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Loading Your Dishwasher

Loading a dishwasher can be tricky, but doing it right will improve cleaning and drying performance. Each Samsung dishwasher includes loading recommendations in its user manual. However, the general recommendations below can be applied to any dishwasher.


General Loading Recommendations

  • You can load items behind a single tine, or load them at an angle to maximize space. Determine which works best for the dishes you are loading, and plan ahead!


  • Samsung dishwashers contain many adjustable configurations. Most tines can be folded or removed to create space for larger items. Each model has other foldable, adjustable, or removable parts as well to provide a variety of options. For instance, most models contain a glass support rack for stemware that can be folded back when not in use (see image below).

    For best results and to maximize the features of your dishwasher, see the full list of loading recommendations in the user manual.



  • In general, the bottom rack is used for larger items such as pots and pans, and the upper rack is for smaller items such as glasses and cups. Even when you're leaving the bottom rack empty, still only place smaller items (saucers, mugs, glasses, and dishwasher-safe plastic items) on the top rack.



  • When you load dishes in, especially utensils and pots with handles, make sure they don't stick out below the rack, preventing the spray arms from spinning freely. The easiest way to check that the spray arms are free is to spin them by hand after loading is complete, before starting a cycle.


  • Face the dirtiest side of each dish toward the center of the dishwasher. This will position them for optimal cleaning performance. For larger items such as pots, face them towards the bottom center of the dishwasher. Always face glasses, cups, and mugs downward, so water can spray up into them.



  • Some things don't belong in the dishwasher. Remove food debris (such as bones or seeds) and any other kind of waste (such as toothpicks or paper). These things could damage the dishes, create noise, or even cause a product malfunction.


  • When using silverware baskets, make sure items such as forks and spoons do not nest together, preventing them from getting clean. Load knives with their handles up, and spoons and forks with their handles down. Any small, lightweight items should be secured so they do not come loose during the cycle.

    Some models provide a cutlery basket which has the option for individual slots for each utensil (see image below). See the user manual for loading recommendations for each slot.



  • Finally, after the dishes are loaded, don't let all that hard work go to waste by selecting the wrong cycle! Make sure the cycle type and soil level, as well as other settings, match the dishes that have been loaded. Also, use only the proper (manufacturer's recommended) amount of dishwasher detergent and rinsing agent.

    For details about the cycle options and feature settings available on the dishwasher, see the user manual.

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