Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bosch WFVC6450UC Front Load Washer Review

Price: MSRP: 1249.00 Internet Prices: $830+ (total price, including tax + shipping)

Bosch is a well respected appliance manufacturer producing a wide range of appliances. With their line of front load washers, they lay claim to having the most energy efficient front load washers on the market, both in terms of energy usage, and water usage. Bosch front load washers are also quite competitive from a price standpoint as well. The Bosch WFVC6450UC front load washer is a highly efficient large capacity front load washer with a full list of features to satisfy the needs of nearly any consumer. Unlike some other manufactures that have washers at many different capacities, Bosch tends to have fewer capacities and differentiate their models with the features available on themselves

* 4.4 cubic foot capacity with a stainless steel washing drum is build for durability and to accommodate large loads
* Bosch proprietary EcoSmart technology uses a network of sensors to help make Bosch the most efficient brand in the USA
* Ability to reduce energy usage by up to 20% using EcoAction
* Surpasses federal government energy standards by 102%
* Creates 400 gallons of cleaning power out of 13 gallons of water with ActiveWater features
* Flexibility to wash a huge variety of loads with 15 different wash cycles using ActiveClean technology for the best possible cleaning performance
* Maximum spin speed of 1200 RPM to extract most possible water to reduce drying times
* Target a wide variety of stains with the Stain Removal options
* XxtraSanitary option uses internal heater to heat wash water to 170F
* Heats water to 175F on Dum Sanitize Cycle to clean the drum
* Specific Comforter Cycle for bulky items
* Quick Cycles can complete a full cycle on any size load in 45 minutes, or 20 minutes for small lightly soiled loads
* Remove any trace of detergent with Allergy Rinse option
* BabyCare Cycle uses extra water and high temperature to provide extra cleaning power
* Aggressively use cold water to clean clothes with the Cold Intensive cycle for added efficiency
* Nearly silent, and very smooth operation provided by Anti-Vibration system
* AquaShield leak sensor works to prevent water damage in the event of a leak
* National Science Foundation certified with ability to kill 99.9% of common household bacterias
* Industry leading two year limited warranty

Overall consumers who have purchased the Bosch WFVC6450UC are, by and large, happy with their purchase. With a reasonably large number of reviews out there, this Bosch front load washer has received an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 possible stars. Not surprisingly, based on the generally high rating, 88% of reviewers would recommend this product to another person shopping for a front load washer. The engineers at Bosch have seemingly done their job well, as energy efficiency is listed as one of the best features of the Bosch WFVC6450UC. Also listed as a strong point of this front load washer are its capacity, which at 4.4 cubic feet is among the largest front load washers available. The number of features and available settings is also mentioned quite frequently as a high point of the WFVC6450UC.

One curious trend among the reviews out there for the Bosch WFVC6450UC is that the most commonly mentioned negative for this washer also happens to be listed as a positive in many reviews, in fact more reviews list it as a positive than a negative. This paradoxical aspect is the cleaning ability of the washer. At the core of it all, if a washing machine doesn't get clothes clean, then no amount of energy efficiency or features and settings makes it a good washer. In a situation where a major complaint about something also happens to be one of the more popular points of praise, it should be clear that a large dose of skepticism should be used when considering the validity of both the complaints and the praising comments. That being said, there aren't really any other points of contention that get raised with the performance, or anything otherwise, with the Bosch WFVC6450UC.

On the whole, the Bosch WFVC6450UC seems to be a wise buy. With a price that makes it competitive with other front load washers with similar size and list of features, and a fairly high overall rating this front load washer has tended to impress most people who have purchased it. Further evidence of this is the large percentage of owners who would recommend this model to another consumer. Due, in part to the contradiction that is raised with regards to the cleaning ability of this washer, shoppers are encouraged to be extra diligent before deciding to make the Bosch WFVC6450UC front load a fixture in their laundry room. Feel free to check out the other front load washer reviews found here before making your final decision.

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