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Dec 20, 2013 07:28 AM

Any way to use commercial glassware racks in a home dishwasher?

I occasionally have big parties and have 100 or so wine glasses to wash. I'm thinking about storing them in commerical glassware racks (inside pillowcases) between parties, and am wondering if there's any way I can use them in my dishwasher rather than trying to fit them into the dishwasher's racks. My current dishwasher is a 12 year old Bosch with two racks (I see they now have 3). I'm envisioning some way to replace the Bosch racks with the commercial rack...

Any ideas?

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  1. The obvious first question is "do they fit"? Until we sold our house recently we had a Hobart undercounter commercial dishwasher in our kitchen (the same ones they use in Starbucks). They handled commercial racks at 30 loads per hour (we also entertain frequently). There's nothing specifically precluding your use of those racks in a residential dishwasher provided they fit, which can be a big "if" depending on the model.

    We now have a Bosch in our new home and the side rails would likely support a commercial rack (although I'd be reluctant to put any more wight on than wine glasses) assuming there's sufficient clearance. Gotta measure. The racks themselves are under $20 at our local restaurant supply store.

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    1. re: ferret

      I think (but have to double check) that the racks are small enough to fit inside the dishwasher...but they clearly don't run/hang on the sliders that the OEM racks use. I was thinking of some kind of retrofit...maybe a flat "shelf" that could run on the dishwasher's runner arms and then just place the commercial racks on top of that.

      Anything like that exist? Or, other ideas?

      Here's a link to a rack I was considering:
      the size is 19.25" x 19.25" x 9"

      1. re: rheostaticsfan

        Maybe I could buy a replacement Bosch rack and snip off the tines to put the commercial rack inside it?

        1. re: rheostaticsfan

          Did you ever resolve this? I am struggling with the same. Can't believe it's still so difficult to find a solution to wash stemware at home. I installed a Fisher & Paykel drawer for the sake of washing stemware alone (a second dishwasher) but have not succeeded in finding a rack that suits for stemware yet.

          1. re: nehasf

            If going that far why not use a commercial under Counter Model that is meat to use the Racks?

            1. re: nehasf

              Honestly, I haven't done it. I have a couple of big parties every fall and wish I had a good stemware washing capability. Then the parties are over for the year and I let it slide.

              In another 8 weeks I'll be regretting not having done anything again this year.

              1. re: rheostaticsfan

                where did you find the image, I went to restaurant supply on lne and they only have the box type used for commercial restaurants. I called and they suggested I contact Bosch, which they do not have anything for this purpose. The green one in the image looks like it would work, the blue ones on the website looks like it would not, because of the tines. Buying two extra racks and cutting off the tines sounds likea good option.

      2. Did you ever find the answer/solution? I'm in exactly the same position. I don't want to shell out the big bucks for a commercial dishwasher, but would love to use commercial racks in a home dishwasher for big parties.

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        1. re: MACfoodlover

          Sadly no, I'm still looking. I still think I may buy a lower rack and cut out all the tines and just put a glassware rack on there.

          But it seems like a biggish investment in my 15 year old dishwasher. I might wait until this dishwasher dies and do it (or something else) once I replace it.