This past Sunday during Unveiled at CES 2018, Heatworks launched its latest home appliance, Tetra, an internet-connected compact countertop dishwasher. Because it requires no plumbing and can be placed and used anywhere with a standard electrical outlet, it's a crowd favorite.
With a smaller capacity than the average dishwasher available on the market today, Tetra holds two full place settings (including plates, bowls, cups, and flatware) or 10 plates or 12 pint glasses. It's compact on purpose.
“Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more,” said Jerry Callahan, CEO and founder of Heatworks. “This makes people believe that they either need to handwash their few dirty dishes — which wastes 10 times more water than using a dishwasher — or wait for a full load to run a cycle. With Tetra, we hope to change people's mindset.”
Just think, if a two-person household were to switch from handwashing to a dishwasher for one meal a day, they could save 1500 gallons of water a year.
There are no faucet connections required and water is loaded by hand so users know exactly how much water is being used - about a half a gallon per load. There is also an internal detergent reservoir that will last dozens of cycles. And the coolest feature? Tetra is transparent so you can see exactly where in the dishwashing cycle it is.
Tetra is powered by Heatworks' patented Ohmic Array Technology. It does not use traditional metal heating elements that can rust and scale over time. Instead, through graphite electrodes and advanced electronic controls, the naturally occurring minerals in water are excited, directly and efficiently heating the water. This allows for a more precise temperature control temperature — you can easily sanitize baby products, wash plastic storage containers without melting, cook seafood, clean fruit, or run a load of wine glasses on a gentler cycle.
All this in just 10 minutes a load. And, since water is used as the heating element, the hot water is purer than water from any other dishwasher available in the industry today.
Tetra will cost under $300 and will be available for purchase in late 2018.
This is the second project Heatworks collaborated with global design firm, frog. The first was the MODEL 3 Water Heater, which was recently selected as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards HONOREE in the Home Appliances product category.
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