What Do The Different Dishwasher Symbols Mean? (2022)

Although every dishwasher is different, most of the symbols are similar across the different dishwasher brands and models.

In this post, we’re going to explain the different dishwasher symbols and what they mean by using images and icons used by our top 4 recommended dishwasher brands, as listed below:

  • Best Table Top DishwasherKlarstein Amazonia 6
  • Best Free Standing DishwasherWhite Knight DW1460WA
  • Best Integrated DishwasherIndesit DIF 04B1
  • Best Slimline Dishwasher (Free Standing and Integrated models)Bosch Serie 2 SPS24CW00G/Bosch Serie 2 SPV25CX00G

We’ll also explain the different errors that can be displayed on each of the above dishwashers, and what these warning lights mean.

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Dishwasher Symbols Explained

Before jumping into each model, it is easiest to have a quick look at the control panel display for each of the 4 dishwashers we are using as an example, to understand what the difference is betweenprograms,indicators, and otherwarning type lights.

Have a look at each interface below:

What Do The Different Dishwasher Symbols Mean? (1)
What Do The Different Dishwasher Symbols Mean? (2)
What Do The Different Dishwasher Symbols Mean? (3)
What Do The Different Dishwasher Symbols Mean? (4)

Now let’s dig into each one of those in turn:

Dishwasher Program Symbols

Each dishwasher offers a different range of programs that you can run the machine on, and each program has a specific symbol that represents that program cycle.

The most common dishwasher programs are represented below.

Note: Diagrams and more information on these symbols can be seen for different dishwashers further down in the article.

Cooking Pot/Pan symbol with an additional line below– This symbol may be used to for Intensive programs, which are used for heavily soiled items. They take longer to un and use more energy.

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Cooking Pot/Pan symbol– This symbol alone may be used for the Normal/Standard program.

ECO symbol– This symbol is used for an eco-friendly wash. This program takes more time than a normal wash but uses less energy. Expect the average Eco cycle to take around 3 hours.

Glass symbol– This symbol is used for a lighter wash that is often quicker and not as hot as the standard washes. This is ideal for loads that aren’t very dirty, such as a dishwasher full of glasses after a party.

90 / Clock symbol– A clock symbol is often used to represent a quick wash, with the number (90 in most cases) stating how long the cycle takes. The cycle is usually very similar to the dishwasher’s Normal program, but each phase is quicker to reduce the overall time.

Sprinkle– A sprinkle symbol may be used for a quick rinse or pre-wash program. This program is best used if it takes days to fill up your dishwasher, and you want to give the items inside a quick rinse to avoid dirt baking on.

Dishwasher Indicator Symbols

The most common indicators here aresalt refillandrinse-aid refillindicators ordelay timers.

The salt refill indicator symbol is shown as two arrows that loosely represent an ‘S’. When this light is on, you should top up your dishwasher’s salt levels.

The rinse aid refill indicator symbol looks like a ‘sparkle’/snowflake icon. When this light is on, you should top up your dishwasher’s rinse-aid.

Delay timers are usually an icon such as 3h, 6h, 9h etc. These icons are used to show how many hours you have set the dishwasher to delay. For example, if you start a program at 1 pm and delay it for 3h, then it will start at 4 pm.

Other Dishwasher Warning Lights

There are other error codes or warning light sequences that can also be displayed. These are more common when the dishwasher is being installed, and something may not have been turned on or connected properly, but they can also represent an appliance fault if they display at a later date.

A definition of the different error codes or warning lights, and what they mean can be seen below each specific appliance listed later in this article.

Klarstein Amazonia 6: Dishwasher Symbols and Error Codes

The Klarstein Amazonia 6 has 6 different programs (isn’t that a coincidence?). These are Normal, Intensive, Eco, Glass, 90 min, and Rapid.

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  • Intensive– For heaviest soiled crockery, and normally soiled pots pans dishes etc with dried on soiling. This cycle takes 140 minutes and uses 10 litres of water.
  • Normal– For normally soiled loads, such as pots, plates, glasses and lightly soiled pans. This cycle takes 120 minutes and uses 8 litres of water.
  • ECO (*EN 50242)– For normally soiled tableware. This cycle takes 180 minutes and uses 6.5 litres of water.
  • Glass– For lightly soiled loads, such as glasses, crystal and fine china. This cycle takes 75 minutes and uses 7 litres of water.
  • 90 min– For lightly soiled crockery and glass. This cycle takes 90 minutes and uses 7 litres of water.
  • Rapid– A shorter wash for lightly soiled loads and quick wash. This cycle takes 30 minutes and uses 6 litres of water.

Therinse-aid refill indicatorcan be seen below the program symbols on the left-hand side, and thesalt refill indicatorcan be seen below the program symbols on the right-hand side.

Klarstein Amazonia 6Error codes

The following error codes may flash on the front display:

  • E1 (Longer inlet time)– Faucet is not opened, or water intake is restricted, or water pressure is too low
  • E4 (Overflow)– Some element of dishwasher leaks. If overflow occurs, turn off the main water supply before calling for a service. If there is water in the base pan because of an overfill or small leak, the water should be removed before restarting the dishwasher

White Knight DW1460WA: Dishwasher Symbols and Error Codes

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Let’s focus on the control panel which is annotated in the above diagram with the number 3 (apologies for having to squint, but White Knight does not have a larger or higher quality image to use!).

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There are 14 symbols altogether, starting from the top row from left to right:

  • #1 Half load function indicator: (1/2 indicates the half load function has been selected)
  • #2 – #7 Programs: Intensive, Normal, Eco, Glass, 90 min, Rapid
  • #8 Water faucet indicator: Indicates there is no water supply to the appliance
  • #9 Rinse Aid indicator: Indicates when the dispenser needs to be refilled
  • #10 Add salt indicator: Indicates when the dispenser needs to be refilled
  • #11 – #14 Delay time: Indicates that a delay time has been set, which can be cycled through as 3h 6h 9h 12h

Other button functions as annotated above:

  1. On/Off Button: To turn on/off the power supply
  2. Half Load Button: Select when washing 7 or less place settings. This will use less water and electricity
  3. (As already mentioned above)
  4. Delay Button: To cycle through the 4 available delay times
  5. Program Button: To cycle through and select which program to use
  6. Start/Pause button: To start the selected washing program or pause the washing program when the machine is working

White Knight DW1460WA Errors, Beeps and Flashing Lights

The Rapid program light flashes

Longer inlet time. Faucets are not opened, or water intake is restricted, or water pressure is too low.

The Glass program light flashes

Overflow. Some element of the dishwasher is leaking.If overflow occurs, turn off the main water supply before calling for a service. If there is water in the base because of an overfill or small leak, then the water should be removed before restarting the dishwasher.

Indesit DIF 04B1: Dishwasher Symbols and Error Codes

The Indesit DIF 04B1 is an integrated dishwasher with a minimal control panel display.

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The image of the control panel above shows the available dishwasher programs, as follows:

TheECOwash cycle is the standard cycle to which the energy label data refers. It can be used to wash crockery with a normal soil level and is the most efficient cycle in terms of energy and water consumption for this type of crockery.

Heavilysoiled dishes and pans (not to be used for delicate items).

Normallysoiled pans and dishes.

Pre-washwhile awaiting completion of the load with the dishes from the next meal.No detergent is needed for this program.

There are no salt or rinse-aid indicators on the main panel. These indicators can be seen next to each dispenser.

Indesit DIF 04B1Errors, Beeps and Flashing Lights

Beeps are emitted (in some models), and all the cycle indicator lights flash

There is no water in the mains supply, or the water inlet hose is bent. Ensure the tap is turned on and the appliance will start after a few minutes.

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The ON/OFF indicator light flashes rapidly, and the 2nd and 3rd wash cycle indicator lights flash

The appliance lock has been activated because no action was taken when the beeps sounded.

Switch off the machine using the ON/OFF button, turn on the tap and switch the machine back on after a few seconds by pressing the same button. Re-program the appliance and restart the wash cycle.

Bosch Serie 2 SPV25CX00G: Dishwasher Symbols and Error Codes

There are a number of different Bosch models available in the Serie range, with Bosch Serie 2 being the best buy, but Bosch Serie 4 and Bosch Serie 6 being great additions for those looking to spend a little extra.

One thing that is pretty obvious with the Bosch Serie range is that their freestanding models are much easier to understand. This is because the control panel area is much larger, and therefore Bosch have opted to use the space to label each button and light clearly.

I would hazard a guess that if you’re currently Googling “What do the Bosch Serie dishwasher symbols mean?”, then chances are you are struggling with the integrated version of the machine, which has a much more limited space, and relies on a symbol only panel face, with no text to explain each option.

What Do The Different Dishwasher Symbols Mean? (8)

If you have read the entire article up to this point, then you should have likely already covered most of the indicators in the above diagram. There are only a couple that haven’t been covered so far (7 and 8).

The list below describes the function for each button and indicator in the previous Bosch Serie 2 diagram:

  1. ON/OFF switch
  2. Set delayed timer
  3. Additional options (see below)
  4. Displays which program is selected
  5. Select program (cycle left)
  6. Select program (cycle right)
  7. Indicates the appliance is in the cleaning phase
  8. Indicates the appliance is in the drying phase
  9. START button
  10. Rinse aid refill indicator
  11. Salt refill indicator
  12. ‘Check water supply’ indicator

Bosch Serie 2 Additional Options (Button #3)

The additional options that can be triggered by button 3 are as follows:

Express Wash / Speed Perfect / (VarioSpeed)

This function can reduce the running time by approx. 20% to 50% depending on the selected rinse programme. To obtain optimum cleaning and drying results at a reduced running time, water and energy consumption are increased.

Intensive zone

Perfect for a mixed load. You can wash very soiled pots and pans in the lower basket together with normally soiled utensils in the upper basket. The spray pressure in the lower basket is intensified, the rinsing temperature is increased slightly.

Hygiene

The temperature is increased during the cleaning process. This increases the hygiene status. This additional option is ideal for cleaning e.g. chopping boards and baby bottles.

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Half load

If you have only a few items to wash (e.g. glasses, cups, plates), you can switch to “half load”. This will save water, energy and time. It is
recommended to put a little less detergent in the detergent dispenser than for a full load.

Extra drying

An increased temperature during the final rinse and an extended drying phase ensure that even plastic parts dry better. There is a slight increase in energy consumption.

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FAQs

What does the dishwasher symbol mean? ›

Dishwasher safe symbol and dishwasher proof symbol.

Dishwasher safe symbol (1) There's no universal definition or symbol for "dishwasher safe." While some items should only be washed by hand, this symbol means that an item can go in the dishwasher. Its use is based on manufacturer recommendations and experience.

What is the salt symbol on a dishwasher? ›

Easy to recognize: the dishwasher salt symbol looks like an "S" for salt. When you see it, just fill up the container and your appliance will add the right amount with each rinse cycle. Salt softens hard water to protect your dishwasher and dishes from limescale deposits.

What are the different settings on a dishwasher? ›

8 dishwasher cycles explained
  • Normal Cycle. A Normal Cycle can be used to wash and dry most everyday dishes without heavy soil. ...
  • Quick Wash Cycle. ...
  • Sensor Cycle. ...
  • Heavy Cycle. ...
  • Prewash Cycle. ...
  • Delicate Cycle. ...
  • High Temp Cycle. ...
  • Sanitize Cycle.

What is the snowflake symbol on my Samsung dishwasher? ›

Dishwasher icons

Rinse Aid - This icon appears when the rinse aid is low and needs refilling. (This icon may look like a star, snowflake, or sparkle.)

What does the fork and wine glass symbol mean? ›

The international symbol for "food safe" material is a wine glass and a fork symbol. The symbol indicates that the material used in the product is considered safe for food contact. This includes food and water containers, packaging materials, cutlery etc.

What does the rinse aid symbol look like? ›

If the Rinse aid (rinse refill) indicator is lit, it means the dishwasher is low on dishwasher rinse aid and requires a refill.

What happens if you don't put salt in dishwasher? ›

Though it might be tempting in a pinch, do not use table salt in your dishwasher. Doing so could damage the water softening system.

How often should you put salt in a dishwasher? ›

Each wash will use up some salt to soften the water. So, depending on your usage you should make it a habit to top up the dishwasher with salt at least once a month. It is impossible to put too much dishwasher salt and cause cutlery corrosion.

Can you put too much salt in dishwasher? ›

This can cause severe problems for your machine because the cap could come off completely during the washing cycle, allowing detergent to be released into the machine, which could cause it to break completely.

What is the best cycle to run your dishwasher on? ›

A Normal cycle doesn't use extra water, longer cleaning times, or hotter temperatures, making it ideal for dishes and glassware without excessive soiling. Overall, this is the best dishwasher cycle to use for dishes that have an average amount of daily dirt and grime.

How do you use a dishwasher step by step? ›

How to Load the Dishwasher
  1. Step 1: Scrape leftovers/rinse utensils.
  2. Step 2: Load the bottom basket.
  3. Step 3: Load the top basket.
  4. Step 4: Use correct quantity of dishwasher detergent.
  5. Step 1: Choose the lightest cycle.
  6. Step 2: Run an intense cycle for dirty utensils.
  7. Step 3: Choose between dry program and air dry.
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Why does dishwasher take 3 hours? ›

First, it may be due to your dishes. If your dishes are especially dirty, the dishwasher sensors will default to a longer wash cycle to ensure they're cleaned properly. If you have hard water, limescale or mineral buildup, this could interfere with sensors and cause them to default to a longer setting.

Why is the rinse aid light on dishwasher? ›

When the rinse aid light on your dishwasher comes on, it's time to refill. The rinse aid reservoir is located on the inside of your dishwasher's door, next to the detergent reservoir.

How do I know if my dishwasher needs rinse aid? ›

When it comes to ensuring that each and every dishwasher load you complete ends with flawlessly clean and streak-free dishes, you'll want to include rinse aid as a part of your regular dishwasher regimen. Dishwasher rinse aid is designed to help you get spotless results from your machine.

Do you need rinse aid with dishwasher tablets? ›

According to cleaning product manufacturers, all-in-one products for dishwashers make regenerating salt and rinse aid superfluous. The rinse aid and salt functions are included in the tablet, along with other features. As a result, the customer no longer has to add salt and rinse aid.

What are dishwasher safe symbols? ›

Typically, the dishwasher safe symbol looks like a square box with some plates or glasses (or both) inside it. This is true for both top rack and generally dishwasher safe items. You'll also see either water droplets or diagonal lines that are meant to signify water.

Does the glass and fork symbol mean dishwasher safe? ›

A wine glass and fork is the international symbol for “food safe”, meaning the product is designed to be in contact with food. When you see dishes in a shower of straight lines, the product is dishwasher safe on the top rack. This symbol can take on many forms but usually includes dishes getting sprayed with water.

Does cup and fork symbol mean dishwasher safe? ›

People often confuse the cup and fork symbol for the dishwasher safe symbol. The thing is that there is not universally approved symbol for dishwasher safe. The cup and fork means that the material is safe for food use.

Can I use vinegar instead of rinse aid in dishwasher? ›

First, you should not put vinegar in the rinse-aid dispenser in your dishwasher. Vinegar is a strong enough acid to melt the rubber gaskets in the rinse-aid dispenser. Bad. Some people suggest running a rinse cycle with the vinegar in a cup on the top rack, and this tactic can work.

Do you add rinse aid every time? ›

We recommend refilling the rinse aid dispenser once a month if you run your dishwasher pretty often. Or you can just top it off as needed—a lot of machines have a window that lets you see how much rinse aid is in the dispenser.

How do I know when my rinse aid is full? ›

Turn the dispenser knob to "Open" or "Refill" and lift it out. Pour rinse aid into the opening until the indicator points to "Full." Take care not to overfill. Clean up any spilled rinse aid with a damp cloth.

How do I know if my glasses are dishwasher safe? ›

If you're lucky, you'll know an item is safe for the dishwasher by seeing the words "Dishwasher Safe." If you don't see that, then look for a dishwasher safe symbol, stamp, or label. These usually take the form of a square box containing plates, glasses, or both.

Is it necessary to use rinse aid in dishwasher? ›

Every new dishwasher has a rinse-aid dispenser because rinse aid is essentially mandatory if you want your dishwasher to work well these days, according to every industry person we talked to.

Where does salt go in dishwasher? ›

To add salt to your dishwasher, locate the large cap on the base of the appliance and turn anti-clockwise to open. Use the funnel and pour salt into the reservoir until it is full, then replace lid securely. The rinse aid compartment is located on the inside of the door, open the flap to add the rinse aid.

What is the handwash symbol? ›

Hand Wash. The Hand Wash Symbol is the standard Wash Symbol with a hand at the top. For 'Hand Wash' clothing, do not use the washing machine. Instead was garments in a sink or small tub, using your hands to ensure that the cleaning liquid is thoroughly rubbed into the material and subsequently rinsed out.

Can I use vinegar instead of rinse aid? ›

Plain white vinegar makes a very inexpensive and effective rinse aid and your glasses will still come out looking like these glasses on the right. This tip is pretty simple really. Just open the rinse aid dispenser and fill it with white vinegar instead of commercial Rinse Aid.

Can I put vinegar in my dishwasher? ›

A basic mixture of dish soap, water, and white vinegar makes a great homemade cleaner that's safe for all dishwasher surfaces.

Can I skip rinse aid? ›

If you don't use rinse aid for dishwashing cycles, your dishes will still dry utilizing the heat from the dishwasher's dry cycle. However, you might experience water spots from water lingering for too long on each dish.

What happens if you don't put salt in dishwasher? ›

Though it might be tempting in a pinch, do not use table salt in your dishwasher. Doing so could damage the water softening system.

How often do I need to put salt in my dishwasher? ›

Each wash will use up some salt to soften the water. So, depending on your usage you should make it a habit to top up the dishwasher with salt at least once a month. It is impossible to put too much dishwasher salt and cause cutlery corrosion.

Do I need dishwasher salt if I use all in one tablets? ›

According to cleaning product manufacturers, all-in-one products for dishwashers make regenerating salt and rinse aid superfluous. The rinse aid and salt functions are included in the tablet, along with other features.

What do the symbols mean for washing? ›

If the garment is machine washable, then you'll either see dots or numbers inside the bucket symbol, representing the recommended maximum temperature: one dot means 30 °C (meaning that you have to wash your clothing in cold water), two dots 40 °C (warm water), and four dots 60 °C.

What is the dry clean only symbol? ›

Dry Cleaning symbols

An empty circle indicates to dry clean only. A circle with an A means dry-clean with any solvent. A circle with an F means dry-clean with petroleum solvent only. A circle with a P means dry-clean with any solvent except trichloroethylene.

What does the crossed out triangle mean? ›

A triangle with a cross through it means the garment cannot be bleached, and doing so may damage or discolour the fabric. Bleaching can be used to keep sheets and linen white & bright and to brighten white clothing or fabric to lift stains or soil.

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