It’s a total game-changer for cramped kitchens.
When you live in a tiny home or a small apartment, you have to prioritize your appliances—and whether you think it’s more important to have a dishwasher or a clothes dryer, there are those machines you simply don’t have room for. To save small-space dwellers from having to make this difficult decision, Heatworks launched Tetra, a dishwasher tiny enough to sit on a kitchen counter, at the International Consumer Electronics Show last week. Tiny-home enthusiasts, you can now officially have it all.
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Little enough to sit beside your KitchenAid mixer, Tetra can fit two full place settings, or 10 plates, or 12 pint glasses. Besides saving homeowners and renters from having to waste time hand-washing dishes, the appliance is also intended to conserve water. “Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more,” said Jerry Callahan, CEO and founder of Heatworks, in the company’s statement. “This makes people believe that they either need to hand-wash their few dirty dishes—which wastes 10 times more water than using a dishwasher—or wait for a full load to run a cycle. With Tetra, we hope to change people's mindset.” While a traditional dishwasher uses about six gallons of water per cycle, Tetra requires only a half gallon per load.
If your household generally has to wait several days to use enough dishes to fill the dishwasher, you already know how it can cause your machine to smell and stains to set in. But with this small-but-mighty machine, you can wash dishes immediately after each meal.
Plus, precise temperature controls let you set the machine according to what you're washing. Set it on high to sanitize baby bottles, or lower the temperature to prevent plastic food containers from melting. And the transparent design is equal parts entertaining and practical. Little ones will love watching the machine in action—and you’ll always know where in the 10-minute-long cycle the machine is.
Tetra will be available for purchase in late 2018, and Heatworks promises that the new machine will be priced under $300. This small-scale appliance is an investment, but it's still much more affordable than most full-size dishwashers.