Heatworks has created a countertop, internet-connected dishwasher for small homes, which can also be used to steam seafood and sanitize baby products. Made in collaboration with design firm Frog, the compact Tetra dishwasher doesn’t require plumbing to work – meaning it can be used anywhere that has a standard electrical outlet.
With a smaller capacity than the average dishwasher available on the market today, Tetra holds two full place settings (including plates, bowls, cups, and flatware) or 10 plates or 12 pint glasses.
“Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more,” said Jerry Callahan, CEO and founder of Heatworks. “This makes people believe that they either need to handwash their few dirty dishes — which wastes 10 times more water than using a dishwasher — or wait for a full load to run a cycle. With Tetra, we hope to change people’s mindset.”
There are no faucet connections required and water is loaded by hand so users know exactly how much water is being used – about a half a gallon per load. There is also an internal detergent reservoir that will last dozens of cycles. And the coolest feature? Tetra is transparent so you can see exactly where in the dishwashing cycle it is.
Tetra is powered by Heatworks’ patented Ohmic Array Technology. It does not use traditional metal heating elements that can rust and scale over time. Instead, through graphite electrodes and advanced electronic controls, the naturally occurring minerals in water are excited, directly and efficiently heating the water. This allows for a more precise temperature control temperature — you can easily sanitize baby products, wash plastic storage containers without melting, cook seafood, clean fruit, or run a load of wine glasses on a gentler cycle.
All this in just 10 minutes a load. And, since water is used as the heating element, the hot water is purer than water from any other dishwasher available in the industry today.
Tetra will cost under $300 and will be available for purchase in late 2018.
all images and video courtesy of Heatworks