If left to their own devices, my husband and kids would put their dishes in the dishwasher with large chunks of food attached. Even after they attempt to scrape off the food, the odd noodle or fiber of meat remains. My old decrepit dishwasher can't handle this. In fact, our current dishwasher requires me to rinse everything thoroughly beforehand, which seems not only labor intensive, but awfully wasteful. A new dishwasher is clearly in order. I've been eyeing Bosch products but notice none have so-called food grinders or disposals. Does this feature make a difference? Is it worth it? Or are built-in food grinders just the ultimate in dishwasher slackerdom!?
We are trying to encourage our young kids to be more independent and load their dishes themselves, a system that is is hardly foolproof. Training the kids is clearly the best route to cleaner dishes. But the built-in food grinder feature sounds awfully appealing, doesn't it? No need to waste time and water because you can just put dishes straight in after use (though obviously not massive slabs of food, corn cobs or chicken bones!).
If you are happy with the way your dishwasher cleans dishes, I am curious: Does your unit have a built-in food grinder (or "macerator")? If not, do you have to clean out the food filter frequently? Is it a hassle or no big deal? Do you think the food grinder feature is worth it? And are there downsides to the grinders? Do they make the dishwasher significantly louder?