If a Bosch dishwasher is on your shopping list, you might want to wait. The company is currently rolling out a whole new dishwasher lineup for the US.
After completely revamping their manufacturing plant in New Bern, NC to the tune of $50 million, Bosch's redesigned dishwashers are starting to roll off the line and into stores. In addition to a very unique control panel option, the company claims that the new dishwashers are quieter than their predecessors and have greater capacity. We can't comment on performance yet, but we're expecting the new Bosch lineup in our labs soon, and we're looking forward to testing them.
When we first saw the all-new 300, 500, 800, and 800 Plus series dishwashers, we immediately noticed the angled, recessed control panel that also includes a handle. The optional visible control panel is a fresh take on an otherwise stale design, and we bet it'll be a popular choice in modern kitchens.
If you opt for hidden controls, you'll get Bosch's neat InfoLight feature, which we first saw on the company's European lineup at IFA last year. It projects a graphic onto your kitchen floor to show the progress of a wash cycle. The 800 Plus series gets TimeLight, which also adds a countdown timer. We think that's a lot more innovative design choice than slapping an indicator light on an otherwise seamless expanse of stainless, or leaving consumers to guess when their dishes will be clean.
The updates aren't all cosmetic. In fact, the biggest changes are inside, the result of a complete ground-up redesign.
You'll first notice the novel placement of the detergent dispenser, which has also been redesigned specifically for increasingly popular detergent tablets. Place a tablet in, and the dispenser will open at a predetermined time during the wash cycle to drop the tablet directly into a compartment that doubles as the handle of the upper rack.
The interior of the door is also curved in order to allow for deeper racks without sacrificing a cabinet-depth flush installation.
Finally, the 500, 800 and 800 Plus series feature third racks up top for cutlery and other smaller items. In order to make room for tall items such as stemware down below, the middle rack is now angled, with adjustable height.
The new dishwashers are the first major update since Bosch started building dishwashers in New Bern in 1996. If they end up as popular as their predecessors, it could spark yet another appliance revolution. It's hard to believe, but when Bosch first entered the US market in 1991, nearly all dishwashers sold in the US had heated drying elements and food grinders instead of filters, and most customers didn't care that their dishwashers were loud.
About two decades later, nearly all dishwashers emphasize quietness, and the European-style filtered dishwasher that Bosch first introduced to the US is more popular than ever.