As a design writer, I've seen plenty of luxury kitchens. 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.
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.
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 to 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.
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.
Users can set up and start this dishwasher from an app.
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.
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.
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.
Meet the tester
Cindy Bailen loves writing about major appliances and home design and has spent over 15 years immersed in that. In her spare time, Cindy hosts pledge programs for WGBH-TV in Boston and other public television stations.
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