Bosch vs Frigidaire 18 Inch Dishwashers (Reviews, Ratings, Prices)

Amy Ross  |  November 28, 2012  |  3 Min. Read

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18 inch dishwashers are fairly common in Europe and in urban areas like Boston with smaller kitchens and living spaces. 18 inch dishwashers are all upscale with EnergyStar ratings and stainless tubs, which differs greatly from the full size 24 inch products. There are really only four manufacturers; Miele, Bosch, GE and Frigidaire.

Of these four, Frigidaire and Bosch are the most popular. Both companies are foreign yet both brands have sizeable manufacturing in the US. Bosch especially produces American appliances almost exclusively in the US.


Frigidaire created the first electric refrigerator, and stackable laundry. In 1993, Frigidaire was acquired by Electrolux who revitalized the whole line and rebranded Frigidaire as a value line, especially competitive in stainless steel (they were the first to launch the trend).

Frigidaire also has one of the lowest service call ratio of all the products we sell. Their 18 inch dishwasher is one of their best with stainless steel on the inside and plenty of cycles including high temperature wash. In fact only their best full sized dishwasher matches the features of this 18 inch.


Bosch is a division of the giant German Bosch company. Bosch has the reputation of producing high quality dishwashers at affordable prices. Their dishwashers focus on being quiet and efficient. Currently, they operate the largest dishwasher manufacturing facility in the world in the US.

bosch 18 inch dishwasher SPX5ES55UC


frigidaire 18 inch dishwasher FFBD1821MS

Bosch 18” Dishwasher SPX5ES55UC

  • This comes stainless steel or ready for a custom panel
  • Fully integrated
  • Adjustable upper rack
  • Stainless steel interior
  • 46 DBA
  • Delay start
  • Sanitize option
  • 4 wash cycles
  • Half load option
  • Energy star
  • 1,069 in Stainless

Frigidaire 18” Dishwasher FFBD1821MS

  • This comes in stainless steel, Black or White
  • Stainless steel interior
  • 55 DBA
  • Delay start
  • China/Crystal option
  • 4 wash cycles
  • Energy Star
  • ADA compliant
  • 649.99 in Stainless

Both dishwashers are going to be a great option for an 18” dishwasher. Both will have a stainless steel interior which will help prevent any odors and are energy star rated.

If you are looking for quietness, the Bosch will be the better option for you. The Bosch will also sit more flush to your cabinets because it is a European dishwasher, as they are less deep than the American style dishwashers like Frigidaire. I personally like the look of the Bosch better than the Frigidaire with the fully integrated buttons and towel bar. The quietness, flexible upper rack and features of the Bosch are also an upgrade to the Frigidaire.

However, at $649 for a stainless tank dishwasher, Frigidaire is an excellent buy with the major cycles including a heavy wash as well as pots and pans for $420 less than the comparable Bosch.

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