Bosch Ascenta WAP24200UC Washing Machine Review
This compact Bosch will let you have in-unit laundry in a small living space
By the Numbers
We put the Bosch Ascenta WAP24200UC through its paces in our controlled testing facilities. Over the years, we've found that stain removable and efficiency are the two strongest indicators of a good washer. Here we'll take a peek behind the numbers that informed our opinions on this Bosch.
We calculate stain removal using stain strips. These bolts of cloth are mechanically coated with common household substances like cocoa and sweat. We place these strips in eight-pound loads of test laundry and run them through selected cycles.
When we analyzed the washer strips with a photospectrometer, which determines the difference in color of a stain from before a wash to after a wash, we found the Cotton Normal cycle with heat turned all the way up gave the best clean. It even performed 4% better than the Heavy Duty cycle, which was the second most powerful cycle. All this despite the fact that the Heavy Duty cycle required fifteen more minutes to complete.
The default Cotton Normal cycle came in third, finishing about 5% behind the Heavy Duty cycle. Although it did finish about forty minutes sooner.
The Delicates cycle came in last–13% less effective than Cotton Normal with high heat, but only 45 minutes long. This cycle did live up to its name though: Compared to the rest of the cycles, it was by far the most gentle on clothing.
Efficiency is the measurement of how much a washer will cost you to operate over time. Our formulas take two variables into account: what goes into a washer, and what comes out.
Water and electricity go into a washer. We hooked up the Bosch to water and wattage meters, and based on national average use patterns and costs, we estimate the Ascenta will have an annual running cost of $32. That's on par with other front loaders.
The second part of the formula is a little more obscure. You can't wear your laundry without drying it, so that means the energy consumption of the dryer needs to be addressed. The amount of water a washer spins out directly affects the time your laundry needs to spend in the dryer. In this regard, the WAP24200UC was off the mark. On average, laundry came out having retained 76% of its weight in water. We like to see numbers close to 50%.
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