The Best Bosch Dishwashers of 2019

By Cindy Bailen, Keith Barry, Julia MacDougall, Johnny Yu, and Matthew Zahnzinger, Updated May 31, 2019
UPDATE: May 31, 2019

We just updated this article to include our take on the Bosch SHEM3AY52N, a dishwasher in the Bosch 100 Series of dishwashers.

The name Bosch conjures up images of tasteful stainless steel dishwashers that can bring a sense of elegance to a kitchen. These German-engineered plate-cleaners come at a high price because they offer quiet operation, top-notch stain removal, and sleek features. That’s why when you peruse real estate ads, the words "Bosch dishwasher" are used as a point of pride and a major selling point.

At our state-of-the-art labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we’ve tested every series of Bosch dishwashers, from the budget-friendly 100 series to the much vaunted 800 series. We take a holistic approach when it comes to scoring dishwashers—we assess everything from its stain removal performance to its control panel, ease of use, and features.

Amongst some stiff competition, we gave the Bosch SHPM98W75N (800 Series) (available at AppliancesConnection for $1,119.10) the gold medal as the best of the Bosch dishwashers. With its outstanding cleaning performance and a third rack deep enough to fit cereal bowls, how could we not?

Here are the best Bosch dishwashers we’ve tested, in ranked order.

  1. Bosch 800 Series SHPM98W75N
  2. Bosch 500 Series SHPM65W55N
  3. Bosch 300 Series SHXM63WS5N
  4. Bosch Benchmark SHE89PW55N
  5. Bosch 100 Series SHEM3AY52N
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Bosch 800 Series SHPM98W75N

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  • Best of Year 2017

Bosch 800 Series SHPM98W75N

Best Overall

We love all the Bosch 800 Series dishwashers. No matter which one you pick, our tests show you'll get excellent cleaning performance, good drying, sleek looks, and a highly desirable set of features. With easy-gliding racks and an optional "MyWay" third rack that fits soup bowls, you can choose the look you like best and configure the racks to make room for your dishes and pans. Best of all, it runs very quietly, at around 39 dBA (or A-weighted decibels), which is akin to the noise level in a library.

As for performance, the Bosch SHPM98W75N is one of the few dishwashers we've tested with a Heavy cycle that completely removed every stain (including difficult stains like baked-on lasagna and burnt sugar) from our test dishes. If you want a quiet dishwasher that can get your dishes sparkling clean and look good doing it, the Bosch SHPM98W75N dishwasher is the one for you.

How We Tested

Testing dishwashers is a dirty job, and we're happy to do it. We assess each dishwasher on the three major parts of the dishwasher experience— Performance, Features, and Usability.

Performance

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Stain removal —We put the three major cycles on a dishwasher (Quick, Heavy, and Normal) to the test by baking food and beverage stains—including milk, spinach, egg, oatmeal, meat, and more—onto 15 to 20 dishes that are then loaded into the dishwasher per the manufacturer's loading directions. At the end of each cycle, we determine how much stain has been removed from each dish. Ideally, each dish is 100 percent clean, but that level of cleaning perfection can be harder to achieve in real life.

RedepositRedeposit is the term for when, during the course of a dishwasher cycle, water jets remove bits of food from one dish, only to accidentally get it stuck on a second dish. Any dishwasher that shows little to no evidence of redeposit is a winner in our book.

Number of dirty dishes —After a dishwasher cycle has finished, we count the number of dishes that are not 100 percent clean; if your dishwasher can't clean most of your dishes the first time, it's not doing its job correctly.

Cycle Time —Dishwasher cycles can run the gamut from 30 minutes to four hours. Shorter cycle times are much more convenient, especially when it comes to large dinner parties, where you may need to reuse dishes from dinner when it's time for dessert.

Drying —Whether it's accomplished with rinse aid, a built-in heater, or a built-in fan, customers expect their dishes to be dry as well as clean. We penalize the dishwasher every time a dish comes out wet, whether it's sopping wet or just covered in a few water droplets.

Features and Usability

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While all of the features in the world can't make a bad dishwasher better, they can really add the finishing touch to a dishwasher that does a killer cleaning job. We look at the various cycles, cycle options, and dishwasher specs and assess both how useful the features are, and how easy it is to actually use those features.

For example, a third rack that primarily holds cutlery can often be a game-changer when it comes to freeing up valuable real estate in the bottom rack. However, if the third rack is rickety, doesn't slide smoothly, or prevents the dishwasher from actually cleaning the cutlery, we would penalize the dishwasher, rather than reward it just for having a third rack. The whole point of a dishwasher is to save you from having to spend time scrubbing every dirty dish by hand; if a particular feature isn't going to make the process of using a dishwasher better or easier, then we don't want it.

The best dishwashers have short cycles, superior stain removal and drying power, and features that make the experience of using a dishwasher a painless one.


What Does dBA Mean?

When you see the dBA abbreviation, that is referring to "A-weighted decibels", which is the unit that dishwasher manufacturers use to measure how loud a dishwasher is during its operation. You've probably heard of decibels as a measure of loudness before, but the "A-weighting" basically refers to the fact that certain frequencies are more easily perceived by the human ear than others; for instance, a flute solo sounds louder than a bass solo played at the same volume because the human ear is naturally more attuned to mid- and high-range frequencies than it is to bass-range frequencies. As a result, when manufacturers report how loud a dishwasher actually sounds to someone in the same room of the dishwasher while it's turned on, they report that number in terms of A-weighted decibels (dBA), rather than just decibels (dB).


Other Bosch Dishwashers We Tested

Bosch 500 Series SHPM65W55N

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  • Editors' Choice

Bosch 500 Series SHPM65W55N

Bosch's 500 Series dishwashers are popular for their quiet performance—as low as 44 dBA—but our lab tests show they're great at cleaning, too. Available with two handle options and three color options (stainless, black, or white), their hidden controls will fit any kitchen design. Every one features a third rack, an extra drying option, leak prevention, a quick wash cycle, and smooth-gliding racks.

Speaking of the extra drying feature, it may prove unnecessary in some cases, since we found that the Normal cycle dried dishes as well as it cleaned them—almost perfectly. The Bosch SHPM65W55N not only cleans your dishes, but also ensures that they're completely dry, free of water stains, and ready to use again straight out of the dishwasher.

Bosch 300 Series SHXM63WS5N

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  • Editors' Choice

Bosch 300 Series SHXM63WS5N

The Bosch 300 Series continues to offer the same sleek look, quiet operation, and incredible cleaning prowess that Bosch is known for. We tested the Bosch SHXM63WS5N, which removed nearly 100 percent of the stains on the Quick, Normal, and Heavy cycles, an amazing feat that happens rarely in our test labs.

On top of that, this dishwasher also has a third rack, foldable tines, an adjustable upper rack, solid drying, and an optional water softener. This dishwasher is worth every cent, and even offers more color choices than the pricier 500 Series.

Bosch Benchmark SHE89PW55N

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Bosch Benchmark SHE89PW55N

The Bosch SHE89PW55N is one of the models in Bosch's flagship Benchmark series. While the Benchmark dishwashers may cost a lot more than other Bosch dishwashers, they do offer some niceties for more discerning customers. In addition to a 39 dBA rating—one of the quietest dishwasher ratings we've seen—the Benchmark series offers panel-ready designs, LCD touchscreens, telescoping racks, a deep third rack, and bright interior lighting.

When it comes to performance, though, the SHE89PW55N is a real marvel. Not only were the Normal, Quick, and Heavy cycles all equally effective at removing more than 99 percent of all stains, but the cycles are also extremely efficient; they all use very little water and electricity. While you'll pay more up front for this dishwasher, you'll end up saving yourself from dirty dishes and high utility bills.

Bosch 100 Series SHEM3AY52N

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  • Editors' Choice

Bosch 100 Series SHEM3AY52N

If you want a Bosch dishwasher, but you're on a strict budget, look no further: the Bosch SHEM3AY52N, part of Bosch's 100 Series line of dishwashers, gives you all the cleaning performance you need at a price you can afford. With a noise rating of 50 dBA, it's a bit louder than other Bosch dishwashers on the market, but we didn't find the sound very noticeable during testing. For best stain removal results, we recommend using the Normal and Heavy cycles, which do a great job at getting rid of really tough stains.

While the dishwasher's control panel is basic, you can use the buttons to access a number of different wash and cycle options. This model comes in black, white, and stainless steel finishes, but the stainless steel finish, unsurprisingly, costs a bit extra. Lastly, while this dishwasher doesn't have a true third rack, it does have a small utility rack that sits atop the second rack, and is large enough to fit ladles, short glassware, or more cutlery. Bosch's 100 Series dishwashers make some of the best Bosch features available to those who couldn't afford them previously.

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