Tetra Is a Tiny See-Through Dishwasher

Most people living in tiny apartments are resigned to the fact that their kitchens will never have space for a dishwasher – but that’s no longer the case. Heatworks just unveiled Tetra – a new compact, tankless dishwasher that’s sure to make apartment dwellers jump for joy.

Today’s dishwashers pretty much all come in the same size, use roughly the same amount of water, and all take about an hour or more to run through a wash cycle. But a one size fits all approach may be the wrong way. The Tetra countertop dishwasher takes up as much valuable kitchen space equivalent to that of a toaster oven.

Tetra is not only super compact, it’s attractively designed, internet compatible and doesn’t need a water hook up. Heatworks has been pioneering new ways to heat water, using graphite electrodes that efficiently heat up the minerals in the water. It plugs into a regular wall outlet and users add the water by hand. As an added bonus, its body is transparent, so you can watch the whole dishwashing show at work.

The Tetra doesn’t just wash the dishes. The way it heats, and steams, means it can wash garments, sanitize baby bottles, clean fruit, and theoretically even cook seafood. The Tetra is designed for small households of two or three people who lack space for a full-size dishwasher and are looking to conserve water. Although compact, the Tetra can fit up to 2 place settings or 10 plates or 10 glasses.

Jerry Callahan, CEO and founder of Heatworks, revealed that the Tetra was inspired by the need to provide more efficient options to smaller households: “Our research indicates that although the average household is comprised of 2.58 people, the modern dishwasher holds place settings for 13 or more. This makes people believe that they either need to handwash their few dirty dishes — which wastes 10 times more water than using a dishwasher — or wait for a fill load to run a cycle. With Tetra, we hope to change people’s mindset.”

The Tetra, which will cost under $300.