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5 Best Bosch Dishwashers for 2020 (Ratings / Reviews / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  January 29, 2020  |  12 Min. Read

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Bosch has one of the best selling dishwashers in the world. Unlike every other appliance manufacturer that started with laundry or refrigerators, Bosch is foremost a dishwasher company. It's their best and most important product.

However, Bosch can be incredibly confusing to buy because there are so many similar-looking models.

They are over 35 units in 10 series. I have to admit; I needed more than one explanation to understand it myself.

Last year, Bosch changed the dishwasher radically, especially the drying cycles, to be more competitive to other top brands like Miele and KitchenAid.

In this article, you will learn about the five best Bosch dishwashers to consider, their features, options, and prices. 

The 5 best Bosch dishwashers to consider for 2020 are:

  1. Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher SHP87PZ55N 
  2. Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHP865ZP5N 
  3. Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHXM65Z55N 
  4. Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher SHS863WD5N
  5. Bosch Ascenta Series Dishwasher SHE84AWG5N 

You will also learn about which Bosch dishwashers you may not want to consider.

We'll cover Bosch's reliability compared to every major brand based on service calls completed by our technicians in 2019. Lastly, we'll share a short breakdown of Bosch compared to its top competitors - Miele, Samsung, and KitchenAid. 

In the end, you'll know which dishwasher might be right for you.

First, let's take a look at Bosch's top dishwasher features, differences, and reliability.

Everything You Need To Know About Bosch Dishwashers

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Bosch Live Kitchen Featuring a Panel-Ready Dishwasher at Yale Appliance in Hanover

Every Bosch dishwasher can heat the water to 161 degrees and uses no-heat condensation drying. They all have the basic cycles and can wash delicates like china and crystal.

This is where the major similarities end. Below we'll explain the major differences between Bosch dishwashers.

The 5 Styles Of Bosch Dishwashers

Many of the dishwashers are precisely the same, just with different looking fronts. There are five styles of Bosch dishwashers.

  1. Regular - More or less, it's the same dishwasher you have with controls on the front.
  2. Integrated - Controls on the front with a "scoop" handle under the control panel.
  3. Pocket handle - Similar to an integrated handle only with a spot in the door for your hand. The pocket has become popular because it matches every brand.
  4. Towel Bar - Another integrated dishwasher with a towel bar handle. For towels certainly, but this will match the handles of other Bosch appliances. However, it probably won't match different brands.
  5. Panelized - Some series are available with no front so you can place your custom front on your dishwasher.

We recommend only paneling European-made dishwashers, like Bosch and Miele, because they fit within 24 inches depth and won't protrude from your cabinets.

Bosch Dishwasher Wash Cycles

Dishwasher-Cycles

Bosch Dishwasher Cycles at Yale Appliance in Boston

First, dishwashers work by time and temperature. A heavy or pots and pans cycle will wash your dishes longer at a higher temperature. A China or Crystal cycle is less time at a lower temperature.

Here are a few less self-explanatory cycles: 

Water Softener

The water softener removes hard water spots caused by lime deposits and softens water to the appropriate levels.

  • What This Cycle Means: Hard water can leave spots on your dishes, among other problems. Buying a dishwasher with a softener is smart, especially if you have well water.
Eco-Cycle

Best for delicate dishes and glasses, the Eco cycle decreases energy usage by lowering temperature and cycle length.

  • What This Cycle Means: It's a shorter cycle, so don't put any dishware with baked-on food in an Eco cycle.
SpeedPerfect™ Cycle

This Cycle delivers up to 25% faster cleaning on a normally soiled load of dishes.

  • What this Cycle means: It's faster but on normally soiled dishes only.

Choosing a dishwasher can be confusing. Check out our free Dishwasher Buying Guide with everything you need to know including the best brands to consider, the features you'll actually use, and price comparisons. 

Bosch Dishwasher Drying Features

ExtraShine Option

Used in combination with most wash cycles (except Rinse), the Extra Shine option helps dishes and glassware come out clean and shiny by raising the temperature and extending the drying time.

  • What this Cycle means: It dries better by using more time and temperature.
Extra Dry

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

  • What This Cycle Means: You can have it dryer if it is in the dishwasher a longer time. AutoAir and Crystal Dry will help more.

Bosch has always used condensation dry or residual steam combined with JetDry. It does an average job of drying dishes and isn't as good on plastics as a Miele or KitchenAid.

New Bosch Dishwasher Drying Features

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These two cycles are new and have improved Bosch's drying capabilities.

AutoAir

At the end of the Cycle, the door will pop open automatically to speed the drying process. Miele and Samsung both have the same feature.

Crystal Dry

Models promoting "Crystal Dry" have Zeolite packed inside the dishwasher. Zeolite is a volcanic element with many different uses, from supplements to industrial cleanups.

Specifically, in dishwashers, Zeolite adds heat and absorbs moisture. We tested Zeolite in Thermador (same manufacturer as Bosch) in their 20-minute wash and dry cycle, and it works, even on plastics.

Bosch with Zeolite and AutoAir goes from adequate to now the best drying dishwasher you can buy.

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What Are The Best Bosch Dishwasher Features?

Bosch Dishwasher Racks

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Every dishwasher beside the Ascenta series has the third rack. The better Bosch dishwashers have the more flexible "MyWay" rack.

Adjustable rackmatic: The top rack will go up and down as well as side-to-side. It has nine positions to fit most of your plates and trays.

3rd Rack configuration: Basic to MyWay with the ability to store silverware and more

Levels of Quietness

Another major difference between all the Bosch dishwashers is their quietness from 50-38 dBA (read The Quietest Dishwasher by Decibel Rating for an explanation).

In our opinion, 44 decibels is quiet enough.

Below is a sound comparison between 44 and 55-decibel dishwashers in a kitchen.

Dishwasher Sound Level Comparison [VIDEO]

 
Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is more of a novelty now, but it is the future of appliances.

Wi-Fi is a bit spotty for most manufacturers, but Bosch, through the HomeConnect app, works well. You do have essential functions, including on/off as well as a cycle countdown.

The dishwasher can alert your phone when the cycle is complete.

Wi-Fi is available in two of our recommendations.

Are Bosch Dishwashers Reliable?

Bosch is one of the most reliable premium dishwashers at 11.14%, especially when compared to Miele and KitchenAid.

Most Reliable Dishwashers for 2020

  Service QTY Shipped QTY Service Ratio
Asko 103 190 54.21%
Jenn-Air 188 493 38.13%
Bosch Benchmark  25 70 35.71%
Fisher & Paykel  56 193 29.02%
Miele  185 903 20.49%
Maytag 2 10 20.00%
Gaggenau  16 104 15.38%
Thermador 126 872 14.45%
KitchenAid 90 688 13.08%
Café Appliances 3 25 12.00%
Bosch  398 3573 11.14%
Samsung 134 1297 10.33%
LG  5 81 6.17%
Cove 2 44 4.55%
Ge Appliances 1 37 2.70%
Whirlpool 38 1471 2.58%
Grand Total  1377 10166 13.55%

This is just within the first year, so you will probably need service for your dishwasher within it's usable life.

You should always look at service availability in your area for Bosch or any brand before you buy an appliance.

Now that you have an understanding of Bosch's top dishwasher features to consider, let's look at their best dishwashers.

5 Best Bosch Dishwashers For 2020

Bosch Ascenta Series Dishwasher SHE84AWG5N - $549 

Bosch Dishwasher SHE84AWG5N

Features:

  • 48 dBA- Quietest Dishwasher Brand.
  • Saves up to 280 gallons of water each year
  • Self-Latching Door Stays Put and Latches
  • Rackmatic adjustable top rack
  • Delicate Wash for Fine China
  • Stainless Steel TallTub w/ *PP

The "Ascenta" is not a typical Bosch dishwasher. It has a plastic interior, not stainless steel, unlike every other Bosch.

It is comparatively loud at 48 DB with a lighter door and has basic cycles. However, it does have the Bosch label and is relatively inexpensive at $499 after rebate.

You may not have the features of the other Bosch dishwashers, but its comparative to other dishwashers in this price range. The newer Ascenta model has added more adjustability and is a bit quieter.

The Ascenta is suitable for builders and homeowners who want the name at $230 less than their regular series.

Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher SHS863WD5N - $769

Bosch-SHS863WD5N

Features:

  • Made in North Carolina
  • 6 Wash Cycles, 5 Options, Button Controls
  • 44 dBA
  • Stainless Steel Tub
  • AquaStop Plus Leak Protection System
  • InfoLight – Tells you that the dishwasher is running
  • Silverware Basket
  • Top Rack for Cutlery
  • 16 Place Settings

Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher Review [VIDEO]

 

Last year, this model was the best selling Bosch nationally. It still has all the same features. There are no upgrades like AutoAir or CrystalDry.

Regardless, if your primary objective values but you are looking for something with solid features and reliability, then this is still a great dishwasher.

It is all stainless steel with better adjustable racks than the lower-priced, plastic bottom Bosch Ascenta series.

At 44 DB, it should be almost noiseless and is 40% quieter than the less expensive Ascenta.

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Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHXM65Z55N - $949

Best Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHXM65Z55N

Features:

  • 44 dBA: Quietest Dishwasher Brand in the U.S.
  • A flexible 3rd rack with fold down sides adds 30% more loading capacity.
  • The EasyGlide rack system provides a smooth glide for easier loading & unloading on the upper rack.
  • FlexSpace Tines fold back to fit your larger pots & pans.
  • AquaStop™ leak protection works 24/7 to prevent water damage.

Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher Review [VIDEO]

 

For $180, this model adds a better third rack, a delicate option for lower temperature washing, and AutoAir Drying feature. It will dry better than the previous model.

Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHP865ZP5N - $1,049

Best Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHP865ZP5N

Features:

  • 44 dBA: Quietest Dishwasher Brand in the U.S.
  • A flexible 3rd rack with fold down sides adds 30% more loading capacity.
  • The pocket handle seamlessly integrates into your kitchen & installs flush.
  • The two levels EasyGlide rack system provides a smooth glide for easier loading & unloading on the upper and lower racks.
  • FlexSpace Tines fold back to fit your larger pots & pans.

The SHP865ZP5N has better ball bearing racks as well as the rack stop at the bottom. The ball bearing racks glide out better, especially when they are laden with plates and cups.

The rack stop below will ensure your toddler does not fling the tray out of the dishwasher. I have a toddler. I get it.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher SHP87PZ55N - $1,349

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Features:

  • 42 dBA: Quietest Dishwasher Brand in the U.S.
  • The MyWay™ Rack gives you the industry's largest 3rd rack loading capacity.
  • Speed60® gets your dishes from dirty to dry in about an hour.
  • The EasyGlide™ rack system provides a smooth glide for easier loading & unloading on the upper rack.
  • TimeLight™ beams the remaining cycle time on the floor.

This dishwasher adds the Crystal Dry for the best drying of any dishwasher. As I said before, Zeolite works well to dry even plastics.

You also have Wi-Fi, so you do not have to wait for the Cycle to end. It will tell you on your phone. At 42 DB, it might be handy because you won't hear the dishwasher.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Review [VIDEO]

 

Bonus Dishwasher: For Panel-Ready Only

Bosch 800 Plus Series Dishwasher SHVM88Z73 - $1,259

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Features:

  • 40 dBA: Quietest Dishwasher Brand in the U.S.
  • The MyWay Rack gives you the industry's largest 3rd rack loading capacity.
  • Touch Control Technology allows for quick cycle programming.
  • The EasyGlide rack system provides a smooth glide for easier loading & unloading on the upper rack.
  • AquaStop™ leak protection works 24/7 to prevent water damage.

Very similar to the SHP878ZP5N, just the panelized version. Interestingly enough, it is 2 DB quieter as well for a noiseless 40 DB.

That's the main difference between an 800 and 800 Plus series Bosch dishwasher.

As we said before, buy a European because it will sit flush with cabinets whereas an American dishwasher will protrude and be noticeable.

For all of our dishwashers including their best features, reliability, and how they compare to one another, download our free Dishwasher Buying Guide by clicking here.

Which Bosch Dishwasher Is The Best?

That all depends. If you are a builder and want the name and not the price, then the Bosch Ascenta dishwasher is an ideal choice.

The Bosch's SHS863 dishwasher model was last year's favorite. It's still a decent dishwasher for its value.

If you dry plastics or want the best drying dishwasher available, then the Bosch 800 Series dishwasher with their CrystalDry feature works incredibly well.

Which Bosch Dishwasher You Should NOT Buy?

There is a reason to buy most of the above dishwashers.

At a certain point, the features become overly repetitive. The Benchmark 1 and 2 series are similar to the 800 series and 800 series plus recommended here, but are more expensive.

You can also pay over $2,000 for a Bosch, but you are paying mostly for a TFT digital display on the controls and an incredibly quiet 38 DB.

Then again, you can buy a still quiet 42 DB with Crystal Dry and all the significant cycles for almost half at $1,249.

How Does Bosch Compare Against KitchenAid, Samsung, and Miele Dishwashers?

In the past, the drying methods in a Bosch dishwasher were a liability against Miele, Samsung, and KitchenAid. Now, it's better, depending on the model you select.

Bosch Vs. Samsung Dishwashers

You wouldn't think of Samsung as a good dishwasher brand, but it's reliable. Their Storm Wash (concentrated jets for baked-on dishes) is quiet and even pops open at $499-699

Features are competitive. However, with Samsung, you may have problems with finding service in certain areas.

Bosch is far better after the sale.

Bosch Vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers

KitchenAid's best dishwasher (not the most expensive) has special sprays for bottles and baked-on trays. Bosch did not address that in their new series.

KitchenAid Bottle Wash Dishwasher

KitchenAid Bottle Spray and Rack at Yale Appliance

However, Bosch is more reliable and will have decent drying to way better drying depending on the series.

Bosch Vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers [Video Comparison]

 

Bosch Vs. Miele Dishwashers

Miele has probably the best Wash and dry system. It has full wash arms on the top and bottom.

Miele-Wash-Arm

Their clean air drying allows air into the side of the dishwasher. The hot, moist air is attracted to the "cooler" side and then dissipated as water.

Miele will have the best racks as well because they are all removable and adjustable. That is if you want to spend $1,700.

Bosch at $949-$1,249 will have more cycles and is rated more reliable this year. Miele's reliability is legendary.

Last year, however, they did have a batch of issues related to a buzzing solenoid. It's a minor noise problem, but still, an issue even if it is an easy fix.

What did change is Bosch will now dry better than Miele with CrystalDry and AutoAir.

For a full comparison of Bosch and Miele dishwashers, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dishwashers:

1. What Brand Has The Most Reliable Dishwasher?

LG and Whirlpool are statistically the most reliable dishwasher brands based on 35,256 service calls logged in 2019. Bosch is 2% more reliable than the average.

2. How Long Should A Dishwasher Last?

On average, a dishwasher can last anywhere between 7-10 years. Some may last longer, depending on how frequently it's used. Most will require some service during that lifespan.

3. Which Dishwashers Are The Quietest?

Any dishwasher under 44 Dba is considered quiet. Bosch and Miele have the quietest dishwasher with 37 dBA, which is virtually silent. You should not overpay for quietness.

4. How Long Is The Warranty On A Bosch Dishwasher?

Bosch dishwashers come with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

5. Should You Buy An Extended Warranty On A Bosch Dishwasher?

You will probably need some service within five years, but do NOT buy a warranty from a retailer or manufacturer without a service department.

6. Who Services Bosch Dishwashers?

Bosch has a small service department for a company of its size so expect long delays unless your retailer offers service.

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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

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