Bosch WKD28350GB review
|Review: September 2015|
Last updated March 2016
In a nutshell: The Bosch WKD28350GB built-in washer-dryer offers the benefits of combined washing and drying in a single compact machine. It's an expensive option however, and with a very small washing and drying capacity, it's best suited to a single person or a couple. It's also not the quietest washer dryer, nor does it score very well for energy efficiency. We can't rate it highly for value-for-money.
The Bosch WKD28350GB is a fully-integrated washer and condenser dryer that fits neatly away behind a door, giving a sleek look to your kithen. You pay for this of course, and not just in monetary terms. The main disadvantage of a built-in washer dryer is the reduced size of the drum, leading to smaller washing loads than with a freestanding machine. More on this later.
The WKD28350GB is a plainly-styled machine, so it's perhaps just as well that it's hidden from view. Still, it has a practical design, with a relatively simple control panel. This consists of an electronic rotary dial for selecting programmes, an LED display that shows programme progress, the time remaining and any time delay, if selected. There are also buttons for starting the machine, selecting spin speed and drying time. You can also set a time delay of up to 24 hours. It's not an inspired design, but it's not difficult to use, once you get used to the buttons.
Washing and performance
The main disadvantage of the WKD28350GB is its unusually small washing and drying capacity. The wash capacity of 6kg is well below average, and the drying capacity of just 3kg is the smallest of any machine we've reviewed. It's really limiting, and suitable only for a single person or perhaps a couple.
Washing programmes include Cottons (from 30° to 90°), Mixed Load, Delicates, Wool, Rinse & Spin, and Spin only. There's also a special programme for Fluff Removal, and a handy Reload option. Wash times are typically around an hour, and a Flexi time option reduces wash times by up to 30%. The drying programme includes an automatic sensor, and you can choose between intensive drying and a gentler heat option.
The small drum size makes this a relatively inefficient machine, with an energy rating of 'B', which is very low by modern standards. The maximum spin speed of 1400rpm is typical for a washer-dryer, so we can't complain about that.
One thing we can complain about, however, is the noise level of this appliance. It's much noisier than most Bosch machines, especially when washing, so even though this machine is hidden from view, you'll find it difficult to ignore.
Bosch has a good reputation for reliability, although we have no specific data for this model in particular. There are inherent problems in an integrated washer-dryer, and we worry that this machine won't be as durable as a freestanding model.
Conclusion - over-priced & under-performing
If you want the luxury look of a fully integrated washer-dryer, it seems like you're going to have to pay for it. Considering the tiny capacity of this machine, and its general lack of finesse, it really is extraordinarily expensive. It's enough to make you think that you'd be better off with a freestanding machine.
The new Bosch WKD28351GB has a larger 7kg/4kg wash/dry capacity.
Bosch WKD28350GB features include:
- Washing capacity: 6 kg
- Drying capacity: 3 kg
- Maximum spin speed: 1400 rpm
- Energy efficiency class: B
- Spin class: B
- Fully electronic control dial for all wash and special programmes
- Special programmes: Mixed load, Wool Programme, delicates
- Display for programme progress indication, time remaining and 24 hours time delay
- AquaSpa wash system
- Reload facility
- Foam detection system
- Buzzer to indicate the end of cycle
- Child lock
- Drum capacity: 52 litres
- Noise level (washing): 57dB
- Noise level (spinning): 74dB
- Dimensions (H X W X D): 82 x 59.5 x 58.4 cm
- Fully built-in
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Will this model dry clothes that it has not already washed?
on 19th May 2016
At times i wish to fluff things like towels that do not require washing is this machine capable of doing this OR IF NOT WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
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