Growing up in my Los Angeles neighborhood, it was not uncommon to find homes with a handy kitchen gadget called Dishmaster.  My relatives all had Dishmaster, too.  As it turns out, Mrs. Gadget’s immediate and extended family members were all Dishmaster families, as well.  Since that time, I have always had one in my kitchen, and I recently upgraded to the newest model, the Dishmaster Model 2000, about $170.

As commonplace as it was to have a Dishmaster in the early days is as uncommon as it is to find them in homes today. I hope this will change things, because the Model 2000 is a fine product despite its relative obscurity.  So, what is Dishmaster?

Instead of just a kitchen faucet or even one of those fancy and higher-priced pull-out spouts for rinsing, Dishmaster Model 2000 has a high spout, a single handle water control and a pull-out wand with a sturdy brush which delivers clear water for rinsing or dishwashing suds at the push of a button from a reservoir under the sink.  Dishmaster can be used to wash your dishes or for pre-wash and rinse before loading them into the automatic dishwasher.

It is simple, stylish, fun to use and well made for long life.  The swiveling high clearance spout makes it easy to fill pots with water, for pasta, for example, or for rinsing.  The single handle control makes water adjustment simple and should not need any maintenance for a long time.  Simply pulling up the knob at the base of the spout redirects the water through the wand.  Turning off the water or depressing the knob will return the water flow to the spout.

The generous 64-ounce under-sink reservoir holds the dish soap mixture, enough for nearly a week in my busy family.  Just four tablespoons of concentrated Dishmaster dish soap in the reservoir, then topped off with water is all that is needed, so it is also economical to use, as far as consumables are concerned.  Other non-detergent dishwashing liquid is also suitable.  Just be careful to dilute the mixture enough to prevent a thick, gloppy mess that is difficult to draw through and may clog the mechanism.  A clear tube runs from the reservoir to the unit, and features and in-line clip, similar to what is used on an IV tube in the hospital to stop the flow.   There is a quick-disconnect in-line plug below the clip so the reservoir can be removed for convenient filling at the counter.  It all works well.  However, the easiest way to refill is to simply hold the lid and unscrew the jar, without using the clip or plug.

For washing or rinsing, turn on and adjust the water temperature with the single handle control, pull out the wand and lift the knob to change the water flow from the faucet to the brush.  Press the red button, right there with perfect placement for the thumb, and get suds for washing.  Release the red button for clear water rinsing.  When finished, replace raise the wand and allow the hose to fall back down its hole, so to speak, and replace the wand into its resting position.

Dishmaster 2000 was easy to install without assistance and is compatible with nearly any common three- or four-hole kitchen sink.  See the installation instructions here.  It should take less than one hour to remove your old faucet assembly and to install your Dishmaster 2000.

It comes with a five-year limited warranty and it is available in both right- and left-handed designs.

Our friends and other visitors think it is fun to use our Dishmaster, and the kids who visit even like to wash dishes with it.  Imagine, guest volunteering to wash dishes just because of our Dishmaster!

I have two minor “issues” with this product.  First, the gasket between the unit and the sink, I think, can be better designed so that it is fitted to the Dishmaster base, which, in turn, will assure that it stays in exactly the right position during installation.  As it is, the gasket is flat and can move about making installation slightly more difficult than it needs to be.

My second concern has been the design of the tube through which the wand and hose are drawn.  That tube is a hole, a hole that is open to the area under the sink.  As such, if water is directed to that area, especially if the wand is drawn and in use, then the area under the sink will probably get wet.  However, after more than a month with the product in place, I am happy to report there have been no calamities, and, perhaps, my concerns on this point are not as critical as they would have appeared.   Or maybe we are all just a bit more careful knowing that big hole is a direct link to a potential messy situation.

All things considered, if you are thinking about updating your kitchen, have a look at Dishmaster.  Hard to find, but well worth the effort.  I think Dishmaster 2000 is a wonderful addition to Gadget Central and I highly recommend it to you for your hi-tech home.

More information is at http://www.dishmaster-faucet.com or call 1-800-521-9234.  Your call to their offices will help locate a retailer or you can purchase directly from the company.

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