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

Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 24, 2020  |  12 Min. Read

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Bosch has one of the best selling dishwashers in the world.

Every other appliance manufacturer like GE, Samsung, Whirlpool, and LG 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 52 units in 10 series, half from last year's 110 models. I have to admit; I needed more than one explanation to understand the differences 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 SHP878ZP5N
  2. Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHP865ZP5N 
  3. Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHXM65Z55N 
  4. Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher SHS863WD5N
  5. Bosch Ascenta Series Dishwasher SHE3AR75UC

Keep in mind, Bosch isn’t shipping many dishwashers due to COVID-19.

Their factory in North Carolina was stricken, and with socially distancing, it is operating at a fraction of its output.

The five best Bosch dishwashers in this article were chosen based on their best feature sets and available price.

The look can change but try to stay within these sets for the best value.

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

Some of their more expensive models and series can be purchased for far less money in their less expensive series.

I will show you what is available in New England, I’ll also share the best alternate brands and models worth considering, like KitchenAid, Samsung, Beko, and Miele.

Availability does change in different regions of the country. Make sure to check your delivery date before ordering any appliance.

We'll also cover Bosch's reliability compared to every major brand based on service calls completed by our technicians in 2019.

In the end, you'll know which dishwasher and available alternatives 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

dishwashers-at-yale-appliance-in-hanoverBest-Selling Dishwashers at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Every Bosch dishwasher can heat the water to 161 degrees, and most use 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.

5 Styles Of Bosch Dishwashers

Styles-of-Bosch-DishwashersStyles of Bosch Dishwashers

 

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

This is important because Bosch has such chronic supply issues.

Look at the series and features. Then compromise on the style like towel bar for a pocket handle or a regular front.

Unless, of course, you dislike the style for your kitchen.

  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. Panel-Ready - Some series are available with no front so you can place your custom-cabinet front on your dishwasher.

We recommend only paneling European-made dishwashers, like Bosch, Beko, 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 Bosch 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.

Read More: Dishwasher Buying Guide 

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

Bosch-dishwasher-with-crystal-dryBosch Top Control Dishwasher With Auto Air Drying

 

These two cycles are new and have improved Bosch's drying capabilities. They are available in Boschs’ better dishwashers.

AutoAir

At the end of the Cycle, the door will pop open automatically to speed the drying process.

Miele and Samsung, in their better models, 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. Even on less dense plastics.

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What Are The Best Bosch Dishwasher Features?

Bosch Dishwasher Racks

bosch-dishwasher-racks-internalBosch MyWay 3rd Rack

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 are quiet enough so you won’t hear your dishwasher.

One of the big mistakes is upgrading from a 44DB to a more expensive dishwasher just for quietness.

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 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 your dishwasher service within its usable life.

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

Now that you have an understanding of Bosch's top dishwasher features to consider, let's look at their best dishwashers and your likelihood of being able to buy one.

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5 Best Bosch Dishwashers For 2020

Bosch Ascenta Series Dishwasher SHE3AR75UC - $599

Bosch SHE3AR75UC-2

Features:

  • 50 dBA
  • 6 Wash Cycles and 2 Options
  • Sanitize Option eliminates bacteria and enhances drying results
  • EcoSense Reduces Energy Usage by up to 20%
  • 3 h, 6 h, 9 h Delay Start Timer
  • Express Wash - In 30 Minutes or Less
  • 14 Place Setting Capacity
  • 300 Series Racks

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

It is comparatively loud at 50 dB with a lighter door and has basic cycles. However, it does have the Bosch label and is relatively inexpensive, usually at $499 after rebate.

You may not have the other Bosch dishwashers’ features, but it’s 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 if you want the name at $230 less than their regular series.

Availability

It’s not currently available, at least in New England. Bosch is probably concentrating on their all-metal tubs of all their other series.

Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher SHS863WD5N - $849

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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
  • 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 upgraded drying features like AutoAir or CrystalDry.

Regardless, if your primary objective values are looking for a product with solid features and reliability, 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 meets the quietness standard and is 40% quieter than the less expensive Ascenta.

Availability

Not very likely. They are producing the units, but the demand is too high for the limited supply. Still, it’s worth inquiring.

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Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHXM65Z55N - $1,049

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.

This model adds a better third rack, a delicate option for lower temperature washing, and the AutoAir drying feature. It will dry better than the previous model.

Availability

Nonexistent in New England. Haven’t shipped one since March.

Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher Review [VIDEO]

 

Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHP865ZP5N - $1,119

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.

Availability

Good. Of course, there are ten varieties of this dishwasher, so you should be able to buy some iteration of this model number.

But be careful, this model has better racks. Most do not.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher SHP878ZP5N - $1,329

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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 running.

Availability

Not Good. It’s kind of a shame because of its new and does dry plastics. Call around. You may still be able to find one.

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.

Availability

Almost nonexistent. Bosch paneled dishwashers are almost impossible to find in any model number.

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.

If you are intent on buying the Bosch, check features, not models.

Look for whether you want better racks, different cycles, and a particular type of drying, then buy that dishwasher.

I know this post title is the five best models, but you may have to deviate from buying a Bosch nowadays.

 

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?

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

Bosch-Vs-Samsung-DishwashersBosch Ascenta Dishwasher  Vs. Samsung Dishwasher Under $699 

 

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.

Both Bosch's and Samsung's dishwasher features are competitive. However, with Samsung, you may have problems with finding service in certain areas.

Bosch is far better after the sale for repair and technical support.

Samsung has availability problems in line with Bosch and, in most cases, worse.

Bosch Vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers

bosch-300-series-vs-kitchenaid-200-series-dishwashersBosch 300 Series Dishwasher Vs. KitchenAid 200 Series Dishwasher 

KitchenAid now has another new series. After years of being beaten to market by Bosch, KitchenAids’ new series is worth a look, especially with Bosch availability issues.

They have two series the 200 series has 39 DB and heated dry for the same price as the SHS863.

New KitchenAid 200 Series Dishwasher Review [Video]
 

Their M-series now has four levels of wash action and a drying system copied from Miele. The dishwasher lets air from the kitchen to the side of the dishwasher.

KitchenAid 600 Series Dishwasher Review [Video]
 

The hot steamier air is attracted to the cooler side and dissipated as water. So KitchenAid now has a better wash system and a very good drying system.

However, Bosch is a bit more reliable and will have better drying in the CrystalDry series.

Read More: Bosch Vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers

Bosch Vs. Miele Dishwashers

Bosch-Vs-Miele-DishwashersBosch 800 Series Panel-Ready Dishwasher Vs. Miele Crystal Panel-Ready Dishwasher

 

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

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.

Their new seven series has brand new cycles and an auto dispenser holding 20 loads of detergent.

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.

Read More: Bosch Vs. Miele Dishwashers

Bosch Vs. Beko Dishwashers

Bosch-Vs-Beko-DishwashersBosch Ascenta Dishwasher  Vs. Beko Dishwasher Under $600

 

If KitchenAid is Bosch's number one competitor, then Beko will not be far behind.

Beko is Turkish and manufactures dishwashers for Viking in this country. They are feature-oriented and are extremely reliable in their other products like compact laundry.

Beko's $499 dishwasher has decent features like an all stainless tub and 48 DB. It lines up well against the Ascenta with plastic and 50 DB.

Beko DDT39432 Dishwasher Review [Video]
 

However, Beko's $849 dishwasher is feature-loaded with 39 DB and special intense cycles or separate sprays to power out tough stains. It even has Wi-Fi.

If you are placing a panel on your dishwasher, you may end up with a Beko through lack of choice. It’s also more affordable at $999 for a panel-ready dishwasher.

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.

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Steve Sheinkopf

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