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Why are Dishwashers so Rare in Thailand?

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Coming from Northern Europe where even the cheapest little studio apartments have some kind of a dishwasher installed, I've always wondered why are these machines so rare in Thailand. I've only ever seen some installed in expensive super luxury houses in Bangkok. Even most of the +30k/month luxury condominium units don't have one, but instead they've stuck a clothes washer in the kitchen. Being someone who eats many meals per day at home, the dish mountain builds up quickly and I can't imagine living without one. Luckily my landlord is a good friend of mine, so she didn't mind me making a fist-sized hole in the wall for the diswasher's drain pipe to the balcony.. 

Why are dishwashers so rare and unpopular here?

 

First thing that came to my mind is the cost, but that can't be it. Most mid-range condo's are equipped with a front-load clothes washer, which costs roughly the same price as a dishwasher. I would actually understand if an apartment didn't have a clothes washer, since you mostly do laundry once a week and buildings usually have communal machines to use. If not, you can bring them to a laundry shop around the corner and get them back clean/ironed the next day for a miminal fee. Diswasher tablets are expensive here (I bring mine from Europe), but that's just because they are a rare due to low demand. Water is also dirt cheap in Thailand..

Next thing I thought about is that perhaps upper-middle class locals don't eat at home at all, but go to a restaurant for every meal. Or alternatively, they use a food delivery service eating straight out of the containers leaving only a couple of utensils and glasses to wash. Is this really the case - do Thais mostly eat out? For myself, I can't imagine going out for every single meal - I prefer eating at home. Even if using food delivery services, I still rather use real plates and the dish mountain starts building up.

Finally, I thought about the cheap cost of having a maid. Even if I could afford a full-time maid, I would find it very odd having someone (like a second mom) constantly cleaning after me in a two-bedroom condo. I prefer my privacy and a maid who comes once a week for basic cleaning/laundry is more than enough. I know Thais like to use human workers instead of machines whenever possible, but at the same time you see every mall promoting the latest robot vacuum cleaners like crazy.. A robot hoover would be the last thing on my shopping list when equipping a house or apartment. Do most upper-middle class families use a maid that comes multiple times a week? 

Can someone explain - why don't Thais accept these amazing inventions into their households? 

 

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Perhaps because they do not work all that well with the deep soup type dish most Thai eat from, as well as all your reasons above.  Add vermin damage and it can become very expensive (rats love European electric wires from my experience).  Add most homes not designed for them so electric/water/drains have to be made.

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Just now, SS1 said:

You don't need hot water for a dishwasher! you just plug in a cold water pipe and the machine heats the water itself (same as a clothes washer). 

the most expensive way to get hot water ….  2 or 3 times normal cost.

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5 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

You hand wash all your clothes too, right? 

Nope but many Thai still use a twin tub, start with the whites, you can save up to 70% water and also use a lot less energy vs an automatic  - same rewards as hand washing dishes - Europeans are lazy, and not near so eco friendly as they pretend

 

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