How Many Cycles Does a Dishwasher Run?
Typically, dishwashers of any make and model have at least 3 wash cycles: pre-wash, main wash and final wash/rinse. Some modern dishwashers offer more cycle choices to give you more options on how you clean your dishes.
The pre-wash sprays warm water on your dishes to loosen up soils and stains, while the main wash washes your dishes with hot water and detergent. The final wash rinses dishes with warm, clean water to remove detergent residue and any left over food particles.
How Long is a Dishwasher Cycle?
Cycle times vary depending on the wash cycle and any added cycle settings you have selected, but a typical wash cycle can last about 2–4 hours. Some cycles and dry settings can add length to your cycle time while others, like Quick Wash, can shorten it.
Why Are New Dishwasher Cycles So Long?
Generally, modern dishwashers are more energy efficient than their predecessors. They use less energy and water to run a single cycle, but this efficiency typically increases cycle times.
How Much Water and Electricity Do Dishwasher Cycles Use?
Modern dishwashers typically use about 3–4 gallons of water and 1200 watts of electricity per cycle. The precise water and electricity usage of your dishwasher varies depending on the make and model of your appliance, consult your product manual for specific information.