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Electrolux dishwasher actually helps you unload the dishes

At IFA, Electrolux is showing off the ComfortLift dishwasher that raises the bottom rack for easier unloading.

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Between easy-to-use wine glass racks, fold-down tines, and third racks for silverware, lots of dishwashers bend over backward to make it easier to load your dishes. Electrolux's newest innovation will make it easier to unload them.

The ComfortLift technology in Electrolux dishwashers raises the bottom rack to an easy-to-reach height as you pull it out of the tub. You won't have to bend over to reach your plates and bowls anymore. The rack swings up to about waist height, and you can swing it back down into the dishwasher by pulling the lever beneath the front handle.

Dishwashers with the ComfortLift rack will roll out to various European markets starting this month, as part of the AEG Mastery range of appliances. Electrolux is showing off models with the tech at the IFA trade show in Berlin this week. Unfortunately, there's no word on pricing yet, and no official plans to bring the technology to the US.

The high-end AEG ComfortLift Dishwashers that'll first bring the tech to the public also tout lots of other premium perks. Beyond ergonomic loading, the AEG ComfortLift Dishwasher supposedly runs at a whisper quiet 39 dB and offers an energy efficient cycle and an extra-quiet cycle that runs at 37 dB.

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Electrolux has been working on the ComfortLift technology for a couple of years, and I'm happy to see tangible dishwasher innovation finally reaching the marketplace. However, the creative features of the Frigidaire FGID2466QF I tested recently got in the way more than they helped. Hopefully, ComfortLift will prove as neat in practice as it is in theory, and Electrolux will roll out the feature worldwide before too long.

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