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