Bosch SMS40C02GB Dishwasher:
About two years ago my dishwasher caught fire, for some reason it got stuck part way through a cycle and the pump broke resulting in it just heating up constantly for about an hour until I noticed it smoking! We hadn't managed to replace it but recently with planning my wedding and taking the necessary steps to get over PTSD I have really been longing for another dish washer to take some of the load of! My Dad suggested Freecycle and the day after posting a wanted ad I was offered a Bosch SMS40C02GB which was only two years old! I feel really lucky as it's an awesome Dishwasher.
I would have been happy with an ugly, scratched machine but the Bosch SMS40C02GB (henceforth referred to as "Dobbie") is really stylish and sleek. It has a plain white door with a little panel above it containing the dials etc. It's very unobtrusive and in my opinion would fit in in most kitchens.
Having had a look around online I have discovered to my utter delight that this dishwasher is A+ Energy rated, (A for washing, A for drying), and uses only 12 litres of water to do a full wash. It has an economy setting (same wash as the "normal" cycle but taking slightly longer with cooler water) and a half load option. The normal cycle takes 138 minutes, the eco wash a little longer and the "quick cycle" (suitable for lightly soiled dishes) takes just 35 minutes. There is also a pre-wash cycle but I have never felt the need to use it.
One of the best features is a LCD screen that tells you exactly how long is left on the cycle. I love this and although I have no doubt that the novelty will wear off soon enough it's useful for planning your time which at the moment is an amazing bonus. You can also set Dobbie off on a timer telling it to start in a number of hours which means I can load it up any time have it do the dishes when I want. This may not seem useful to start with but it means if I load it up in the middle of the night (trust me it happens) I can have it start in the morning so the noise doesn't annoy the neighbour below us. It would be also be good for people who get cheaper "off-peak" electricity.
It is widely advertised that this machine can take 12 place settings, not many of us will ever use it for 12 settings at once but it does take a couple of days worth of dishes for the two of us including all our mugs, glasses and pans. The racks inside are fairly standard with a removable cutlery holder and a handy "tray" for big knives at the top. It seems to be a sensible layout and is fairly similar to any other dishwasher I have used. The sprinkler arm is nice and high so you have plenty of clearance for larger plates.
Having mentioned noise before I want to point out that Dobbie is by no means noisy, he's not silent but he is a lot quieter than my last model and on a normal day with music/TV on I cannot hear him working despite being across a narrow hallway.
Choosing your cycle is easy-peasy using the dials on the top which are clearly labelled (brilliant news for us as we never got an instruction manual) and there is even a "reset" cycle which takes 3 seconds in case you set it off on the wrong cycle.
I could not be happier with the Dishwasher, it's well made, looks good, efficient, quiet and does the job well. You can pick them up online for around the £300 mark and I would be happy if I had paid this price!
An excellent dishwasher - don't let the apparent lack of controls put you off. Not only is EVERYTHING automatic, but it is also AAA rated. Basically, you just fill it up and switch it on - the machine senses the level of clean required by monitoring the water (using lasers, apparently!). It re-uses heat wherever possible (eg to preheat the cold water prior to entry to the machine). You can fine-tune the settings, if you really want to!
OK I'll admit it ! We haven't got a Bosch SGS0902GB Dishwasher, but if we in the market for one right now, it would be on our short list, because we have one of the earlier models, a Bosch SMS 503 and it is still performing so well. When we moved in to our current house in 1981, there was a Frigidare dishwasher dating from 1973 already installed in the Wrighton-fitted kitchen put in when it was built. We had not had a dishwasher before, but we were soon ‘hooked’ and very soon in a situation where it became not a luxury but an essential (for a 5-member family unit). Everything about the dishwasher went well until 1983, when the water valve failed (fixed by me with a spare valve out of a neighbours scrapped washing machine). Then, in 1985, the pump failed and the whole machine was beginning to show its age, so it had to go.. Replacement was not easy, since it was an early ‘space-saver' model and there was absolutely nothing on the market that would act as a direct replacement. I removed it to the local ‘tip. And gazed at the gap. In a fit of DIY, I had the worksurface of the left hand cabinet off, the door off and the side panel and the base removed. The base and the door were trimmed and shortened by the requisite amount using a fine-toothed tenon saw (by ME ! - the person whose antics at woodworking class at the [state] school was described by ‘Splinter’ Williams, the Woodworker teacher, as “Immense Cruelty to Wood”). Everything was then re-assembled with a larger (but DIN standard) 600mm gap. The quality of workmanship wasna GREAT ! but it certainly was successful.. For £150 an Indesit was bought from John Lewis, (connected to the old (hot and cold fill) plumbing and this did sterling service for over 9 years when it started leaking. We decided it owed us ‘nowt’ and, feeling rich, we ‘splashed out’ on a new Bosch Dishwasher, the SMS
503 model, selling the Indesit for £20 to a guy who was going to replace the leaking pump hose. So it has been with us almost 7 years and we are very happy with it. Absolutely no problems. ? Well, yes – about 2 years ago, the handle ‘fell apart in me hand’ (always my excuse when things ‘break’ for no apparent reason. A telephone call to the BSH Appliance Care (0990 543210) and the use of the GM card brought a replacement the next morning at a very reasonable £5.12 (£2.36 + £2 carriage, all plus VAT). Fitting took about 1 minute and – guess what – the handle felt easier to use than ever. Design fault, perhaps ? It certainly looked as if it was made from a different plastic and we anticipated no further problems. Some hopes ! About a month ago the same thing happened. This time we bought two handles, and also a set of rollers for the internal baskets that had started to disintegrate. Total cost £22.30 including postage. A similar machine is still sold (under a different model number). It is the ‘basic model, with only 6 programmes. Who needs more ? The programs with the time taken (using a hot/cold fill) are as follows: A ‘Pre-rinse’ cycle (7 minutes); A 65 degrees C Super cycle for use with ‘heavily’ soiled pots and mixed crockery (58 minutes); A 65 degrees C Normal cycle for use with ‘considerably’ soiled pots and mixed crockery (58 minutes); A 55 degrees C Economy cycle for use with ‘delicate’ crockery (56 minutes); A 55 degrees C Quick cycle for use with ‘mixed’ crockery (for ‘easily removable’ food) (23 minutes). Controls are easy to use. An on-off button, program select buttons, and a rotary programmer switch. At no time since we have owned this machine has it made any funny noises, or leaked, or smelled, and it still looks like new. We still
prefer to use the dishwasher powder (‘Finish’ is Heather’s favourite – because she won a diamond ring in a Competition about 10 years’ ago organised by ‘Finish’), but liquid and tablets can be used without a problem (unlike the elderly Indesit at our son's flat that will only accept powder). Rinse aid is also essential, but with Edinburgh being a 'soft water' area, we don't have to bother with re-charging the water softener with salt (as those in ‘the Smoke’ have to). From our experiences, any extended warranty of any sort for a dishwasher would thus be a complete waste of money. We are now in the throws of having a new kitchen specified to be fitted in the Spring. I am keen on keeping this machine. I think Heather has other ideas ... but if it is replaced, it will certainly be with a new Bosch model. © Sidneygee 2001
Short name: Bosch SGSO902GB