For years I've been hearing that you can save water by not rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Even after I got my new GE I was still skeptical and it was very hard to break the habit. But it's really true. I don't rinse my dishes anymore. I just scoop out the big obvious chunks of food but all the rest- ketchup, bits of cereal etc. just goes right in the dishwasher. We also have pretty hard well water. But so far so good. The dishwasher is very quiet and holds a lot of dishes. It also has a lot of ways to arrange the dishes and ways to fold the tines over for larger items without bending the tines. It's been great for our family of 5. We run it at least once a day. Also love the different option, pots & pans, steam etc.