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Product Review

Bosch, Kenmore clean up in dishwasher ratings

Tougher new rules have slashed the energy and water dishwashers can use to get the government’s Energy Star seal.

Dishwashers built since January must use about 9 percent less electricity and 27 percent less water to meet the federal EPA’s voluntary Energy Star standard. Cycle times even for energy-efficient models can be long. A unit needs time to recirculate the small amounts of water it uses to clean items while meeting federal standards for energy and water efficiency.

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