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Bosch vs. GE Profile Dishwashers

November 21st, 2023 | 6 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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Bosch vs. GE Profile Dishwashers

Bosch vs. GE Profile dishwashers are now a legitimate comparison, which wasn't always the case until a few years ago.

Both now have new dishwashers with unique features like germ-resistant microban surfaces, PowerControl wash arms, and drying systems using fans or volcanic elements.

In this article, you will see a feature comparison between GE Profile and Bosch dishwashers.

In addition, we tested both in extreme cases like cleaning lasagna pans, sports bottles, and drying plastics.

This article compares Bosch and GE Profile dishwashers for performance.

First, let's look at both companies.

 

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GE Profile Dishwashers

GE Profile dishwashers were never a reasonable consideration until Haier bought the company in 2016 for 5.4 billion dollars.

That's a lot of money.

Haier invested significantly in the Profile, Café, and Monogram lines.

Specifically, GE Profile dishwashers now features new wash systems, including specialized bottle and silverware washes, as well as fan-assisted drying systems.

The handle and all other touchable parts are covered in the germ-resistant Microban coating.

GE Profile dishwashers are among the last with a grinder (dubbed the Piranha, no less) instead of a filter.

However, despite having a grinder, GE Profile's dishwashers are quiet, surpassing the industry standard with a 42-decibel rating.

GE Profile Dishwasher Models

GE Profile has four new dishwashers:

Best Features of the Profile Dishwasher

Quietness: GE Profile's dishwashers are all under the quietness threshold of 44 dB, meaning you won't hear them in an open kitchen, even watching TV.

They range from 39-44 decibels.

Microban Touch Points: Every handle and pull-out rack is coated with germ-resistant Microban. 

Grinder: While most other dishwashers now have a filter you must wash, the GE has the "Piranha" disposer for smaller bits of food.

Bottle Wash: You have four specialized sprays in the top rack to power out that leftover residue from the bottom of your sports bottles.

We will see if that matters during our tests

Silverware Wash: The silverware basket has specialized sprays. You also have a third rack for silverware as well.

Smart Assist: GE Profile dishwashers use sensors and machine learning to optimize washing and drying.

Dry Boost: GE Profile dishwashers use heating elements and fans to dry less dense items like plastics.

Bosch Dishwashers

Bosch is a huge multinational based in Germany. Although Bosch is now in most product categories, they are still a dishwasher company.

Quiet, affordable dishwashers first started with Bosch back in the 1990s.

At one time, they had 104 different models. Now it's only 52 in five different series, the 100, 300, 500, 800, and Benchmark series.

Bosch Dishwasher Models

100 Series ($599-$899)

The 100 Series is a basic stainless steel tub with a plastic bottom, lighter door, and base cycles. The quietness is 46-50 dB, so you will hear it

300 Series ($899-$1,099)

The 300 series has a stainless steel tub and third rack on the top unlike the 100 series. It also has more cycles, and a heavier door.

However, it still is over the quietness standard at 46 dB.

500 Series ($1,099-$1,199)

The 500 series has better drying system with an auto-opening door to release steam and moisture and speed up the drying process.

800 Series ($1,299-$1,399)

The 8oo series has the new PowerControl spray arm.

You can control the intensity of the spray in four quadrants on the bottom rack. This new feature lets you wash lasagna dishes, crystal, or both at once.

Drying is best done using a volcanic element, zeolite, to absorb moisture and speed up the drying process. "CrystalDry" is reputed over the internet as the best drying system available.

Benchmark Series ($1,499-$1,899)

The Benchmark series is a quieter version of the 800 series at 38 decibels with a few more features.

Read More: The Ultimate Bosch Dishwasher Comparison

Best Features of a Bosch Dishwasher

PrecisionWash: Bosch uses sensors to optimize the washing and drying process.

Reliability: Bosch is consistently one of the most reliable dishwashers

Drying: Bosch's CrystalDry with zeolite is the best drying system on the market. However, the auto opening door on the less expensive 500 series works as well.

Washing: The PowerControl wash arm is unique and innovative. 

Bosch vs. GE Profile Dishwashers

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What They Have in Common

Stainless Tubs

Both the GE Profile and Bosch dishwashers feature a stainless steel stub, which is more hygienic and doesn't retain odors.

However, the Bosch 100 series is an exception to this.

Quietness

Both dishwashers meet the quietness standard, but the GE Profile is less expensive and has a grinder at the bottom.

Bosch only meets the standard with models over $1,000.

Sensor Wash

Bosch refers to their sensor wash system as "PrecisionWash," while GE Profile has named theirs "Smart Assist."

Wash System

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1 Bosch Dishwasher
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2 GE Profile Dishwasher

 

They look similar, with a spray under each basket and a sprinkler head on the top.

Wi-Fi

Both appliances have Wi-Fi connectivity. Although I'm usually not enthusiastic about Wi-Fi connectivity for appliances, the SmartHQ (GE Profile) and HomeConnect (Bosch) apps are pretty good.

Bosch has some decent functionality, including the ability to customize cycles and the intensity of the spray arm.

Through your phone, you can monitor the remaining time of the cycle and avoid interrupting the dishwasher mid-cycle (like I do at home).

How They Differ

In a bit, you will see if any of this makes a difference when washing and drying.

How They Dry

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The drying systems and performance are biggest difference.

Bosch's 100 and 300 series use condensation drying, a fancy industry term for using the heat from the wash, JetDry, and time to dry the dishes.

The 500 series pops open, releasing steam and moisture to speed up the drying process. It seems to work on my older dishwasher at home.

The GE Profile pulls air out of the dishwasher. They are the only company to pull air out. Miele allows air in, so it will be interesting to see if that works.

Somehow Bosch found volcanic elements ideal for drying your dishes.

Grinder vs. Filter

GE has the grinder on the bottom, allowing you to keep the pre-rinsing to a minimum. Bosch has the filter you have to clean.

Microban Surfaces

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GE Profile dishwashers feature a antimicrobial Microban coating on the handle and other touch points to keep germs at bay.

Bottle and Silverware Washes

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You have more specialized wash jets with the GE Profile including the bottle and silverware wash jets.

Price

The GE Profile dishwashers not only offer great value for money, but they also frequently come with good promotions, even for their high-end models that have more features.

Their most popular, the 755 series, is $849-$999.

The better Bosch dishwashers are over $1,100. Their most popular 800 series is $1,349.

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Bosch vs. GE Profile Dishwashers: Performance Test

We put the GE Profile PDT755SYRFS and Bosch SHX78CM5N dishwashers to the test by loading them with pots and pans with baked-on lasagna and eggs, fine China, caked sports bottles, glasses with chocolate syrup, and Tupperware stained with red sauce.

Let's look at the results:

How They Washed

Bosch washed measurably better than the GE Profile, only leaving a bit of the baked-on egg, while the Profile left some food on the silverware.

The GE Profile still had some sauce and cheese left on the lasagna pan as well.

What's interesting is Bosch washed the sports and silverware bottles without the specialized bottle and silverware washes.

So you don't need to include those while shopping for your next dishwasher.

How They Dried

Bosch was excelled in drying even on plastics with minimal moisture left. The GE Profile was decent but left water on the plastics.

Now that you know how they washed and dried, let's look at reliability.

Bosch vs. GE Profile Dishwashers: Reliability

Dishwasher Reliability

The following service rates are based on a minimum of 100 products sold and a total sample size of over 8000 units over a 12-month period.  

  Service Rates
LG  3.5%
Bosch 5.1%
Thermador 5.9%
KitchenAid 6.2%
Miele 6.7%
GE Profile 7.1%
Signature Kitchen Suite 7.5%
Fisher & Paykel 9.0%
Café Appliances 10.3%
Beko  11.2%
Grand Total 6.8%

According to over 33,000 service calls logged last year, Bosch dishwashers have proven to be reliable, with an average service rate of 5.1%.

This places Bosch as the second most reliable dishwasher brand, just behind LG.

In comparison, the average dishwasher service rate is 6.8%, while GE Profile falls slightly higher at 7.1%.

When it comes to reliability, Bosch is more reliable than GE Profile by 2%.

Read More: The Most Reliable Dishwashers

Which Dishwasher Should You Buy?

Bosch is the more reliable dishwasher and is better at washing and drying. However, the GE Profile is $350-$500 less expensive.


So, should you buy the higher-quality dishwasher, or the more affordable one that might need extra rinsing and drying for plastics?

What do you think?

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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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