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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Some Things You Might Not Know About Bosch

Did you know: Bosch supplies nearly every car manufacturer around the world
Did you know: Worcestor, Bosch group is the world's leading manufacturer of heating and hot water solutions for the home.
Did you know: Bosch installed the security systems for Albert Dock in Liverpool and St Pancras International.
Did you know: Bosch's Drive and Control company created the drive mechanisms for the London Eye and the Tower Bridge.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Bosch against Neff

It's not common knowledge but Bosch and Neff are part of the same group of companies, BSH Home Appliances. In fact many of the models on offer from both companies are the same machines underneath.

I often get people on the sales line asking me which is the better brand and which performs better. It's a tough question to answer because, specification levels aside, it's just the facia and badge which seperates them.

Another point is the pricing level, as both manufacturers are pitched in at different sectors of the market, Neff do tend to be a bit pricier....

Sunday, 2 November 2008

About Bosch

I have previously written quite a few posts about Bosch appliances, their features and specifications, but today I thought I would take some time to let you know some of the UK history of the company. 

Bosch has been active in the United Kingdom since 1898, which is quite a lot longer than most kitchen manufacturers have been running altogether. Robert Bosch opened his first overseas office in London and later moved to Oxford Street. Today the UK headquarters can be found in Buckinghamshire.

Bosch UK employs aound five thousand staff and is now one of the UK's largest European investors.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Bosch for Quality

I was chatting to one of my friends who is still at university today. He told me that his landlord had travelled up from Colchester this weekend to replace the washing machine in his shared house. His landlord replaced the old washer with a Bosch Classixx (the most basic range available from Bosch). According to my friend, this is the first time since he started uni that his clothes have actually been clean! He was raving about it.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Performance Solutions From Bosch Appliances. Increasing the Washing Capacity Without Effecting the Environment

The new SoftSurge™ drum system for better cleaning results - asymmetric paddles and 'rain-drop' drum surface provides power for heavy-duty jobs, while being gentle on your clothes. The advanced Water Flow system distributes water and detergents more efficiently through the Wash, reducing soaking time. The new door design guides your laundry towards the centre of the drum, avoiding snagging of small items. This is a first for Bosch washing machines
Main features include:
Sensitive programme - excellent for allergy sufferers
Aqua Plus option for best rinsing results
Wash Plus system for A-class wash performance
Freshen Up programme
Delicates Silk programme
Handwash programme for wool
15 'Clothes Care' programmes
Safeguard monitoring system adjusts load distribution and programme settings to protect clothes
Cold fill with Performance Enhance to assist with stain removal
Very quiet noise level
Cold fill - saves energy by heating only what it needs
Extra large drum up to 8kg
Super Quick 15 for light loads (2kg) packs a wash, two rinse cycles and improved rinse spinning into only 15 minutes
Power Wash 60 programme gives an A-class perfomance wash within 60 minutes (5kg loads)
LED display with programme status by icon
Express Wash system with up to 40% faster programme times
Time delay 1-24 hours
Pause option to open door early in the programme to add or remove washing
Mixed load programme
Reduced ironing - reduces creasing for easier ironing
Extra large porthole door with 180° opening makes laoding and unloading exceptionally easy
Clear text and symbols on the fascia to ensure ease of use
Sensor electronics monitor and adjust for optimised wash performance, which means you get a great wash every time
Perfect-rinse detergent drawer - Bosch jet-inlet sprays in every corner of the specially shaped detergent drawer thoroughly rinse away detergent - so no more sludgy residue in the drawer at the end of the wash.

Bosch Logixx Washing Machines

The 8kg and 10kg wash load capacities in Bosch Logixx washers means that larger loads can be done in fewer washes. The larger drums can also handle bigger items like rugs, blankets and duvets.
Many of the washing machines in this range are rated as A class for energy efficiency. This is the best rating available under the EU award scheme, and is supported by HM Government. Some models go further and include A Plus Energy Efficiency which uses 10% less energy than A-class energy efficient products. All the washing machines in the Bosch Logixx range have A-rated wash performance and either A or B- rated spin drying class. Many of the appliances in this range also have a ‘very quiet’ operation to help keep the atmosphere in the kitchen as relaxed as possible and minimise the clatter.
Apart from being energy efficient and environmentally friendly, there are also a few features and different programmes that could help to make laundry a little bit easier. Aqua Plus removes detergent residues but does so within the normal wash and rinse cycle. Another programme available in the Bosch Logixx range is the express wash system, which is ideal for lightly-soiled clothes and reduces wash programme times by 30-40%. There is a Freshen up cycle, which is a light wash for clothes tat are not really dirty but may have been worn a couple of times. It does not use detergent and only lasts for twenty minutes.
Bosch Logixx’s hand wash and wool programme is a real time- saver. The gentle programme runs at just 27 rpm, has a soft wash action and special spin phase and takes the inconvenience out of hand washing delicate clothes and knitwear. Another time- saving programme available in the Bosch Logixx range is the mixed load cycle, which allows you to wash mixed fabrics and colours in the same wash, taking the inconvenience of sorting laundry into different washes. It can handle up to 3kg of washing so is better for a quick wash, rather than a full laundry load.
All Bosch Logixx laundry appliances also have reduced ironing settings to help keep creases out of clothes. And all of these appliances in this range have a highly pressure- resistant water supply hose and systems in place to prevent overflow. They also all have an electronic lock to prevent the washer being opened in the middle of a wash.
These are some of the features that all Bosch Logixx washing machines include, but there are other features and programmes available in some of the more expensive Logixx washers than the standard ones such as the sports wash option specifically designed to wash gym, cycling and jogging kit. The silk hand wash programme is a gentle wash cycle that will not ruin delicate silk items of clothing. One feature that I found particularly interesting due to the many skin problems that I have is the sensitive programme. This programme prolongs the maximum washing temperature, increases the water level and adds an extra rinse to minimise irritation to sensitive skin.

Bosch Cooker Hoods- Whatever Your Taste

A cooker hood means that a kitchen can remain ventilated constantly- whatever the weather is like and whatever the shape and size of the room that it is ventilating.
There are six styles of Bosch cooker hood to choose from. They are the Chimney, the Island Chimney, the Canopy, the Slimline, the Integrated and the Conventional. Each has its advantages and they all do the job as well as each other. It is mainly an aesthetic preference that will determine which cooker hood is the right one for you.
The Chimney cooker hood is designed to be mounted on the wall. It has a brushed steel chimney section and a glass canopy. It has a 90cm wide chimney extractor hood, is suitable only for ducted extraction and has three halogen lights installed with a dimming function to create an ambient setting.
The Island Chimney Bosch cooker hood is also 90cm wide, but is designed to hang over a larger island kitchen design. This cooker hood also has a glass canopy and ducted extraction. The real difference between the Chimney hood and the Island Chimney hood is the way that it is mounted. Their specifications are very similar in terms of their efficiency and their ability to get the job done. The deciding factor is which will fit in better with the kitchen in question.
There are two Bosch cooker hoods to choose between in the Canopy range but they are very similar. They are both only 60cm wide so are 30cm smaller than both the Chimney and Island Chimney models. Both the Canopy cooker hoods have a reduced installation height and they are both the same colour: silver grey metallic. The DHL545SGB has a slightly better specification than the DHL535BGB as it has an intensive speed option, higher watt lights and a metal grease filter cassette. Aside from this, they look very similar. Bosch canopy hoods fit into the base of a wall cupboard and operate from below. The mechanics of the hood can be hidden behind a standard cupboard door so it is not obtrusive.
The Slimline telescopic hood is small and discreet at 60cm wide. It is silver grey metallic in colour and is suitable for ducted or re-circulated extraction.
Integrated Bosch cooker hoods can be integrated into a furniture door and are suitable for ducted or re-circulating extraction. It is also 60cm wide like the Slimline and Canopy cooker hoods and is silver grey metallic in colour.
Suitable for mounting directly to the wall or suspended beneath a reduced height wall cupboard, the conventional Bosch cooker hoods keep the loss of storage space to a minimum. A change of colour for the Conventional model to white, this slimline conventional hood is again 60cm wide, is suitable for ducted and re-circulating extraction and features a glass visor and one 40W light.
So, deciding factors when choosing a Bosch cooker hood are going to be mainly preference of style and availability of space in the kitchen. If the preference is to have the cooker hood on display as a feature in the kitchen then the Chimney and Island Chimney models are best, but for a hidden extractor that works just as well, but takes up less space, the Integrated and Canopy models are the best choice.