When can I open my dishwasher

Your dishwasher will automatically tell you when it is ready. In one case with a beep, a light and sometimes both. Some people take their dirty dishes out of the dishwasher right then, but there are also people who think differently. On this page we explain what you can do best.

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From what point can your dishwasher be opened

Some dishwashers use the heat from the evaporated water to dry the dirty dishes. If you open the door as soon as the program is finished, all this heat dissipates immediately and you run the risk of leaving the dishes wet. Leaving the dishwasher closed for 15 to 20 minutes after the end of the program guarantees dry dishes. Your dishes will still be very hot after 20 minutes, though, so it’s best to leave the door open for a while. If the door does not stay open on its own, you can always slide out the top rack a bit.

Leaving the dishwasher closed is a precise job. If you open the dishwasher after more than 30 minutes there is a risk that the evaporated water will condense and wet your dishes again. Leaving the appliance closed for too long can also cause problems. If you don’t always have the time to stay near your dishwasher until the end of the wash cycle, you can look for a model with a delayed start option. This will ensure that it is ready the moment you are at home.

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Type of dishwasher

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Noise level dishwasher

A quiet dishwasher makes little noise when washing wet dishes. Is your dishwasher located near your living room? Then consider a quiet dishwasher.
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Dishwasher price

Of course, how much maximum you want to pay for your dishwasher is entirely up to your budget. A more expensive dishwasher will almost always have a longer lifespan than a cheaper one.
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Dishwasher size

A large family requires a larger dishwasher, and also a higher number of place settings. A smaller family will suffice with a dishwasher with a smaller number of place settings.
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Energy consumption dishwasher

An energy-saving dishwasher has energy label A, B or C and uses less water and energy. When you invest in an energy-efficient dishwasher, you almost always recoup this investment.
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Facts and fables about opening your dishwasher

Your dishwasher will smell if you don't open it

In principle, your dishwasher won’t start to smell if you don’t open it, unless there are very dirty things in the dishwasher without being washed. Even in that case, an open dishwasher will not be enough to prevent bad odors. When you have left clean dishes to dry it really won’t matter for the smell if your dishwasher door doesn’t open.

An open dishwasher is bad for your kitchen

There are voices that say an open dishwasher is not good for the kitchen cabinets and countertop. The foil will bulge and will slowly come off due to the fumes. When you open the dishwasher daily right after the program ends, the moisture damage becomes visible. Again, it’s wise to give your dishwasher 15-20 minutes to let your dishes dry. Once you open it, the worst of the vapor is gone and it won’t affect your kitchen anymore!