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GE dishwashers attack the problem of cleaning tightly packed silverware

Whether you manually prewash or not, when you run a load of dishes, glasses, silverware, and utensils through the dishwasher, you expect everything to come out clean. But that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes the silverware and utensils get packed so tight — come on, you know you do that — that while your dishes and glasses come out sparkling clean, your silverware and utensils, not so much. Well, now GE Appliances says it has you covered.

Starting in June, GE’s new Cafe and Profile dishwashers will have more than 40 dedicated silverware jets. Those jets will blast straight up from the bottom of the machine, separating everything that can be separated to open up spaces for cleaning. The expected results? The most caked-on cake spoon will be as clean as the glassware in the top tray.

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The silverware jets aren’t the only new feature introduced in GE’s new dishwashers, but when it comes to silverware, GE has felt your pain.

“Silverware is one of the hardest things to get clean. Consumers want a dishwasher than can provide table-ready silverware in one wash cycle, along with more loading and cleaning options,” said Mike Nerdig, GE Appliances dishwasher products marketing manager.

To make sure you know exactly where the special silverware jets are located, they are colored red so you will know where to place the basket for optimum cleaning.

Continuing with the same color theme for hard-to-clean items, red bottle jets on the top rack show you where to place containers like baby bottles, sports bottles, and travel mugs. Sometimes those items can sit for a while (like a month or two under a car seat) before they make it to the dishwasher, and the gunk can get quite hardened. So rather than having to attack them yourself before putting them in the dishwasher, now there are washer jets ready for such challenges.

In all, the new Cafe and Profile models will have more than 140 jets, including the dedicated silverware and container jets. What we’re really focused on, however, is how well the silverware jets can get oatmeal and cheese off spoons and forks.