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Bosch And Siemens Washing Machine in India – Review 2018

By on June 5, 2018

Bosch is a reputed European brand, providing good quality of washing machines. This, more than a century-old brand presently only offers front loader washing machines. So, if you are looking for a top loader you have to skip this brand. This German brand forayed into Indian market in 1922 by setting up Sales office in Kolkata. It is one of the only few foreign brands which helped newly-independent India to boost its manufacturing, by setting up R&D and manufacturing units as early as 1951.

In 2015, Bosch acquired home appliance unit of Siemens. So, Siemens now is wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch. Bosch has kept Siemens as an independent sub-brand rather than merging it. In India, Bosch wants to keep Siemens an urban brand, specialized in catering metropolitan customers. While Bosch would also cater small towns and other remotely located areas alongside the metros. Bosch washing machine primarily offers 3 range of washing machine based on budget and feature requirements:

  • Series 4 is targeted for customers looking for a robust Bosch product at an affordable price
  • Series 6 is a mid-ranger, offering more features than Series 4 counterpart but lesser expensive than the premium Series 8
  • Series 8 is the top-notch breed of Bosch washers with state-of-art features including couple of extras. But you’ll have to pay premium price for it.

Key Washing Machine Technologies

VarioDrum for Gentle Wash

Bosch models are smartly designed to protect the tender laundry at every turn of the drum. What it does is, as the drum spins in one direction, flat side of the attached paddle cleans the loaded clothes; and then when it spins on the other side, steep side of paddle delivers profound cleaning with the help of its wave-droplet design.

On the similar line as VarioDrum, Siemens washer uses waveDrum to clean the laundry with extreme care. Just like VarioDrum they too have wave pattern design with flat and steep sides to provide a complementing wash. The waveDrum is carefully crafted to ensure optimal distribution of water flow around the laundry to deliver a near-perfect wash.

VarioPerfect for a Perfectly Customized Wash

To cater incongruity of lifestyle across age and profession, Bosch has come up with VarioPerfect. It offers two options, SpeedPerfect and EcoPerfect. If you are someone who is constantly in a rush and can’t wait for tedious laundry process to complete, you can opt for SpeedPerfect option. It will complete the wash full of load in just an hour. But if you are someone who can manage to have some time to spare, you can do good to the environment by using EcoPerfect option. This eco-friendly washing option would use 66% lesser energy than the ordinary washing machines. The good thing about this technology is that its available across all models of Bosch, right from premium Series 8 to all the way down to Series 4.

ActiveWater+ for Clever Wash using 250+ Sensors

ActiveWater+ is an astute technology featuring in Bosch washers, controlled with 256 sensors for automatic load adjustment. Those sensors can sense the amount of load and type of fabric. Thus, it paves the way for clever wash simply by adjusting water allotment inside the drum. Further complemented by VarioDrum technology, water gets evenly distributed at a faster rate.




Siemens washer utilizes similar technology. It is called waterPerfect. It helps to save water by intelligently managing the load and controlling water flow so that the excess of water does not get filled up inside the drum. It’s able to do so via its incessant communication through high-tech sensors.

iDOS for Optimum Detergent Utilization

ActiveWater+ will save water, EcoPerfect will save electricity, but what about the detergent? Or shall we simply ignore petty pint-sized detergent consumption? Well, the answer is no. Amount of detergent noticeably affects the washing performance.

Too much of detergent will not only deplete your stock of detergent faster, but would also increase the water intake. Because it would need more water to dissolve. And if not dissolve properly, residues of it would remain tucked in the clothes, which would then cause skin allergy and irritation. After reading this you might feel it’s better to use paltry amount of detergent. But wait, too little detergent can cause its own complications. Besides downgrading the washing performance, too little detergent can cause discoloration and unpleasant odours. To counter this predicament of deciding correct detergent intake, Bosch has come up with iDOS technology in its Series 6 and 8 washers. Based on hardness of water and degree of soiling in the clothes, iDOS cleverly determines the optimum quantity of detergent for the perfect wash.

AntiVibration Design for Silent Operation

Bosch machines are designed with AntiVibration technology which mitigates vibrations occurring during the spin cycle. It counteracts the vibrations by employing high-tech sensors. These sensors maintain the load balance by continually adjusting the drum motion. This means machine barely shakes, reducing noise due to vibrations. So, now you don’t have worry about toddlers waking up from slumber due to washer’s noise.

Siemens washing machine too employs this patented AntiVibration technology in its line-up for a quieter operation.

Allergy+: Certified Protection from Allergies.

Bosch is the first ever brand to be certified by ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation). This certification assures protection from allergies. Allergies is typically caused by residues left inside the clothes due to inefficient wash by the washers. Bosch washing machines complemented with smart iDOS technology, gives hygienic wash just at the press of the button.

iQDrive an Advanced Efficient Motor

New breed of Siemens washing machine are armed with intelligent iQDrive motor. This is a friction-less magnetic motor much more quieter, quicker and efficient than the previous generation of motors. Siemens believes iQDrive would save more than 33% energy than ordinary motors used in other washing machines.

Bosch Pros and Cons

Bosch is one of the reliable German brand known for its quality and longevity. Though it might not make it to ultra-premium brand list for few, it’s still a pretty decent brand. Quality of Bosch is its biggest plus. German brands are generally famous across the globe for their quality, and Bosch is no exception. Good quality of Bosch appliances can be attributed to their stringent quality control measures. Another good thing about Bosch washers is that they have something for everyone. That’s the very reason they have bifurcated their offerings into Series 4, 6 and 8 to suit washing needs and budget of varied customers.

Talking about the cons, biggest would be unavailability of top-loader washing machines. So those looking for top-loading washing machines from Bosch would be disappointed. Another drawback of Bosch washers is slow wash time compared to other premium brands like LG or Whirlpool. Also, Bosch do not have any variant of washing machine to tackle pathbreaking Flexwash machines from Samsung or innovative TwinWash from LG. So, Bosch washers do not have that exclusive feature unique just to that model. If flaunting your washer in front of your guest is your need, its advisable to consider other brands. It’s also slightly expensive when you compare it with brands like IFB or Electrolux.

Conclusion

Bosch is a robust washing brand providing gamut of front loaders. It provides immaculate and customizable wash using VarioDrum and VarioPerfect technologies. It is also money-saving and environment-friendly option, helping in conserving detergent, water and electricity. Bosch is striving hard to compete against East Asian giants like Samsung, LG, Panasonic etc to make a stronghold in consumer electronics department. Also, India is one of their important markets. That’s the very reason Bosch has promised 750 crore rupees investment in India for next 5 years. Bosch is shifting its focus to home appliances segment, and with cash inflow here, it’s a win-win situation for customers. So, in future you can expect more innovation, more models and more service centres from Bosch as its rapidly stretching its legs across India.

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About the Author:
Hussain Kanchwala is an Electronics Engineer from University of Mumbai. As an Analyst at BijliBachao he keeps a tab on latest technologies in gadgets and appliances, tracks businesses of white goods companies and monitors the consumer behavior. With a background in engineering, penchant for detail, and flair for writing he regularly write reviews about brands and their products. .

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