Has that ever happened to you? You’re trying to enjoy a meal, or just a plate of nachos while you’re watching your favorite TV show, and the plate is merely room temperature? Yeah, me too. Luckily for me, my new dishwasher has the coveted “Plate Warmer” feature. No more cool plates for me! No sirree Bob! Only warm plates now. I’m so lucky.
(Yeah, I know, pretty much every dishwasher ever has the “Plate Warmer” feature. Except for dishwashers made in countries they always say “the former Soviet Republic of” before they give you its name. Just work with me here. It’s a dishwasher. I really should have just said “I Got A New Dishwasher” and that could have been the title of the thread and then the whole body would be “Yay me!”, but that would be real boring, so I went with this. Actually I really just should have kept the whole new dishwasher thing a secret I only tell my Special Friends. They’d care. Or at least pretend to care to protect my fragile feelings.)
Paging through the Owner’s Manual (You have to, the first thing it says is “Read this Owner’s Manual!” It’s very insistent about that.) I found a few tips on negotiating the risks inherent to this miraculous labor saving device. I should “Load sharp knives with the handles up to reduce the risk of cut-type injuries.” Not just “cuts”, but the whole gamut of “cut-type injuries”. I guess that includes gashes and rips plus nicks and stuff. Also, I should “not touch the heating element during or immediately after use.” It doesn’t say, but I think it would probably be hot, it being a “heating element” and all. But… to touch it during use I’d have to be locked inside my dishwasher. With the door shut. Maybe if this were to ever happen, a hot heating element would not be my biggest worry. Also, the much coveted “Plate Warmer” takes “approximately 31 minutes”. Not “about a half hour” or even just “31 minutes”, but “approximately 31 minutes”. They ain’t sayin’, but they’ll give you the ballpark.
“But what if I forget to add a dish?” I can hear you ask. (Not really, but it’s a section in the Manual.) You stick it in the dishwasher, Bub. Duh! Only it’s a four step process, so you might just want to wait for the next load.
Way in the back (I read it all the way through to be an Aware Consumer. Sure.) they tell you “Service trips to your home to teach you how to use the product” are not covered in the warranty. So if you’re too stupid to use a dishwasher, it’s going to cost you to have someone come out and show you how it works. Or, I guess, you could just go to the Free Dishwashing Class and learn there.
Now I can have hot plates anytime I want. (As long as I think about it approximately 31 minutes in advance.) How about you?