We’ve found the freestanding Bosch SMS53A12GB at a bargain price, discounted from £490 to £367 at Hughes Direct. But how good is it at cleaning?
With space for 130 items (13 place settings), the Bosch SMS53A12GB is a full-sized, freestanding dishwasher with five wash programs. The upper rack can be raised if you need to fit large items on the bottom shelf or lowered if you want to put tall items, such as long-stemmed wine glasses, on the top.
Bosch uses an interesting water reuse system for the SMS53A12GB’s eco program, saving water from the final rinse cycle of one dishwasher load and using it for the initial cleaning blast on the next load.
This sounds like a clever idea, but how well does it work in real life – do dishes emerge clean, watermark-free and dry? Is the dishwasher noisy, and how much energy does it use?
You can find the answers to these questions and more by reading our Bosch SMS53A12GB review.
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How Which? tests dishwashers
We send every dishwasher we review to our test lab so that we can assess how easy it is to use – and of course how well it cleans dirty dishes. Dishwashers are tested in the following ways:
- The ‘egg and spinach’ test – we dirty dishes with milk, tea, minced meat, oat flakes, margarine, eggs and spinach, and then dry the stains on in a heated cabinet before putting them through a dishwasher cycle. Best Buy dishwashers will leave the dishes sparkling like new.
- Dishwasher program test – we test the dishwasher’s main program or, if there isn’t one, the auto program, as well as the energy-saving program. Dish cleanliness, energy consumption and water use are all used to help calculate the dishwasher’s score.
- Ease of use test – we rate how easy a dishwasher is to load and unload using a variety of crockery, cutlery, pans and glasses. We also read all of the instructions that come with the dishwasher, assessing how clear and easy they are to understand.
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Prices correct at 10am on Friday 23 January 2014.