Dish tray layout and auto programs can be better
I have chosen Siemens to replace my 30 years old Miele because of the 5 years warranty and the overall design, build and price. However, I have misjudged the importance of dish layout trays. Asian family with more bowls and oval plates than Western round plates and wine glasses will have difficulties placing dishes as many tray gaps are too narrow to place bowls of different size. Tried the Auto program initially and get no good results on cleaning and drying. Again many be auto sensor mainly cater for plates and glasses. End up using Quick 65 ...with extra dry for day to day wash to get better results. Surprise to find that there are only 2 spray arms. Wondering how it cleans the top cutlery tray? Have used it everyday for a week and still have an unpleasant rubber smell after each wash. Apart from the above, the unit seems nicely build and very quite. Did the task using the right program and careful layout. Good warranty and nicely priced. Tried to add review on Siemens website and get rejected with no obvious reason.
Purchased in September 2019.
Owned it less than a month. Off to a shaky start. Machine is used maybe 3-4 times every 7 days.
Two issues have led me to write this review. First, the child lock feature, for some strange reason, doesn't include the On/Off button, meaning my inquisitive 1.5 yr old can turn off the dish washer mid-program. Genuinely curious to understand the rationale behind excluding probably the single most important button from the child lock feature. Pressing any of the other buttons mid-program shows the reassuring "CL" flash on the display, so it is defi...nitely enabled. Fortunately the machine will resume washing once you turn it back on (having ushered your kids into another room). The instruction manual gives you the clear impression the child lock feature disables ALL buttons. Edit: Siemens Australia have confirmed the behaviour of the child lock is by design... Second, on two different programs and occasions over the last 3 weeks the detergent tray has failed to open, meaning lightly soiled dishes come out mostly clean, but not entirely clean. I use powder, not tablets, and have always been careful to fill the tray to just under the 25 mark, as per the instruction manual. The tray lid locking mechanism feels super flimsy when pushed down, giving you the impression that springing open would be energetic and reliable. Not so far. Wondering if this will make it to the 5 year warranty mark... Edit: 1 month update. Tried switching to tablets after writing this review to see if it made any difference. Haven't had any issues with the detergent tray opening since making the change. Theory is the detergent powder expands in the tray because water gets in during the pre-wash cycle, causing the lid to jam shut. The tray has never been overfilled at any point. Poor sealing design?
Freaks me out sometimes because I can’t hear it running, it’s so quiet, efficient and cleans fantastically every time
Had it for 9 months hasn’t missed a beat, plus 3 year or is it 5 year warranty I forget but it’s the best dishwasher I’ve owned hands down + made in Germany = can’t lose
Our last dishwasher, a 'cheapie', lasted four years. We looked at many models in appliance stores and settled on the iQ500 due to the solid build, quality of components and decent features. There is a choice of cutlery basket or cutlery tray; we prefer the tray. Adjusting things is clear and easy, the wire racks and shelves are strong and built to last. Loading is straightforward, selecting a programme is simple, the ability to choose how much powder or rinse aid you wish to use or not use is great. The cycle operates quietly, the maintenance f...or cleaning the sprayers and filter is easier than the old machine, the water softener salt tank feature is great, and there is a dedicated maintenance cleaning cycle with a reminder too. We expect this unit to last many more years and clean far better than the cheap one!
Purchased in April 2019 at Retravision Joondalup for $1,138.00.
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