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Bosch Dishwasher Buying Guide Part 1 – Bosch Integra Dishwashers

Written by Appliance Dude | May 6th, 2010

If you’re looking to buy a Bosch dishwasher you’ve come to the right place.

Is your current dishwasher leaking all over the floor?
Are your dishes coming out dirtier than when you put them in?
Or maybe you’re redoing your entire kitchen and you’ve decided to update your relatively trouble-free dishwasher.

Bosch Integra Dishwasher - Hidden Controls

Your choice of dishwasher is extremely important. Unless you are open to the drudgery of cleaning grime from dishes and burning your hands under scalding water when doing so), your dishwasher is an indispensable part of your kitchen. It is YOUR FRIEND. And if it’s going to be your friend, it needs to be someone you can trust, and there isn’t a dishwasher brand out there that can be trusted as much as Bosch.

Plus, Bosch has not incorporated UMRP, or minimum prices on their dishwasher lines, so it is possible to buy a discount Bosch dishwasher without a great effort, especially if you live in the price-pressurized Northeast market.

Why Buy a Bosch Dishwasher 24?
Bosch dishwashers are among the most popular dishwashers in the marketplace. Why? Because they combine the following: QUALITY – PERFORMANCE – DURABILITY-FLEXIBLE PRICE. They consistently receive positive reviews from Consumer Reports, as a matter of fact when CR released their most recent dishwasher ratings, Bosch held 2 of the top 3 spots. Quite simply, Bosch knows how to make a quality dishwasher and get it into your home and price that won’t make you break into a cold sweat.

Bosch dishwashers can be broken down into several different lines:
Bosch Integra
Bosch Evolution
Bosch Ascenta

Today we’re going to focus on the Bosch Integra line of dishwashers, whose calling card is that the controls are hidden from the user. Instead of being located on the front of the dishwasher door, they are found on the TOP of the door, accessible when you open the door.

Bosch Integra Dishwashers: 300 Series
Bosch Integra dishwashers start with the 300-series. The 300 series operates at 50 decibels, a stainless steel tub and 4 wash cycles. They are Energy Star and NSF certified. There is a 19 hour delay start timer and quick wash that operates in 30 minutes. These dishwashers are available in black, white, stainless and will accept a custom panel.
Prices on the Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher should be from $750 on a black or white model to around $850 on a stainless unit.

Bosch Integra Dishwashers: 500 Series
The Bosch Integra 500 Series is the most popular offering from Bosch and IMHO offers the MOST value. Want to make your dollars work wonders? This is the line to be in. The two offerings to focus on in this series are the SHX45 and the SHX65 models. The SHX65 offers more wash cycles (6 opposed to 4) as well as a sanitize option that removes bacteria. Aside from those two features the dishwashers are identical: they both operate at the same decibel level (47), both are Energy Star certified, both offer stainless tubs and both offer capacity for 14 place settings. The SHX45P05UC can be had for under $900, especially if you take advantage of Bosch rebate programs. The SHX65 should start around $975 in black or white and go up to about $1150 for stainless.

Bosch Integra Dishwashers: 800 and 800 Plus Series
The Bosch Integra 800 Series is Bosch’s premium line of dishwashers. They offer an introductory dishwasher, the SHX68P05UC, which operates at a near silent 44 decibels, offers 6 wash cycles, a stainless tub and reduces Energy usage up to 20%. The next step up is the 800 Plus series which takes everything that the SX68P05UC and SHV68P03UC offer and delivers even more. The SHX68E05UC is 42 decibels and operates at 180kw per year, which helps qualify it for the demanding 2011 Energy Star requirements. The premium SHX68E15UC and SHV68E13UC also offer 6 wash cycles but operate at 40 decibels which makes them the quietest dishwashers in the US market. Both 800 Series plus dishwashers also offer one more rack (15) than the 800 Series SHX68 and offers a different, more flexible racking system for easier loading.
Prices on the Bosch 800 Series should start around $1199 and will move up to around $1600 for the top of the line 800 Series Plus. Expensive?
Go price out a Miele if you want sticker shock – top of the line Miele LaPerla dishwasher chalks in at $2400.

Check out this video touting the power of the Bosch 800+ Series. It rocks! And keep an eye out for the vaunted 3rd rack…more on that below!

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The 800 Plus Series Offers the Third Rack System

With the introduction of the 800 Plus Series, Bosch now offers a third rack for additional loading capacity, something that you originally would only find in a Miele dishwasher. This third rack is V-shaped and helps to separate silverware, making it easier to clean. It also offers room for odd-shaped cutlery and small dishes.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher - Third Rack

Suffice to say, I absolutely love the Bosch Integra Line of dishwashers. They look great, are durable and don’t command price points that border on the absurd. Plus, they’ve received the adualtion from Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports and scores of households whom first bought Bosch dishwasher products when they were first introduced into the US market in the 1990’s and would NEVER think of switching into another brand.

NEXT UP IN THE BOSCH DISHWASHER BUYING GUIDE…THE BOSCH EVOLUTION DISHWASHER SERIES…

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4 Responses

  1. Jill Cooper says:

    I recently purchased a Bosch 800 series Dishwasher with expectations that the interior would match the photo you have shown above. My dishwasher does not have the nice trim pieces as shown in the photo (blue/silver handle accents). I was quite disappointed at the difference. My model is SHX7ER55UC for reference. I have contacted Bosch and they have clarified that each of the 800 series washers are different. Do not expect any 800 series to match your photo. You may want to clarify which model is being shown in the photo.

    • Jonathan says:

      Jill, sorry to hear about your disappointment but I was pretty clear on one of the videos that there were difference with the racks on the 800+ models. Bosch has to make some points of differentiation between the 7 and the 9 in order to justify the price difference. I think your sales person could have done a better job explaining the difference to you. If you had purchased from us, we would have clarified everything.
      Good luck and enjoy your dishwasher.

  2. rachel fishbein says:

    Hi,

    I love your blog. It is incredibly helpful. Our KitchenAid DW died yesterday and I’m moving to a Bosch. I have been looking at several models that boast a mix of racks (i.e., 300 model with 500 racks, or 500 model with 800 racks). What I can’t find anywhere is a description of what makes a rack a 300, a 500, or an 800. If money were no option, there’d be no question I’d get a model which has the third rack, but unless there’s a great rebate program right now, they’re out of my range. Please help me with the rack question. Also, I’m near Philly. You seem to be the “Bosch” guy; am I out of your market area?

    Thanks,
    Rachel

    • Jonathan says:

      800 racks are built better, sturdier. They also look different as they have a blue trim around them.
      500 racks share some similarities but are a step down. 300 racks are nothing to write home about.
      Basic and not very flexible.

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