01/31/2014 07:33 am ET Updated Jan 31, 2014

12 Reasons You're Better Off Not Having A Dishwasher

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In theory, a dishwasher is awesome. You cook a meal, eat it and then just throw all your dirty dishes into the dishwasher. With the click of a button, the mess you made is instantly taken care of -- and not by you. There's no time wasted on hand washing; no need to get your nails grimy with other people's food grease. You can even call upon the dishwasher to clean your other dirty items -- like tennis shoes. Pretty great, we know.

A kitchen with a dishwasher is something many home cooks hope for (like this Taste editor). We'd love to say goodbye to the sink piled over with dirty dishes and hello to technology. But having recently spoken to some of our more dishwasher-fortunate friends, and hearing some of their dishwasher woes (tragic, we know), we began to suspect that maybe having a dishwasher isn't all it's cracked up to be.

From what we can tell, there are times when having a dishwasher is actually more of a burden than a help. So if you've been living sans dishwasher, it might be time you start feeling pretty good about that fact. Here are the 12 worst things you have to worry about when you have a dishwasher -- and that the rest of us don't ever have to deal with.

Dishwasher Fails List

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