Best Buy Review by DBowker3D
Well Built, Very Efficient Layout
One of the biggest concerns many have when buying a dishwasher is reliability (and whether it cleans well of course!). On the first count only time will tell as we've had this machine for only about a month. That said, it's solidly built, looks nice in the kitchen, is quiet and does indeed get all the dishes, pans and utensils consistently clean. Certainly as clean or cleaner than any other dishwasher I've used.
It’s not the best “dryer” ever, but honestly that’s not a big deal for us. Usually we’ll pop it open for 10 minutes before putting anything back up, and that allows any steam to dissipate off the items. I’ve yet to find any food still on any of our items after the wash by the way.
The area I am most impressed with is the internal layout. As a former industrial designer, ergonomics and design efficiency are things I really pay attention to. This Bosch has what I consider to have the best configuration I’ve EVER used. Granted, maybe we just happen to have just the right items for it, but I doubt that it’s unique to us. It’s fair to say we can get at least another 20% more items inside than our previous dishwasher (an LG which wasn’t bad in that dept. either). We don’t always use the third tier, but I see that coming in handy around holidays for sure.
To me it’s not THE quietest washer ever, as many modern ones are pretty quiet anyway, but it is not at all noisey either. My wife thinks the red light on the floor is cool; I sort of think it’s overkill. Other reviewers seem to like it too though so…
The one aspect I have a minor concern about (and hopefully it won’t be more than that in the future) is that the buttons seem finicky- and don’t “feel” as solid as they could. There are times when it will NOT just switch over to a new mode, so we just default to the Auto which is fine. But even in the User Manual it states that it “needs time to process” or something after a mode is chosen, which is kind of silly IMO. I mean, we are not programming a complex rocket launch here! Anyway, it’s happened maybe twice and again, it worked fine as far as washing.
I wish it had a more straightforward way of “pausing” if you want to put another item in after it starts. Our last LG washer immediately went into StandBy as soon as the door opened and no input was needed at all by the user. Then you’d just close it back up and the washer was back at it. The Bosch wants you to baby it more, but again it’s also minor on my list.
Installation: I installed it myself (as I do for all our appliances) and for the most part the instructions we pretty well written and illustrated. The “install” kit (extra and not part of the washer) was totally unnecessary and I’d check you setup carefully before just buying such a kit. It (the install procedure) had a few areas I thought were kind of adding complexity where there was no need to, but once it was done it didn’t matter: It worked great. You get clean dishes, with very little sound and it blends right in!