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The 5 Best Bosch Dishwashers (Ratings / Reviews / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 06, 2018  |  8 Min. Read

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On Bosch's website, they currently list 50 available dishwashers. They are organized by series like, Ascent, 300, 500, 800, 800+, and Benchmark.

It is pretty confusing, because often times the more basic series will have better features than their best Benchmark series.

Of those 50, we will review the current 5 best Bosch dishwashers across the six series, so you will save a ton of time and frustration trying to compare the differences between all these dishwashers.

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We will look at Bosch as a company and then look at their 5 best dishwashers. By the way, you do not have to spend $1,200-$2,000 for their best models. You can spend less for a very good dishwasher.

Some models also have a $99 installation offer which you should consider. That would be another $150 off. Normal installation is $249.00.

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Bosch

First, Bosch is the most popular dishwasher sold at Yale. They also operate the largest dishwasher manufacturing facility in the world, located in North Carolina.

Bosch was late to the US, arriving in the mid-1990's. However, the dishwashers became wildly popular due to their stainless steel tubs, relative affordability, and especially their quietness.

In terms of reliability, they are the second most reliable just slightly behind Miele.

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Differences Between Bosch Dishwashers

Every Bosch dishwasher can heat the water to 161 degrees and uses no-heat condensation drying.

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

Quietness

A major difference between all the Bosch dishwashers is their quietness from 50-37 DBs (read The Quietest Dishwasher by Decibel Rating for an explanation).

Racks

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

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The actual baskets become more flexible as well. The tines fold down allowing you to accommodate bigger pots and pans.

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Cycles

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You have more choices as you go up in series. The Eco and Speed60 cycles become features.

Eco heats the water slower to save energy costs. Flip side is Eco also extends the wash time.

Speed60 will allow you to wash and dry a load in 60 minutes. It is the exact opposite of Eco by adding water and heat faster.

Most wash cycles are now over 2 hours, btw.

Styles

The styles do not cost more within their baffling amount of series. Here they are:

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Towerl Bar: Holds a towel and the bar matches other Bosch appliances. The controls are integrated (another way of saying on the inside rather than outside).

Exposed Controls: Very similar to most dishwashers on the market.

Pocket Handle: Controls on the inside like the towel bar but without a handle. Pocket handle is popular if you do not want another handle style in your kitchen.

Paneled: Controls on the inside. You use your own custom panel.

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Prices Updates for February 2018

Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR75UC - $539

Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR75UC Dishwasher

Features:

  • 50 dBA
  • 24/7 Overflow Protection helps prevent water leaks
  • Sanitize Option
  • 6 Wash Cycles and 2 Options
  • 14 Place Setting Capacity
  • Self-Latching Door
  • Delicate Wash for Fine China

The Ascenta is the least expensive Bosch. It is good for builders because of the price and name recognition. It is not like the other Bosch dishwashers.

The door is lighter. The top rack is not adjustable and the bottom of the tub is plastic, not all stainless steel like the others.

The Ascenta is louder at 50 DBs versus 44 DBs for their most popular series. Buy the Ascenta for only for price.

Bosch 300 Series SHS863WD5N - $719 (Additional $50 Rebate)

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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
  • Adjustable Top Rack for Cutlery 
  • 16 Place Settings
The Bosch 300 Series SHS863VL5UC

 
 
 
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If your primary objective is value but you are looking for something with solid features and reliability, then this is a great dishwasher. It is all stainless steel with better adjustable racks than the lower-priced, plastic bottom Ascenta series.

That being said, at 44 dBs, it is also 40% quieter with better racks and a heavier, more solid door. This newer model also adds the third rack for cutlery. 

This is one of the best-selling dishwashers at Yale and nationally.

Bosch 800 Series SHE878WD5N - $859 (Additional $50 Rebate)

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Features: 

  • Made in North Carolina
  • 6 Wash Cycles/5 Options, Touch Controls
  • 42 dBA 
  • InfoLight - tells you when your dishwasher is on a wash cycle 
  • Stainless steel tall tub 
  • AquaStop Plus Leak Protection System
  • 5-level Wash
  • 3rd Cutlery Rack
  • 16 Place Settings
  • Stainless front with hidden controls and scoop handle goes with any brand 

This dishwasher also offers a few high-end features for the price such as a 3rd rack for cutlery, tall item holder, and the Eco and Speed60 cycles.

It is also quieter than the SHS863 model above.

Bosch 800 Series SHV878WD3N - $899 

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Features: 

  • Made in North Carolina 
  • 6 Wash Cycles, 5 Options, Button Controls 
  • 42 dBA 
  • Stainless Steel Tub 
  • AquaStop Plus Leak Protection System 
  • Info Light – tells you that the dishwasher is running
  • 3rd Cutlery Rack
  • Silverware Basket 
  • 16 place settings 
  • Panel-ready sits flush in a 24-inch deep cabinet

If you are placing a panel on your dishwasher, then you should look at this model because it will not protrude from your cabinets.

You will not be able to distinguish the dishwasher from the adjacent cabinets. It is identical feature-wise to the previous model.

Bosch 800 Series SHXM98W75N - $1,079 (Additional $100 Rebate)

Bosch SHXN8U55UC best bosch dishwasher 800 series

$99 installation offer available. Call store for details.

Features: 

  • 6 Wash Cycles/6 Options/Touch Controls
  • 39 dBA Silence Rating
  • Stainless Steel Tub
  • AquaStop Leak Protection
  • 30 Minute Express Cycle
  • 5-level Wash
  • Info Light - tells you that the dishwasher is running
  • Silverware Basket 
  • Adjustable Top Rack for Cutlery
  • 16 Place Setting

If you want to buy a great dishwasher with high-end features but aren't looking to break the bank, this is the right dishwasher for you.

This is one of the most feature-loaded dishwashers in the industry for a great price. It has almost every cycle available and an absolutely noiseless 39-decibel rating.

This is the best overall value for a high-end dishwasher.

Also consider model SHPM98W75N (with pocket handle) for the same price.

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Final Thoughts

You can buy a very good dishwasher in the Bosch line for around $700 or about the same price as Frigidaire Pro, GE or KitchenAid.

Bosch is quieter and more reliable than any brand for the same price. Just remember the differences are simply racks, cycles and quietness after the price-point Ascenta.

Bosch is a great dishwasher to consider.

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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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