Hi, it’s Den from washer-repair.ca, The Home website. A couple of weeks ago our dishwasher conked out. Had it about eight years. Burning smell happened.
Started acting real weird, and it turns out it’s cheaper to buy a new one than have it repaired, as with so many appliances these days. This is our brand new dishwasher, just delivered . Bought it through Sears, but it’s a Bosch brand. Our previous one was a Kenmore. Bosch, if you’re in the market for a dishwasher, you probably know that Consumer Reports, they’re topped one, two, three, those are the top rankings.
The best dishwashers are the Bosch, but if you look at the user reviews, they stink; they’re getting one and a half stars for these. How can it be so different between what Consumer Reports sees as how well these do, and how well actual owners feel about it? I was confused, so I did more research with other review sites, and found out there were two main reasons why people were having trouble, were reporting trouble with their new Bosch dishwashers. One was that the dishes came out wet.
That’s, in part, because of the tighter energy efficiency standards. These dishwashers can’t use much electricity or water.
In a couple years time, it will be even less that they have to get by with, but they can’t do that deal, at least how our old dishwasher would do it. It had that horseshoe-shaped bar down at the bottom.
It would just roast those dishes.
The steam would come pouring out, and they would be so dry. That uses an awful lot of electricity, obviously, so this one has to find other ways to do it. The other complaint is that it takes so long to wash the dishes.
I think this has an hour and a half cycle time; much longer than our previous dishwasher. People are complaining, because they anticipate after having a party, they need to get two loads done, they’ll get it done before they go to bed, but they’d be up all night waiting for this to finish several loads of dishes. The reason for that is also because if you can only use this much electricity and this much water, it takes longer to wash the dishes, because the other elements you need to throw in there for cleaning dishes, you know this, too, from washing them by hand, is time; that’s why you soak your dishes, to get the stuff loose so it will come off more easily.
If you can’t force gallon after gallon of water in there, and you can’t roast the stuff, than you need to leave time so that it can loosen up and you can get it off with the water and the power that you’re allowed to use. That’s the reason for the long cycle time, and you can’t do much about that. They do recommend, though, for the fact that your dishes come out wetter than you may have been used to; they say you can have much drier dishes if you use a rinse aid. I’ve tried it and never cared for it, but I didn’t care so much about a few spots. If it’s going to make a big difference with the drying, I might consider it.
Then again, in Europe they’ve banned it, because of the chemicals that are in it going into the waterway, so I may have to look into that some more. The other thing you can do is run this in Sanitize mode, which I think is cheating, because the energy ratings are for using it as you normally would with a normal load. If you’re going to run it on Sanitize mode every time so it will heat up that heating element, and really blast them hot and then get them dry, you’re sort of fudging and you’re obviously going to use a lot more electricity than this. I don’t know how wet they’ll be.
I haven’t done a load in this yet. It was installed this morning, and I won’t deny that for the past few days knowing it was coming, that I didn’t keep up with the handwashing of the dishes, so I have quite a collection waiting to go through. Which means the food on it’s dried on, been several days on some of the plates.
It will be a good test to see how the dishwasher does. I’m going to load it up, explain you how the things fit in here, some of the features, and let it do a load, take them out, see if they’re wet, see if they’re clean, and see how long it takes. Here’s the dishwasher as well as I could load it; the top rack and bottom rack loaded up. The top rack, I’m not getting quite as much in it as I did our old dishwasher, so I’m disappointed in that, but the bottom rack is #[03:56].
That is so many more dishes than I could get in our old bottom rack; a good 50 percent more, maybe even twice as many dishes. You notice there are no bowls, because I couldn’t figure out how to get bowls to fit in there with this real compact, right next to each other style. I’ll have to work on that in another load. Plenty of room for silverware.
That doesn’t look to be a problem. It’s great that I can get so many plates done at once, the question is, are they going to come out clean when they’re packed so close together.
The other issue is all of my odd shape sized items.
I didn’t put any of them in here, because I can’t figure out where I’m going to put them. I think they’re going to have to go up top; I’ll just have to be flexible with the cups. It’s time to put in the soap and see what happens.
I’ve my little soapy deal here, I guess properly called detergent.
That must be the rinse aid, so I drop it in here. This says, To close, slide and push. There it goes. That wasn’t so hard after all. I don’t have the rinse aid, again, so going to see how it turns out on a normal load with just the regular detergent. Here we are at the top.
This, of course, is the latest style with all the buttons at top. I think it’s kind of a pain, because how can you see what’s going on, but anyway, this is what we got. Those lights are left over after the last guy. I mean the installer did it, so I guess I’ll turn it off so all the lights are off. Turn it on.
By default, it wants to do auto, so I guess I’ll let it do auto rather than normal. It knows better than me how dirty they are. I know they’re pretty dirty. I’m not going to do Sanitize, and close it up.
I assume it will start right up. Yeah, I hear watery sounds. You notice down here, this is kind of cool. The dirt there isn’t cool. Since it has the buttons on the top, the recessed hidden buttons, how do you know if it’s on?
Probably you can hear it. It’s pretty quiet, but anyway, they give you a light on the ground so you know it’s running. I don’t know if that light changes to green when it’s clean. I think that would be cool, but I don’t know that that’s going to happen. Pretty quiet.
Anyway, if it gets loud I’ll let you know, otherwise, I’ll see how long it takes. I’ll start a timer, and when it’s done, we’ll see how they look.
The dishwasher finished. The red light has disappeared from below it.
It made a beeping noise, several beeps at the end, to let you know that it’s done. This was a while back; I actually wasn’t here, this is later at night. My wife said, though, it took it seemed over two hours for it to do the whole load.
I don’t know if that’s usual. I chose Auto, not Normal, so I guess it keeps going until it thinks the stuff is clean. We still got lights on that say Clean, Refill Rinse Aid, and Auto.
You’re supposed to turn it off, so there we go. #[07:11]. It’s warm inside. It’s wet, even on the very edge of the door, so I know these dishes are not going to be completely dry.
Actually, it feels clean. It feels warm and clean. Clean, that one’s clean, definitely. A little bit of water. A little bit of water. No. Yeah, a little bit of water there. How did the ones that were really packed in there do? Looks okay.
Feels dry and warm, so I’m actually kind of impressed that it actually did have within its electrical budget, it did have enough heat to warm things up. Silverware; it’s looking good. No chunks of food still left in the forks. Everything seems pretty clean, pretty dry.
I’m pleased. I will go in and do the filter, and explain you about cleaning out the filter. It has to be done manually on these Bosch’s, unlike the American dishwashers that have a built-in garbage disposal to do it for you.
I’ll unload the dishwasher tomorrow morning and see if they really are all clean. If they are, I really will be impressed.
I have to say I was very pleased with, after I unloaded the other dishes, they were clean. Other than one glass that I think some filmy stuff had really gotten stuck on inside of it, everything else came out very clean. The glasses really, you could see all the little scrapes and defects in them, but I had no issues with it being dirty.
I had no issues with them still being wet. The last thing I want to explain here is with the Bosch they have a filter, and you need to clean this out yourself. It comes out pretty easily. You just turn this and lift it straight out.
That’s what it is. It’s a metal mesh. You rinse it in the water and it washes out. I don’t even think it accumulated everything this time, so I don’t think there’s any need to do it every time; maybe once a week, I don’t know. I’ll have to read the manual on that and see.
It’s very easy. It fits right in there, and it filters out any big food chunks. I dropped it in place there, push it so it’s right down into the groove, turn it so the arrow lines up and it’s in there solid, and that’s it. I would give this dishwasher-out of ten stars, I’d give it eight. Really pretty good, not perfect.
Both because the upper rack, maybe I just don’t understand the best way to load it yet, but I didn’t find it particularly friendly for cups, and I think that may be an issue. We go through a lot of cups. The other is that is even a day later, it’s still wet inside the dishwasher; not the dishes and not the silverware, but the actual sides of the dishwasher. I don’t know if over time that’s going to lead to an issue of mildew, mold, that sort of thing.
Time will tell, so I will try to do a follow-up in a few months and let you know how this dishwasher’s worked out for us. For right now, definitely eight stars out of ten. It was a good purchase, no regrets.
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