What’s New in Bosch Dishwashers for 2018?

Bosch dishwashers received some fairly major upgrades in 2018. These changes came after Bosch conducted a comprehensive review of their customers’ use of Bosch dishwashers under real-life use conditions. For example, the Bosch MyWay Rack was developed in order to save space in the lower racks to allow for larger pots and pans. Similarly, the new EasyGlide racks extend smoothly even when the racks are fully loaded. Quiet operation has become a new hallmark of Bosch dishwashers, with the class of 2018 taking this distinguishing characteristic to new heights. Meanwhile, there are no noticeable changes to the outer appearance of machines in the new Bosch lineup.

Top 5 Improvements with Bosch Dishwashers:

  • Bosch wisely transformed the upper rack of silverware to allow it to house deeper items. Bosch is calling this the Bosch MyWay Rack, and it’s found on select Bosch models
  • Models that did not get the MyWay Rack now have more flexible and luxurious 3rd rack
  • Major sound-insulating improvements have been made to already whisper-soft machines, allowing use of Bosch dishwashers in open-floor kitchens with no disruption.
  • Smooth gliding racks on new ball bearing wheels make loading and unloading incredibly easy, leading to the Bosch branded name, “EasyGlide”.
  • Internet connectivity is now available on some models under the HomeConnect name.
  • Speed60 express wash in under 60 minutes is now standard on almost all Bosch dishwashers.

With Over 100 Bosch Dishwashers, How Do You Choose?

Most consumers (not to mention the experts at Designer Appliances) find it hard to follow the many catalog websites that feature Bosch products. After all, Bosch offers more than 100 distinct products all listed with company jargon that can make them difficult to distinguish. Thankfully, we’ve prepared a quick guide to act as an overview of Bosch dishwashers. With this guide, you’ll be able to choose your next Bosch dishwasher with confidence.

We highly recommend that you watch our comprehensive video review of Bosch dishwashers to assist you with your selection process:

In a nutshell, Bosch produces five distinct series of diswashers (Ascenta - now relabeled as 100 Series, 300, 500, and 800 Series), each one set apart by its feature set and price points. In addition, Bosch Benchmark dishwashers are reserved for Bosch's latest technology and most silent models.

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In-Depth Look at Bosch Dishwasher Series

First things first - Design Styles

Bosch dishwashers come in 5 primary design styles across all series:

  • Recessed Handle: Features a visible control panel with reach-in handle.
  • Pocket Handle: A hidden control panel creates a clean profile, with only a reach-in handle visible.
  • Bar Handle: Controls are also hidden, but handle is a towel-bar style.
  • Scoop Handle: Hidden controls with elegant reach-in handle
  • Custom Panel: Controls are hidden, and dishwasher door can accept custom cabinet panels to match surrounding décor.

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Bosch dishwashers with hidden/top controls come with a bonus feature namely the infolight or time light projected to the floor to indicate remaining time and operation status. (infolight is a standard option/timelight is reserved for luxury models)

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Bosch Dishwashers Ascenta Series (now the 100 Series)

This is Bosch’s entry-level line, with prices ranging from approximately $449 to $699. These usually feature hybrid tubs with plastic basins and stainless steel walls. Sound levels range from 45db to 50db, and both racks & tines lack flexibility. This line mostly remained intact in 2018. However, Ascenta is now being marketed as Bosch 100 Series.

Bosch Dishwashers 300 Series

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Bosch SHEM63W55N 300 Series Dishwasher Shown.

Ranging from $699 to $849 in price, 300 Series dishwashers feature stainless steel tubs, 44db operation and adjustable RackMatic racks with a standard 3rd Rack for silverware. Flexible tines also come standard.

300 Series Improvements:

  • Improvements to sound insulation, bringing operation noise from 46db to 44db.
  • Standard third rack for silverware
  • New models have done away with the clumsy height adjustments found in older models. You can now easily adjust rack position to nine different settings with the RackMatic levers.
  • Adjust tines to accommodate oddly sized items on the upper racks.

Bosch Dishwashers 500 Series

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Bosch SHPM65W55N 500 Series Dishwasher Is Shown Above.

The 500 Series includes Bosch’s most popular dishwasher models, ranging from $749 to $899. Sounds levels hover at 44db, and each machine features EasyGlide upper racks for easy loading and a flexible 3rd rack for deeper items that features movable sides to allow for tall glasses on the rack below.

500 Series Improvements:

  • Upgraded flexible 3rd rack for silverware, allowing for long-stem glassware on rack below. You can now also wash your measuring cups, ramekins and large ladles in the newly designed rack.
  • EasyGlide upper rack for easy loading and unloading
  • Additional flexibility in tine settings
  • Extra Dry option which raises drying temperatures to 162 degrees Fahrenheit and extends drying time. Also enhances drying performance to provide a brilliant shine.
  • Speed60 express wash now cleans freshly soiled glasses and dishes in under an hour.

Bosch Dishwashers 800 Series

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Bosch SHXM98W75N 800 Series Dishwasher Featuring MyWay Rack Shown Above.

This is the flagship series of Bosch products for superb quality and attention to detail. Prices range from $799 to $1,299, and sound levels are supremely quiet at 39db to 42db. This series adds flexibility to all tines and racks, plus touch-sensitive controls and select models with MyWay Rack, water softener, and internet connectivity via Home Connect.

800 Series Improvements

  • MyWay rack in select models, such as SHX89PW55N and SHE89PW55N, and upgraded, flexible 3rd rack on the rest
  • EasyGlide upper rack for easy loading and unloading.
  • Internet connectivity via Homeconnect on select models
  • Better-performing, touch-sensitive controls
  • Extra Dry option which raises drying temperatures to 162 degrees Fahrenheit and extends drying time. Also enhances drying performance to provide a brilliant shine.
  • Speed60 express wash now cleans freshly soiled glasses and dishes in under an hour.

Bosch Dishwashers Benchmark Series

The Benchmark series represents the highest level of Bosch design and features, priced between $1,099 and $1,999. Benchmark machines are manufactured in Germany as opposed to other Bosch models made in North Carolina. Supremely quiet at 38-42db, most models also feature interior LED lights, and a timed light projected onto the floor to indicate remaining cycle time and operation status. Benchmark Bosch dishwashers are sold only through elite partnerships with partners including Designer Appliances.

Benchmark Series Improvements

  • Impressive sound insulation brings noise levels down to an almost inaudible 38-42db.
  • MyWay Rack included on most models
  • Upper and lower racks both feature EasyGlide functionality on most models, with some select models feature both MyWay and EasyGlide
  • FlexSpace Plus allows for unique dishware and individual needs.
  • Full-Color clear text display that’s streamlined, straightforward, and easy to use.

Bosch Dishwashers DLX Upgrades

This surprising bonus from Bosch is only sold through qualified appliance stores, costing the same as lower-tier siblings but adding important features like the ExtraScrub option which adds increased pressure and heat to counter stubborn soiling, or a silverware basket that can split for versatility. Ascenta, 300, 500 and 800 series dishwashers all feature an exclusive DLX version.


Conclusion

With so many options and features to choose from, you’re sure to find a Bosch dishwasher that’s perfectly suited to your needs, preferences and interior décor. Browse our selection of Bosch dishwashers to find the one that’s perfectly matched to you.

If you need additional help to research the latest dishwasher technologies check out our comprehensive dishwasher buying guide.


FAQ's

  • Does Bosch make Black Stainless Steel color dishwashers to match my other appliances?
    Yes. Bosch SHPM78W54N 800 Series features Black Stainless finish with pocket handle which will match with all design styles and handles in your kitchen. This modern finish is not only finger print resistant it also durable againsts scratches.

  • Where are Bosch dishwashers made?
    Mostly in the US in North Carolina. Although Bosch is a German company it chooses to make almost all of its dishwasher products in the US. Only a few models namely Benchmark Series SHE89PW75N and SHX89PW75N are made in Germamy.

  • Do Bosch dishwashers have a heating element?
    No. Here are the top 3 reasons why best dishwasher manufactrures such as Bosch and Miele refrain from using heating elements.
    1. Heating elements use excessive amounts of energy and most manufacturers go for condensation drying to be Energy Star compliant.
    2. In addition, heating elements typically melt any plastics in the bottom rack if they are inadvertantly left.
    3. Also, if any food residue is left over after a wash cycle heating element might bake it on to your dishes which would be a mess.

  • I have small kitchen. Does Bosch make 18" dishwashers?
    Yes. Bosch offers 18" models in stainless steel, white or black. There are also panel ready versions of 18" dishwashers. Both 300 Series and flagship 800 Series feature models to cover the entire spectrum. Here is a quick link for the entire catalog of 18" dishwashers. These dishwashers are fully featured and extremenly quiet at 44 dbA. Most models have built in water softeners and are designed to meet ADA height restrictions.

  • What is a panel-ready dishwasher? Does Bosch make panel ready dishwashers?

    Panel ready dishwasher means that your dishwasher will have an unfinished front so you can match it with your cabinets.

    Instead of using a stainless steel panel (or white of black for that matter) these models give you the option to match the front of your dishwasher with that of your cabinets for a seamless look. Bosch makes a number of fully featured panel ready dishwashers. Here is a quick link for the selection.

  • What is an ADA height dishwasher? Does Bosch make ADA height dishwashers
    Some kitchens have raised floors i.e. floor installers with their infinite wisdom took the shortcut and got lazy about moving your appliances during new floor installation. Therefore, you may need to get a slightly shorter dishwasher to be able to fit the opening. These slightly shorter models are called ADA height dishwashers. Yes Bosch indeed has an ample selection in the ADA compliant dishwasher category. .

  • Does Bosch make dishwashers with water softener? Does a water softener really make a difference?
    Yes and Yes. First, if you live in an area with hard water -such as New Jersey - you will likely get water marks on your dishes after dyring them. In addition, hard water is not good for your dishwasher. Water softeners eliminate water spots so you get sparkling result each time. Here is a quick link to all Bosch dishwasher models that feaure a water softener.