Samsung's WaterWall Redefines Dishwashing
...and after all, we love WaterWall.
When we first heard about the Samsung DW80H9970, our attention was immediately drawn to its unique WaterWall spray jets. Innovation in dishwashers is rare, and innovation that changes the very way the appliance works is considerably more exciting.
We got to see the DW80H9970 close up on the show floor at CES 2014, and we quickly learned that WaterWall isn't the only fresh feature packed into this dishwasher. Aside from the new moving spray jets, the DW80H9970 also has Star Display and Flextray, which have never appeared on any previous dishwashers.
As part of the all-new Chef Collection line of appliances, the DW80H9970 is filled to the brim with Samsung's latest and greatest innovations.
There is still no price information, and no release date has been officially stated, but the aim is for sometime in 2014.
Design and Usability
Even though we don't have definite price information, the DW80H9970 has the unmistakable air of an expensive, high-end machine. The stainless steel front sports the typical blank design found in most modern appliances. The cleverly-engineered display is almost indiscernible when it's not active. Called Star Display, it consists of tiny holes in the stainless steel surface with LEDs hidden directly behind them. When the LEDs light up, it creates the illusion that an image is being projected onto the steel surface.
The controls are on the top of the door in the form of a row of touch-sensitive buttons accented by bright blue indicator lights. There's also a timer that uses the Star Display technology to display how much time is left in the current cycle.
The interior of the DW80H9970 is entirely stainless steel. The racks feature the usual fold-down supports that we expect in mid- and high-end dishwashers, while the cutlery basket is actually two mini-baskets that can be arranged anywhere on the bottom rack.
You might not even need those baskets, though: The DW80H9970 has a cutlery tray above the top rack. Dubbed the Flextray, it differentiates itself from other cutlery trays with its removable rubber pad. At the end of a wash, you simply lift the rubber pad to conveniently carry off all your silverware.
The main new feature of the DW80H9970 is the WaterWall spray jets. Instead of a rotating spray arm like we've seen on every dishwasher in the past three decades, the DW80H9970 has a line of spray jets that move back and forth along the bottom of the tub, ensuring that water gets sprayed in every corner. This has never been done before, and we're looking forward to finding out if it improves washing performance.
The wash cycles on the DW80H9970 are Auto, Normal, Heavy, Delicate, and Express 60—nothing new there, but nothing is missing, either. For additional wash options, though, we see a handful of new faces: Self Clean, Speed Booster, and Dry+. There are also options for adjusting the intensity of the spray jets on the left or right side, allowing you precise control if you want to load heavily-soiled items on one side while putting delicate items on the other.
A Brave New World
Other dishwashers have tried to tackle the coverage problem with wall-mounted spray jets like KitchenAid's ProScrub, dedicated extra-strength high-pressure jets like GE's Bottle Wash, or redesigns of the rotating spray arm like Frigidaire's OrbitClean. WaterWall is a completely new and different approach that changes an established dishwasher design.
Aside from WaterWall, the DW80H9970 also shows off Star Display and Flextray, as well as some additional wash options we've never seen on a Samsung before. There's a lot of new stuff packed into this dishwasher, and we're eager to get one in our labs to try them all out.
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