I prefer washing dishes by hand but I want to dry them using the dishwasher. I use the Blomberg DW51600 SS dishwasher. This has an Express dry function. But when I select this function it still proceeds to perform the wash cycles before drying. I have checked its manual but no help.

Can someone please point me in the right direction as to how to use it to only dry the dishes.

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    No there is no option you can select to only run a drying cycle. – Kris Jun 20 at 15:39
  • It is a rare feature sometimes called "plate warmer". – Mattman944 Jun 20 at 17:13
  • Check into the sanitize option. Does that just heat the dishes or is it an added cycle after washing? – Tmartin Jun 22 at 19:00


  1. Open the dishwasher.
  2. Hand wash dishes.
  3. Place wet, freshly washed items in the dishwasher racks.
  4. Allow items to dry.

On a more serious note... Dishwashers are designed to wash dishes - it's right there in the name. There are some dishwashers that don't even have a "dry cycle", they're designed to wash, then allow the items to drip dry.

You might, with enough time, find a dishwasher that has a "dry only" cycle, but they're probably few and far between.

That said, you may want to contact the manufacturer to see if there is a magical incantation of buttons you can push to get a "dry only" run, but I'd doubt it.

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