Are today's dishwashers any better than years ago?
Haven't used one since I was a kid. Planing a kitchen remodel for the new-to-us house and considering whether to install one.
I don't mind doing dishes by hand; gives me a chance to look out the window and ponder things or just daydream.
However, it would also be nice, at the stage I'm at, to not have that chore.
But how much have they really improved? My deal-breaker criteria are:
--> "green" detergent (whatever that means)
--> no etching of dishes
--> no wasteful use of overly hot water
--> an energy-saving mode to bypass the drying cycle (even if it just beeps at me to open it up to allow dishes to air dry.
PS: Please don't beat the dead horse of oh, put one in for future re-sale "value". If I choose not to put in a dishwasher, I will have a set of cabinets sized to be easily replaced and a line plumbed for it. And that will be the extent of my concession to future owners. This kitchen is going to be 100% for me.
...TIA for any pointers about today's technology, models, etc.!