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Packed with features

Key Features:
  • Capacity: 4.2 cubic feet
  • Optional 8" or 15" pedestals
  • Stainless door with white housing
  • Energy Star compliant
  • 800 Series machines start at $800 (2008)
  • Pricing as of 2008.
Ask For:
  • 800 Series with Aquastop
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by Deborah Holmes, Ebricks.com
Second floor laundry centers are nice -- until the washer leaks onto the ceiling below. Bosch's new 800 Series washer may give you some peace of mind.

If sensors detects a leak in the incoming water hose or machine base, the washer automatically shuts off the water supply and pumps out any remaining water. The feature, called Aquastop, is available on only one machine in the manufacturer's high-end 800 line.

This washer also feature a paddle (shown in photo) that sprays water and eliminates the use of an agitator. The inclined drum which gives the front-loader a modernistic look ensures that laundry is turned during wash and rinse cycles.

This machine is loaded with other features, such as a setting that adjusts water temperature and cycle length to reduce energy consumption. A built-in thermostat adjusts the internal water heater to maintain your selected water temperature. A special sanitize cycle boosts the water temperature to 170 for three minutes. That could come in handy if you've got young kids and you get the dreaded phone call from the school nurse (you know the one -- head lice). The machine also has special cycles for comforters, jeans, and kids' clothes.

Outdoor enthusiasts should love the "aquaguard" cycle which helps renew the waterproofing on ski and rain gear. Just pour the liquid waterproofing into the dispenser and the machine does the rest. Trust me, that's a lot more pleasant than never washing such gear for fear of ruining the waterproofing.

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