Product Type: Baumatic Hotpoint Dishwasher
Newest Review: ... disappointing results. When it comes to replacing the machine, I will not be buying another Baumatic. I paid £270.00 for this machine f... more
Low priced machine delivers average performance
Member Name: Circe147
Advantages: Inexpensive, looks fine, easy to use
Disadvantages: Doesn't clean pans effectively, can't cope with demanding loads
I purchased this integrated dishwasher about a year ago for my new kitchen when I had run out of budget and had to economise. It was right at the lower end of the price spectrum and I don't use a dishwasher all the time, so I went for cheap and cheerful.
The instructions are adequate, and the salt compartment is easy to fill thought it is a bit complicated how to figure out how much salt is coming out - I've just fiddled with it and use the setting that seems to work best. The height of the top basket can be adjusted which is useful, and on the bottom tray you can either have a set of racks for plates at the back or you can collapse the racks and have a flat surface for pans etc, again, useful.
The machine looks fine in situ as it is integrated and the controls are concealed on the top edge. The controls are basic: salt and rinse aid indicator, various wash programs from pots and pans to glassware. There is a fast wash option for lightly soiled items.
The wash performance is fine on plates glasses and cutlery. For saucepans and baking dishes etc, not so good. Even on the intense wash, it doesn't seem to get the pans clean. It performs best with items that are pre rinsed, well spaced and stacked and do not have dried on food on them.
Sometimes when the dispenser opens, the tablet of detergent falls onto the cutlery container and doesn't dissolve properly, I usually now just put the table into the base of the machine at the start of the wash.
It isn't super quiet (Baumatic doesn't seem to have quietness as a strong point) but it isn't intrusively noisy either, and it does beep to tell you when its finished.
I am relatively happy with its performance for my needs, which are light use, and the machine is mainly used now for times like dinner parties or christmas when there are a lot of fresh plates to be washed repeatedly. Its absolutely fine for this. Anything more and I would recommend going for a more expensive model which can tackle pans and more gunk.
In summary: This machine is one of the cheapest on the market and while it can't cope with a demanding load, it would suit a light use situation where budget is important and where the user is prepared to fill it properly. It isn't suitable for a busy family where pans need to be washed regularly.
Summary: Good value for light use, too lightweight for heavy use
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