Energy Efficient Dishwasher, Affordable Price: Bosch Ascenta
Did you know that besides being convenient, using a dishwasher can actually save energy and reduce water use? Bosch dishwashers have an excellent reputation as high-end appliances, but the Ascenta diswasher delivers energy efficient performance at half the price of some competitors.
First of all, forget the idea that dishwashers waste water and energy. According to several studies, washing dishes by hand uses double the energy and six times as much water as a modern dishwasher. And replacing a 1990′s vintage dishwasher with a more efficient model like the Bosch Ascenta can save hundreds of dollars in energy costs and thousands of gallons of water. Energy Star rated dishwashers must use less than 4.25 gallons of water per cycle and average less than 295 kWh of energy annually; the Bosch Ascenta model takes efficiency a big step further, exceeding the Energy Star water use requirement by nearly 70%.
The Ascenta has space for up to 14 place settings and options for several wash cycles including “Express” and “Delicate”. The tub basin is stainless steel for durability and thermal retention, and a timer allows users to delay washing for up to 9 hours.
The Bosch Ascenta dishwasher retails for $599, but it’s currently available at Amazon for $539.10 (white color). Also available in a stainless steel finish for about $80 more.