Robot Dishwashers Ready for Commercial Kitchens

The first AI for cleaning restaurant dishes has become a reality.

June 20, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Keeping a dependable dish washing staff isn’t easy for restaurants, according to, because dishwashers, who have a physically demanding job, only stay in position for about a month on average. But Dishcraft Robotics is hoping its new automated solution will become the first AI alternative to human dishwashers. 

According to the company’s website, the robot dishwasher can improve the way dishes are washed in commercial kitchens, providing a cleaner, safer more environmentally friendly experience. It’s important to note that the Dishcraft system washes only dishware—not glasses or silverware, which are still cleaned by traditional dishwashing machines. Nor does it sanitize the dishes, a chore that continues to be performed by existing machines in a cafeteria or restaurant.

But because Dishcraft simply scrubs the dishes, it only needs cold water and a brush to get the job done. The machine doesn’t use chemicals, and the water can be recycled. By focusing solely on cleaning dishes, Dishcraft says it can provide a faster, more consistent cleaning experience with better ergonomics and less breakage.

If the product can show a real ROI while solving an ongoing labor problem for the restaurant industry, the potential upside is huge. The United States is home to more than 1 million restaurants and an industry worth $863 billion. Overall, the industry is starting to take automation seriously. New automated concepts include Zume, a pizza chain that uses robots to prepare its pies.