THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT. I simply wish to tell you about the Bosch “Silence Plus.” Unlike my previous 3 dishwashers, this one actually works! Details and pictures:
Does “Silence Plus” deserve its title? Yes! If not for the red dot that shines the kitchen floor, you’d never know the machine was running.
Bosch has wisely placed the control panel on the top of the door. Hidden this way, the buttons can not be accidentally pressed.
Speaking of buttons…after a recent dinner party, I stuffed the machine with dirty stemware (champagne flutes and wine goblets), and selected the “Speed” function. One hour later, the glassware glistened. For very dirty dishes, I routinely use the machine’s 2-hour (default) “Auto” cycle. As the hot water evaporates, the dishes dry themselves.
I have not used the other cleaning options on the Silence Plus. “Auto” works like a charm.
And here is a glimpse of the bottom rack. I often remove the cutlery basket to make room for my Dutch ovens and other large pots and pans.
When I’m faced with lots of dirty dishes — meaning more than those pictured above — I simply tuck small objects beneath large. On the “Auto” cycle, even the most tightly-packed dishes come clean.
To my surprise, the “V”-shaped top rack is a dream. I use it for pastry brushes and spatulas…
And tongs and prep bowls…
And a shocking amount of forks, spoons, and knives.
In case you’re wondering, Bosch recommends this detergent…
And this rinsing-aid.
Now, since I’m a recipe-developer as well as a food blogger/vlogger, I probably dirty more dishes per day than the average household. In two months of heavy use (twice a day most days), the Bosch Silence Plus has not let me down.
Would I recommend this same dishwasher to you? Absolutely not! I have not lived with Bosch long enough to sufficiently evaluate it. I will, however, recommend that whatever appliance you buy, that you also buy an extended warranty for it. I did just that when I purchased, from Lowe’s, my previous dishwasher. Consequently, Lowe’s charged me only the price difference between my no-good KitchenAid and the great-so-far Bosch: $200.
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