The Neff N50 is a slimline built-in dishwasher, designed for compact kitchens with fitted cabinets in order that the equipment can mix into its environment.
Like most Neff home equipment, the N50 isn’t low-cost – in actual fact it’s among the many most costly slimline built-in machines in the marketplace proper now. However with related Wi-Fi options and further cleansing modes, does it do sufficient to earn that worth?
Design and construct
Slimline built-in design
For the reason that N50 is an built-in equipment, there’s actually not rather a lot to say about the way it appears – in any case, in principle it ought to find yourself completely hidden by your cupboard fronts.
I’ve reviewed the slimline mannequin (S875HKX20G), designed for 45cm cupboards, however Neff additionally presents very comparable full-size 60cm variants – search for mannequin numbers S155HVX15G, S155HCX27G, and S295HCX26G to seek out bigger variations which are basically the identical because the one I’ve examined.
With built-in fashions, the one design issues that actually matter come all the way down to set up and the on-device controls.
For the previous, Neff’s benefit is what it calls the VarioHinge: a intelligent hinge design that reduces the clearance wanted under the dishwasher – particularly useful if you wish to go rogue and set up it wherever above flooring top with out interrupting your cupboard design.
Simply keep in mind that this may occasionally mildly complicate set up – even the skilled installer I used didn’t know find out how to match the cupboard door to the unit, necessitating a second journey to get the job carried out.
As for the on-device controls, there’s little or no to complain about right here. There’s a row of chunky sq. buttons alongside the within fringe of the door, with an LED show within the centre. It’s brilliant and clear, and the buttons themselves are clearly labelled and really feel sturdy sufficient to final so long as the remainder of the machine.
Cleansing energy and modes
5 foremost washing modes
Efficient eco mode
By way of precise use, the Neff N50 impresses.
Whereas it is a slimline machine, it’s nonetheless rated to have sufficient area for 9 full place settings, and there are foldable parts on each the underside and prime stage to offer you some further flexibility whereas loading the dishwasher.
For probably the most half I’ve use the machine on its eco mode, which runs at 50°C. Luckily, that is efficient sufficient that I don’t actually see why you’d really feel the necessity to use the extra highly effective settings besides in instances of utmost grime – I’ve not had something come out of the machine nonetheless soiled, even with heavy stains and dried-on meals.
In case you do have to department out, the extra core modes are an auto mode that varies temperature from 45-65°C, a 60°C ‘basic’ mode, 70°C chef mode (which Neff recommends for cleansing powerful pots and pans with severe stains), and at last a 40°C mode for glassware and different delicate bits – although the eco mode hasn’t carried out my wine glasses any hurt but.
Along with the core modes, there are additionally just a few further capabilities you should utilize primarily to customize every mode. You’ll be able to pace up cleansing time – at the price of further water and power consumption, enhance spray strain within the backside part to wash harder masses, or prolong the drying time (which you would possibly want for plastics and Tupperware, which in any other case do come out nonetheless moist). There’s additionally a timer to schedule a cycle forward of time.
One helpful contact is the programmable ‘Favorite’ button, which helps you to save one mixture of cleansing mode and further perform to activate with a single button-press – a helpful timesaver you probably have a go-to setting that isn’t already one of many defaults.
There’s additionally a self-cleaning mode that you should utilize to assist keep the dishwasher and maintain it working for longer, together with compartments for each dishwasher salt and rinse assist – with useful icons on the principle show to provide you with a warning if both wants topping up.
The machine is rated a ‘C’ for noise ranges, averaging 46dB on its eco mode. That may not sound nice but it surely’s really very typical for dishwashers – in apply, I discovered the N50 impressively quiet. In my open-plan kitchen and front room, the noise of the dishwasher was by no means a disruption whereas making an attempt to observe TV, and is barely audible in my bed room – which shares a connecting wall with the machine.
One last observe: the dishwasher additionally contains what Neff calls an ‘infoLight’ – which is just a small purple LED that shines down onto the ground whereas the machine is working, so you may inform at a look if it’s nonetheless going.
‘E’ on the EU and UK’s new power ranking system
‘A+’ on the previous scale
The Neff N50 has an power effectivity ranking of ‘E’, on a scale of ‘A-G’.
That admittedly sounds horrible, however maintain your judgement for the second: that is based mostly on the EU and UK’s new power ranking system, which is designed to be a lot harder than the previous mannequin and go away room for enchancment over the subsequent few years – on the previous scale, this could have been rated ‘A+’.
Actually the most effective rated dishwashers nonetheless solely rating a ‘D’ on the brand new scale, so whereas the Neff N50 isn’t fairly probably the most eco-friendly dishwasher round, it’s not very far off in any respect.
The ranking is predicated on the dishwasher’s eco mode, on the idea that that is now what most customers will use for his or her foremost wash. This mode is estimated to make use of 70 kWh over 100 cycles, and to devour 8.5l of water per wash – though this can range relying on water hardness and different components.
Residence Join app
Distant activation and scheduling
Sure, I report with solely a slight sigh: it is a good dishwasher. And don’t fear, I’m with you if you ask: why?
For what it’s value, there are just a few tangible advantages. The dishwasher can connect with your Wi-Fi community and pair by way of the Residence Join app – a course of I discovered surprisingly painless, having been burned earlier than by awkward good house connections. This one, to be honest to Neff, works properly.
As soon as related, the app largely simply permits you to do all the identical issues which you could with buttons on the machine. You’ll be able to regulate water hardness and rinse assist settings, change the quantity of the machine’s beeps, and tweak just a few of the default settings – together with the programmable, on-device ‘Favorite’ button.
As you would possibly count on, you can even activate the dishwasher from the app, with the complete vary of varied settings and the choice to schedule a cycle prematurely. This may appear helpful when you’re the kind to depart the home with out remembering to run that cycle you’d been which means to, however do not forget that you’ll additionally have to have loaded a pill and shut the dishwasher door – I don’t suppose I’d ever be that organised.
Equally baffling is the choice to trace your dishwasher pill depend and get a notification if you’re working low and have to re-stock. This could be helpful in large households the place the individual loading the machine received’t all the time be the identical individual shopping for the detergent, however in any other case I think about that most individuals will discover they’re working low as they seize a pill – when you do get caught out, keep in mind what you may (and might’t) use as a substitute of dishwasher tablets.
So when do the good options enchantment? Actually, it comes all the way down to the IFTTT integration. This lets you arrange notifications for when the dishwasher cycle ends, and even have your good lights flash or Spotify begin taking part in when you’re so inclined.
In case you’re a day by day consumer, you can set your dishwasher to run on the identical time every single day (once more, assuming you’ve remembered to close the door and cargo a pill…). Or, if you wish to get actually good about it, you may connect with companies that can run the dishwasher at moments when stay electrical energy costs are decrease or CO2 emissions are more likely to be decrease.
These are all area of interest use instances, and I nonetheless suppose that most individuals received’t ever really feel compelled to attach their dishwasher to the web. The choice is there no less than although, and with IFTTT assist there are no less than some causes to go for it. And if good performance is just not for you, don’t concern: you should utilize the N50 for so long as you want with out ever hooking it as much as the Wi-Fi when you want.
Worth and availability
The Neff N50 is accessible within the UK and Europe, and Neff lists a really useful worth of £619/€709.
Within the UK no less than it’s obtainable for lower than that – on the time of writing it’s £605 from AO.com or John Lewis, and simply £549 from Home equipment Direct.
It’s nonetheless on the costly finish for a dishwasher of its dimension, so be sure to received’t be simply as proud of a less expensive mannequin elsewhere. Other than the intangible peace of thoughts that the Neff mannequin would possibly last more than cheaper rivals (though the 2-year guarantee is pretty typical), it’s options like the fragile glassware mode, AquaStop anti-leak tech, and naturally the good related options that you simply’re much less more likely to discover on extra inexpensive options.
The Neff N50 is a slimline built-in dishwasher that can impress, as long as you may afford it. A wide range of cleansing modes and a powerful eco cycle imply that it’s simply as succesful for area of interest wants as it’s for the day-to-day stuff, and it’s each quiet and pretty eco-friendly.
There are actually extra economical fashions on the market, and when you don’t count on to make use of the good options or devoted glassware mode then you must in all probability save your cash. However this does every part it units out to do, and properly – even when the good stuff nonetheless feels foolish.
Neff N50 slimline built-in dishwasher (S875HKX20G): Specs
45cm slimline built-in dishwasher
5 core cleansing modes
three further cleansing capabilities
Timer and distant begin
Residence Join app assist
Vitality Effectivity Class E
70 kWh per 100 cycles (Eco mode)
8.5 litres per cycle (Eco mode)
Noise Effectivity Class C
46dB (Eco mode)
81.5 x 44.Eight x 55cm