Bosch Washing Machines Review
Washing machines are a long-term investment, so it pays to do your research before diving in. It can also pay to spend a little extra for a big name brand that delivers long-term reliability and performance. One of the biggest names in the world of front loader washing machines is Bosch. The German manufacturer is making a big impression in Australia with some of the most technologically advanced washing machines around. Read on for Canstar Blue’s review of Bosch washing machines and their features.
Bosch Washing Machines
When it comes to washing machines, Bosch deals exclusively in front loaders. However, the brand is also a household name when it comes to appliances like dishwashers and ovens. Like other leading brands of home appliances, Bosch originates from Germany, but unlike some of its compatriots – including Miele – its washing machines don’t bring the same premium price tag. What you can generally expect is quality at a reasonable price.
Bosh washing machines start from a 7kg load capacity and climb up to 9kg, all suited for 4+ people. The ranges are separated under ‘Serie 4’, ‘Serie 6’ and ‘Serie 8’ model specifications. Beyond reliable clothes washing, Bosch also has a series of features that help make washing as painless as possible. Key features are:
- ‘XxtraSanitary’ technology: uses thermostat-controlled heating to raise the water temperature to 170-190°C to kill 99.9% of common bacteria in clothes.
- ‘i-DOS’ detergent dose dispensing technology: this times detergent release and calculates how much you need based on the load size and the amount of water that you are using. This helps to cut wastage and dial-in a better quality wash free of stains and detergent streaks.
- ‘EcoSilence’ Drive: uses powerful, permanent magnets – instead of carbon brushes – making the front load washing machine quieter than ever before. This is a common issue with front loaders, in that they can spin quite loudly.
- ‘LoadSensor’ technology: means you don’t need to wait for a full load in order to be reasonably energy efficient. The washer senses how much laundry is in the machine and only uses as much detergent, water and energy as it needs for that specific amount.
- ‘VarioPerfect’ programs: that allow you to customise wash times using 50 per cent less energy. These washing programs can reduce cleaning time by 65 per cent. This is another common gripe with front loader washers in that the cycle time is too long compared to top loaders.
- ‘SuperQuick’ and ‘PowerWash’ cycle times: enable super quick washes in times of 15, 30 or 60 minutes.
- ‘AntiVibration’ side walls: regulate vibrations and provide greater stability, so even at full speed on a spin cycle, noise is minimised.
Bosch Serie 4 Washing Machines
Bosch WAE22466AU – 7kg washing machine
With the Serie 4 range from Bosch, expect four-star WELS-rated water consumption, as well as four-star energy consumption. You will also get a wash load capacity of 7kg and more than 10 programmable functions. It’s boasted for its ‘ActiveWater’ technology that reduces the amount of water that is used and its maximum spin speed reaches 1100 RPM. There is also a 2-year manufacturing warranty. According to the Standard Test, the Bosch WAE22466AU would result in electricity costs of $75.52 per year. Please note, this model is currently not available.
- RRP: $999*
Bosch WAN22120AU – 7.5kg washing machine
The dearer model in the Serie 4 Bosch range brings an additional ‘SuperQuick’ function – allowing for 15, 30 and 60 minute wash cycles, designed for a quick and easy rinse. For the 15 minute cycle, Bosch claims that you can wash 2kg of ‘lightly-soiled’ laundry. These washers seem ideal for small households needing quick washing to suit their busy lifestyles. Think kids and school clothes! Similarly to the model above, it has a maximum spin speed of 1100RPM and four-star energy efficiency rating. However, it has a slightly higher water consumption rating of 4.5 stars and would add around $81.22 to electricity bills each year.
- RRP: $1,299*
Bosch Serie 6 Washing Machines
There are three different models in the Serie 6 Bosch range, all designed with 8kg load capacities. Expect more features with the slightly higher price tags, like an increase in programmable functions and faster spin speeds. Even with these increased capacities, expect efficiency to remain the same.
- Bosch WAT24261AU – 8kg washing machine
- Bosch WAT24440AU – 8kg washing machine (exclusive to Harvey Norman and Joyce Mayne retailers)
- Bosch WAT24220AU – 8kg washing machine
With no price difference, all models are equipped with the same key features, but with slight alterations. Both the WAT24261AU and WAT24440AU models use 300kWh of energy per year, adding up to around $85.50/year in running costs, which is slightly lower than the previous model.
The third model – the Bosch WAT24220AU – has a WELS rating of 4.5 stars and four stars for its energy efficiency. This consumes 68L of water and 315kWh energy on the “Cotton 60C EcoPerfect” cycle. Expect water consumption to increase with more intense cycles, but this still generally trumps top loaders.
You will find a few extra wash optimisation programs with the WAT24261AU machine and an additional ‘Easy-care’ plus program on the WAT24220AU. Other than that, you can’t really tell these washers apart, so you can rest assured that whichever you pick will wash your clothes in the same manner.
- RRP: $1,399 (all models)*
Bosch Serie 8 Washing Machines
Bosch WAW32640AU – 8.5kg washing machine
At the top of the range, there are several models that you’ll find over $2,000. Indeed, this is where the Bosch range tops out. Expect these models to be the ‘flagships’ of Bosch’s line-up. These models include features like:
- ‘EcoSilence Drive’: is a super-efficient and quiet cycle with a 10-year motor warranty.
- ‘VarioPerfect’: high-performance programs that allow you to get in and get out of the laundry room using 50 per cent less energy, so claims Bosch.
- ‘AntiStain’: system adjusts water temperature and spin speed to automatically remove common stains.
- ‘iDos’: liquid detergent that automatically calculates the ideal amount for the water used so you get a crisp wash every time.
The Bosch WAW32640AU receives 4.5 stars for energy, as well as WELS water efficiency rating. With a maximum spin speed of 1600 RPM, it consumes 73L of water a wash and 259kWh in energy on ‘Cotton 60C EcoPerfect’ cycle. Please note, this front loader is currently not available to be purchased.
- RRP: $2,049*
Bosch WAW28640AU – 9kg washing machine
The Bosch WAW28640AU increases in load capacity, reaching 9kg in total. If you have a large household of four or more people, you may like to opt for this model. The maximum spin speed with this washing machine is 1400RPM, slightly lower than the 8.5kg model.
Besides the additional space and spin speed, however, most other specifications and features stay the same as with the previous model, giving you a well-designed washing machine option for your home. Please note, this unit is currently not available to be purchased.
- RRP: $2,299*
Bosch WAY32891AU – 9kg washing machine
The ‘HomeProfessional’ has one model in the range – the Bosch WAY32891AU. It features a few slight improvements on other Bosch washers, including an interior light and a higher maximum spin speed of 1600RPM. It has a few other washing programs, such as dark laundry, curtains 30°C and outdoor, along with the others features in previous ranges.
Similarly to other Bosch washing machines, it’s equipped with balance control, foam control and the Aquastop water protection systems. In terms of energy consumption it uses 269 kWh annually, costing around $77 of energy per year.
- RRP: $2,599*
Is a Bosch washing machine a smart move?
With its German focus on engineering, techy features and ingenuity, Bosch makes some solid washing machines. Its smart features dedicated towards water efficiency and intelligent detergent dispensing ensure you’re getting a great wash that won’t kill the earth. What’s more is that its prices – while slightly higher than some of the bargain basement brands – are accessible for many shoppers. You can find the Bosch WAE22466AU model with a large 7kg load capacity and 1100 RPM spin speed for under $1,000!
While Bosch has moved much of its manufacturing away from Germany, its quality control ensures that you are getting a solid washing machine, at a fair price. To see how Aussie consumers rated washing machine brands in the market, you may like to check out our online ratings to give a hand in finding the right washing machine for you.
*Prices taken from Appliances Online and respective retailer, correct as of September 2019.
What do customers think about Bosch Washing Machines?
In 2019, Australian customers gave Bosch 4 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for front loader washing machines.