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Bosch has revamped their dishwasher line and it looks as if they have significantly upped the ante so we’re going to take a look at what’s new.
In this post I’m going to focus on the 500 series which is Bosch’s most popular line in the US.
Though the 500 series falls in the middle of their offerings, the most value can be found in this line, as some of the 500-series models offer features that can only be found in top-of-the-line models from domestic dishwasher makers, all while coming in at reasonable price points.
My personal favorite in the old lineup was the SHX45L15UC, otherwise known as the SHX45P05UC (same model, just a different sku). I own this dishwasher and can state firsthand that it is not only extremely quiet, but packed with features that you would normally find in a $1000+ dishwasher.
Bosch has now improved on the SHX45’s design, replacing it with the new SHX55RL5UC.
The SHX55RL5UC features:
– Stainless steel tub
– 4 wash cycles
– 46 decibels (improving on the SHX45’s 47 decibel rating)
– 14 place setting capacity
– 19 hour delay start timer
– Sanitize option
– Half load cycle for small loads
Energy efficient, quiet and dependable. The best part is that the SHX55RL5UC can be had for less than $1000, whereas it is bringing value to the table that you’d normally see in a $1200 dw.
This dishwasher is only available in stainless. If you want one in black or white or with a recessed handle, you would have to look at the SHE55R5 (recessed handle) or the SHX55R5 (bar handle). These two dishwasher are also 1db quieter, coming in at 46dbs.
The following kitchen is an example showing you don’t need to take out a second mortgage in order to fit a kitchen with beautiful, functional kitchen appliances. It also shows why GE Cafe appliances have been such a tremendous hit for the last few years…professional look yet easy on the wallet. Nice!
Appliances used in Theresa’s Larchmont kitchen:
– GE Cafe CGS980SEMSS 30″ gas range
– GE Profile PFCS1NFZSS 36″ French Door Refriegrator
– GE Profile 30″ Hood JV936DSS
– Bosch SHX45P05UC – SHX45L15UC dishwasher (Basically the same model…we own the L15UC and love it!)
The yellow paint and white cabinets lend a sense of airiness to the space, so much so that the large stainless fridge does not weigh down the kitchen.
The GE Profile PFCS1NFZSS French Door Fridge, the pivot point in Theresa’s kitchen.
A side view of Theresa’s kitchen. Note the counterdepth refrigerator side-profile. Great choice, as a standard-depth unit would have protruded too far into the kitchen.
Theresa paired the ultra-popular CGS980SEMSS GE Cafe gas range with a pro-style GE Profile hood. Most of the time people will combine this range with the GE Cafe microwave, but this hood definitely works within the kitchen’s design scheme.
Starting in mid-May, Bosch will be taking the hammer to the rest of the dishwasher industry. Strong words, but ’tis the truth. Here’s why: Bosch will be offering rebates of up to $150 on select models till May 31. Yes, you ready that correctly: $150. (It is actually two rebates – 1 for $50, another for $100).
I can tell you that one of the dishwashers is my personal favorite (yes, I own it) SHX45L15UC from the 500 series. Figuring that this model usually sells in the high 8’s, when the rebate is applied you will net out at a tick above $700 for an utterly insane dishwasher.
You can get a list of the eligible dishwashers here.
I have a customer who is putting together a sick, sick kitchen in Scarsdale NY and suffice to say the appliances that are going in there are world beaters. He needs 2 dishwashers and he point-blank asked me, “I want the best dishwasher out there”.
Hmmm…what a heavy question. Let me think, think , think here….
If money is not an option, I’m picking a higher-end Bosch, and in particular the SHE68E15UC dishwasher. This should sell for anywhere from $1549-$1799.
Bosch has taken their share of lumps over the last few years. One of the criticisms that you will hear aimed at them is that their dishwashers are nowhere near the level of the Bosch’s that were on the market 10 years ago. You’ll hear people say that the new ones are too “plastic-y” and that they just feel cheaper.
I’m not going to deny that if you are looking at an Ascenta series model (go find me a “rich” feeling $599 dishwasher). But you CANNOT rag on the 800 Plus Series dishwashers. No way. This is the line where Bosch plays for keeps.
I don’t care which high-end dishwasher manufacturer, domestic or European, that you roll out.
Drawers. Tall tubs. Smart dispense. Third and Fourth racks. Bring it. The Bosch bests all.
Look at the numbers:
6 wash cycles and 5 options..ok who cares about this, no one buys a dw based on wash cycles.
Quiet. How quiet? 40 decibels quiet. I own the SHX45L15UC which is in the high 40’s and it’s a very quiet dw with the only sound you’ll hear being the swishing of water. That means that the
SHE68E15UC is probably so quiet that you won’t even know that it’s working.
It’s also the most energy efficient dishwasher in the US – using 180kw per year.
For you 3rd rack buffs, Bosch has included one. Warning , you need to snap your silverware in.
LCD display in the front
15 place setting
Bosch's Ultra Dope SHE68E15UC Dishwasher. Take No Prisoners.
We are getting many requests for information on the best kitchen appliance packages (especially with VALUE in mind) so I’ve broken
down a few appliance deal options listed by customer/budget type.
Appliance Package Deal # 1 – I Want a Trophy Kitchen
The high-end section of the appliance industry was destroyed in 2009 and it took heavy promotions from the likes of Sub-Zero, Viking, Monogram and more to get shoppers to invest in high-end appliance packages in 2010. While the sales didn’t approach the astronomic levels that the industry saw in 2003-2007, they certainly improved as the collapse of Western Civilization no longer seemed imminent as in the dark days of the fall/winter 2008.
While I expected 2011 to get off to a better start, things are still very sluggish in this segment. The first important note to be aware of if you are shopping for high-end appliance packages is that most of these promotions were recently extended and will last through the end of 2011. This is huge because these rebate programs NEVER existed in the high-end appliance space and I don’t see them being repeated. So if you are in the market for high-end appliances, chances are you will need to act this year. Here is a breakdown of the cutoff dates for the various promotions:
So what is my take on the high-end packages? I am a sucker for the value of GE Monogram and the heritage and performance of Wolf and SubZero. Here are a few packages from these brands that I see selling well and offer great quality as well as value.
Wolf / SubZero Appliance Package – In this package you would receive $1250 in an
instant rebate under the current offer (which may be changing):
– Wolf SRT366 gas rangetop with sealed burners (I am not a fan of griddles or grills on
indoor appliances, they don’t work as well as their outdoor counterparts, the cooking areas aren’t large enough and I believe you can never have enough burners
– Wolf 36″ stainless wall hood
– Wolf S030U/S L-series single wall oven
– Bosch SHX58E15UC dishwasher (hundreds below a comparable Miele!)
– SubZero Bi36 S/S/PH – 36″ SubZero with pro handles, stainless
(NOTE: The SubZero Wolf package is likely to be extended with more money being doled out to consumers. Will have more info when it’s finalized).
GE Monogram Kitchen Appliance Package
– GE Monogram 36″ Dual Fuel Range, 6 burners (keep in mind that the Monogram line will be releasing their all-gas ranges sometime in the first half of 2011. Editor’s note: They’re out!).
– GE Monogram 36″ Cabinet insert (I don’t like Monogram hoods as they are way too bulky, so I opted to use the cabinet insert here)
– GE Monogram Pro 24″ Dishwasher in Stainless
– GE Monogram 42″ ZISP420NXSS pro refrigerator in stainless
Package # 2 – I Want Value!
GE Cafe Appliance Package
On the topic of GE, let’s talk up the GE Cafe line, which continues to knock the socks off of this category. Where can you get a pro looking kitchen for less than $10k? How about for less than $8k? $7K? Then you have to look at GE Cafe. Plus, GE will be offering a $500 rebate on GE Cafe kitchen appliance packages for the first few months of 2011. Try this on for size:
GE Cafe Gas Range – CGS980SEMSS
GE Cafe DIshwasher – CDWT980RSS
GE Cafe OTR Micro/Hood – CVM2072SMSS
GE Cafe French Door Refrigerator – CFCP1NIZSS
Bosch Appliance Package
Another brand to check out in this upper middle-tier is Bosch. They are currently offering up to 15% rebate on Bosch kitchen appliance packages through May 31 2011. This can lead up to some significant dollars back in your pockets. Bosch has been forced to get very aggressive with their kitchen appliance promotions because quite bluntly Electrolux has handed them their proverbial lunch in the last few years when it comes to the sale of kitchen appliances. Now it looks like Bosch has regrouped, put together a compelling offer for consumers, and has the ability to make up ground with Electrolux raising their prices. Message to Bosch: Be nice to consumers and hold your price points!!!! You need to get your kitchen appliances back on the consumer radar screen and 2011 is the time to do it.
This is what the Bosch kitchen appliance package will need to look like in order to qualify for the 10% or 15%:
Appliance Package 10%: Purchase at least (3) 300, 500 or 800 series Bosch appliances
Appliance Package 15%: Purchase at least (3) 800 series Bosch appliances.
What I like about this is that Bosch is only holding you to (3) appliances, so it’s easy to qualify.
Here’s a sample package which I sell the heck out of:
With this package alone at 15% back you would be looking at nearly $700 in your pocket and that’s without selling the products anywhere near their MAP price.
KitchenAid Appliance Package
KitchenAid is a versatile brand. You can go into the high-end stratosphere with their built-in products like the 42″ KBFC42FTS French Door Refrigerator and accompanying pro range, or you can nestle quite comfortably in this middle-upper middle category. Let’s check out a package that would vie with the Ge Cafe, Bosch and Electrolux lines.This time I am going to mix it up and instead of using a range, we’ll do a gas cooktop, double wall oven, French Door fridge and a killer KitchenAid dishwasher. Check this out for around $7000….
KitchenAid KEBS208SSS 30″ Double Wall Oven
Kitchen Aid KUDE40XSS dishwasher
KitchenAid KFCS22EVMS 36″ French Door Refrigerator
KitchenAid KFGS366VSS 36″ gas cooktop
For those clamoring for a dishwasher with three racks but don’t want to spend between $1500-$2500, your requests have been answered.
Bosch has just introduced the SHX58E15UC dishwasher from their vaunted 800 Plus series of dishwashers. This designation means it belongs to the highest level of dishwashers that Bosch produces. Here is the spec break down on the SHX58E15UC.
– 45 Decibels
– Stainless tall tub
– 5 Wash cycles
– InfoLight beam that shines on the floor noting that dw is running
– 259 kw per year – Energy Star certified
– Half load option for small loads
– 15 Place setting
and of course….a THIRD RACK.
Now let’s focus on this third rack…in the past only one other company was known for producing a third rack for cutlery and silverware and the prices on their dishwashers were and still are astronomical. The third rack brings multiple advantages for a homeowner:
1) It frees up valuable space on the lower rack since you don’t need a basket for silverware.
2) Customers find the third rack easier to load/unload than using the basket.
3) Silverware or other items in the 3rd rack are cleaned more thoroughly. Why? Because each item is separated with space in between them, whereas when you load in a basket items are jumbled on top of another and some parts are not exposed to cleaning elements (like knife tips).
The cool thing about a third rack is that it also provides flexibility. I have customers who have loaded demitasse cups, smaller ice cream bowls, spatulas and similar items aside from their silverware.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing a dishwasher with a third rack, the Bosch SHX58E15UC has provided the reason to move on one. Enjoy the fruits of the Bosch 800 Plus series of dishwashers – quietness, energy efficiency, advanced cleaning system, third rack, all without paying an obscene amount for a dishwasher.
MSRP Price – $1449…of course if you pay that, ya been robbed!
Bosch's New SHX58E15UC Dishwasher
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:
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!
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…
People have been asking me to review the Bosch WFVC6450U washer as it is garnering a lot of attention in our showroom. I can tell you this much – not only is the Bosch WFVC6450UC priced under $1000 (great deal for a quality front load washer), but the current rebates on it are borderline absurd. Right off you get $300 back in your wallet.
Then, if you purchase one between 2/10 and 2/15, there is another $100, so you are in for a grand total of $400 back, just on a
washer. No one else is offering anything like this for a single laundry appliance.
And think about it, it’s not like you have to buy something like an Estate washer. This is Bosch. One of the better laundry manufacturers in the business. Think Green appliances. Energy efficient. Quiet. Dependable. In the laundry category, the deal on the WFVC6450 is the best out there.
Here are some features on the WFVC6450:
# EcoAction Option Reduces Energy Usage by up to 20%
# Bosch Washers Exceed Federal Energy Standards by up to 102%
# Exceeds ENERGY STAR® 2011 Guidelines – Uses only 130 kWh/yr
# ActiveWater turns 13 gal. into 400 gal. of washing power
# 15 Wash cycles for more flexibility and the greatest variety of load types
# 1200 rpm max spin for drier clothes and efficient drying
# BabyCare cycle cleans with extra water&high temperatures
Translation – the Bosch WFVC6450UC is energy efficient, quiet and dependable. And with the $400 rebate, it’s offers a fantastic opportunity to
jazz your laundry room up with modern, efficient appliances.
Bosch WFVC6450UC washer
I was handed literature drawing a comparison between a new Bosch 800 series refrigerator and a KitchenAid Architect II model. I wasn’t going to post this in light of the alleged faulty information that Bosch passed along for their 800 series dishwashers, but I opted to run it since these are fact and not subject to tests.
Bosch and KitchenAid have frequently competed against one another when it came to dishwashers. Now both offer full kitchen suites in different lines so the battle has been taken across the entire kitchen. Here’s a rundown as to why Bosch thinks their new 800-Series refrigeration is hands-down better than a similar offering from KitchenAid.
Models compared are a Bosch B22CS80SNS and a KitchenAid KSCK25FVSS.
Bosch 800-Series offers the following (and the KitchenAid doesn’t):
– Dual evaporator
– Air filtration
– Long Door Design
– Hidden Water Filter
– EasyLift Shelves
– Full Extension Drawers
– Color matched LCD dispenser
Here’s a peak at the Bosch Linea fridges:
I just got my hands on this commercial which shows most of the new Bosch appliances that have been rolling out this summer. For up to he minute availability call Curto’s Appliances store at 1-800-966-2878 or email us at CurtosAppliances@aol.com.
The hot items seem to be the Bosch Linea refrigeration as well as the Bosch washers and dryers with AquaStop and MistCare technolgies. More to come…