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The 5 Best Bosch Dishwashers for 2019 (Ratings / Reviews / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  September 20, 2019  |  9 Min. Read

Bosch  |  Dishwashers  |  Bosch Benchmark

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Bosch is one of the best selling dishwashers in the world. Unlike most significant companies that started with laundry or refrigerators, Bosch is foremost a dishwasher company. It's their most important product.

It can be incredibly confusing to buy one because there are so many similar-looking and functional models.

They are over 35 units in 10 series in their new line. I have to admit, it needed more than one explanation for me to understand.

This year, Bosch has changed the dishwasher radically, especially the drying cycles to be more competitive to brands for more features like Miele and KitchenAid.

In this article, you will learn about the 5 best dishwashers to consider, their features, options, and prices. In the end, you will understand what might be right for you.

We will also include a short breakdown of Bosch compared to its top competitors - Miele and KitchenAid. You should consider all three along with Samsung (at lower prices only).

First, let's take a look at Bosch's top dishwasher features you should consider when choosing a model. 

Bosch Dishwasher Differences

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Bosch Kitchen Appliances

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 China.

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

The 5 Styles Of Bosch Dishwashers

Bosch Dishwasher Styles (1)

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 paneling only European dishwashers because they fit within 24 inches depth and won't protrude from your cabinets.

Bosch's Special Wash Cycles

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Bosch Dishwasher Cycles At Yale Appliance

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 and a lower temperature.

Here are a few less self-explanatory cycles.

Water Softener

Our water softener removes hard water spots caused by lime deposits and softens water to the appropriate level for superior washing results.

What This Cycle Means: Hard water can leave spots on your dishes among other problems. Buying a dishwasher with a softener is smart. Purchasing a filter for your entire house to prevent the issue may also be a good idea.

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 anything baked on in an Eco cycle.

SpeedPerfect™ Cycle

This cycle delivers up to 25% faster cleaning with excellent results on a normally soiled load of dishes.

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ExtraShine Option

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

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. Auto and Crystal Dry will help more.

Drying Features

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.

That has changed.

Auto Opening Door: At the end of the cycle, the door will pop open to speed the drying process.

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 for their 20-minute wash and dry cycle, and it works, even on plastics.

Here is the video:

The New Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher Test [VIDEO]

 

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

Racks

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Bosch Dishwasher Racks

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 more.

Levels of Quietness

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

In our opinion, 44 decibels is quiet enough, but the series starts but 38 decibels is virtually noiseless.

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

Dishwasher Sound Level Comparison

 

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is more of a novelty now, but it is the future of appliances. Pretty soon, your appliance will figure out how you like your steak cooked and adjust accordingly. Then it will signal the dishwasher for the best cycle to clean your dishes based on your meal.

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

Wi-Fi is available in 2 of our recommendations.

Reliability

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Signature Kitchen Suite 0 17 0.00 %
Whirlpool 44 1030 4.27 %
Gaggenau 2 42 4.76 %
LG Electronics 4 78 5.13 %
Samsung 85 915 9.29 %
Maytag 3 29 10.34 %
Bosch Appliances 303 2735 11.08 %
Miele 155 1078 14.38 %
Kitchenaid 115 705 16.31 %
Thermador 123 711 17.30 %
Jenn-Air 170 908 18.72 %
Blomberg 6 28 21.43 %
Fisher & Paykel 42 175 24.00 %
Bosch - Benchmark 38 158 24.05 %
Asko 47 195 24.10 %
Amana 3 11 27.27 %
Frigidaire 10 22 45.45 %
Frigidaire Gallery 5 8 62.50 %
Electrolux 2 2 100.00 %
Frigidaire Professional 2 2 100.00 %
Grand Total 1159 8852 13.09 %

Above is our Most Reliable Dishwashers for 2019.

Bosch is one of the most reliable premium dishwashers at 11.08%, especially when compared to Miele and KitchenAid

This is just within the first year of use, 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 5 dishwashers.

5 Best Bosch Dishwashers For 2019

Pricing valid for September 2019

Bosch Ascenta Series SHE3AR75UC - $539

Bosch SHE3AR75UC-1

Features:

  • 50 dBA- Quietest Dishwasher Brand.
  • Saves up to 280 gallons of water each year
  • Self-Latching Door Stays Put and Latches
  • 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. The top rack is shallow with no adjustability, 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 at $539.

You may not have the performance of a Bosch, so its comparative to most other dishwashers. The Ascenta is suitable for builders and homeowners who want the name at $230 less than their regular series.

Bosch 300 Series SHS863WD5N - $769

 

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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

Bosch 300 Series Dishwashers [VIDEO]

 

Last year, this model was the best selling Bosch nationally. It still has all the same features. It will be interesting to see if people find value in the latest upgrades or stay with this model (will you).

Regardless, 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 Bosch Ascenta series.

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

Bosch 500 Series 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.

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

Bosch 500 Series SHP865ZP5N - $1,099

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 2 level 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.

Bosch 500 Series Dishwashers [VIDEO]

 

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.

Bosch Bosch Benchmark SHP87PZ55N - $1,349

Best-Bosch-Benchmark-Dishwasher-SHP87PZ55N

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.

Bonus Dishwasher: For Panels Only

Bosch 800 Series 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. As we said before, buy a European because it will sit flush with cabinets whereas an American dishwasher will protrude and be noticeable.

Which Bosch Dishwasher Should You Buy?

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

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

If you dry plastics or want the best drying available, then the Zeolite in their Crystal Dry works incredible well.

Which Bosch Dishwasher You Should NOT Buy?

There is a reason to buy most of the 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 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 $1199.

How Does Bosch Compare Against KitchenAid and Miele Dishwashers?

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

Bosch Vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers

Their 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

KitchenAid Bottle Wash

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

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

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-$1,299 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 motor problem, so that may change back this year.

What did change is Bosch will now dry better than Miele with Crystal Dry.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dishwashers:

1. What Brand Has The Most Reliable Dishwasher?

LG and Whirlpool are statistically the most reliable dishwasher brand based on 34,687 service calls logged in 2018. 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 is used. Most will require some service during that life span.

3. Which Dishwashers Are The quietest?

Any dishwasher under 44 Dba is considered soft. Bosch and Miele have the quietest dishwasher with 37 dBA which is virtually silent.

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 that you would need support from your retailer.

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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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