficient use of resources. The machine is equipped with a turbo dryer. Protection against leakage is complete, and protection against children( blocking against accidental pressing) is absent: apparently, due to the fact that the machine is fully built-in type, and the danger of interference with the control panel is eliminated.

    Among the useful functionality, it is worth noting a delayed launch, a sound signal at the end of the cycle, adjustable baskets and a holder of wine glasses. Indicators of salt and rinse, as well as the automatic installation of water hardness is not provided. Overall dimensions of the model( WxDxH): 60x55x82 cm.

    Cost from 16,000 to 26,000 rubles.

    Korting KDI 45130

    Narrow fully embedded model with a capacity of 10 sets. Classes of washing and drying - A, energy consumption - A ++.Electronic control and nothing extra( no display).Water and electricity consumption: 12 liters and 74 kW / h, respectively. Noise slightly increased: 49 dB.

    6 washing modes and 4 temperature modes are provided. Cycles: "Normal", "Intensive", "Express", "Delicate" and others. Of course, there is the possibility of loading the hopper by ½.

    Useful points:

    • delayed launch 3-9 hours;
    • partial leakage protection;
    • the possibility of using universal tablets and capsules "3 in 1";
    • sound alert;
    • indicators of regenerating salt and rinsing agent;
    • basket adjustable type( height).

    Sensor "turbidity" and the automatic installation of water hardness are missing. The holder of wine glasses is provided in the bunker. Dimensions: 45x58x82 cm( WxDxH).

    Price within 18 0000 - 27 000 rubles.

    Gorenje GV 53111

    Narrow full-build model on 9 sets. Classes of washing, drying, electricity consumption: A, A and A ++, respectively. Electronic control is convenient for the user due to the presence of the display. Water consumption - 9 liters, electricity - 0.69 kW / h. Noise above average: 49 dB.

    5 modes provide an everyday wash program, an intensive mode, a fast, economical cycle and soaking. The option of partial load PMM is applicable.

    There are also 4 temperature conditions and condensing type drying is built in. The manufacturer has provided a full delay start up to 24 hours and provided full protection against leakage. You can use tablets "3 in 1".The sound signal informs about the end of the program, the presence / absence of salt and rinse aid - indication. Inside the bunker is made of high quality stainless steel, baskets are height-adjustable for washing large dishes. Dimensions( WxDxH): 45x55x82 cm. Additionally: SpeedWash, ExtraDry.

    The cost ranges from 18,000 to 33,000 rubles.

    As you can see, loading a typewriter is half convenient and profitable;functionality will be useful for small families. The price category of models with the embedded “1/2” option can be both low and high, so everyone can find a technique that suits their capabilities and cost. Have a good choice.

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