The fashionable dishwasher has been a kitchen fixture since at the very least the Nineteen Sixties, so lots of people take the equipment with no consideration. However many people dwelling in flats or small houses with tiny kitchens have resigned ourselves to doing the chore by hand, both as a result of there’s no place to place one or we don’t need one thing monopolizing the kitchen faucet. The French firm Daan Tech may need the answer: A countertop equipment it calls “Bob.”
Daan Tech launched in Europe in 2021, promoting about 35,000 models. The corporate’s second-generation washer ships summer time and can be accessible in two variations: the $299 “Bob minimalist,” which is available in your alternative of black or white, and the $399 “Bob customized” that permits you to select both black or white for the physique and 24 colours for the door. The pricier mannequin additionally features a host of extras, together with Wi-Fi connectivity, a shade show, backlit buttons, and UV-C disinfection.
Countertop dishwashers are nothing new, however they usually hook up with your kitchen faucet with hose. Actually, I simply purchased one myself—the Farberware countertop dishwasher—and I solely found its extence via a TikTok video. However a whole cycle with Farberware’s machine takes about two hours should you embrace drying. It’s additionally relatively giant: 45 kilos and a few foot-and-a-half sq..
Daan Tech says its Bob is the world’s smallest countertop dishwasher, measuring 19.3 x 13.4 x 19.3 inches (HxWxD) and weighing simply 22 kilos. Whereas taller than many countertop fashions, Daan Tech says it ought to match underneath most cupboards, and its additional peak permits it to clean plates as much as 11.4 inches in diameter.
A wash-and-dry cycle takes about 20 minutes on the “specific” setting and makes use of a gallon of water to clean two full place settings or as much as 16 glasses or cups. Bob makes use of a proprietary detergent cassette good for as much as 30 washes; nonetheless, you should use commonplace dishwasher detergent should you’d choose. The dishwasher’s touch-to-open door robotically opens throughout the drying cycle to assist dry dishes sooner. You can even use the UV-C characteristic within the customized mannequin by itself to disinfect small objects.
The Bob customized isn’t presently suitable with Alex or Google Assistant, however it does have Wi-Fi connectivity to obtain updates and customized wash cycles. The corporate stated it plans so as to add further performance, together with digital assistant assist, in future updates. We hope to have the chance evaluation Bob quickly and very to see simply how properly it performs.