Dear Reviewed.com Readers,
As of May 24, 2013, we've made some changes to the the way we score dishwashers. Our test methods remain the same, but we've refined our scoring model to add new emphasis on certain tests. We made this decision after carefully considering input from consumers, and we feel that our new scores better reflect what people want from their dishwashers.
What hasn't changed:
We're still doing the same exact tests. We still follow standardized AHAM and IEC protocols for testing capacity, cycle time, water and energy use, food soil removal, and food soil redeposit. Our testers still create standard loads of dirty plates, bowls, and glasses from scratch, using the same exact foods, the same brand of dishware, and even the same shade of lipstick (Caramel Glacé, if you were wondering) for every test we run.
While our tests are still the same, we realized that we need to interpret our ratings to better reflect how consumers actually use their appliances. That's why we changed how much each test counts towards a dishwasher's total overall score.
For example: We all know that a wash cycle takes longer today than it used to a decade ago. That's largely because dishwashers are far more efficient and use less water. But sometimes, you need to get some dishes washed quickly — when you run out of stemware during a party, for instance. That's what a Quick cycle is for, so we added more weight to cycle length for the Quick cycle test. We also know that the Heavy cycle is used for the dirtiest dishes, so for that test we put the most weight on performance scores.
At Reviewed.com, we're constantly searching for products that best meet consumers' needs. We think our adjusted scoring model better reflects what consumers have told us they want in a dishwasher. Stay tuned throughout 2013, as we continue to make Reviewed.com more accurate, more informative, and more interesting than ever.