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This is a freestanding dishwasher and is of standard size, measuring approximately 85cmh)x60cm(w)x60cm(d).
The dishwasher is designed to hold a place setting for 12 and comes with two large white trays and a small cutlery tray. When we first had this, there was only two of us and I actually found it a little too big for our needs however when we became a three, we seemed to fill it up a lot quicker.
There are 3 different cycles available on the dishwasher, which doesn’t sound a lot when compared to some other models on the market but I found that it was sufficient for what we needed it for.
Normal: This cycle lasts around 1.5hours and is the one we used most of the time, I found it was great at cleaning off even dried on stains.
Eco: Less water is used for this cycle and less energy as the water doesn’t get as hot. This cleans quite well but not great for dried on or heavily stained/soiled pots
Quick: As expected, this cycle takes just under an hour so is the quickest wash available, I tend to use this just before we are going out or away and the dishwasher isn’t fully loaded.
There is also the option of rinse which is ideal for heavily soiled pots and pans, giving them a quick rinse before going into the full wash. To be honest, I don’t tend to use this one too much; I would always leave the pan in soak in the sink first and then drop into the dishwasher.
To select the cycle you want, just turn the dial around to the wash you want to use and then press the start button which is located in the centre of the dial.
The dishwasher has a couple of extra features on it, one being that you can delay the start time of any of the cycles by either 3, 6 or 9 hours by simply pressing a button located on the top panel. I never used this option but would be ideal if you are on an Economy 7 Meter. There is also a button which can be selected for half load, I have used this a couple of times, normally alongside with the quick wash when I need to wash things urgently and quickly.
The dishwasher was fairly quiet when in use, and I didn’t notice any significant increase in my water or electricity bill when I started using this. I would really recommend.
Short name: Bosch SMS40T32GB