In this article we will look at Blomberg dishwashers, a brand that is not as well known in the USA as some others, but one that makes solidly performing, economically priced machines.
We plan to look at Blomberg dishwashers as a class and then do a comparison between a particular Blomberg model and comparable competing machines from other manufacturers. We will compare and rate these dishwashers and tell you which one we find to be the better overall value for buyers.
Blomberg Dishwashers Comparison Table
What Are Blomberg Dishwashers?
Blomberg is a brand name, owned by the Turkish company Arçelik, which makes home appliances, including dishwashers. Before being purchased by Arçelik, Blomberg was a long-time German maker of appliances, being a technology innovator that stressed water conservation, energy efficiency, and high performance characteristics one can find in other European dishwasher brands such as Miele and Bosch.
Blomberg currently sells dishwashers throughout Europe and North America. In the last few years, Blomberg has expanded sales in the USA.
While we will be focusing on a particular Blomberg model of dishwasher in the product comparison below, here we will look at what you may call the Blomberg approach to making dishwashers, and consider the performance features and specs that characterize most Blomberg models.
Blomberg dishwashers generally include the following features, some of which you will not usually find on US-made dishwashers: stainless steel tubs, high wash temperature (164°), Energy Star qualified, hidden (i.e. recessed) control panel, height-adjustable upper rack, and a five-level wash system.
Let’s look at these features in a little more detail.
Stainless Steel Tub
There are several advantages to using a stainless steel tub in a dishwasher. Operating temperatures can be higher, allowing the wash cycle to produce hygienic (microbe-killing) effects and not just cleaning. Stainless steel also retains heat more effectively and so makes for a more efficient dry cycle; and stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and more durable than plastic (the material one usually finds in less expensive dishwashers).
High Wash Temperatures
As noted, Blomberg’s wash temperatures, at 164° one of the highest you will find in a dishwasher, are great at killing germs, and those temps are also excellent for cleaning dishes.
Energy Star Qualified
This EPA/DOE program encourages manufacturers to produce greener, and more energy efficient products. Those achieving certain levels of performance benchmarks achieve an Energy Star qualification for the product in question.
Hidden Control Panel
This is a feature in many Blomberg dishwashers, and what it means is that when the dishwasher door is closed, the control panel, which is arrayed on the top edge of the door, will be recessed inside the unit, and so will not be visible. The manufacturer says this is a feature is meant to keep children from changing settings or otherwise “playing” with the dishwasher.
Height-Adjustable Upper Rack
Blomberg models of dishwashers provide a lot of inventive and intuitive approaches to managing space, and the upper rack’s height-adjusting feature is one example of this, enabling larger, taller wash loads to be cleaned on the top rack in addition to the lower.
Five-Level Wash System
This enables better control over how long and vigorous a wash cycle a particular load calls for. In addition, most Blomberg models allow for a number of different pre-programmed wash cycles to be used.
One key spec that most reviewers and customers remark favorably on is the quiet operation (measured in decibels) of Blomberg dishwashers. A characteristic we did not mention above of a stainless steel tub as opposed to plastic or metal/plastic tubs is that stainless steel produces less noise in operation.
How It Compares
We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.
For a more useful comparison, we are focusing on a relatively newer model of Blomberg, the DWT81800FBI, which has all the features we have discussed so far in this article, and is comparably priced or offers similar performance to other products in this comparison.
Ease of Use
Whenever you have more controls, and more sophisticated features, the ease of use of a product will be somewhat negatively affected. After all, you have to learn how to take advantage of all those specialty features. But the Blomberg model we’re comparing supplies a lot of tradeoffs in that respect, for example its silent operation, can definitely be counted as “easier” on the operator.
Installation of a dishwasher is neither dead-simple, nor particularly complicated as far as appliance installations go. This Blomberg model is standard in that respect. Installation time can only be very generally estimated because each situation will be different and so additional tools and steps may be required depending upon the situation. But in a fairly straightforward example, where the space requires no adjustments, and hoses and pipes (e.g. for cold water inlet) you should not be looking at more than approximately and hour.
Blomberg dishwashers are well known for being high-performing, quiet-operating, energy-efficient and reliable machines. The choice of stainless steel and other, more expensive approaches to various dishwasher features, means a buyer is getting a higher-end performer but for a lot less money than the truly high-end dishwashers. One small negative I would point out for most Blomberg models is that the medium-gray interiors sometimes look “dirty” and therefore not overly attractive.
One-year limited warranty on parts, two-year limited warranty on defective parts or workmanship, a 5-year limited warranty on circuit boards and racks, and a lifetime limited warranty on the tub.
Bosch dishwashers, along with most Bosch appliances, have a solid reputation for quality and performance. This particular Bosch dishwasher delivers on that tradition, offering a high-performing, energy-efficient machine that actually beats the Blomberg on the decibel scale.
Ease of Use
Once again, with a product offering a relatively higher-end selection of features and options, with many programmable wash cycles, this product is very easy to use if you do not take advantage of what you’re paying for.
Installation for this product will be standard, again meaning that so long as there are no special requirements it should be fairly straight-forward. Many users report it as “easy”, but the key to installation is to carefully review the manual, and recognize your limitations, tool-wise and skill-wise.
This dishwasher aims to meet the challenge of the Blomberg approach, and to go it one better. The Bosch dishwasher has a stainless steel tub (with all the advantages that supplies), six wash cycles, and numerous programmable variations on these, plus super-quiet operation. In fact, while the Blomberg impresses at 45 decibels, the Bosch has it beat, operating at 42 decibels. The Bosch basically meets or exceeds the performance of the Blomberg although the Bosch does generally cost a little more.
Bosch offers a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor, five-year limited warranty on circuit boards, microprocessor, and racks, plus lifetime limited warranty for rust-through on the tub.
This is an impressive machine, and will definitely deliver on features and performance. It is just that at its price-point, it is difficult to see what is demonstrably superior about this machine to either the Bosch or the Blomberg.
Ease of Use
With 9 dynamic wash arms the key thing about the ease of use of this dishwasher is its efficiency. It gets the job done washing and drying in less time and saves power and water doing it.
As noted above, assuming standard installation demands, this should not be a difficult or time-consuming installation. However, most people buying a dishwasher are probably paying to get professional installation, which seems a wise move.
This is a feature-rich dishwasher. Kitchen Aid has a good reputation for building reliable and durable appliances. While the rack design is supposed to offer more flexibility, the Bosch and the Blomberg have better-designed approaches to capacity. Even though the multiple-jet and nine dynamic arms seem impressive, Blomberg address this same idea more elegantly (and obviously for less money) by offering numerous angles on their water jets. This seems a standard-issue design for a lot of money.
Two-year limited warranty on parts, five-year limited warranty on some components (such as racks),
This is a large, moderately priced dishwasher whose main idea is to wash as many dishes as possible. While there is nothing particularly wrong with that, especially if you regularly have lots of dishes to wash, once again this seems an inelegant, and kind of pricey product compared to the Bosch or the Blomberg.
Ease of Use
This dishwasher provides a double-drawer approach, meaning you can individually load each separate drawer and run different wash cycles on each, so there is potentially a good deal of flexibility in the operation.
This is a larger, heavier machine than the other products here, and that may bear upon the time and ease of installation. Otherwise, noting again the proviso about special requirements for installation, this should be standard. But DIY ratings suggest 2-4 hours at least.
We’re giving this machine a knock here not because it will not efficiently wash your dishes, but it is once again the concern that this more expensive machine offers inelegant approaches to getting things clean. The two-drawer design is not necessarily a bad idea, but the water usage and power consumption for this two-decker approach is much higher than the Blomberg.
One-year limited warranty.
We should remember in reviewing dishwashers that most of them will clean your dishes. Why you should pay for a dishwasher comes down to what additional benefits, you feel you’re getting for the extra money.
In our comparison, we saw that the more expensive machines were not actually offering a significantly better consumer experience than the less expensive, but better-designed dishwashers. We highly reccommend the Blomberg model on our basis of comparison