Since we can’t technically lick our plates clean, loading and unloading the dishwasher is a chore that can’t be wiped away. At least plenty of dishwashers now come with a cutlery tray to save us from the pain of fumbling through a minefield of different sized spoons, knives and a batch of surprisingly sharp forks. If you like the idea of a dishwasher with a cutlery tray, here’s a quick buying guide to help you find the best for your budget.
What’s the difference between a cutlery basket and cutlery tray?
The cutlery basket is the ‘original’ cutlery compartment and is included in many traditional dishwashers, while the rack is featured in many newer models. Cutlery baskets have a ‘stand and stuff’ approach to organising dirty utensils, while a cutlery tray provides specific sections for all your spoons, forks, knives and any other utensils. Both cutlery trays and baskets are adjustable, although inside door baskets are usually fixed.
Dishwashers that include cutlery trays
Here are a few dishwashers from prominent brands you can buy that include cutlery trays. Read on for further details.
|Miele G 4203 I Active Integrated Dishwasher||$1,599*|
|LG 15 Place QuadWash Dishwasher in Noble Steel Finish XD3A15NS||$1,499*|
|Westinghouse Stainless Steel Freestanding Dishwasher WSF6608X||$1,189*|
|Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher DW60FC4X1||$1,049*|
|Bosch 60cm Serie 4 Freestanding Dishwasher SMS46GW01A||$1,049*|
Source: Respective retailers, January 2020; Appliances Online, January 2020
With the dishwasher market packed tightly, it can prove tough to narrow down which options you should look at, and which ones you should wash down the drain. If you’re looking for a model with a cutlery tray, here are some of the brands that offer the feature.
Miele dishwashers with cutlery trays
Miele claims it was the first brand to dish up the cutlery tray, loading up its range of dishwashers with the drawer for more than 25 years. It’s described to ‘cradle’ each piece of cutlery to prevent scratches, allow convenient and hygienic unloading, and ensure dishes are thoroughly cleaned and dried. Several units like the Miele G 4203 I Active Integrated Dishwasher also contain a hinged bottle holder to similarly accommodate taller items, and can be folded away to create extra space.
This Miele dishwasher is the most affordable integrated dishwasher currently available from Miele, with other built-in options ranging between $1,699 and $4,299. Miele alternatively provides 3D+ cutlery trays to let you customise the width, height and depth of the compartment to cater to a variety of loads. This can be found in models such as the Miele G 6927 SCI XXL Integrated Dishwasher XXL, Miele G6727 SCU XXL Built-under Dishwasher, Miele G 6620 SC Freestanding Dishwasher and the Miele G 6660 SCVI Fully Integrated Dishwasher.
- Energy efficiency rating: 3 stars (consumes 324kWh per year)
- Water efficiency rating: 4 stars (consumes 13.5L per Automatic load)
- RRP: $1,599
LG dishwashers with cutlery trays
LG offers a few customisable functions to accommodate different load sizes. Models like the LG 15 Place QuadWash Dishwasher (XD3A15NS) contain SmartRack, a feature said to create more space and better functionality. While the adjustable shelves are designed to cater various types of cookware, the Inverter Direct Drive Motor is claimed to open up 10L worth of space and enough room for a third adjustable rack for cutlery, espresso cups or utensils.
LG’s range of dishwashers usually cost between $999 and $1,749, with most models priced at the higher end of the scale. But not all LG dishwashers come with a cutlery tray, including the cheaper LG 14 Place QuadWash Dishwasher XD5B14WH, so if you’re after the feature, be sure to keep an eye out.
- Energy efficiency rating: 4 stars (consumes 246kWh per 365 uses on Eco and Energy Saver programs)
- Water efficiency rating:5 stars (consumes 11.1L per wash)
- RRP: $1,499
Westinghouse dishwashers with cutlery trays
There’s nothing worse than reaching for a teaspoon and accidentally jabbing your hand on a steak knife. That’s apparently why Westinghouse created the FlexRack cutlery tray, a compartment that’s designed to accommodate long knives and larger items, as well as wash all the items effectively. This feature is available in a few models, including the Westinghouse Stainless Steel Freestanding Dishwasher, which also offers 15 place settings.
If the never-ending stack of dishes is a cause for concern, it may be useful to know that Westinghouse has also included an aqua control function to automatically cut off the water supply to the dishwasher and prevent potential flooding.
- Energy efficiency rating: 3 stars (consumes 353kWh per year)
- Water efficiency rating: 5 stars (consumes 13.5L per wash)
- RRP: $1,189
Fisher & Paykel dishwashers with cutlery trays
For Fisher & Paykel, the cutlery tray in appliances like the DW60FC4X1 Dishwasher is all about adding extra flexibility. This model is designed with 15 place settings, with two drawers dedicated for a variety of items and an additional full width sliding rack to store cutlery and utensils. It also comes with height adjustable trays for both the fold down cup racks and wine glass holders.
This Fisher & Paykel dishwasher can cater round plates up to 260mm, and offers six wash programs, as well as ThermoDry technology to remove any moisture left from the final rinse.
- Energy efficiency rating: 5 stars (consumes 280kWh per year)
- Water efficiency rating: 5 stars (consumes 11.9L per wash)
- RRP: $1,049
Bosch dishwashers with cutlery tray
While Bosch predominantly features a cutlery basket in the majority of its dishwashers, models such as the Bosch 60cm Serie 4 Freestanding Dishwasher SMS46GW01A also include the Rackmatic cutlery tray. Creating extra convenience by allowing you to adjust the height of the top basket, even when fully loaded, the Rackmatic feature also ensures any long stem glasses, as well as tall plates in the lower basket, are cleaned all at once.
This Bosch freestanding dishwasher is amongst the most affordable options in the brand’s range of 60cm units, with models typically retailing between $1,049-$2,099. The Bosch Serie 6 Freestanding Dishwasher is a smaller alternative, typically priced at $1,149.
- Energy efficiency rating: 4 stars (consumes 230kWh per year on Eco 45℃)
- Water efficiency rating: 4 stars (consumes 13.4L per wash)
- RRP: $1,049
Is a cutlery tray better than a cutlery basket?
Whether you should get a dishwasher with a cutlery tray or a cutlery basket pretty much depends on your organisation style. The basket may be useful for people who prefer to load quickly and don’t mind which way their fork or spatula is inserted, although unloading everything might take a little extra time to sort through. If you enjoy a bit more order to the dishwasher madness, then a cutlery tray could be more your speed, although you may have to dig a bit deeper into the dishwasher market to find the best model for your needs.
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