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Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARL5UC vs Bosch SHE43RL5UC Dishwasher

March 12th, 2012 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Bosch versus Bosch is a very different post. I blogged about Miele versus Bosch, KitchenAid versus Bosch but never Bosch versus Bosch, but they are two very different dishwashers.

Let's look at the Bosch Ascenta SHE43RL5UC and the Bosch SHE3ARL5UC:

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bosch stainless dishwasher SHE3ARL5UC

Bosch Ascenta SHE43RL5UC




  • Decibel Rating: 48 for the Bosch and 50 for The Ascenta. It is not discernable to the human ear
  • Cycles: Similar, both have heavy, normal, sanitize and auto wash, which adjusts the water according to soil levels.
  • Prices: in stainless steel, the Bosch Ascenta is $599 and the regular Bosch is $699 after rebates.

Before I show you the difference, Bosch introduced the Ascenta three years ago to compete with the less expensive dishwashers like Frigidaire, GE and Whirlpool brands. It is not manufactured the same as the regular Bosch series.

Here is the difference:

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Bosch Ascenta SHE43RL5UC Dishwasher Plastic Tub Bosch SHE3ARL5UC Stainless Steel Tub

The Bosch Ascenta is not all stainless steel and the floor of the dishwasher is plastic, not stainless steel like the rest of the Bosch dishwashers. The door is not solid and the racks are shallower and not adjustable. When compared to other lower-priced dishwashers the Ascenta competes well for features versus price. The Ascenta, however, is not built like a regular Bosch.


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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

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