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 accessible to pre-order now for £299.90 with delivery acknowledged as a obscure 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 seemingly 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 may well then accommodate 29 cm plates, so for me, this was a normal dinner plate. I’ve some outsized plates, which I feel are for serving, however I exploit as a dinner plate as a result of quantity of meals I eat, these didn’t slot in.
In accordance with the European commonplace, Bob is a 2 place settings dishwasher.
That equates to in regards to the each day dishes of two folks: 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 dimensions of those can shortly replenish Bob. I prepare dinner all my meals from scratch, so I feel utilizing this for a pair perhaps a bit optimistic.
Countertop Dishwasher Comparability
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I wasn’t aware of countertop dishwashers earlier than this assessment. I did some restricted analysis into various choices within the UK.
There’s a restricted choice, and by the seems 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 fairly 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 will not be fairly the identical as Bob. They’re simply very small regular dishwashers, so they’re fairly vast and deep, however not very excessive, they usually require plumbing in and use various water.
Setting Up Bob
That is marketed as an eco-friendly dishwasher, and a part of this consists of no plastic overwrapping. As a substitute, it is available in a useful canvas model bag, which makes getting it out of the field good and simple, but additionally offers you a handy option to carry it, in case you transfer it round so much.
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 you could need to take into account making an attempt to run a hose instantly into an outlet pipe.
It’s value noting that Bob is sort of tall, the press photographs present the dishwasher sat beneath cupboards, but it surely did not fairly match beneath mine, although I’ve fairly giant cupboards which is probably not the identical for folks in flats.
Switching the Bob on you’ll be greeted with a color show and arrange course of.
You possibly can join Bob to the Wi-Fi and hyperlink your account. I had some points right here which I feel 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 made out of 100% recycled plastic, and you’ll then return them to the corporate for refill and reuse.
These cassettes use the precise quantity of detergent you want, and the corporate claims this may do 30 cycles.
The web site just isn’t at the moment promoting this individually however whenever 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 may be 30% low cost in pre-order taking it all the way down to £19.90.
So, I assume when paying the complete worth, it’s £30 for 90 days roughly.
You possibly can optionally use your individual detergent. Sainsbury’s at the moment have 65 tablets for £10, so the automated cartridges Bob makes use of are fairly costly compared.
Whereas not low cost, the cassette is sort of good; you flip open the panel beneath the door, slot it in and neglect about it.
You possibly can optionally use Bob utilizing the water mains for computerized filling, or you may manually replenish the reservoir. If you need an computerized filling, you will have 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 so much for a dishwasher however manually filling it up with a jug is surprisingly time-consuming.
Whereas this claims to be for 2 folks, it depends upon what you might be washing. When you’ve got made your meal from scratch utilizing a number of pots and pans, then you’ll seemingly discover this may battle. The identical will apply to competing manufacturers.
This works finest with plates, glasses and cutlery. Plenty of our pots and pans are fairly giant, so my expertise could not replicate a pair residing in a small flat.
Cleansing efficiency is great although; every little thing got here out spotless, issues that might have required scrubbing by hand had been all finished.
I’m notably fussy about how clear my glasses are. If a beer glass is something apart from spotless, the pinnacle of the beer will flatten shortly, and handwashing doesn’t obtain the very best outcomes. With this, every little thing 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 like a very long time, however my full-size dishwasher is 3+hours.
There are 5 applications to select from: Categorical, Every day, Intensive, Glasses, Eco
Bobs claims of being the smallest dishwasher available on the market look like correct, and it does a great job at washing your dishes. So, when you have a selected want for a dishwasher this small, then it is a wonderful alternative.
For me, I would wish to have Bob plumbed in for it to be helpful. The time it takes to fastidiously load the dishwasher to take advantage of its restricted capability, and the time it takes to fill the reservoir absolutely may have been used to clean the dishes by hand. Admittedly, dishwashers outperform my hand washing on a regular basis, particularly with regards to issues like glasses.
Bob additionally has the benefit of being the very best wanting mini dishwasher available on the market, which might be an essential consideration when you have a stylish however small flat, you seemingly don’t need some ugly dishwasher sitting on the counter.
Resulting from its tiny measurement and guide filling choices, this is able to make a fantastic addition for caravans or campervans.
Bob Mini Dishwasher Assessment Ranking
An lovable tiny dishwasher that outclasses the competitors.
- Full-sized dishwasher cleansing efficiency with crystal clear glasses
- Smallest dishwasher available on the market
- Mini dishwashers are very restricted on area