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Asko Dishwashers

We're struggling to nail down what brands and models of major appliances to use for our kitchen reno. We're not concerned about matching brands we just want quality appliances without breaking the bank. We had thought that an Asko dishwasher was a good choice in that it compares pretty equally to Bosch in features and price but comes with the added bonus of a 3 year warranty.

I made comment of this on Candy's board "Who has bought a new dishwasher lately? " and mlgb May 21, 2008 06:58AM replied "They're kind of notorious for bad electrical components. There might be a reason for that 3-year warranty."

Does anyone else have anything good, bad or indifferent to say about Asko Dishwashers.
I would like to hear comments. Thanks

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  1. They seem to wax and wane in popularity. I think that a few years back they did a crazy thing on their top three or four models where the units were EXACTLT alike except for the final control panels, literally by ordering a the least expensive and then replacing the control pad you got all the features for hundred less. Pissed off dealers and customers alike. They seem to use quality components, but if the price is more than a couple of hundred more than a Bosch then that seems a waste.
    Bosch makes nice units and lots of 'em, maybe not the low price Chevies of DW or the exotic Maserati like Asko, but a pretty solid Honda...

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    1. re: renov8r

      We've had the Asko D3251 since January and love it. The Litttle Woman chose it over the Miele due to its superior top tray design. Super quiet, many wash options---no problems thus far. We made one call to the company concerning a design feature and they answered on the first ring. Cost about the same as the Miele, we never considered the Bosch.

    2. My nephew has one--it does the job but there's nothing special about it. IMO Miele makes the best DWs. Period. Expensive, superquiet, impeccably clean, sparkling dishes, best interior design...the 3rd rack for flatware is genius & a Miele innovation. Almost never need service but if they do, service is topnotch. They arrive when they say they will & they fix the problem the FIRST time. I had my first one for almost 25 years & when it came time to replace it, I didn't hesitate to replace it with another Miele.

      1. I've had my Asko for 13 years - gosh, I can't believe it's been that long! In writing this reply, I was guessing I'd had it for about 5-6 years ago and went and pulled my kitchen renovation file - from 1995! I guess that tells you something right there.

        We've had one repair on the dishwasher, about 2 years ago. It was leaking small amount water at the bottom. Technician told me, with time, some things wear out. Repair was about $100.

        We've been very, very impressed by the quiteness and speed of gentle wash cycle.

        It has a filter at bottom and has to be cleaned about every 4-6 months. It's a bit difficult to reach but we always manage. Takes about 5-10 minutes to take apart, clean, and put back together.

        I periodically have problems with some items not becoming clean in dishwasher, meaning maybe 1 out of every 30 washes. I don't think it's the dishwasher, but something about the way I've loaded it....I just can't figure out the reason.

        1. When we remodeled our kitchen in Alameda we chose an Asko dishwasher. When we moved it had been there 8 1/2 years and had never been touched by a repairman. It was very quiet, cleaned extremely well and, as stated, was totally problem free. When we built our new home here that was the first appliance I ordered.

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          1. re: rtmonty

            We have to decide on all the appliances this week so that we can get the custom cabinet guys going on construction. None one has posted any real negative comments which makes me feel more sure that an Asko should be a good choice. Thank you everyone

            1. re: PinkieT

              Except for that darn bursting into flames problem. Presumably they've corrected that particular issue.

              1. re: mlgb

                Except for that darn bursting into flames problem
                Do you own an Asko?

          2. We've had the Asko D3251 since January and love it. The Little Woman chose it over the Miele because of its top tray design. Super quiet, lot of wash options--no problems thus far. We made one call to the company regarding a design feature and they answered on the first ring. Cost about the same as the Miele. We never considered Bosch.

            1. I've owned Bosch and Asko. The Bosch only lived five years and I had issues with it every year. The worst part about the Bosch is that the top is made of plastic and it sticks out farther than the normal counter top. If you spill any citric acid etc on that plastic it discolors and looks terrible.
              The Asko was about $100 more and it is very streamlined. The Asko also has a drying fan so it dries much better than the Bosch.
              The Asko is easilly the best machine I have ever owned.

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              1. re: Docsknotinn

                I just received a flyer in the mail today from a local big name appliance store offering the Bosch dishwasher for $200 less that what I can get the Asko for. I was seriously considering switching my mind and going with the Bosch, after all Consumer Reports highly recommends them and I have heard many good things about them. And the $200 would go nicely towards some of the other many, many upcoming bills. However, your comments above have made me think again that maybe the Asko and it's 3 year warranty is worth every bit of the $200.

                1. re: PinkieT

                  There is easilly $200 worth of upgrades on the Asko. The Asko simply cleans dishes better. The Bosch may have been a hair quiter but the Asko is not loud by any means. The control panel on my Bosch gave me fits and I had their best model. If you look at the Bosch closely the power button is a hard platic push button and that's where mine would fail. The door is considerably more solid on the Asko plus it has the extended warranty and the drying fan really does work.
                  I highly reccomend the Asko for the cost difference.

                  1. re: Docsknotinn

                    Looked at ASK03232XLFI dishwasher today. How efficient and easy is it for loading bowls, lasagna-type pans and dishes all at once? The tines seemed very close together to be able to stack large items upright. How many minutes is the wash cycle? I have searched for two hours now for that information and cannot locate it. I do want a machine that dries well, and therefore am considering the ASKO over the Bosch. The Miele is very expensive (around $1400). The ASKO around $1000 and the Bosch around $900.

                    Can someone with ASKO experience and Bosch experience please answer.

              2. i bought an asko last march, it was the single worst purchase i have ever made. Ive had five service calls and it still does not clean. its best as a drying rack after i hand wash my plates. even if they sold them at ikea for half the price i wouldnt buy another one. wish theyd come and take it before i throw it into the hudson river.

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                1. re: josephlaszlo

                  I hate my Asko, US Appliance would not take it back. It's loud and tiny inside the unit. Meant for a barbie doll house. Asko Corp is not behaving. Still have my fingers crossed that they will help me. $1100 for something I hate. Don't buy online!!! Can't return it.

                2. I have owned an Asko W6551 washer and a T781 condensor dryer for 5 years with no issues or problems, I lost my user guides for the machines when I moved and contacted their customer care number. They were so polite, professional and sent me the user guides out at no charge I was most impressed!! Last week I finally discarded my old dishwasher and replaced it with an Asko D3132 as I am very happy with my other Asko appliances. I simply cannot believe how quiet my new dishwasher is and the end result.....SPARKLING CLEAN DRY glasses, cups, plates, cutlery and even plastic/ Tupperware. I love how effortlessly the baskets glide in and out and they feel very strong and robust the machine is also so easy to use!!! Overall I am also impressed by the build quality and the attention to detail that has been taken with its design and my previous experience with my other Asko appliances. Good luck with your kitchen renovation and appliance hunting.

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                  1. re: ColinSydney

                    I also have an Asko washer and dryer, and the washer needed serious repairs after a couple of years. But I had bought an extended warranty on it so that was covered.

                    For a dishwasher, I've been using a mid-level KitchenAid for 8+years now and love it, the internal disposal works well, the stainless interior stays spotless, and it's quiet enough not to interfere with conversation at the kitchen table eight feet away while it's running.

                  2. I have an Asko put in by the builder and it's ok. Louder than I thought it would be. Part of the front panel is cracking after 3.5 years. I had a GE for 8 years and that never happened. The interior seams around the door also get a grubby build up that I need to clean with cleaner and a paper towel. Not too fond of that. Can't really say it cleans better than my old GE Profile Performance.

                    1. I had the ASKO for first 8 years of my place. It was great. Quite and Clean but when it broke (the electronics went and the repair man said it is a common asko issue: but after 8 years it is hard to complain), we went for Bosch. It was on sale for truely a rediculous price. We've had it for 6 years now and I couldn't be happier. dishes come out clean, it is really quite and my kids can load it (it does take a pounding). It is really quite. You cannot go wrong with either one but of the two, I'd recommend Bosch.