Bosch Dishwashers Review Models, Features & Prices

We highlighted a few key features of this model in our dishwasher comparison chart listed above, but we wanted to take a further look at the Bosch 800 series dishwasher. Besides the general specifications, this appliance features CrystalDry technology which efficiently turns moisture into heat, so dishes come out 60 percent drier. Bosch SHPM78Z55N is another pocket handle dishwasher which looks just like the last model from the outside and is priced at $1,249 in stainless steel. This model contains all of the features we discussed on the last model but adds a few upgrades. We’ll start with one of Bosch’s more basic dishwashers from the Ascenta/100 series and go on up to the 800 series.

Post-cycle, we inspected each dish and utensil and noted any flecks, spots, streaks, or crusted-on food. Monogram (GE/Haier) and Gaggenau are the super-luxury variants from the mass-market brands. The IKEA Essentiell is a midrange Whirlpool with a trendy finish and a five-year warranty . You need to live near an IKEA store to get it delivered and possibly serviced. For a previous version of this guide, we talked to Chris Zeisler, the technical services supervisor at Repair Clinic. Pre-pandemic, we toured LG’s North American research and development facility in Illinois and a Frigidaire dishwasher factory in North Carolina.

With a bigger budget, you can find a few step-up racking features that can make the dishwasher especially comfortable to use, even if they don’t make a huge functional difference. Ball bearings, for example, help the upper rack roll more smoothly and steadily than wheels alone. Cushioned or clip-in wine-glass holders can give you some peace of mind knowing that it’s extra-safe to wash your delicate stemware in the dishwasher. And although interior lights aren’t really a racking feature, they are a great touch—included only in very expensive dishwashers—that can make it easier for you to load and unload the racks.

This setting is particularly handy for smaller households or home cooks who constantly need the same items—like small cutting boards or measuring cups—washed before mealtimes. Any household that wants their kitchen to feel custom can benefit from a panel-ready design. This design finishes your appliance with a front door piece made to match your cabinets, but it comes at a much higher price tag. You can also expect a panel-ready dishwasher to have a top control panel instead of a front control one. If you have a smaller kitchen, this Bosch 300 Series dishwasher is just 18 inches wide, making it a more compact option. It’s available in several different finishes, and you can choose between either top or front controls, depending on your preference.

With multiple insulation layers, grind-less food filtration, and a sound-absorbing base, you don’t have to wait until bedtime to run your appliance. DryingDrying is our assessment of how thoroughly a model dries plastic items, the most stubborn in any load. We evaluate drying performance using the same cycle we use for our Washing test. As directed by manufacturers, we use rinse aid in every load. Drying is our assessment of how thoroughly a model dries plastic items, the most stubborn in any load. The number of racks in your dishwasher—and the features that these racks have—will determine how much your dishwasher can hold and how you load it.

The higher-end Maytag MDB8959SK adds a third rack and runs a few decibels quieter, though it’s still louder than the Bosch 300 Series and up. The Maytag 7959 hasn’t collected many ratings on retailer websites yet, so we don’t really have a sense of what people love or loathe about this thing. We read dozens of useful articles on everything from enzymes and surfactants and phosphates to efficiency standards and test procedures and drying techniques to class-action lawsuits and more. Writer Sarah Bogdan did all of the hands-on testing for this guide.

If you’re looking for a cheap dishwasher then you may find that the Whirlpool brand of dishwasher is the best suited for you needs. However, if what you want is a top quality product for a sensible price then the Bosch 300 series may be what you’re looking for. All of the Bosch dishwashers are equipped with Bosch’s proprietary PureDry™ system.

We bought one 2 years ago and already heating element went out–Bosch would pay for part of repair–they were not very helpful. Not a fan of their unwillingness to stand behind their product. I especially advise buying one that has a ‘speed perfect’ setting, this does a full wash but faster, using more water. Great for holidays when you are doing load after load and are in a hurry. Brand owner satisfaction ratings are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their dishwasher to their friends and family.

And passive-dry dishwashers can use just as much or even more energy than heated-dry models depending on how you use them. If you turn off a dishwasher’s heated-dry option and just let the dishes drip-dry, it’ll use less energy than a passive-dry model. A handful of new dishwashers have finally improved on this basic passive-dry strategy, so the plastic problem is mostly solved if you’re willing to pay a little extra.

Another complaint is that some dishwashers stink like asphalt when they’re running. This problem seems to be very rare, and usually the odor fades after a few cycles. But we’ve heard from some people who say that it has lingered for months. We asked Bosch for comment; Alona Wells, the product manager, insisted that it wasn’t a defect and compared it to “a new car smell.” But, she said, if the odor persists, you should contact customer service. The leak protection on Bosch dishwashers is also better than that of most brands’ machines. All dishwashers have some leak detection and prevention systems inside their tubs, but Bosch adds a molded base to contain water that finds its way outside of the tub so that your floor doesn’t get damaged.

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