As we all know, you’ve got to move with the times, especially in business. Stay put and you’ll end up like the horse and buggy (or Kodak). In that vein, the trend of china being made “dishwasher safe” is a welcome development. We all want the china industry to grow and prosper, to continue to enhance the dining experience for people and families. To do so, convenience is a must. People are addicted to their many conveniences and the dishwasher is at the top of the list. That’s why many fine, older sets gather dust in the closet. Today’s busy housewife can’t even contemplate hand-washing fifty dishes after a long and tiring day, so she’d rather use disposable or Crate and Barrel then put herself through that. Making today’s dishes consumer-friendly is a smart decision.
The question is, is it accurate? Are these dishes truly fit to be put in the dishwasher with no negative side effects of loss of trim and design, among others? Obviously if they claim it to be, chances are that it is. And our experience has been so. We’ve never seen a difference between a hand-washed pattern such as Royal Doulton Sarabande and Wedgwood Runnymede and a machine washed Lenox Charleston or Spode Christmas Tree.
Having said that, our experience has led us to believe that there is something to be said for hand-washing, especially for frequently used dishes. The gentleness of the hands promotes longevity in a way the dishwasher cannot. So if you can and want to, there is reason to invest the time and spend some quality time with your dishes. (To all the lawyers out there, this is just my opinion, so don’t jump out of your chairs ;)).