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Reviews: First Take on ASKO D5628XXLS Dishwasher

Written by Appliance Dude | February 7th, 2015

The Appliance Dude Took Home an ASKO D5628XXLS Dishwasher. Let’s Get the First Take

So I decded to take the ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher home (and I paid for it!) as I liked the sleek lines, no handle design and the fact that it had the Turbo Dry feature at a relatively lower price point than some of its ASKO siblings.

The ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher

The ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher

Right out of the box I noticed a significant difference between it and our former dishwasher, a Bosch 500 series from about 5 years ago – not as much plastic, far more steel. That’s one of ASKO’s calling cards as it makes the machine stronger and less prone to annoying smells that can accrue on plastic.

I loved the digital control panel and the design is great – no push buttons so no chance of any steam getting behind them and fouling things up with water exposure. The ASKO control panel is akin to a smart phone where its encased behind a sealed front.

The control panel on the ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher is similar to a smart phone.

The control panel on the ASKO D5628XXLS dishwasher is similar to a smart phone.

However all was not well – after installation there were 2 issues. First, after we ran a test wash there was a nasty burnt rubber smell emanating from the dw. Made sure nothing was wrong with the electric (you need a plug for ASKO’s, you cannot hardwire them in) and then I called ASKO’s customer care line and they told me that a new machine should not give off an odor like that. Installer returned and we kept running the machine for about 30 mins and the smell dissipated. I’m going to chalk it up to new DW smell – maybe the scalding hot water mingling with the steel and plastic inside created the scent. In any case it never returned. The other problem, which actually is a problem, is that the top rack was too tight and not rolling out smoothly. My wife didn’t let this pass without comment so I called ASKO service and they are sending out new slide racks.

Aside from those 2 glitches the dw has been a marvel. The first load I ran I used the Turbo Dry (it added about 10 mins to the cycle) and lo and behold the dishes (and inside of the tub) were bone dry and SPOTLESS (those were my wife’s 2 biggest issues with our older Bosch – everything was coming out wet and the cleaning was sub-par). It was amazing to look at glasses that were literally spotless and know that all we put in the machine was one little rinse tablet.

Another point worth noting is that of the noise. The D5628XXLS is rated at 46DBA. Our old Bosch was 45. However this dishwasher is quieter – I found the noise that the Bosch made to be very mechanical in nature. You’d hear a low grind, a motor whirring, it sounded like an appliance. The ASKO has more of an organic sound – alot of sloshing water which is quite relaxing! As I sat in my kitchen with the dishwasher running in the background I found the noise to be almost zen-like…think of the serene sounds of water trickling over rocks. So while the noise itself may rate higher on the decibel meter, the SOUND is more appealing.

Loading capacity is great. As ASKO touts in their marketing, due to the solid nature of the tub and racks, they can separate their tines further so you can fit more in. Haven’t put any tall plates in so haven’t gotten a feel for the additional height yet.

So one week in we are both happy with the D5628XXLS, save for the stubborn top rack.
I will continue updating as I start to play around with more cycles.

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4 Responses

  1. Dick Cherry says:

    Are you still happy with your Asko D5628xxls dishwasher?

    • Appliance Dude says:

      Yes, it’s a very nice dw, especially at this price point ($1299).
      I am mostly using the regular wash setting with Turbo dry which is about 2.5 hrs.
      Dishes are coming out very clean….and dry!

  2. Matt says:

    Hi there,
    I am considering this dishwasher and a few other and am wondering how you feel about the dishwasher now. Please let me know your gripes and likes and if you would purchase the same dishwasher again. Thanks in advance!

    • Appliance Dude says:

      Yes I love the dw. Great drying action. I would def consider buying it or the new replacement model which has a 3rd rack and is a little quieter. We’ve lowered the price on the older d5628 that I wrote about and ship it nationwide so let me know if interested.

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