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KitchenAid vs. Bosch Dishwashers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 21, 2019  |  6 Min. Read

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Bosch and KitchenAid dishwashers are the two most compared dishwashers, maybe even in all of the appliance industry. If you are looking for a dishwasher between $700-$1,500, then these two brands will be a consideration.

Why? 

Both are great dishwashers from well-respected brands. Bosch and KitchenAid started as dishwasher companies whereas most companies like Whirlpool, GE, Samsung, and LG started in laundry or refrigeration.

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Both brands have evolved. KitchenAid's latest model KDTE334GPS has become quieter addressing their previously known weakness of being too loud.

While the Bosch SHP865YP5N has become more versatile in their design, addressing their weakness.

In this article, you will learn about both companies, their dishwashers, features, and reliability. Then you will learn which may be right for you.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid is known as an affordable luxury appliance brand now owned by the Whirlpool Corporation.  

KitchenAid's early dishwasher changed the dishwashing business because of their solid commercial design.  

KitchenAid's weakness was noise, especially when Bosch and Asko started importing quiet dishwashers into the US.  

While it cleaned well, most people had to leave the house or put the washing cycle on delay to wash in the middle of the night.  

The latest model finally addressed that issue by dropping to a noiseless 39 decibels.

They changed their dishwasher to a more European design by removing the disposer and adding a filter.

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Bosch

Bosch dishwashers are made in North Carolina, even though they're based in Germany. Bosch is part of the BSH group (Bosch and Siemens Home Appliance Group), the 3rd largest home appliance company in the world.

Bosch was the first to have stainless steel tubs in their dishwashers. Today, they are one of the quietest dishwashers brands in the industry.

Bosch SHP865YP5N - $999

Bosch-Dishwashers-SHP865YP5N

 

RackMatic®: RackMatic allows for an adjustable upper rack with three height adjustments and up to nine possible rack positions.

bosch-rackmatic

Extra Dry: Used in combination with a wash cycle, the Extra Dry option raises the temperature and extends the drying time to further enhance drying results.

Quietness: Silence Rating of 44 dBA. 44 dBA is the threshold for what is considered quiet

AquaStop® Leak Protection: The AquaStop® system contains leaks through a precisely engineered tub and sensor system that works with the solid molded base.

If a leak has occurred, it shuts down operation and automatically pumps out water to avoid contact with the floor.

Speed60: Takes a small load from dirty to clean in 60 minutes.

Ball Bearing Racks: Most solid in the industry.

Ball Bearing Racks

Rack Stop: The lower rack will stop from being pulled out all the way.

KitchenAid KDTE334GPS - $849

KitchenAid-KDTE334GPS

Dryness: Delivers the best drying performance without a rinse aid by using a recessed heating element and a fan to draw moisture out of the wash tub when using either the ProDry™ or Extended ProDry™ Options.

Arm Spray: Provides spray nozzles in the upper rack that can be placed deep inside tall or odd-shaped items like bottles, glasses, and vases to thoroughly clean them. Each nozzle is adjustable so it can be positioned to accommodate a any size glass or bottle.

KitchenAid Wash Arm

KitchenAid Bottle Spray Jets

Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel Finish: Resists smudges and fingerprints. The specialized coating for stainless steel is easy to clean with just water and a soft cloth.

Auto Clean: Determines the ideal cycle for washing dishes based on soil level and then makes real-time adjustments to achieve the best cleaning performance.

Durable Stainless Interior: Offers the beauty and benefits of stainless steel for the dishwasher interior. It resists streaks, stains, and odors while retaining heat to help improve drying performance.

Slide Rails: Creates a smooth, premium feeling when pulling out the upper rack, particularly with heavy loads.

Quietness: This KitchenAid is one of the quietest dishwashers you can buy at 39 DB.

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Bosch vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers

Silence Ratings

Both dishwashers did a great job on soundproofing the walls. You can barely hear any sound while the dishwasher is running. KitchenAid is quieter at 39 vs. 44 dBA for Bosch.

You can place either of them in an open kitchen.

Cycles

Both have more cycle options than a basic dishwasher. (You most likely won't use all of them).

Bosch-SHXM98W75N-Control-Panel

Bosch Control Panel

KitchenAid-KDTE334GPS-Control-Panel

KitchenAid Control Panel

Drying

The drying methods are very different. Bosch is a pure condensation dry. It uses the heat from the wash and JetDry to accelerate the drying process.

KitchenAid has precision dry or another heating element. A fan also draws out the moisture of the tub with ProDry or extended ProDry options.  

Although they both use JetDry, KitchenAid has technically a better system.

Third Rack Options

Both have similar third racks.

 

Bosch-MyWay

Bosch Third Rack

KitchenAid-Third-Rack-KDTE254ESS

KitchenAid Racks

If you have sports bottles, KitchenAid has a special series of nozzles on the top rack designed to clean the bottom of larger bottles.

Is Bosch a more reliable dishwasher than

KitchenAid?

Both had similar reliability in 2017, but Bosch was clearly more reliable than KitchenAid in 2018 by almost 5.3% in the first year.

Below is last year's service calls divided by the amount shipped for each brand in 2018.  Last year, we logged 34,687 service calls - 8,852 were just dishwasher service calls.

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Signature Kitchen Suite 0 17 0.00 %
Whirlpool 44 1030 4.27 %
Gaggenau 2 42 4.76 %
LG Electronics 4 78 5.13 %
Samsung 85 915 9.29 %
Maytag 3 29 10.34 %
Bosch Appliances 303 2735 11.08 %
Miele 155 1078 14.38 %
Kitchenaid 115 705 16.31 %
Thermador 123 711 17.30 %
Jenn-Air 170 908 18.72 %
Blomberg 6 28 21.43 %
Fisher & Paykel 42 175 24.00 %
Bosch - Benchmark 38 158 24.05 %
Asko 47 195 24.10 %
Amana 3 11 27.27 %
Frigidaire 10 22 45.45 %
Frigidaire Gallery 5 8 62.50 %
Electrolux 2 2 100.00 %
Frigidaire Professional 2 2 100.00 %
Grand Total 1159 8,852 13.09 %

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Should You Buy a KitchenAid or Bosch Dishwasher?  

When you buy these dishwashers, price may be a deciding factor.  

These two dishwashers are roughly equivalent, yet KitchenAid is $150 less (at this writing) with its current promotions.

However, promotions change so be careful.

To complicate matters, both will offer package rebates with other kitchen appliances. You may want to look at the competitive stoves and refrigerators first since the dishwashers are so similar

Both are great dishwashers with similar features.

Both are great choices with many of the same cycles and similar features. KitchenAid is better for bottles and has technically better drying.  It is also $100-150 less expensive with better quietness.

Bosch will have the better ball bearing top rack. It will glide easier and be more solid over the years than the KitchenAid. The bottom rack has the stop as well.

Bosch is the more reliable brand by over 5%. Both brands have relatively few service agents to fix problems after the fact, so upfront reliability is crucial.

Reliability is an issue in this industry, because problems are seldom fixed quickly or competently.

You should inquire about service before you buy.

However, both brands are excellent. KitchenAid has better cycles and drying whereas Bosch is more solid and reliable.

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Additional Resources

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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