The two-monitor workspace is tops for gaming geeks, just like the two-oven kitchen has long been the holy grail for home cooks. But in the interest of a cleaner, better-looking home, we think serious chefs aught to consider adding a second dishwasher to their space. We've weighed out the pros and cons:
- Easy cleanup for big cooking projects, especially anyone who dirties tons of tiny dishes in the name of mise en place.
- A sure place to stash away any dirty dishes prepping for a big party—exactly when you don't want your open-plan kitchen looking unkempt.
- Provides extra storage. You can effectively always keep one dishwasher stocked with clean dishes as you fill up the other one with dirties.
- It's an aid for families who keep Kosher: Use one dishwasher for meat-and-dairy plates, and keep one dishwasher Kosher.
- Dishwashers come in many sizes (including compact and portable 18-inch models), so you can find one that works in your space. One-and-a-half dishwashers are better than one.
- It's expensive! Adding a second dishwasher could cost you anywhere from $250 to $2500, plus labor for tapping into the water supply.
- Doing more dishes means using more water—and paying more in utilities.
- You have to sacrifice at least kitchen cabinet to fit even the most compact dishwasher.
Can you think of any other reasons for/against a second dishwasher? Is there any household appliance you'd like to double up on? Tell us in the comments!
(Images: Mark and Jackie Day, Maytag)