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Bosch Updates Ascenta Dishwashers

IRVINE, CALIF. — Bosch has refreshed its Ascenta dishwasher platform with a new baseline for price and sound levels.

The updated series carries a lower starting price point of $599, and a reduced decibel level of 46 dBA, representing a 4 dBA decrease.

Based on a website survey of average sound ratings for 24-inch full-size stainless-steel tub dishwashers, Bosch, with the latest Ascenta line, maintains its claim of producing the quietest dishwashers in the U.S.

Indeed, the manufacturer said the dishwashers are so quiet that it necessitated the inclusion of a premium feature called InfoLight, which projects a red light onto the floor during the wash cycle, just to let owners know the machine is running.

“Bosch home appliances is proud to offer the new line of Ascenta dishwashers, which provide valueconscious consumers with access to more premium Bosch features than ever before,” said Dan Kenny, brand marketing director for Bosch. “Our dishwashers are known for offering the best in quiet, performance and European design, and this new line continues to deliver on our promise to create appliances that make life easier.”

The new Ascenta line also provides greater flexibility, allowing consumers to more readily clean an assortment of dishes, glasses and cutlery. Novel features include RackMatic, an adjustable top rack with multiple levels to accommodate tall glasses or large pots and pans, and with additional flip tines that fold down to create space for difficult-to-wash items. A newly redesigned knife rack also provides space for safe cleaning of sharp knives and tools.

Bosch has included updated cycles and options in the new Ascenta dishwashers to enhance performance. For example, a cycle called Speed60 takes dishes from dirty to dry in about 60 minutes for a fast, convenient clean, while for improved drying performance, an “extra dry” option increases the final rinse temperature and activates a longer drying phase to complete the cleaning process.

On the design front, Bosch has added a scoop handle to the new Ascenta models, which joins the current recessed and bar handle options, and matches any kitchen with a neutral design, the company said.

The revamped series is available in three finishes: stainless steel, black and white.

Bosch, along with sister brands Thermador and Gaggenau, is a unit of BSH Home Appliances, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, one of Europe’s largest majap makers. The company entered the U.S. market in 1991, setting up headquarters here and later opening dishwasher, range, oven and cooktop manufacturing plants in La Follette, Tenn., and New Bern, N.C.