Tines Up or Tines Down? ASKO Sets the Record Straight

Properly Load Asko Dishwasher

How to properly load your dishwasher

Everyone has their own unique way of loading a dishwasher. Whether you are the Tetris player, the sporadic loader or the meticulous organizer, nobody can mess with your system.

Loading a dishwasher can be a sensitive subject in any household, in fact, a years-old controversy exists that everyone seems to have an opinion about. So what is that heated debate about? Whether silverware goes into the dishwasher utensil basket handles up or handles down.

This question has finally been answered by one of the leading dishwasher designers and manufacturers in the world. The ASKO dishwasher use and care manual states that you should “arrange flatware in the silverware basket with the handles down” but suggests that sharp items should be put with the point down for safety.


The reason for this placement is to expose the soiled end of your utensils to the most amounts of heat and water for the best effect. In fact, ASKO dishwashers were designed to be loaded in a very specific way.

ASKO dishwashers have multiple “Power Zones” that are intentionally placed throughout to maximum the cleanliness of your dishes. Where you load utensils, plates, bowls and cups are all based on these Power Zones.

Lower Rack:

  • Cutlery Power Zone – There is a dedicated Power Zone in the front of the dishwasher designed to hit the silverware basket, no matter where in the front row of the bottom rack the basket is placed. Tip: do not let the cutlery nest on top or inside each other. Plastic can be placed in the bottom rack because there are no exposed heating elements if they happen to get knocked down.
  • Plates – The prongs on the lower rack are angled upright so that you can load more dishes. This allows the plates to be close together but still have plenty of room for water to reach the surface of the plate.
  • Bowls – Be sure to use the left back corner of the lower rack. The prongs are wider, allowing more room for bowls to be efficiently stacked straight up and down.
  • Pots and Pans Power Zone– Similar to loading bowls, use the left back corner for pots and pans with the prongs flattened down. This is a Power Zone designed for heavy cleaning.


Upper Rack:

  • Coffee Cups – Load coffee cups under the stemware rack on the left side.
  • Wine Glasses – Lower the stemware rack on the left side (over the coffee cups if necessary) and place the stem of the wine glass onto the stemware rack. This area is fairly open to allow flexibility of glass length and size.
  • Tall Glasses – Tall drinking glasses can be placed on the right side of the upper rack.
  • Knife Rack – There is a designated stand on the right side of the upper rack for steak knives to safely be placed lying down. There is a plastic guard on the outside of the rack to stop the knives from falling out of the rack.
  • Small Plates and Bowls – There are tines on the top rack for smaller plates and bowls to line the middle of the upper rack.