Bosch Dishwasher Review - 100 vs. 300 vs. 500 vs. 800 Series

Bosch makes arguably the best dishwashers in the world. A Bosch dishwasher is quiet and energy-efficient. In this article, we would like to draw attention to one of the strong suits of Bosch, which is its vast selection. Unlike its competitors, Bosch offers different dishwasher product lines to address the unique needs of its customers. While achieving this goal, Bosch does not compromise its legendary German quality standards.

We are excited to report that starting in July 2019, Bosch added innovative new models to its lineup. The new dishwashers feature AutoAir Dry and CrystalDry to achieve the best drying results in the industry. AutoAir Dry models will open the door ajar when the clean cycle is over. This will let fresh air in and enhance drying. The revolutionary CrystalDry takes the internal temperature to 176F (a whopping 14F increase over the previous ExtraDry feature and all without additional energy consumption).

After testing the new Bosch dishwashers and running surveys among our customers, we decided to update our rankings. You will notice that our most recommended products now include models with these enhanced drying programs.

Many of our customers ask us what distinguishes one Bosch model from the other? Below, we explain in plain English (hopefully without industry jargon) how you can easily select which model family might be best suited for your needs.


What are the differences among Bosch Dishwasher Series 100 vs 300 vs 500 vs 800?

Series Main Features
100 Series: Formerly known as the Ascenta series. Cost effective, Tub has a plastic bottom, 48-50 dBA, Standard 3rd rack and Infolight that projects to the floor for towel bar handle models. from $534
300 Series: All stainless steel tub, water softener on select models, ADA compliant models, 18" compact models, 44 dbA quiet, Leak Protection System from $759
500 Series: Recessed handle design an innovative Bosch design, 44 dBA, Easy Glide Upper Rack, AutoAir Dry on select models from $849
800 Series: This is where the real Bosch quality becomes obvious, Responsive controls, 39-42 dBA silence rating, more flexible interior, MyWay Rack on select models, ADA compliant models, 18-inch selection, HomeConnect Wifi, CrystalDry in select models from $849
Benchmark: Absolutely luxurious with all gliding racks, water softener, fully flexible interior, extra shallow depth models for European cabinet flush installation, CrystalDry in select models from $1,199

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5 Best Bosch Dishwashers for 2019

1) Best Budget: Bosch SHX84AYD5N 100 Series

100 Series 24-inch Dishwasher, 3rd Rack, 48 dB

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Why We Like It:

  • Ideal when you are on a tight budget.
  • Silent at 48 dB. Great performance for its price range.
  • Decent drying performance (make sure to use rinse aid and load your machine correctly).

Cons:

  • We are not a fan of the plastic bottom.

The SHX84AYD5N belongs to the enty level Bosch 100 Series product family (formally known as the Ascenta line). It is, however, the go-to model on this series due to its quietness/price ratio. Including Bosch's seasonal rebates, you can get this relatively quiet product for $600-$625.

  • Variety of finishes (stainless steel, white, black, units that accept cabinet panels, towel bar handle models, etc.)
  • Quiet at 48 dB sound level
  • Comes with stainless steel interior walls but with a plastic bottom
  • Standard 5 wash cycles
  • Spacious with 14 place settings
  • Standard 3rd Rack
  • InfoLight projects to the floor in most models

The DLX version of the 100 Series Bosch dishwashers adds the ever-important extra scrub program for heavy-duty cleaning (such as crusted food on pots and pans).


2) Best Value: Bosch SHEM63W55N 300 Series

300 Series 24-inch Dishwasher, 44 dB, 3rd Rack

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Why We Like It:

  • You will enjoy an all stainless steel interior.
  • Super silent at 44 dB.
  • Still at an affordable price point.

Cons:

  • Lacks the sure-fire drying features of the 500 and 800 series Bosch dishwashers.

The SHEM63W55N is the most popular Bosch dishwasher under $750. Its price floats around $699, including the manufacturer rebate.

With prices stating at over $689, Bosch 300 series dishwashers make up for most of the shortcomings of the 100 series. These models offer everything found in the budget model above, plus these features:

  • Full stainless steel interior
  • Much quieter at 44 dB
  • Speed60 Cycle ensures all dishes are cleaned up under an hour
  • ExtraDry option is a new addition to the feature list as of late 2017 to give a heat boost to the condensating dry cycle
  • 3rd Rack get more flexible to accommodate larger items
  • Overall the interior is more flexible by having the ability to adjust the tines and RackMatic makes it easy to make room for larger plates and pots or taller glasses
  • Larger interior capacity with room for 16 place settings
  • Bosch 300 series comes with a variety of design choices as well as with models suited for special applications such as ADA height for raised floors, water softener and 18" slim dishwashers for smaller kitchens.

3) Best Performance: Bosch SHP865ZD5N 500 Series w/AutoAir Dry

500 Series 24-inch Dishwasher, 44 dB, Flex 3rd Rack, InfoLight

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Why We Like It:

  • Quietness and unique design style that blends with other appliances
  • Auto Air Dry opens the door ajar once the program is done, prevents a musty smell
  • Unseated our favorites, the amazingly reviewed SHP865WD5N and SHPM65W55N models due to its drying performance (with only a $50 difference in pricing).

Bosch 500 Series SHP865ZD5N dishwasher is a true hit for Bosch. It features the timeless pocket handle design which fits any kitchen environment. After seasonal rebates, you will be able to purchase this model series for approximately $799-849.

Main Features:

  • Bosch added EasyGlide racks as the premium feature to the 500 Series. You will appreciate the ease of EasyGlide when pulling in/out the fully loaded upper rack.
  • The DLX version of the 500 series packs a critical feature - the extra-scrub program for pots and pans.

Now, with the addition of the door that opens after the cycle is over (i.e., AutoAir Dry) this dishwasher will get you the best drying job.

More on Bosch 500 Series Dishwashers:

500 Series used to be the home of the pocket handle model only. As of 2019, Bosch features bar handle in the 500 Series lineup.


4) Best Overall: Bosch SHX878ZD5N 800 Series w/CrystalDry

24" Dishwasher, 42 dB - Flex 3rd Rack, InfoLight

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Why We Like It:

  • The 800 Series is what Bosch is really known for - Quality, Finish, Features
  • Replaces our all-time favorite models SHXM78W55N and SHPM78W55N due to its exclusive CrystalDry feature.
  • If you are looking for the best drying job, definitely consider the 800 Series Bosch dishwasher with CrystalDry.

The 800 Series dishwashers are the flagship design for Bosch. SHX878ZD5N stands out in this series as the new popular choice among our customers.

Main Features:

  • Supremely quiet at 42 db.
  • EasyGlide racks.
  • Controls are touch-sensitive and luxurious.
  • 6 Cycles are the standard on the 800 Series.
  • CrystalDry is an amazing feature that literally gets "bone-dry" dishes similar to the performance we see in dishwashers with a heating element. A major benefit of CrystalDry is that it will not melt your plastics.

More on Bosch 800 Series Dishwashers:

Some notable dishwashers in the 800 series lineup feature the MyWay Rack. This special 3rd rack application is ideal for ramekins, cereal bowls, measuring cups, ladles, and more. You can even find a removable silverware tray with folding tines on this innovative 3rd rack.

In addition, you can find amazingly silent models in the 800 series at 39 dBs.

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HomeConnect feature gets you Internet connectivity. If you cannot get enough of your iPhone, HomeConnect will give you one more reason to spend more time on it.

Similar to the 300 Series, the Bosch 800 Series dishwashers come with a variety of design choices as well as with models suited for special applications such as ADA height for raised floors, water softener, and 18-inch slim dishwashers for smaller kitchens.


5) The Ultra Premium: Bosch Benchmark SHV89PW73N

Benchmark Series Dishwasher, 39 dB, Water Softener, Interior Light, Flex 3rd Rack

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Why We Like It:

  • Feature-Rich and the Quietest Dishwasher

This series of dishwashers are ideal for those who are seeking the best cleaning performance along with the quietest possible operation (impressive spectrum from 38 to 42 dB). Bosch Benchmark dishwashers also come with all the bells and whistles such as interior lights and easy gliding racks.

The SHV89PW73N stands out as a shallow depth dishwasher with customer panel ready finish so you can integrate it with your cabinets.


Conclusion

Bosch offers different dishwasher styles and a rich feature set to fit any budget. While the Ascenta and the 300 Series dishwashers are ideal for those who are budget conscious, the 500 Series and especially the Bosch 800 Series dishwashers will give you the maximum quality and design choices. Also, Bosch has many options for special applications such as shorter height units, water softener for hard water areas and 18" slim units. At Designer Appliances we keep close track of changes and updates to Bosch dishwasher product catalog. Feel free to check the latest updates in our blog post "What’s New in Bosch Dishwashers"

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FAQs

Does Bosch make other appliances?

Yes, Bosch manufactures a full set of home appliances. We typically specify Bosch appliances to those customers who target modern features, reliable performance, and timeless look without spending a fortune.

Bosch refrigerators and washer dryers consistently get great reviews. We also feature their wall ovens highly. You can see our in-depth write-ups on these products on the links we provided above.

Bosch is part of the BSH group, which owns the Thermador brand known for its residential luxury pro-cooking products.

What are the Bosch dishwashers that dry the best?

As of 2018, Bosch added an "Extra Dry" cycle to its dishwasher, starting all the way from the entry-level 100 Series. This really helped the company respond to the American customers that tend to wash plastic containers and dishware that require a different drying environment than that of ceramic, china and stoneware.

However, as of July 2019, select new Bosch dishwashers raised the bar further with AutoAir dry and CrystalDry.