"Paying for a name?"
Pros: Value for money, Quiet, easy to install
Cons: very lightweight construction, instructions not great, poor door handle design
"Right or wrong, I tend to trust the German brands (and they do receive good reviews) but they can be expensive. This was however an excellent price for a high-end brand, though on first appearances and general performance this is a budget appliance.
Compared with the 13 year old Hotpoint this replaced it is very lightly constructed, with a largely plastic interior. Nothing wrong with that, though the thing is so light it's quite easy to pull the whole washer out of its cubby when trying to open the door (particularly because the door catch itself is quite awkward and stiff). I also dislike the design of the handle because it creates a hidden aperture that will be difficult to clean and this is possibly not ideal for kitchen hygiene.
The machine washes well, but the standard cycle time is very long compared to any dishwasher I've encountered before - I presume this is down to its eco credentials. The capacity is good but the basket allows dishes to be packed very densely which does mean they don't always rinse completely and sometimes have a slightly gritty feel. Drying is merely ok.
The controls are simple, but not particularly informative or intuitive. Setting the salt and rinse aid usage levels is not obvious and requires reference to the instructions, which could in my view be clearer.
Installation was straightforward, assisted by the lightweight construction though, again, the instructions are merely OK.
Overall, you get what you pay for and this was not an expensive machine so no complaints, and time will tell whether going for Bosch was indeed the good investment I expect it to be."
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