Dishwashers are the one and only kitchen appliance, which make sense not only in terms of protecting the environment by saving water, but also by cutting down the tedious load of household duties. However, as water saving as dishwashers can be, they do require electricity to heat up, and this is where they fail as being super eco-friendly.
Now, a new type of dishwasher, called Circo, designed by Chen Levin, scores where all the others fail. It does not require any electricity to wash dishes, it uses very little amount of water, it does not need to be connected to pipes or other water infrastructure, it does the dishes in less than a minute, it doubles as a drying rack, and it is compact enough to fit in any kitchen, regardless of how small it is.
Circo is a manual dishwasher which works in a very simple way. A tray located on the bottom of the dishwasher is filled with water, regular dish soap and sodium acetate tablets. The latter are what heats up the water while the dishwasher is doing its job. The machine is operated using a hand crack, and thanks to a centrifuge mechanisms, it sprays the water from the base.
In comparison with regular dishwashers, Circo takes a fraction of the time to complete the task- in fact, it needs only a minute. To continue with the numbers, if a regular Energy Star efficient dishwasher uses between 2 – 4 gallons of water to wash a full load, Circo needs just 0.7 (note, to hand wash dishes, one wastes roughly 2 gallons of water every minute of running water). And, of course, last but not least, it uses zero electricity to heat up water. Air-drying takes place when the door is opened.
Circo dishwasher is still a prototype, but it is a highly promising one. It fills a huge gap on the current market, addressing the needs of many young people living in small apartments in the city.
The designer, Chen Levin, is currently looking for investors to bring it to the market.
Image (c) Chen Levin