One of the most popular questions asked by our consumer is, “What are the differences between KitchenAid and Bosch dishwashers?” I will explain in detail below, but for now, keep in mind that they both are excellent dishwashers.
Updated April, 2014
Bosch vs. KitchenAid dishwashers could be the single most compared items in the appliance industry. Bosch was more efficient, heated the water hotter and most importantly to clients: It was quieter. Its filtered design allowed for less noise.
KitchenAid is a great dishwasher as well. It has a ton of features, options, but had a grinder at the bottom. The grinder added noise. However, as of April 2014, KitchenAid now has the quieter filtered design.
Let's review American vs. European dishwashers and then compare Bosch and KitchenAid.
European vs. American Dishwashers
- European dishwashers will sit flush in a 24’’ deep cabinet. This is an attractive feature because the door will not protrude from the cabinets, if you are placing a panel on the front of your dishwasher in a 24’’ deep cabinet I would strongly advise that you choose a European model such as Bosch, Miele, Asko, Thermador, or Gaggenau so that the cabinet door will line up with your remaining cabinetry
- European dishwashers are known for being very quiet, they are quiet because they have a filter at the bottom of the dishwasher designed to catch food particles instead of a hard food disposer at the bottom of many American models
- European dishwashers use less energy and water than American dishwashers. On average the European dishwasher will use 3.5 gallons of water per cycle, European dishwashers use condensation to dry the dishes, the hot water from the cycle will stick to the stainless steel sides of the dishwasher, the dishwasher does not use any energy to heat the air in the dishwasher to dry dishes
- American dishwashers have a large capacity. The door will protrude 2-3 inches from a 24’’ deep cabinet to accommodate a greater capacity than many American-style models, if you want to put a panel on your dishwasher, an American-style model will look best installed in an island or a deeper than 24’’ cabinet
- Many American dishwashers have a hard food disposer; this disposer is designed to get rid of large food particles on your dishes for easy maintenance. However, many of the higher-end American models are adding the filter system to compete with the quiet ratings of the European models
- American dishwashers use a heated dry cycle, the heated dry cycle is a coil at the bottom of the dishwasher designed to heat the air inside the dishwasher to dry the dishes
Bosch is one of our favorite affordable luxury brands and has a great service history in our company. Over the years Bosch earned a reputation for producing a quiet, reliable, and attractive dishwasher. Bosch is a brand owned by the BSH Corporation along with luxury brands Thermador and Gaggenau. Although Bosch is a German company, many Bosch dishwashers are manufactured in New Bern, North Carolina. Although many Bosch dishwashers are American-made they have features common of many other European dishwasher brands such as quiet operation, condensation drying, water savings, and energy efficiency. Bosch makes 5 series of dishwashers: Ascenta, 300-Series, 500-Series, 800-Series, and Benchmark Series with the Ascenta being the entry level model and Benchmark being their premium line. You can purchase a dishwasher for $600 to $2,000 depending on the model.
One of the biggest reasons people choose an American style dishwasher over a European style dishwasher is for the capacity. Bosch recognized this problem and last year Bosch released a new line of dishwashers that accommodate a greater capacity than other European dishwasher brands. The new Bosch dishwashers can sit flush in a 24’’ deep cabinet but have 3’’ deeper racking from front to back. Many of the Bosch dishwashers have foldable tines, adjustable racking, split cutlery basket, and a top cutlery rack to accommodate greater capacity.
KitchenAid is another favorite affordable luxury brand and for years has been a well-known brand in the consumer market. KitchenAid makes a solid, reliable, American-style dishwasher with a variety of features at a range of price points. KitchenAid is an appliance brand owned by the Whirlpool Corporation along with Jenn-Air, Maytag,Whirlpool, and Amana. American-style dishwashers are known for accommodating the needs of the American family accommodating a large capacity, heated air dry cycle, and adjustable tines to accommodate a wide array of bowl and plate sizes. You can purchase a KitchenAid dishwasher for $600 to $2,000 depending on the model.
One of the reasons people choose a European-style dishwasher over the American-style dishwasher is that previously European dishwashers were quieter than American models with a hard food disposer in the bottom. To solve this problem KitchenAid released a new line of dishwashers that have filters in the bottom to compete with the quiet dBA ratings of their competition. KitchenAid also included their high-end glide racks at a more affordable pricepoint, KitchenAid also manufactures a dishwasher with a third cutlery rack.
Let’s take a look at our most popular selling models from each brand.
Bosch SHX68TL5UC - $849 (after any rebates)
- 44 dBA- Quietest Brand
- 3rd Rack for Additional Loading Capacity
- Touch Control Technology
- RackMatic(R) on Upper Rack - 3 Height Adjustments and Up to 9 Possible Rack Positions
- AquaStop(R) Leak Protection Works 24/7
- Full Size Stainless Steel Tall Tub Installs Perfectly Flush
- 16 Place Setting Capacity
- LED Remaining Time Display
- Flexible Silverware Basket Can be Split into Two Pieces and Placed Anywhere for Added Flexibility
- Extra Tall Item Sprinkler Cleans Items 22" Tall
- 6 Programs and 6 options
- Detergent Tray Optimizes Detergent Dissolving
- Load Size Sensor Automates Wash Temperature
- Sanitize Option Eliminates Bacteria and Enhances Drying Results
- 259 kwh/yr - Energy Star(R)
- Eco Cycle Saves Energy
- Half Load Option for Small Loads
- InfoLight(R) Beams on Floor to Indicate Dishwasher is Running
- 24 h Delay Start Timer
- Self-Latching Door
- Express Wash - In 30 Minutes or Less
- SpeedPerfect Option Reduces Cycle Time while Maintaining Cleaning Performance
KitchenAid KDTE104DSS- $809 (after any rebates)
- ProWash(TM) Cycle, senses when dishes are clean an adjusts wash cycle to conserve energy and water
- Concealed Controls
- Heat Dry Option
- Durable Stainless Steel Construction, both the inner tub and lower wash arms are made of stainless steel to help withstand the test of time by resisting streaks, stains, and odors. As an added benefit, the stainless steel interior retains heat to help improve drying performance.
- Fold-Down Tines in the Lower Rack, Help improve cleaning performance by allowing one row of tines to adjust in one of three positions so water can clean inside deep or wide dishes.
- SatinGlide(R) Max Upper Rack, Creates a smooth, premium feeling when pulling out the upper rack, particularly with heavy loads. Adjusters make it easy to raise or lower the rack while the rails help keep the rack solidly on track.
- Fold-Down Shelf with Stemware Holders, Provides extra room in the upper rack to hold additional cups, wine glasses, or long items such as utensils and spatulas.
- 4-Hour Delay Option
- Filter-Based Wash System
- Sani Rinse(R) Option, Heats the final rinse water to 155° F, so your dishes are as clean as possible
In the appliance industry today I am thinking that American vs. European dishwashers is soon to be a concept of the past. It is clear that each manufacturer is striving to produce an “ideal” dishwasher. For example, Bosch recently adjusted their product to accommodate greater capacity and KitchenAid adopted the filter system in their new models to ensure quiet operation in open spaces. Both the European and American dishwasher manufactures are finding ways to take the best features from the two models and manufacture the best dishwasher possible.
Bosch and the KitchenAid each manufacture a competitive dishwasher. Six months ago I would have told you I would absolutely purchase a Bosch however with KitchenAid’s new line I am not so sure.
I like that Bosch manufactures a quiet, energy efficient dishwasher with foldable tines, third cutlery rack capacity, a half-load option for small loads, and a speed perfect option to speed up cycle time.
I like that KitchenAid has started incorporating the features from some of their most luxurious models into their affordable luxury models such as the satin glide rack, foldable tines, adjustable upper rack and fold down shelf.
My decision between these two models would likely depend on manufacturer rebates and other appliances in a package. Bosch may have an edge, because its service history is excellent at 12% within the first year.
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