What is an adaptive wash?
Dishwashers equipped with adaptive wash technologies have sensors in the drain which monitor the amount of waste being produced. The sensors monitor how long it takes for your water to run clean, learn your washing patterns, and time the loads based on how soiled your dishes are when they are loaded.
How does the adaptive wash work?
At the bottom of every dishwasher is a drain which carries away the waste water and solids. A conventional dishwasher runs on a timed cycle, regardless of how dirty your dishes are. An adaptive wash dishwasher monitors how dirty the drain water is as it is expelled. When the water runs clean, it immediately ends the wash cycle and enters the rinse or dry cycle.
What does the purge control do?
Dishwashers with adaptive wash also come with purge controls. These pertain to the soil that comes through the washer. As the dishwashing and rinse cycles progress, the adaptive sensors monitor the soil levels in the wastewater. When the water runs soil free, the drain purges the solid waste and allows the water to be recycled into the rinse cycle. As a result, this conserves water.
Jared Paventi is the communications director for a disease-related nonprofit in the Northeast. He holds a master's degree from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University. He also writes a food appreciation blog: Al Dente.