One of many merchandise that stored popping up on my newsfeed throughout CES was Bob, a tiny eco-friendly countertop dishwasher made by French model Daan Tech
Bob claims to be the worlds smallest and quickest autonomous dishwasher. It’s out there to pre-order now for £299.90 with delivery acknowledged as a imprecise fall 2020. Full RRP is £349.90.
Bob Mini Dishwasher Dimensions and Capability
With this being marketed because the smallest dishwasher, its total dimensions are probably a key promoting level.
The size of Bob are:
- Width: 34cm (13.4 inches)
- Top: 49cm (19.3 inches)
- Depth: 49cm (19.3 inches)
It might probably then accommodate 29 cm plates, so for me, this was a normal dinner plate. I’ve some outsized plates, which I believe are for serving, however I take advantage of as a dinner plate as a result of quantity of meals I eat, these didn’t slot in.
Based on the European normal, Bob is a 2 place settings dishwasher.
That equates to in regards to the every day dishes of two individuals: 4 plates, 4 glasses, 2 cups, 2 bowls, a small saucepan, and cutlery (knives, forks, spoons).
The caveat right here is that if you wish to wash something like pots, pans, mixing bowls and so forth the scale of those can shortly replenish Bob. I prepare dinner all my meals from scratch, so I believe utilizing this for a pair possibly a bit optimistic.
Countertop Dishwasher Comparability
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I wasn’t acquainted with countertop dishwashers earlier than this overview. I did some restricted analysis into different choices within the UK.
There’s a restricted choice, and by the appears to be like of issues there are primarily simply two dishwashers, these are then repackaged and designed for every model.
The Cookology and electriQ Mini fashions are the closest like for like competitors providing a fairly slim profile and the choice to manually fill them moderately than fill from the mains. These are 80mm wider however shorter and fewer deep.
They use extra water and may solely accommodate smaller plates.
The opposite choices are usually not fairly the identical as Bob. They’re simply very small regular dishwashers, so they’re fairly large and deep, however not very excessive, and so they require plumbing in and use various water.
Setting Up Bob
That is marketed as an eco-friendly dishwasher, and a part of this contains no plastic overwrapping. As a substitute, it is available in a helpful canvas type bag, which makes getting it out of the field good and simple, but additionally provides you a handy technique to carry it, when you transfer it round lots.
This mini washer has two types of the inlet, guide or computerized. I used guide, so there was not a lot bodily arrange, I simply plugged it in and screwed the outlet hose on. I drained it into the sink but when this can be a everlasting set up chances are you’ll wish to think about attempting to run a hose immediately into an outlet pipe.
It’s price noting that Bob is sort of tall, the press pictures present the dishwasher sat underneath cupboards, but it surely did not fairly match underneath mine, although I’ve fairly massive cupboards which is probably not the identical for individuals in flats.
Switching the Bob on you can be greeted with a color show and arrange course of.
You’ll be able to join Bob to the Wi-Fi and hyperlink your account. I had some points right here which I believe is as a result of I didn’t bodily purchase the machine I didn’t have a Bob linked to my account.
My pattern got here with a single Bob cassette; that is an all-in-one dishwasher detergent distribution. I used to be going to criticise them for utilizing a lot plastic on this cassette, however it’s comprised of 100% recycled plastic, and you may then return them to the corporate for refill and reuse.
These cassettes use the precise quantity of detergent you want, and the corporate claims it will do 30 cycles.
The web site just isn’t presently promoting this individually however once you order a Bob a multi-pack together with 3 pop cassettes + 1 rock’n’roll cassette (used to clean the within of the dishwasher solely) is £29.90, and there’s 30% low cost in pre-order taking it right down to £19.90.
So, I assume when paying the complete worth, it’s £30 for 90 days roughly.
You’ll be able to optionally use your personal detergent. Sainsbury’s presently have 65 tablets for £10, so the automated cartridges Bob makes use of are fairly costly as compared.
Whereas not low-cost, the cassette is sort of good; you flip open the panel beneath the door, slot it in and overlook about it.
You’ll be able to optionally use Bob utilizing the water mains for computerized filling, or you possibly can manually replenish the reservoir. In order for you an computerized filling, you have to to purchase a Bob easywater hose for £9.
Mine did not include one, so I did it manually. You require 3.5L of water, which isn’t lots for a dishwasher however manually filling it up with a jug is surprisingly time-consuming.
Whereas this claims to be for 2 individuals, it depends upon what you’re washing. You probably have made your meal from scratch utilizing a number of pots and pans, then you’ll probably discover it will battle. The identical will apply to competing manufacturers.
This works finest with plates, glasses and cutlery. Lots of our pots and pans are fairly massive, so my expertise could not replicate a pair dwelling in a small flat.
Cleansing efficiency is superb although; all the things got here out spotless, issues that might have required scrubbing by hand had been all accomplished.
I’m significantly fussy about how clear my glasses are. If a beer glass is something apart from spotless, the top of the beer will flatten shortly, and handwashing doesn’t obtain the perfect outcomes. With this, all the things got here out crystal clear.
Like most washing machines, this has totally different cycle sorts; there’s a fast cycle which is simply 20 minutes, however the default cycle is 1 hour 50 minutes. That looks as if a very long time, however my full-size dishwasher is 3+hours.
There are 5 packages to select from: Categorical, Each day, Intensive, Glasses, Eco
Bobs claims of being the smallest dishwasher in the marketplace seem like correct, and it does a great job at washing your dishes. So, in case you have a particular want for a dishwasher this small, then it is a wonderful selection.
For me, I would wish to have Bob plumbed in for it to be helpful. The time it takes to rigorously load the dishwasher to profit from its restricted capability, and the time it takes to fill the reservoir absolutely might have been used to clean the dishes by hand. Admittedly, dishwashers outperform my hand washing on a regular basis, particularly relating to issues like glasses.
Bob additionally has the benefit of being the perfect trying mini dishwasher in the marketplace, which may very well be an necessary consideration in case you have a classy however small flat, you probably don’t desire some ugly dishwasher sitting on the counter.
On account of its tiny measurement and guide filling choices, this may make a terrific addition for caravans or campervans.
Bob Mini Dishwasher Assessment Score
An lovable tiny dishwasher that outclasses the competitors.
- Full-sized dishwasher cleansing efficiency with crystal clear glasses
- Smallest dishwasher in the marketplace
- Mini dishwashers are very restricted on house
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