Featuring on specific models, this Bosch feature gives maximum water efficiency. ActiveWater dishwashers use less water and less energy, with increased performance.
By allowing you to move baskets inside the dishwasher, some appliances can free up extra room for bigger, bulkier items. This is ideal for cleaning large pots and pans. Some brands have their own names for this feature, such as Bosch’s ‘Vario Basket System’.
Uneven floors are no longer issue thanks to adjustable feet – add them to the base of your refrigerator for even installation. These are sometimes also referred to as ‘levelling legs’.
The door will automatically open at the end of the cycle. The natural air flow will finish drying the dishes.
Built-in electronic systems that stop your dishwasher from flooding. Anti-flood systems work in one of two ways – they will either be built into the base to prevent water from rising over a certain level, or in the water hose to prevent flooding outside the appliance.
This seal lines the door, keeping the dishwasher as hygienic as possible. The seal eliminates bacteria from food and dirt particles.
An anti-flood device from Bosch which will automatically shut off the water supply to the dishwasher if it identifies a water leak. See ‘Anti-Flood Systems’.
This feature will automatically turn the dishwasher off after its cycle, to save energy.
Automatically selects settings such as wash length, temperature and number of water changes. Also called ‘Auto Cycle’.
An AEG programme to automatically adjust water and energy usage depending on the load of dishes. This saves water, energy and time.
Modern, electronic motors that do not feature brushes. These motors are quieter, more efficient and generally last much longer than conventional ones.
Designed to fit seamlessly under your kitchen worktop, hidden behind a cabinet door. This helps your kitchen maintain a consistent, neat style. Also referred to as an ‘Integrated’ dishwasher.
The number of ‘Place Settings’’ a dishwasher can wash and dry effectively. Dishwasher capacities are often measured by the amount of crockery they can hold for a single wash cycle.
Built-in safety feature to prevent any little hands from changing settings whilst the cycle is running.
A standard wash programme on Beko models. Perfect washing and drying in just 90 minutes, the ultimate in convenience and time saving.
A smaller dishwasher that can be set up on a worktop or built into your kitchen units. With the capacity to clean four to six ‘Place Settings’, these are perfect for smaller households.
An integrated drying system that removes the need for a dish towel, ensuring your items are fully dry once the cycle finishes. There are many different types of ‘Drying Systems’.
A strip of buttons, dials and/or displays that allow you to choose time and programme settings for your wash.
Designed to make opening your appliance door easier and safer. Counter balanced doors will not drop open, preventing any unexpected drops or possible injuries.
A convenient basket to hold your knives, forks, and spoons, making it easier to load and unload the dishwasher.
An alternative to the ‘Cutlery Basket’, this separate drawer is typically found at the top of the machine. This leaves more space in the main chamber of the dishwasher for larger items.
Unit of measurement for the loudness of noises. Dishwashers that produce a lower number of dB are quieter appliances.
Allows you to start a cycle at your desired time, or after a set amount of hours. This convenient setting means you can schedule your dishwashing to suit your lifestyle.
A gentle cycle which is ideal for cleaning china and glassware.
Holds detergent powder or tablets and disperses them into the wash throughout the cycle, cleaning your crockery and utensils.
A twistable knob used to select your washing cycle and temperature.
This Bosch feature releases the detergent tablet into a specially designed tray during the wash cycle, ensuring it dissolves completely for a more complete clean.
These racks hold and separate your plates and dishes, and can be folded down flat to make more room for cups and glasses when more space is needed.
A measure of the dishwasher’s drying efficiency. A higher rating will reduce the need to hand dry plates and bowls.
An extra feature to help during the drying cycle. It also extracts the warm air, preventing water vapour from settling back onto your dishes and leaving marks.
Once your dishes have been washed, a drying system will remove moisture so they’re ready to put away. Drying systems commonly involve the use of an internal heating element or condensation drying, though some models use other systems, such as a ‘Turbo Fan’.
Positioned in the upper basket, the double spray arm creates optimum water circulation around the dishwasher’s interior from targeted spouts.
Many dishwashers feature an Eco programme – while these programmes will vary from model to model, they generally aim to reduce water and energy usage, for a more efficient wash. Sometimes referred to as an Economy Programme.
Bosch’s name for their ‘Brushless Motor’ system. The EcoSilence Drive reduces noise and gives better energy efficiency than traditional dishwashers.
A noise emitted by the dishwasher to let you know when the programme has finished.
The amount of energy used by the dishwasher while it’s in use. The usage will differ between models, so always check the ‘Energy Efficiency Rating’.
Consistent across all brands, Energy Efficiency Ratings are EU-approved, and range from G to A+++ (with A+++ rated models being the most energy efficient).
A quick cycle found in Blomberg dishwashers which cleans a full load of crockery at 60 degrees, in 58 minutes.
A programme to ensure your crockery is dry enough to put straight back into the cupboards as soon as the cycle has completed.
The fascia is the front face plate of your dishwasher – on freestanding models the fascia will feature the appliance’s control panel.
Your dishwasher’s filter prevents food waste from getting into the drainage system and clogging the appliance. It is worth regularly checking that the filter is clear and unobstructed to ensure proper drainage.
These adjustable storage racks can be moved or folded down to generate extra space when required. Perfect for when you need to fit larger pots and pans.
See ‘Flexible Racks’.
Many models of dishwasher also feature folding cup racks, for added flexibility. See ‘Flexible Racks’.
These appliances are the opposite of ‘Built-in’ or ‘Integrated’ models, and can be placed anywhere in your kitchen. They benefit from easier installation and more flexibility should you wish to change the layout of your room.
Larger dishwashers, the opposite of ‘Compact’. These are available as both ‘Integrated’ and ‘Freestanding’ models.
This Bosch feature regulates water hardness to give the best possible clean or your glasses. Soft water can cause glass corrosion, but this handy feature will keep your delicate items in top condition. ‘Water Hardness’ refers to the amount of naturally occurring elements in your water supply.
Many dishwashers feature a half load programme, designed specifically for washing loads at half capacity or under. These wash programmes use less energy and water, reducing waste.
Dishwashers with heat exchangers treat precious glasses and porcelain with particular care. Water is pre-heated in the rinsing tank to avoid any temperature shocks.
Dries all items quickly and efficiently. Models with these systems don’t typically require hand drying after a finished cycle.
Using the hydroSafe device, Siemens dishwashers are guaranteed to be 100% leak proof 24 hours a day. If ever a leak occurs, the sensor shuts down the machine immediately. hydroSafe features on the majority of Siemens dishwashers. See ‘Anti-Flood Systems’.
This Bosch feature projects light onto your kitchen floor, letting you know when the machine is in use.
These dishwashers are built into your kitchen units to fit seamlessly, giving your kitchen a uniform style. Also referred to as ‘Built-in’ dishwashers.
Found across brands and models of dishwasher, Intensive Programmes are used when your washing cycle needs a little extra power. More energy and water intensive, this setting is ideal for heavily stained items such as pots and pans.
This Bosch feature allows you to increase water pressure on the lower rack, while maintaining default pressure on the upper rack. This split programme allows you to wash delicate and heavily soiled crockery in the same wash.
Softens the water pumped into the dishwasher – ideal if you live in a hard water area. You will need to regenerate the unit regularly with special salts, to avoid breakage.
A separate holder for knives, allowing them to be laid flat for more effective cleaning.
A spray head with higher pressure to remove stubborn stains and dirt more effectively.
A feature that ensures the dishwasher won’t leak and cause water damage to your home.
Clearly displays the programme information, including type of cycle, temperature and/or time remaining.
Adjust your dishwasher’s height by screwing these legs onto the bottom. Also called ‘Adjustable Feet’.
Monitors the types of crockery and number of pieces added to the appliance, adjusting the cycle and water temperature accordingly for the best possible results.
The rack placed at the bottom of the dishwasher. It’s closer to the water output and is better suited for larger items like pots, pans and plates.
A cycle found in Beko dishwashers that can clean half a load in an impressive 14 minutes.
The amount of sound produced by your dishwasher during a cycle. This measurement is usually provided as a unit in ‘Decibels’.
Blomberg’s invertor motor technology provides efficient, powerful and whisper-quiet washing.
Prevents water from flooding your appliance. See ‘Anti-Flood Systems’.
Refers to the amount of crockery used for one person. The amount of place settings a dishwasher can hold is used to measure the dishwasher’s ‘Capacity’. Typically, a place setting is thought to consist of a dinner plate, desert plate, single glass, soup bowl, tea cup with saucer, and an assortment of cutlery.
Rinses dishes prior to a cleaning cycle – ideal for soaking dirty crockery to ensure it comes out spotless. Also called ‘Pre-Rinse’.
The setting you choose to wash the dishes. Dishwashers usually come with a range of programmes so you can pick the best one for your needs. Also called ‘Cycle’.
Many brands and models of dishwasher feature a Quick Wash setting, giving a shorter, more intense wash for when you need your dishes ready in a hurry.
A handy timer to tell you when the cycle will be finished.
A dishwasher filter that can be removed for easier cleaning. These models are typically quieter than those with self-cleaning filters. See ‘Self Cleaning Filter’ for more.
The top of the dishwasher can be added or removed, so it fits perfectly underneath the kitchen worktop. This can be used on select models to convert freestanding appliances to built-in ones.
The dishwasher circulates heat generated during the wash cycle for the drying process.
Used to pre-wash your dishes to prevent dried on food which will be hard to remove if it’s left to stick – a handy feature if it’s going to be a while before you can wash a full load.
Indicator located on the dishwasher’s ‘Control Panel’. Alerts you when Rinse Aid solution requires a refill.
Lets you know when the dishwasher salt needs topping up. If you live in a hard water area, your dishwasher may be prone to lime scale build up. See ‘Water Hardness’ for more.
Dishwasher’s with self-cleaning filters clean away food debris during the cycle, so that it can’t recirculate during the wash. Please note that appliances with self-cleaning filters tend to generate more noise than standard models.
A high-temperature cycle used when the dishwasher is empty, giving the inside a thorough clean.
This appliance is fitted like an integrated model, but the control panel is left exposed. ‘Integrated’ models can be fully hidden behind a cupboard door.
Senses the level of dirt in the machine’s water, adjusting the temperature and length of cycle accordingly. If your dishwasher does not have an obvious main programme then it may be a sensor model.
This feature makes it easy to open and close the dishwasher door.
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Giving more flexibility in how you load your dishwasher, these cutlery baskets can be moved and repositioned within the appliance. See ‘Adjustable Baskets’.
Perfect for those with compact kitchens, a slimline dishwasher takes up much less room than full size models. Most models can fit around nine place settings.
Located under the lower basket, these arms rotate, distributing water evenly around the dishwasher.
This hardwearing material lines the inside of your dishwasher.
This lets you choose a convenient time for the dishwasher to start.
Tells you which stage the dishwasher cycle has reached. Often located on the front of the machine alongside the dishwasher’s ‘Control Panel’.
These models have larger cavities, making it easier to wash pots and pans.
This AEG feature cuts the length of your cycle in half, using more water pressure for faster cleaning.
A ‘Drying System’ with increased air circulation for more effective drying.
This is a tray near the top of the dishwasher. Ideal for cups, glasses and less soiled items, as the water pressure is lower.
A Bosch feature that lets you rearrange racks and baskets for more space and greater flexibility. See ‘Adjustable Baskets’.
This is another adjustable level above the upper basket, found on some Bosch models.
Available on select models, this basket system features a wide range of moveable parts, so you can tailor the space to suit your needs. Clear room for large pots and pans, or fit more plates and dishes, with VarioFlex Plus. See ‘Adjustable Baskets’.
A Bosch feature that can reduce the duration of a programme by up to 50%, without compromising on cleaning quality.
An average measurement of water used during a specific cycle. More efficient models will generally use less water per cycle.
The level of calcium carbonate in your local water source. If you live in a hard water area, you will need to treat your dishwasher more regularly to prevent a lime scale build-up.
A unit inside your dishwasher which will swap the hard water ions for sodium ions. Soft water makes your detergent more effective and prevents limescale build-up.
A drying technology in some Bosch models. Zeolite mineral are stored in the base of the dishwasher; a chemical reaction causes these minerals to release heat when they absorb water. This heat is used to dry the load quickly and efficiently.