Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, the Tetra countertop dishwasher will be available in late 2018 at a cost estimated to be under $300.
Tiny apartment dwellers, take note. Heatworks has unveiled a countertop dishwasher that ups the ante on cuteness, while saving the planet gallons of water per place setting. Tetra, a collaboration between Heatworks and Frog Design, will be the most compact dishwasher on the market, just large enough to hold a pair of dinner place settings—plates, bowls, cups, flatware—or, more accurately, 10 plates or a dozen pint glasses.
Needing just 10 minutes to finish its washing cycle, Tetra does its job by using a fraction of the water (approximately 1/2 gallon per cycle) typically used to wash the same number of dishes by hand—an endeavor itself 10 times as wasteful as a standard dishwasher cycle. And since water is loaded by hand, Tetra requires no plumbing, only an electrical outlet.
Heatworks first made headlines in 2014 with their patented Ohmic Array Technology, which powered the tankless MODEL 3 Water Heater, another Frog collaboration. touted for its 'endless hot water, precise temperature control and zero maintenance.' Like the Model 3, Tetra is primarily aimed at solving an ecological issue by addressing a practical conundrum.
“Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more,” explains Heatworks CEO, Jerry Callahan, a fact that leads people to hand-wash the random dirty dish, or wait upon a fully loaded dishwasher before washing. "With Tetra, we hope to change people's mindset.”
Heatworks estimates that a two-person household that substituted Tetra-washing for handwashing a meal's worth of dishes could save 1500 gallons of water a year.
Eco credentials aside, a major appeal of Tetra will, no doubt, be its good looks. In addition to its small footprint, modern design lovers will fall for its sleek form and visual clarity—transparent acrylic top, chrome base, interchangeable trays and dash of color—bringing new meaning to the concept of 'cleaning up nicely.'
Tetra is slated to be on the market by the end of 2018, at a consumer price estimated to be under $300.
The fully transparent Tetra allows the user to assess the washing cycle from beginning to end.
“Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more.”
Because water is added manually, the Tetra countertop dishwasher requires no plumbing.
—Via Frog Design, Heatworks