The Cove dishwasher is a designer kitchen dream—but is it worth $2,000?

This pricey dishwasher will be a big hit with your personal chef

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If you ever have the chance to visit a beautiful home—and I mean a truly magnificent home—sneak a peek at the kitchen. Most likely, you'll notice a majestically tall Sub-Zero refrigerator (maybe hidden behind paneling) and a substantial and versatile Wolf range (look for the red knobs.)

As a design writer, I've seen plenty of kitchens like that. But in those same kitchens, I often see an Asko dishwasher that doesn't seem to measure up to the other appliances. Well, now that's potentially a thing of the past, as Sub-Zero Wolf has unveiled Cove, their ultimate dishwasher.

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Since Americans generally prefer to buy kitchen appliances as a package, the Cove allows Sub-Zero Wolf to complete its kitchen contingent. The company won't sell Cove online, only through authorized dealers. It still plans to distribute the Asko line, which includes laundry machines.

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The stunning Cove dishwasher completes Sub-Zero-Wolf's kitchen offerings. Although the price point makes it a luxury item for the upper echelon only, this dishwasher was built to fulfill a buyer's every need.

Features that set it apart

Five years in the making, the Cove dishwasher made its debut at the 2018 Architectural Digest show. Although we haven't had the opportunity to test it yet, it appears that the Sub-Zero Wolf company worked hard to include everything a buyer might want in a super high-end dishwasher, such as:

1. Sturdy construction
This made-in-Wisconsin machine has thick racks, coated with nylon to prevent scratching and breakage.

2. Cleaning ability
With three spray arms and 43 jets, Cove aspires reach and remove food particles from all the dishes.

3. Flexible loading
Green connectors indicate an adjustable part. Every tine is moveable, so even popular square-shaped dishes fit easily. The second rack has three height adjustments, and users can fine-tune them by adjusting each side separately.

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Those green parts let you adjust the racks.

Of course, there's a third rack, though it's not deeper in the middle the way some brands make them now. But Cove lets users remove the silverware grids to admit really tall dishes. There's a silverware basket at the front of the bottom rack, so there will always be a place for knives, forks, and spoons.

4. Serious drying
To get dishes really dry, Cove uses a hotter final rinse and a fan. Plus, the second rack, where two rows of glasses go, is angled to allow water to run off.

5. Quiet running
Although the brand didn't provide a decibel measurement, it claims that the Cove offers near silent operation. Cove also has an "extra quiet" mode, which takes longer that its other cycles.

6. Connectivity
Users can set up and start this dishwasher from an app.

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Although the Cove dishwasher comes panel-ready, so it can be concealed among a kitchen's cabinetry, some buyers might prefer to purchase a stainless steel panel and handle.

Warranty

Cove dishwashers come with a five-year warranty that stretches to six years if installed by a factory-certified installer. Owners can reach out 24/7 for customer support for the life of the product. The company says it has built this dishwasher to last 20+ years, but only time will tell.

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With the addition of the Cove, you can now buy a complete Sub-Zero kitchen.

Price point

This upper-echelon dishwasher is targeted to homeowners who want the best of the best (think: expensive.) Cove might add functionality to any contemporary kitchen, if potential buyers can make the investment in this luxury appliance. Cove's two configurations (with and without a water softener compartment) list for a whopping $2,100 and $2,200. Both come panel-ready for custom cabinetry, but the company will sell a separate stainless panel with a choice of handles, to customize the look for any kitchen.

What's next?

We look forward to getting one of these Cove dishwashers into our labs for testing. It will be interesting to see how it measures up against current state-of-the-art Miele and Bosch models. For now, all we can say is that Cove's design is a work of appliance art that appears to fulfill every dishwashing wish.

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