Is an ASKO dishwasher in your kitchen’s future? If drying ability and energy efficiency is important to you, then keep reading!
When someone visits our showroom and is looking for a new dishwasher, whether in an appliance package or as a “onesy” there are two names that always come up:
Bosch and KitchenAid
Can you blame them? the Bosch is born from German-design standards, which marries tradition and the future. As the great Dieter Rams said, “German design standards are set by the reduction to essentials without eliminating the poetry”. So does that mean your dishes come out cleaner? For more on Bosch and German design standards, please read here.
KitchenAid has it’s own compelling narrative. It just works, and has for years, so they have built an insane level of trust and confidence in the American public when it comes to dishwashers and countertop appliances. And the #1 rating in Consumer Reports doesn’t hurt.
So where does that leave ASKO? It’s the under radar, stealth move.
ASKO, in many ways, reminds me of Saab, but with better quality standards.
I owned 2 Saabs and was always happy with its outsider status compared to BMW and AUDI. It was the bastard child of European sports / luxury cars, but it inspired a CULT of fervent Saab-heads. ASKO has created this as well.
We have people (mostly who live in NYC) that visit the showroom and when they are renovating an apt they don’t want to hear any dishwasher name invoked other than ASKO.
I have 5 compelling reasons why ASKO dishwashers has created this cult following.
It Dries Better
Yes you read that correctly. European dishwashers, due to their lack of a heating element, have always done a inferior job of drying compared to their domestic brethren who use heating elements in their tubs. ASKO’s Turbo Drying system pulls out moisture to dry your dishes better.
ASKO’s fan-dry system gets the load completely dry. After the final rinse, the moist air in the dishwasher is mixed with dry air from outside, and the machines dries completely.
Note – you must have an ASKO with the Turbo Dry system. So why does Turbo Drying kick ass?
Dishes normally dry by the residual heat contained in the tub after the wash.
The moisture rains back down onto the dishes creating water spots and leaving the dishes wet.
The door should be opened after the wash to release the steam so moisture doesn’t condensate on dishes.
Dishwashers without Turbo Drying need to have a higher temperature final rinse, consuming more energy.With Turbo Dry after the wash is complete the fan comes on and draws in hot steam.
Moisture is removed before it can cool and drip back onto crockery. The moisture is then condensed and directed back into the filter.
Stainless is Better
ASKO dishwasher baskets, spray arms, seam welded tank and door are all stainless. The competition, for the most part, are plastic.
Stainless build will make components last longer and also minimizes leaks because it is welded as opposed to glued.
Plus, a stainless door will not corrode, wear out or discolor over time.
ASKO dishwashers – particularly the XXL models – can hold up to 17 place settings, larger than any dishwasher on the market. Check out the pic!
The insides of an ASKO dishwasher
It Cleans Like a Beast
No pre-rinsing needed! ASKO Dishwashers do the pre-rinsing for you saving you time, water, energy and effort.
SCS™ (Super Cleaning System) removes food particles from the dishwasher before starting the main wash to give you a cleaner result.
I Own One, And Can Attest That They are Legit
I would never talk up a product that I owned and was dissatisfied with. The bottom line is that our ASKO is sleek, quiet (though not whisper-quiet like a Bosch), does a great job drying, is durable as can be (far better design integrity than the more plastic models on the market) and incredibly green/eco friendly.
If you have more questions about ASKO dishwashers please call our showroom at 1-800-966-2878. And remember we ship them across the USA, with free shipping.
Just received some beautiful pics of a Bronxville NY kitchen featuring a 48″ Capital Gas range, 48″ Thermador Freedom Column Refrigeration and an ASKO dishwasher.
The appliances look sweet but check out the kitchen design courtesy of Donna at Westchester Kitchen and Bath in Yonkers. Amazing!
This is a beautiful kitchen in Bronxville NY featuring a Capital self cleaning 48″ gas range and a Faber hood above it. Design by Westchester Kitchen and Bath.
Capital 48″ range in Bronxville NY.
Thermador refrigerator columns and an ASKO dishwasher in Bronxville NY. Kitchen design by Westchester Kitchen and Bath.
I never realized that loading a dishwasher could be the source of such angst in the American home. Thank goodness I own an ASKO dishwasher which has the largest loading capacity in their XXL tall tub models.
Check out the video from WSJ.com and ask yourself whether you are a protector, an organizer or a curator?!
When I brought my ASKO D5628XXLS home last week I noticed that the top rack was extremely stiff and somewhat unforgiving when I attempted to pull it out to load dishes. I also noticed the same situation in another ASKO that we have on display in our showroom. Hmmm..faulty racks? Bad tracks?
I spoke to a guy who knows more about ASKO dishwashers than almost any human in NY.
He explained it like this to me….
One of the reasons ASKO’s clean so well is that they have multiple spray arms throughout the dishwasher that are directly fed high pressure water. If you notice the below picture there is a black ring around the end of the pipe which feeds water into the spray arms directly under the top rack in the D5628XXLS dishwasher.
That pipe and the orifice in the spray arm need to make a tight seal so there is good pressure and no water leaking out from it. The black ring helps with the seal but the flipside is that it sometimes it takes a little muscle to get the top rack to roll out smoothly.
The pipe running from the back of the dishwasher is now engaged with the spray arm. This seal can make the top rack a little stiff when trying to pull it out.
Solution – take some vaseline (or chapstick) and rub it around the black ring and the end of the pipe.
I’ve been told that it will completely alleviate the tightness of the rack.
I love it when I see great appliance videos out there on the web…this is an example of one of them. This ASKO trainer does a great job breaking down the correct ways to load their dishwashers. This is key b/c one of the key reasons dishes/silverware don’t come out clean is because they’ve been loaded improperly.
Watch this guy, he’s a master!
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
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.
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.
Here we have the first part of the ASKO dishwasher video guide.
This is the primer. The second layer of paint will deal with more granular content as we dive into features and functions of these wonderful machines. When finished this will be the definitive guide to ASKO dishwashers on the web….believe it!
Editors Note: Why am I talking about ASKO dishwashers in the Viking area? The lighting folks!
No truth to the rumour that these are the same guys building ASKO dishwashers in 2015.
You’ll be seeing alot of ASKO dishwasher content here over the next month.
I’ve installed one in my home and now I can understand why so many of our customers who have purchased ASKO dishwashers always remain in the ASKO family when they need another dishwasher.
I’ve owned my ASKO for a few days now and I am amazed at the cleaning action, drying ability, relative quietness…and I didn’t even bring home the top end model (see pic below).
Strap yourself in, great ASKO content on the way!
I just bought an Asko dishwasher
and as expected the thing completely rocks. The design, the cleaning action…actually let me freeze things right there. Check out the animation below and you will be witness to the LeBron of
dishwashers. No one cleans better and the proof is in the animation. Look at all those spray arms and jets doing their thing. Look for lots more ASKO coverage as I continue to play with this thing.
The more I learn about Asko dishwashers, the more I feel a compelling urge to drop an info bomb on your screen. I dig ’em.
Gather round and let’s get schooled on a broad level, then I’ll return with some other vids that will be model-focused.