Two days before my trip to Scottsdale, Arizona last April 27th-29th for the Bosch From Hamper to Hanger Blogger Retreat, our seven year old washing machine broke. I was very determined to finish two more loads of laundry that day. I guess part of my desperate attempt to get everything in order around the house before I leave for my three-day trip.
But alas, our poor old washing machine totally just stopped working.
So I went to this retreat armed with some knowledge on cool new features of washers and dryers. I was in the market for a new set so I was eager to learn more. And the timing couldn’t be any better. After all, the main agenda for this retreat is to show busy moms like me how to tackle the laundry better and get more organized.
*The Bosch Mom Bloggers: Top row, from left: Elizabeth from Traded my BMW For a MiniVan, Cinthya from Sugar Jones, Jennifer from The Dirty Shirt, Katie from La Jolla Mom, Shanna from My Favorite Everything, Jennifer from Tiny Oranges. Front row, from left: Sarah from The Organized Mom, Myself, Jamie from Savvy Housewife, Linda from Peachhead, Julie from Angry Julie Monday and Caryn from Rockin’ Mama
I was wowed, literally- so as the other 11 Bosch mom bloggers, when I saw the elaborate, state-of-the-art BSH (Bosch) Gallery and Training Center in Scottsdale. It was hard not to marvel at all the incredible Bosch home appliances. Bosch has definitely married style and function with their new lines of home appliances. I couldn’t help but think, “Wow! My cooking, freezing, dish-washing, laundry washing and drying clothes could definitely be more enjoyable with all of these cool appliances!”. They could even have a longer lifespan than the appliances that we currently have, which would be a bonus. It wasn’t hard to think about all of the endless possibilities that you could have with these products. At one point while we were roaming one of the design rooms, one mom blogger commented, “Hey, can I live here???”. LOL. I don’t blame her. The whole place does make you feel like you never want to leave.
So here are some of the things I learned about the latest in Bosch washers and dryers:
Since our old and broken washer and dryer at home were the obnoxious top-loaders, I was honestly amazed at how the Bosch front-loaders were so quiet (while doing a cycle). What also struck my interest in Bosch washers and dryers is their advanced network of sensors and controls which can analyze the wash cycle you choose and automatically adjusts the water level, temperature and level of suds. I mean, how “high tech” is that?
Here is a video from our fellow Bosch mom blogger, Liz Peterson, during our Bosch washer and dryer demo at the Bosch gallery:
Bosch Washer Demo from Liz Peterson on Vimeo.
A few points here:
I found out that most of Bosch’s full-size front loaders uses this system to help save water. With this system, you only use 70% less water per load than the industry average. In Vision dryers, sensors detect remaining moisture throughout the cycle to lower the energy usage.
The EcoAction® feature is available on all Vision washers and dryers. With just the simple push of a button, consumers can reduce energy use by up to 20% per wash load and 10% per dry cycle.
All Vision dryers have EcoSensor® which measures the moisture level of the clothes and adjusts cycle length and heat level automatically for efficient and gentle drying
This system adjusts the number of rinse cycles for custom cleaning results.
*Anti-Vibration System (AVS™)
Designed and tested with second story installations in mind, AVS makes Bosch Vision a low vibration quiet solution for house and condo owners looking to move their laundry room upstairs or closer to the living area. AVS utilizes stiff springs, shock absorbers and intelligent controls to eliminate noise and vibration
*AquaStop® Leak Protection System
This is Bosch’s exclusive laundry system and the only one of its kind on the market that prevents major water damage to the home from an unlikely leak in the machine or hoses.
Leaking equipment can be a huge cause for concern, especially if you are not particularly savvy when it comes to plumbing, so it is great that this system has been developed
Anyway, one fun part of our day at the Bosch Gallery was getting our hands dirty with a hands-on experience tackling the laundry.
Bosch wanted to show us how their exclusive Stain Removal option can tackle all stain types in one convenient wash cycle. LOL, the mom bloggers went crazy with their white shirts (including me!). We used salsa, meat blood, chocolate syrup, eggs, etcetera to mess them up and whew, that was fun! 🙂
So all in all, I definitely learned new and valuable information from this trip. The Container Store (TCS) has also been very generous and provided us with helpful tips on how to organize our laundry room with the many cool organizational gadgets they offer. At the end of the tour, we all grabbed a big bag of TCS goodies too! Unfortunately, I can’t fit everything in one post so I will write a separate post on this soon.
At the end of the demos, we all went to the kitchen part of the gallery and made our own lunch (sort of) with the help of an in-house chef. I made pizza myself and helped fry the breaded fish (which was my fave) on the coolest Bosch stove. I had so much fun with it! 🙂
And before I close, I’d like to say kudos to our Bosch event organizers- particularly to our two new PR friends- Heather and Jason. I couldn’t thank them enough for inviting me to this awesome event. Not only did I learn a ton about the latest in home appliance technology, I also got a chance to experience the beautiful Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale where we stayed for two nights.
My room was very spacious.. super fancy complete with all the amenities one could wish for in a hotel room! I truly felt like a princess! 🙂
The 110 minute facial and massage at their Moroccan-inspired Joya Spa was a super fantastic treat. I felt totally refreshed and rejuvenated when I left the spa. The retreat was ended with a farewell dinner at the Wildfish Seafood Grille in Scottsdale.
Wow!(And I can’t help saying that all the time!) It was definitely one of those getaway trips we know super busy moms need once in a while. 🙂
Thank you so much, Bosch Home Appliances and The Container Store for one very memorable event!
*Hip Mama’s Place Disclosure: “The trip and retreat to Scottsdale, Arizona was provided and paid for by Bosch USA. All opinions are 100% my own”.
I loved your review on Bosch washer and dryers. I wasn’t even aware of them, but I need a dryer soon, so it is just as good to get both, and this sounds like a reputable brand to me.
Impressive. Somehow, whenever I think of Bosch, I think dishwashers. But I know there’s much more…
Loved meeting you there finally! I miss everything about that trip! Great round up of everything that happened! Hope to see you again soon 🙂
Your pictures are awesome! It was so good to meet you! Please stay in touch!!
WOW! (LOL) How super fun and fabulous. I wish I could have been there. I’ve been wanting front loaders and updated appliances for awhile. I love the features of the Bosch and wish I could get a set TODAY!
I’m glad you enjoy the experience and, you’re right, we all need a getaway like that.