Handwashing vs Dishwashing

The best way to go about washing the dishes can be a tough choice for some; is it better to use the dishwasher or wash by hand? Here are some of the key differences you need to know between hand washing and using a dishwasher.

Saving Time

A dishwasher is there to make life as easy as possible, to enable you to embrace all the dishes that life throws at you, so you can just put them right in the dishwasher and get on with the more important things.

Washing up a full dishwasher load - the cooking utensils, pots, pans and plates - by hand can take as long as 60 minutes to do. Although dishwashers can take longer (depending on cycle), the only time you spend working is to load and unload the contents. This means you can save around 4hrs per week on average.

Saving Dishware

Everyone has had a moment where a plate has slipped out of their hands, or fallen when propped up on the draining board, only to break on the floor or counter top. This is very frustrating, and the same goes with glasses and delicate utensils too. A dishwasher takes care of the problem by safely storing items throughout the wash, and then self-drying after, ensuring no slips! A dishwasher can save your glassware over time, so long as you load them correctly.

A Better Clean

We’re only human and unfortunately our hands cannot withstand the temperature of water required to kill bacteria and give our dishes a good clean. As a result, we often resort to cool or lukewarm water to rinse dishes. In addition to this, kitchens are notorious for being one of the most germ-ridden places in the household, and this means that all items in the kitchen including dishware warrant a more thorough clean.

A dishwasher, equipped with powerful jets and specially-designed racks, provides the necessary thermal disinfection and cleanliness by using hot water (60°C or more) coupled with strong detergents in a concentrated amount of water. Dishwashers are an effective cleaning solution, whereas washing dishes by hand can often be ineffective. Make a wash easier, cleaner and better, with a dishwasher and Finish Quantum Max detergent.

Saving Money

Will my dishwasher save me money?’ is a question every potential purchaser asks, and rightfully so. Of course, the variables between households - the number of people, the number of meals cooked, the efficiency of your dishwasher - make the debate more nuanced. After all, there is no ‘typical’ home – a married couple with no children will use their dishwasher far less over a week, month or year than a family of five.

It is a common, but mistaken, belief that washing the dishes by hand can save you money when the truth shows otherwise. In fact, recent models use minimal amounts of water and energy, so their cost per wash is much less than people think.

Hand washing vs. Dishwasher Myths – Energy & Water


Pre-rinsing dishes most certainly will cause you to use more water than putting dishes straight into the dishwasher. On average, you waste about 6,000 gallons of water a year pre-washing plates. Comparatively, using a dishwasher is better for the environment. Dishwashers re-use a limited amount of water; it’s not constantly streaming out new water to be wasted. On average a dishwasher uses as little as 12 litres of water. So, you could potentially be saving on water bills. Simply scrape away any excess food and then use Finish Quantum to give your dishes a brilliant shine.


A study of 200 households, carried out over 2007 and 2008, found those who had a dishwasher and used it efficiently (i.e., when it was full) used on average 50 percent less water and 28 percent less energy than those who didn't own a dishwasher. Indeed, further laboratory studies found that washing up a full dishwasher load by hand took 60 minutes and 49 litres of heated water, compared with just 12 litres of water and nine minutes each to load and unload.

The Finish Dishwasher Calculator uses water and energy usage over a week to estimate the cost savings over a year compared to washing up by hand. Use the sliders to indicate the number of people in your household, and the number of meals cooked that you then wash up after by hand, and you’ll see that even the smallest families could save money and energy by using a dishwasher. Check out the calculator to find out how much money you could save here.

Every penny counts, and when you consider the many other benefits that come with using a dishwasher, it all adds up to an investment worth making.

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