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Why does the washing machine have a window, but the dishwasher doesn't?

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nevergoogle Sun 10-Jul-11 13:11:01


Meglet Sun 10-Jul-11 13:13:02

<<waits for answer>>

StealthPolarBear Sun 10-Jul-11 13:14:48

because the stuff in the dishwasher doesn't go round?

StealthPolarBear Sun 10-Jul-11 13:15:12

still dont see why that means it needs a window
Ditto tumble drier actually

nevergoogle Sun 10-Jul-11 13:15:32

why do you need to see the washing go round?

HoneyNorwegianRidgebackdragon Sun 10-Jul-11 13:16:11

Because you don't put a red dish in with the white dishes and then have to sit and watch the horrors that unfold

nevergoogle Sun 10-Jul-11 13:16:44

i suppose if bits of food were floating around it might make you boak. is that why?

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Sun 10-Jul-11 13:17:22

My top loader doesn't have a window, I've always wondered why front loaders do.

Makes sense for ovens but nothing else, imo.

StealthPolarBear Sun 10-Jul-11 13:17:47

AHA I have it
niothing needs a window
But they put one in washing machines so you can easily diffeentiate them from driers
Does that work?

sassyTHEFIRST Sun 10-Jul-11 13:17:51

Dishwasher - because food waste and water looks like vomit
Washing machine - as someone who has mistaken washed a bluetooth earpiece and a watch, I get the need for a window. Dishes don't usually have pockets.

nevergoogle Sun 10-Jul-11 13:18:27

i used to use a big american tub machine (in america), i coped fine without being able to see inside.

nevergoogle Sun 10-Jul-11 13:19:40

but isn't it too late by the time you've spotten a bluetooth earpiece in there.

do you watch?

UkeHunt Sun 10-Jul-11 13:26:16

dishwashers: who wants to look at scraped and smear plates and slowly dripping beakers all blardy day till it's switched on?

washing machines: so you can see if the cat is in there

Asinine Sun 10-Jul-11 13:28:38

To entertain toddlers


'the washing machine goes round and round, round and round etc
Mummy's knickers go round and round...
All day long


ConfessionsOfAnAchingFanjo Sun 10-Jul-11 13:53:17

So that you can prove to your young children that their favorite blanket/toy/whatever is in the wash and hasn't been lost somewhere in the rubbish.

This is why washing machines have windows.

clutteredup Sun 10-Jul-11 13:56:05

Because it provides a good monitor to ASD - toddlers can be entertained for hours, if they are still doing it aged 7 or 8 probably time to get them assessed!

StealthPolarBear Sun 10-Jul-11 14:00:42

But I used to keep DS away from the machine when his giraffe was inside - thought it might be traumatic grin

PhyllisDiller Sun 10-Jul-11 15:34:09

Because you can open the dishwasher door mid wash if you want and the water won’t poor all over the floor...but if your washing machine fails mid wash and you need to open the door it is nice to know if you need to catch the water or drain it out first. That is my theory anyway.

BertieBotts Sun 10-Jul-11 15:37:05

Ah that's a good theory Phyllis. Works for the top loaders as well!

PhyllisDiller Sun 10-Jul-11 15:40:42

yes, top loaders were good like that, very handy if the wash had started and you wanted to throw in an extra thing you had forgotten!

Perhaps you can still get them?! They were rough on some delicate clothes though I seem to remember.

ChuckYouFarlie Sun 10-Jul-11 17:53:22

Good theory Phyllis... I always wondered.

BTW in Australia top-loaders are still the norm. I suspect it's because we have more space, with a separate laundry (ie utility room) in every house and flat. Lots of people recycle the water from them now though cause of drought sad

gorionine Sun 10-Jul-11 17:56:55

Simple, it is because it is very soothing to watch your loundry go round and round with loads of bubbles but it is very boring to look at dishes not moving and getting wet. Now, if the dishes were going round as well that would be an exiting sightgrin

DonaAna Sun 10-Jul-11 18:00:18

Good answers here - although I like the vomit theory.

Driftwood999 Sun 10-Jul-11 20:51:50

Because I would be agitated if I did not see my washing being agitated. A bit of agitation is good for cloth, but bad for me and my china!

MitchiestInge Sun 10-Jul-11 20:54:08

Have often wondered about this, assumed it was God's will.

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