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.