Dishwashing Terms


Whole number of place settings stated by the manufacturer, which can be cleaned and dried when loaded in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions into the dishwasher.

Child Safety Lock:

Safety device in order to prevent children from opening the door of the dishwasher, e.g. during operation, but also when it is not in use.

Circulating Pump:

Pump located in the sump under the filter system that pumps the water through the pipes into the sprayer arms.

Cutlery Basket:

Small basket, which is placed in the lower rack of your dishwasher. It is used to store your cutlery and other small items during a wash.

Cutlery Drawer:

Drawer which is located above the upper rack of your dishwasher. It is used to store your cutlery during a wash. 

dB (A):

The decibel (dB) is a unit used to measure sound intensity and other physical quantities. To account for the fact that are particularly low and high-pitched sounds appear less loud to the human ear, noise is usually measured in A-weighted decibels (dB(A)).

Delay Timer:

This additional function allows you to pre-set the start of a dishwasher cycle to the time you prefer (e.g. you could run the dishwasher overnight).

China / Crystal Cycle:

Special wash to suit the needs of china, silverware or other special items that require a gentle cleaning at low water temperatures. The cycle is only appropriate for lightly soiled dishes.

Detergent Dosing Chamber:

Dosing device for the automatic dishwashing detergent. It is usually located at the inner side of the dishwasher door. The detergent dosing chamber needs to be filled with detergent before every wash. During each cycle, the detergent chamber opens automatically to release the detergent at the optimal time.

Dishwasher Cleaner:

Over time, grease and limescale can form on critical areas in your machine, such as the spraying arms, water pipes and the sump. The purpose of this cleaning agent is to remove these deposits that may be present in the dishwashing machine. 

Drying Cycle:

Last step during the dishwashing cycle to dry the dishes.

Drying Fan:

To support the drying of the dishes, some dishwashers have a drying fan operating during the drying cycle. This ensures that the humid, hot air is transported from the interior space outside the dishwasher.

Energy Star Rating: 

Energy star ratings are assigned to dishwashers. Every couple of years, the standards require less water and energy use.

Final Rinse Cycle:

Dishwasher cycle in which the rinse aid is added into the rinsing water to ensure shiny dishes and assists the machine’s drying process.

Half Load Option:

If the dishwasher is only half-loaded, this option allows you only to clean one of the dishwasher racks. This saves water and energy.

Heavy Duty/Pots & Pans:

For items with heavy baked-on or hard dried-on food remains like pots and pans. Due to its high water temperature it is not suited for delicate items, which need to be washed at lower temperatures.

Lower Rack:

Dish rack on the bottom of the dishwasher. Due to the higher water pressure compared to the upper rack, it is especially suited for larger and heavily soiled items, e.g. pots, pans and large plates. 

Main Wash Cycle:

Dishwasher cycle in which the detergent is released and mixed with water to channel through the sprayer arms with high-pressure spray. The water is heated up to support the cleaning process.

Monodose Detergent:

Concentrated single-dose powder/gel pacs, which include cleaning agents and a rinse aid. Depending on the product formulation, other functions can be added to the product, e.g. etch protection, silver and stainless steel protection, shine etc.

Noise Level:

The noise level of a dishwasher needs to be mentioned on the Energy Label by, rated in dB (A).

Normal Cycle:

Standard wash cycle used by most consumers on a daily basis.

Place Settings:

A place setting is a defined set of plates, glass and cutlery for the use of one person. The capacity of a dishwasher is rated in place settings.

Portable Dishwasher:

This appliance can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, e.g. underneath a work surface or on its own.

Quick Program Wash:

A quick wash for lightly soiled dishes with very little amount of food remains. 

Rinse Aid (e.g. Finish® Jet Dry®):

The rinse aid ensures spot and film protection for dishes and assists the machine’s drying process. It is dosed automatically during the rinse cycle. Please refill the rinse aid dispenser once a month.

Rinse Aid Dispenser:

It is located at the inner side of the dishwasher door. The rinse aid dispenser can hold up to 40 wash loads worth of rinse aid and does not need to be refilled before every wash. Depending on the dosing settings, a certain amount of rinse aid is dosed automatically during the rinse cycle to ensure sparkling and dry dishes at the end of the wash.  Some dishwashers have a rinse aid warning light on the control panel, while others have a full/empty indicator on the dispenser.

Rinse & Hold:

Program which should be used to rinse off dishes with cold water if items have been loaded for several days in the dishwasher. It should be used prior to washing. No detergent is dosed during this cycle. 


Area under the filter system where the circulating pump is located that pumps the washing water through the pipes into the sprayer arms.

Sprayer Arms:

Devices that rotate during the washing cycle due to the water pressure. Water is pumped into the sprayer arms. Because of the rotation, the water reaches all areas in the interior space of the dishwasher so that every dish gets in contact with the washing water.

Upper Rack:

Because of the lower water pressure, it is especially suited for smaller and delicate items (e.g. cups and glasses).

Water Hardness:

Water hardness is measured by the concentration of hardness components (calcium and magnesium ions) in the water. The higher the concentration of the hardness components in the washing water, the harder it is for the detergent to provide a good cleaning result. In addition, hard water will also lead to clogging due to limescale buildup in the dishwasher.