Houston-area Bosch and Thermador appliance representative Joe Gonzalez knows his product inside and out—literally, and figuratively. We recently sat down with Joe—who has represented Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau for fourteen years–to learn more about the Bosch and Thermador brands, as well as what’s new with the Bosch Benchmark Series. Don’t forget to stop into the Cabinets & Designs showroom at I-10 and Wirt Road to see some of these appliances in our display kitchens.
About the Brands
Both Bosch and Thermador are manufactured largely in the United States, says Joe. “We manufacture twelve different appliance brands worldwide, three of which—Theramdor, Bosch, and Gaggenau—are available in the U.S.,” he explained. “Of those, two of those three—Bosch and Thermador—are manufactured here, in North Carolina; about 95 percent of [those] products are manufactured here and we’re pretty proud of that.”
In the Showroom: Bosch Dishwasher
“Bosch specializes in a full suite of appliances, but our dishwasher is what I’d say we’re really known for—we continue to have the #1-rated dishwasher on the market,” said Joe. In addition to being extra quiet (Bosch dishwashers range from 38 to 46 decibels), they include a feature called “AquaStop,” a 24-7 leak protection system. The Bosch dishwasher on display in the Cabinets & Designs showroom is perfectly flush-mounted with a matching panel for a seamless look against the cabinetry.
Another great Bosch feature is the AutoWash setting, says Joe. “The unit will run a rinse cycle and test the water to see how dirty the dishes are, and then basically tells itself what it needs—an extra rinse, a dry cycle—and it’s all automatic. It’s efficient, saving you time and water—no more guessing,” said Joe. And don’t forget—all Bosch dishwashers come with a third rack, freeing up lots of space for even more pots and pans.
In the Showroom: Bosch Benchmark Oven
Although the Bosch convection oven on display in our showroom has a traditional pull-down door, Joe reminded us that Bosch recently introduced a traditional, European-style side-swing convection oven which is already proving incredibly popular.
“It’s a true European convection oven, meaning there is a third element behind the fan,” explained Joe. “That third element decreases baking times.”