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Don’t you hate when you’ve been waiting three hours for your dishwasher to finish its load, only for it to churn out a batch of still-soaking plates and bowls?

We feel your pain.

You see, the problem is that even if your dishwasher does a great job of washing your dishes, it doesn’t matter unless it also dries them off properly as well. After all, moisture left on dishes sitting in a closed machine can allow for all sorts of nasty bacteria to grow (plus, it’s annoying to have to wipe off all the water). So unless you want your dinner to include a side of germs, you may want to consider these models:

The KitchenAid KDTM354ESS ($1,500) and the Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7(5)UC ($1,000) were both tested with Consumer Reports and were found to be the cream of the crop when it comes to producing dry dishes. In fact, they were even found to dry off plastic items very well, which tend to hold moisture more effectively.

If you aren’t shopping for a new dishwasher right now but are still having problems with wet glassware and cutlery, there are some tips you can follow with any machine that will help:

  • Start using a rinse aid, as that helps break the bond between water and your dishes
  • Make sure you are loading your dishes so that they don’t touch
  • Try using the high heat option on your machine
  • As soon as the cycle is over, crack the door to allow air to flow inside

Stay dry out there, friends.

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