Some models also reduce the temperature of the final rinse, with a new option called EnerSave, while Ultra EnerSave, which is available on the premium, tall tank models, automatically opens the door of the dishwasher ten minutes before the very end of the programme.
This releases any steam and speeds drying without using any energy to do so, says Smeg, whose machines normally use a natural condenser/residual heat drying to deliver a dry finished load.
Users also get the option of washing half loads with a FlexiZone programme. Instead of being restricted to just the top basket, you can now place items anywhere in either basket and still only use the water of a half load. A Quick Time feature also reduces the time on selected programme, bringing normal washes down to 27 minutes.
Other features include Hyclean, which rases the final hot rinse to above 70 degrees to eliminate bacteria, and Aquastop, which checks the safety of the appliance.
There are 15 models in the new Smeg dishwasher range and these include freestanding, built-under, semi-integrated and fully integrated models.
Depending on the model, they are available in black, white and stainless steel or silver finish. Tall tank models are 86cm tall to fit under the standard 900mm kitchen bench and accommodate extra large dinner plates (35cm diameter) and introductory models hold 14 place settings.
Retail prices range from $999 for the introductory model (DWA149W) to $1599 for the DWAI152XT semi-integrated tall tank model with dedicated cutlery drawer, 15 full place settings and $1799 for the DWAFI152T which is fully integrated with cutlery drawer and 15 full place settings.
Smeg also offers consumers a 30 day money back guarantee.