Dishwashers are our kitchen’s trusted partners because they help take a load off your hands when you’ve got loads of dirty dishes to wash up. Whether you’re preparing a roast for the holidays or it’s a Sunday lunch with your friends and loved ones, your Bosch dishwasher is a great asset to your kitchen. However, if you’ve recently purchased your dishwasher, you may not be familiar with the wash cycles and that’s perfectly normal. This is why we’ve prepared this handy guide to help you understand your dishwasher cycles and give you more peace of mind. Let’s explore this in more detail below!
How long is a normal dishwasher cycle?
If you’re wondering about how long a normal dishwasher cycle lasts, right from the outset, we’d like to mention that there is no “normal”. However there are ranges which are typical for most dishwashers, and for Bosch dishwashers this ranges between 80 and 135 minutes. In essence, you’re looking at one hour and 20 minutes to just over two hours. All this, however, will depend on your particular Bosch dishwasher model, the quantity of plates and cutlery you need to have washed, what wash cycle you’ve chosen as well as the level at which your dishes are dirty. The dirtier they are, the longer it will take to have them cleaned.
Bosch dishwasher cycle times
Now, let’s explore some of the most common Bosch dishwasher cycle times so that you can make a more informed decision regarding your next load.
- The Bosch dishwasher express wash cycle is typically 30 minutes long. It is the shortest cycle on your Bosch dishwasher and its main purpose is to clean lightly soiled dishes while reducing the overall wash time. This cycle is great if you need to wash glasses or dessert crockery which you may wish to reuse again during the same event.
- The Bosch eco cycle: if you’re wondering how long does a Bosch dishwasher eco cycle take, the answer is in the region of two hours and 20 minutes. This is a more energy saving cycle. The reason for this is that the dishwasher won’t need as much energy to heat up water quickly for a faster wash cycle, making it more energy efficient.
- Bosch dishwasher eco 50 running time: this washing cycle is also quite a lengthy one, running for around two hours and 20 minutes. However, it washes dishes at around 50 degrees Celsius and rinses them at about 50 degrees Celsius.
- Bosch dishwasher rinse and hold cycle: this cycle is generally known as a pre-wash cycle and it rinses the dishes without running a full wash and dry cycle. This means that you will not have to worry about food hardening on your plates as you wait for more items to be loaded into the dishwasher later, making for a more arduous cleaning process.
- Bosch dishwasher 60 minute cycle: as the name suggests, the 60-minute cycle is a wash and dry cycle that lasts for the duration of one hour. Usually, this is a midway solution for those who don’t want to wait too long to have clean dishes but still want to have them thoroughly washed.
Some general tips
To improve your dishwasher’s efficiency both in terms of water usage and electricity usage, keep these tips in mind as you load your dishwasher for its next cycle:
- Only load dishwasher-safe items;
- Don’t block the spray arms;
- Don’t pre-rinse your dishes;
- Place your items between the tines and not over them;
- Avoid overcrowding your dishwasher;
- Angle your dishes downwards; and
- Face the dishes towards the centre.
Your Bosch dishwasher is certainly a helping hand in the kitchen, taking care of a much loathed chore, namely dishwashing by hand. Save yourself time and hassles by using the correct wash cycles for your dishes and following some of the general tips for loading your dishwasher mentioned above. For Bosch appliance repair and diagnostics you can always call or book online.