Whirlpool Launches Largest-Capacity Third Rack Dishwashers

Whirlpool says mugs, bowls, silverware and long utensils can be more easily loaded on the third rack of its new large-capacity dishwasher line.

By Alan Wolf, YSN

In response to a COVID-related increase in home-cooked meals — and the concomitant rise in sinks piled high with dirty dishes — Whirlpool has introduced what it describes as the brand’s largest-capacity third-rack dishwasher line.

According to the manufacturer, select models within the updated platform (WDT970SAK and WDTA80SAK) feature a redesigned third rack that can fit mugs and bowls, leaving fewer dirty dishes in the kitchen sink.

“Whirlpool brand designs innovations knowing our consumers’ top priority is caring for their families,” said Katie Sadler, Whirlpool kitchen brand manager, “and that was the inspiration behind our new largest-capacity third rack dishwasher line. We know how frustrating it can be when there’s a few dirty dishes left behind in the sink, so we’re helping families with a dishwasher that can fit a lot in one load” and can be run less often.

The dishwashers’ extra usable space makes it easier to accommodate hard-to-fit items like mixing bowls, blender jars and casserole dishes, making it easier to load mugs, bowls, silverware and long utensils on the third rack. Consumers can also use the adjustable second rack to free up more space for more dishes and fit taller items like water bottles or traditionally hard-to-fit blender jars.

Similarly, a three-piece silverware basket within the lower rack can be separated and arranged based on the types of dishes being loaded, making it possible to fit casserole dishes and large pans.

The new line is available now in fingerprint-resistant black stainless and stainless-steel finishes, as well as matte black, white and biscuit colors. The dishwashers also offer a leak detection system that alerts owners with a flashing light while draining water from the tub. Suggested retails range from $699 to $1,099, depending on finish and features.