dishwashers

Bosch Evolution Ascenta SHE3AR55UC 24 in. Built-In Stainless Steel Dishwasher Review

The Bosch Evolution Ascenta SHE3AR55UC suffers from second-rate performance and lackluster design, but its high capacity and efficiency standards will satisfy many owners.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Lower Dish Rack

The bottom rack has a series of disparately spaced and angled tines. This allows for considerable maneuverability when loading large or oddly shaped dishware. However, the lack of a collapsible row of tines can limit versatility.

Bottom Rack Photo

The Evolution Ascenta bottom rack.

Upper Dish Rack

The top rack includes one row of collapsible tines. It also includes a moveable silverware holder for cutlery-heavy loads. Like similar Bosch models, the top rack is easily removable. This is convenient for loading dishware in a separate room, or for cleaning the interior of the machine.

Top Rack Photo

The top rack of the Evolution Ascenta.

Cutlery Holder

The single-piece cutlery basket is rather large and versatile. It latches onto the right side of the lower rack and includes six internal containers with hinged silverware holders.

The cutlery holders on the top rack is collapsible and doubles as a holder for small tea cups or other small dishware.

Cutlery Basket Photo

The Evolution Ascenta cutlery basket.

Detergent Dispenser

The plastic detergent dispenser is located at the top-center of the washer door, with the adjacent rinse aid container to the right. Anyone familiar with Bosch dishwashers will appreciate the standard setup. The dispenser lid slides laterally and is easy to open and close.

Detergent Dispenser Photo

The Evolution Ascenta detergent dispenser.

Ease of Use

We found dishware to fit snugly in place with a variety of loading capabilities, but we also agreed that additional adjustability, particularly on the bottom rack, would be nice. The handling of the machine is fairly straightforward, and there are plenty of lights to indicate its operational status, but, once again, we found the interface to be distasteful and even downright silly. Why install two buttons to scroll between just four wash cycles?

Noise

The SHE3AR55UC is pretty quiet, and lovers of ambient music may even be soothed by its wave-like tone.

Controls

The front panel holds all of the Ascenta's controls, many of which are a bit frustrating—or at least counter-intuitive. For one, the wash selector scrolls only to the left and right, forcing you to make use of both left and right selector buttons. Furthermore, turning the machine on and off involves a confusing three- or four-second operational delay. That means that you might push the button, see nothing happen, and think that you somehow missed or didn't push hard enough or bought a defective model. For users that typically use the same cycle over and over again, these quirks are easy to get used to, but expect a bit of a learning curve.

The child lock is convenient enough; you won't have to worry about a toddler racking up your water bill. There are also lights indicating whether the machine is active or clean.

Controls 1 Photo

The Evolution Ascenta control panel.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Efficiency
  4. Speed & Performance
  5. Washing Features
  6. Controls & Usability
  7. Conclusion
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

What's Your Take?

All Comments