Depending on how big your family is, washing dishes can be a hassle. We've discovered that when more than one person uses dishes, you can rapidly loose control and dishes tend to pile up. The Appliancist has recently featured two great dishwashers from De Dietrich.
It's true that if you live alone, doing your own dishes is pretty easy. You just do them in the sink right after you have used the dishes. It's plain and simple. Things get more and more complicated with a larger family. Whenever kids are involved, we've found that a dishwasher just gets the job done quicker. Sure it creates an extra chore of filling up and emptying the dishwasher, but if you'd do them by hand, it would be harder.
This first dishwasher from De Dietrich (DVH640J) is about 2 feet wide and is fully integrated. It can wash your wine glasses and champagne flutes without a problem. There's a Boost program to clean extremely dirty dishes and pans. It's got touch controls with an external LCD display. It's pretty quiet at 43dB. The machine can sense how dirty your dishes are and use the correct program to clean them. It costs around $1,000.
The second dishwasher (DQC840B) is a black freestanding model. It's quite modern-looking. It can also take care of wine glasses and fine china. It's got some of the same features as the previous model, but it's slightly more expensive at $1,400. Needless to say that these are luxury appliances and they've got all the fit and trimmings of modern appliances.