UK buyers hunting for a full-size, freestanding dishwasher with a superb energy efficiency rating - one that cleans and dries with the best of them - simply must put the Bosch SMS50C12UK on their shortlist.
This robust unit from Bosch comes with a nice array of features. It has an ample 12 place settings (120 items) and a special detergent release system for an excellent clean. There are five programmes running from a quick-fire 29 minutes for those in a hurry, to an intensive cycle to give your dishes a real deep cleanse. There’s also an eco-setting to ensure the most efficient use of water – reducing electricity usage by 25%. A clever system protects your glassware while VarioSpeed gives you the option to halve the rinsing time of the cycle if you realise you’re in a rush. In addition to all this you’ve got height-adjustable baskets, a child-safety lock, a countdown clock and a timer delay should you wish to push your wash back to the evening to save money.
With just one main, clearly labelled knob, Bosch has made a machine that even the most technophobic amongst you will find a doddle to operate, while also being easy to access for loading and unloading. It cleans exceptionally well and does a sterling job of drying too. If you were to be picky you’d need to point out that cutlery is often left with watermarks. So the OCD types out there might want to give this a miss.
It’s not the quietest dishwasher in the world but unless you’re practicing monastic silence it shouldn’t bother you too much. Finally, Bosch bills this as a top energy-saving device and it really lives up to the marketing rhetoric. If you care about the environment and / or want to save a few pennies the SMS50C12UK will help you on your way.
- Superb cleaning and drying
- A ++ Energy Rating
- Simple to operate
- The watermark curse (cutlery)
- A bit noisy
- Some dishwashers hold slightly more
Why you should buy it:
This is a very decent dishwasher indeed, getting the basics right and providing some great features. The excellent energy rating also ensures the Bosch SMS50C12UK will pay for itself over the years!