To be fair, there is another consideration to a dishwasher that I left out - stacking correctly. Some people are better at spacial tasks than others. You do have to take into account the dynamics of how the water will hit the dishes and to not impede the swing of the sprayer arm. If one stacks things so the water can't reach them, then no...they are not going to get clean. And it's not the fault of the machine. Some people do better with figuring that out quickly than others do. Over a lifetime of dishpan hands, I'll take the time & water-savings, along with the sanitary options, a dishwasher offers, vs always hand-washing.Even factoring in purchase price, this modern convenience costs a pro-rate $10-$25/yr., before water savings, which can well repay the purchase price. That's based on an average lifespan of 20 years (some have been more) and my purchase of several dishwashers for various properties over time, ranging from $200 for a Bosch(! a steal!) to maybe $450-ish for a Kitchenaid, with a few Whirlpools & Kenmores thrown into the mix. YMMV.Some thoughts on the topic:http://1greengeneration.elementsintime.com/?p=314Today's machines do a seriously better job than the ones that existed when I first got married. That's played a part in my change of heart over time. As did moving to a house that had room for one, as our first, tiny apartment didn't :).Laurareformed handwasher
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