Product Type: Bosch Hotpoint Dishwasher
Newest Review: ... quickly it has grazed my knuckle on one or two occasions. The real drawback of the SGS43A52GB is that, like the dishwashers of my childhoo... more
Not One to be Relied On
Member Name: victorias_books
Advantages: Choice of programmes, good layout of inside drawers
Disadvantages: Soap flap can snap back, feels clunky to open, not always effective at cleaning
When I moved into my place a year or two ago this dishwasher came as part of the property. I grew up having a dishwasher in the house, although I often prefer washing up to using one, as I was always allocated the chore of emptying the dishwasher at home and it was the bane of my life. I loathed the process, and could not understand why my mother insisted on using it so frequently when it effectively cleaned less than half the items placed in it. It also seemed a great waste of energy when so many of the items required two cycles to get them clean. For that reason I had not been planning on buying a dishwasher for myself, but it was a nice addition to the house.
The Bosch model is nothing special to look at, and in many respects is a very simple machine. It is white in colour and is what I would consider an average size for a dishwasher. That is, it is boxy and requires a similar size space in your kitchen as an oven. In the top central area of the machine is a handle, which you need to slip your fingers under and push up, then out, in order to open it up. This is not so fluid a process as I have encountered with other dishwashers, and it feels a little clunky when the handle pushed upwards, almost as though you are going to damage the mechanism. I do not know how long the previous owner had the dishwasher for, but it looked virtually unused when I moved in. However, the door does groan slightly when you lower it, and this can be somewhat disconcerting. On the top right of the machine is a programme panel, where you can choose the setting you prefer. The choice of programmes extends to:
- 65° (Normal)
- 50° (Economy)
- 35° (Quick Wash)
- Pre rinse
The only programmes I use are quick wash and economy. This is mainly due to environmental concerns. Quick wash, despite its title, does not take very much less time than the Economy cycle, however. This is disappointing in some respects, as if you, like me, are reluctant to leave the house while an appliance is running, you may well benefit from a speedy washing programme. On the other hand however, it is understandable that the longer the hot water and soap are in contact with the items inside, the more effective the cleaning cycle will be. I use Economy Wash over the Normal cycle because when I have used it on this setting and opened the machine mid-wash, the water is very warm to the touch and leaves the items very hot. For this reason I deemed a cycle that used a higher temperature unnecessary, in addition to the extra energy it would require. I have found that when I do open the machine in the middle of a cycle the machine tends to let out a great deal of vapour. While comforting that the vapours are treating my dishes however, this is not good for the lungs or the kitchen.
The Bosch has an upper drawer and a lower drawer, the latter of which contains a plate rack for larger plates, a rack for smaller plates and a detachable cutlery holder. The plate racks will fold down in case you need the space for other items. The cutler holder is stable in the machine despite its being removable. It is also very durable, and having been used for some time now it has sustained only moderate damage in the form of one of the slim plastic separators becoming a little coarse due, I suspect, to being exposed to the hot water so many times. One thing that does irk me about the internal arrangement of the dishwasher is the salt tray. I use dishwasher tablets, and you have to slide the cover over the tablet when loading. Unfortunately, this cover does not like to stay in place, and instead of clicking into position when closed, it very often snaps back in the other direction, and does so so quickly it has grazed my knuckle on one or two occasions.
The real drawback of the SGS43A52GB is that, like the dishwashers of my childhood, its cleaning capacity is hit and miss. Initially I tried loading it as full as I could in order make the most of the energy and water it used, but found that only around a third of the items were clean enough to put back in the cupboard. Since then I fill the dishwasher moderately, but not overly. On the Economy cycle perhaps three quarters of the items will be clean enough to use afterwards. To encourage the machine to be more effective I often rinse or soak items prior to placing them in the machine, but I do feel this defeats the object somewhat.
This is not a bad dishwasher, but it is not great, either. The front of it is very easy to clean, and aside from one occasion last year when a small amount of water leaked out of the machine, I have not had any need to make any repairs to it. It is nice to have a selection of programmes, and the inside layout makes it easy to wash objects of different sizes. I still retain my original opinion however, and the Bosch has not convinced me that I would ever hand over any cash for a dishwasher in the future.
Summary: A decent dishwasher, but not entirely reliable
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