Product Type: Bosch Hotpoint Dishwasher
Newest Review: ... from a friend for £180 as she had only had it a year. When I looked online these dishwashers ranged from £300 - £450 so I thought at £180 ... more
Member Name: anwar7
Bosch SMS50T06GB 12-Place Dishwasher 5 Programmes Class A+ Black
Advantages: looks great,washes well and is well made
Disadvantages: fiddly to load in places, long wash cycles
What you get for your money.
I paid £403 in total and this included delivery, disposal of my old machine and connection. The base price was £369 and delivery is free. This model is not available to see in John Lewis and so it was with a bit of trepidation that I awaited delivery. I was really pleased with the sleek black exterior of my new dishwasher and think it looks very stylish in my kitchen. It is a standard size measuring 84.5 cm in height, 60cm in width and 60 cm in depth. It is obviously important to measure the space before buying to check the dishwasher will fit!
Once the machine had been connected it was time to read the instruction booklet. It is clearly written with good illustrations. The first thing to do is set the water hardness for your area. Your water utility company will give you this information if you are unsure. Once you have the information you can set the machine to automatically calculate the amount of salt you need to add. I live in a very soft water area so don't need to add salt.
Inside the door flat is the rinse aid and detergent holder. The detergent holder slides open and then clicks closed once you have added a tablet or detergent. The rinse aid cover opens by pulling and then snaps shut. The LCD display shows you when rinse aid is needed.
The dishwasher is a 12 place setting size. The door opens easily and inside are two large baskets. The height of the upper basket can be adjusted to allow large items to be place underneath. The lower basket has spikes that can be folded down to accommodate pans and baking trays.
The upper basket has groves to allow wine glasses to be held securely. There is also a knife shelf so sharp knives can be held safely. The cutlery basket has plenty of space for all my cutlery.
Once loaded you will need to select the programme you require. This is really simple and there are 5 programmes to choose from including intensive, normal, eco, gentle and quick. The time the programme will take is clearly displayed in the LCD window. In addition to the programme choice you can also select the *speed perfect* option. This will reduce the amount of time a programme takes by up to 50%.However according to the instruction booklet this option also increases the amount of water and energy are increased! Once you have selected the programme and any additional options you simply press the start button.
The machine has a half load option, although this is not one I have tried as I always have a full load! It is possible to delay the start of a programme in 1 hour steps up to 24 hours. This would be useful if you want the machine to start in the middle of the night for example.
When the wash cycle is finished the dishwasher switches itself off after 1 minute. This is designed to save energy. The energy rating for this machine is A+.
This machine comes with a 2 year manufactures warranty
My opinion- The pros...
I have tried to give you an overview of what this machine can do. However I have not gone into lots of technical detail as you can find that on the Bosch website. I am really pleased with my new machine! I love the stylish black finish and although I was worried it would show finger prints, it remains looking shiny with little cleaning effort! It has all the programmes I need and more! I tend to stick with the eco setting for most washes and this produces excellent results. The machine not only washes well, but also dries perfectly too. It is extremely quiet and in the first weeks of use I used to check to see that it was actually working!
I really like the slots at the top that hold my glasses in place safely. In the past I have cut myself when grabbing a handful of cutlery when unloading the dishwasher in a hurry. I really appreciate the knife shelf with its individual groves to hold sharp knives away from the cutery.This not only makes it safer, but also helps to protect knives from becoming blunt.
The intensive programme is brilliant for getting saucepans and baking trays clean. This washes at 70 degrees and takes over 3 hours to complete.
I find the dishwasher easy to load (with a few niggles I will explain later).
And the cons.... Overall I am very happy with this machine. However I do have a few complaints! The top basket is fiddly to load on the right hand side. This is because there is an upper shelf for utensils that makes it difficult to load underneath. I also find that the upper shelf is quite low making it impossible to load tall cups and glasses. It would be fine for teacups but as I use mugs this is not ideal.
The programmes are quite long (mostly over 3 hours!) I tend to use the speed perfect option to reduce the washing time. The manufactures state that in order to obtain optimum cleaning results water and energy consumption are increased. When using this option I also find that the drying results are not as good as with the longer programmes.
Although the instruction booklet is clearly written I still found some of the instructions difficult to carry out. For example it took me ages to learn how to set the water hardness for my area. In short, this is not the easiest of machines to learn to use! This is a well made appliance that will hopefully give me many years of service!
Summary: Dishwasher from Bosch
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