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KitchenAid vs Bosch Dishwashers (Reviews/Ratings)

One of the most popular questions asked by our consumer is, “What are the differences between Kitchen Aid and Bosch dishwashers?” I will explain in detail below, but for now, keep in mind that they both are excellent dishwashers.

Updated February 2013

A brief overview on these dishwasher pioneers. Bosch produced their first home use dishwasher in 1964. Three years later, they joined forces with Siemens to create the 3rd largest appliance manufacturer in the world. KitchenAid produced their first residential dishwasher in 1946, the model KD-10. It was the first dishwasher in the world to clean the dishes with a pressurized rinse system, compared to other brands that simply cascaded water over the dishes. The original KitchenAid was manufactured by Hobart and the company was purchased by Whirlpool in the 1980s. Both KitchenAid and Bosch are manufactured in the United States.

Now that you have a little history, let’s talk about the modern day dishwashers, and what makes them so different.

Bosch

Bosch is a European designed dishwasher. It uses a condensation drying system that retains heat produced during the wash cycle. When warm, moist air encounters the cooler stainless interior walls, the moisture cools, condenses and runs down into the bottom of the dishwasher. This makes the dishwasher a more energy efficient unit. It uses a filtering system to catch any larger food particles, should you not rinse the dishes before washing. This reduces the decibel level of the dishwasher, making it a quieter operating piece. The racking system has smaller dimensions than its American counterpart. It holds the same amount of place settings because the tines holding the dishes in place are closer together. These dishwashers can be installed flush with your cabinets because of the smaller dimensions, as well as the lack of heated drying system that requires venting. This is very important in panelized applications.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid is an American designed dishwasher. It uses a heated dry system that produces heat from a calrod (steel composite) element located at the bottom of the dishwasher tub. The heat produced evaporates the moisture, thus drying the dishes quickly. However, should a piece of plastic ware become dislodged during the wash cycle, it can be melted if it touches this element. KitchenAid also contains a shard food disposer, similar to a mini garbage disposal, in the pump assembly. This will grind up any food not dissolved by the detergents you are using. This feature is found in the entry to mid-level models, but the higher end models use a filtering system, so they operate more quietly. These pieces cannot be flush mounted to your cabinets because of the venting required for the heated dry system.

Let’s take a look at our most popular selling models from each brand.

Popular Bosch Dishwashers

bosch popular dishwasher SHE43RL5UC bosch popular dishwasher SHX55RL5UC bosch popular integrated dishwasher SHV7ER53UC

Bosch SHE43RL5UC - $699

  • stainless steel
  • 14 place settings
  • 48 db
  • hidden controls
  • recessed handle 

Bosch SHX55RL5UC - $899

  • stainless steel
  • 14 place settings
  • 46 db
  • hidden controls
  • towel bar handle

Bosch SHV7ER53UC - $1249

  • panel ready
  • 15 place settings
  • 42 db
  • hidden controls
  • panel/handle not supplied

Popular KitchenAid Dishwashers

kitchenaid popular dishwasher KUDS30IXSS kitchenaid popular dishwasher KUDS35FXSS kitchenaid popular dishwasher KUDE70FXPA

KitchenAid KUDS30IXSS - $759

  • stainless steel
  • 14 place settings
  • 49 db
  • exposed controls
  • recessed handle

KitchenAid KUDS35FXSS - $869

  • stainless steel
  • 15 place settings
  • 49 db
  • hidden controls
  • towel bar handle

KitchenAid KUDE70FXPA - $1509

  • panel ready
  • 16 place settings
  • 40 db
  • hidden controls
  • panel/handle not supplied

*Prices listed are after all current instant and or mail in rebates.

In conclusion, either dishwasher is a great choice. Do I need the quietness of the Bosch and the fact I can mount it flush to my cabinets, or do I need the heated dry cycle and food disposing in the KitchenAid? In my eyes, I choose one of the Bosch models. Their continued outstanding ratings through some of the research/trade magazines, their energy efficiency, and above all, their quietness make these the better choice.

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Steve Sheinkopf

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