The first mass produced European dishwasher exported to the United States was Asko in the early 1990s.
European dishwashers became popular due to their efficiency, metal tubs and above all their quietness.
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Asko is Swedish in origin, and was started by a Swedish farmer who built a unique energy efficient washing machine for his mother in 1950 (Maytag had similar origins).
Asko is now owned by Gorenje Group, Slovenia. In 2010, they were purchased out of bankruptcy from the Italian company, Merloni.
Bosch is a huge multi-national company based out of Germany.
Their focus in appliances is dishwashers, and they actually operate the largest dishwasher factory in North Carolina, so the two companies are very different in structure.
Bosch vs. Asko Dishwashers
Bosch SHE43RL5UC - $649 after rebates
- 48 dBA- Quietest in its class
- 19 h Delay Start Timer
- AquaStop(R) Leak Protection
- 500 Sereis Upper 300 Series Lower Racks
- InfoLight(R) Beams on the Floor to Indicate Dishwasher is Running
- Stainless Steel TallTub
- Red Remaining Time Display
- 4 Wash Cycles and 2 Options
- Sanitize Option eliminates bacteria and enhances drying results
- Saves up to 280 gallons of water each year
- 259 kwh/yr - Energy Star(R)
- Exceeds ENERGY STAR Requirements for Water by 69%
- EcoSense(TM) Reduces Energy Usage by up to 20%
- 14 Place Setting Capacity
Asko D5122XXLSS - $1,049
- 4 Wash Programs
- 6 Temperature Settings
- 7Spray Wash System
- Standard Control Panel
- Hidden Grip Handle
- 48 dba
From a structure standpoint, I like the Asko. The wash arms are stainless and the racks are a virtually indestructable graphite on steel vs plastic and nylon for the Bosch. Most of your other desired features, the stainless tub and quietness (dbs) are identical, so now it is about price.
Bosch has owned the dishwasher market for this reason, levaraging their huge facility for better consumer prices. 10-20% savings on average versus other companies.
In addition, as we have posted many times, rebates are a crucial part of a purchasing decision. Bosch is currently rebating $110 on the purchase price to $699 vs $1,049 for the Asko.
Service intangibles like reliability and availability of parts is once again better with Bosch due to consistency of ownership. I like Asko, but they are in effect, under new ownership. This is never good, at least initially.
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