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Bosch Appliances Reviews & Buying Guide

by Bill Welles
  1. Bosch Dishwashers Breakdown
  2. Our Top Bosch Dishwasher Picks
  3. Bosch Refrigerators Breakdown
  4. Our Top Bosch Refrigerator Picks

“Invented for Life” is more than just a tagline—for Bosch, it’s a deeply rooted belief that expertly crafted appliances will enhance your interior design and improve your life. Bosch is a leading name in the appliance industry known for manufacturing products across the entire culinary spectrum; however, they are best known for their coveted dishwashers and refrigerators.

Premium Bosch appliances are the essence of clean, European design. Each product provides an elegant look that enhances and complements any modern or professional kitchen style. The moments shared over a homecooked meal are truly one-of-a-kind, and Bosch kitchen appliances are equipped to capture every special detail.

With a vast selection of high-end appliances throughout the Bosch lineup, it can be hard to decide which product is best for your home. Thankfully, the experts at Don’s Appliances have whipped up a list of our favorite Bosch refrigerators and dishwashers along with the award-winning features we know you’ll love.

modern Bosch kitchen suite

Bosch Dishwashers Breakdown

Bosch has earned the reputation as the Quietest Dishwasher Brand in the United States with whisper-quiet decibel levels, ranging from 40 to 50 dBA. This is made possible by multiple insulating layers, grind-less food filtration, and a sound-absorbing base. Bosch dishwashers operate so quietly, which is why the near-silent models feature an InfoLight to shine a red light on the floor so you know when the appliance is running.

One of the most convenient features is the PureDry system. This setting includes a sanitize option which concludes each cycle with a hot-water rinse that heats the water to 162 degrees. And it wouldn’t be Bosch without a little high-tech engineering—PrecisionWash uses intelligent sensors to scan and check the progress of dishes during the wash cycle and targets every item with powerful precision spray arms.

Something unique to the Bosch brand is the choice of five different dishwasher handles—depending on whether you opt for hidden or visible controls. If you prefer a smooth integration with hidden controls, you can choose between the bar handle, scoop handle, or pocket handle. If you prefer the accessibility of visible controls, your best bet is a recessed handle.

And perhaps the most vital aspect of a dishwasher is its loading capacity. Consider how many dishes you go through each day. If you entertain often or prepare meals for a family of five, Bosch’s Flexible 3rd Rack allows you to customize your racks’ loading space with adjustable tines that accommodate deeper items. The additional rack is versatile, efficient, and adds up to 30 percent more loading capabilities than standard two-rack dishwasher models.

Built-in Bosch dishwasher

Our Top Bosch Dishwasher Picks

Bosch 100 Series Built-In Dishwasher (SHEM3AY55N)

The Bosch 100 Series dishwasher is an Energy Star certified model proven to save up to 280 gallons of water per year, all while the EcoSense setting reduces energy use by up to 20 percent. The spacious 3rd rack allows you to fit more dishes in each cycle so you aren’t constantly running your dishwasher, and it provides extra space for flatware, large utensils, and measuring cups, while its V-shape design leaves room below for tall or bulky items.

If you’re still worried about over-loading your appliance, the RackMatic middle rack easily adjusts to three different heights and up to nine separate rack positions, allowing taller items like stemware to fit in the middle rack and still leave plenty of room for pots and pans below.

Additional features include:

  • Sanitize option
  • Delicate Wash for fine china
  • InfoLight
  • Overflow Leak Protection
  • Six wash cycles with 14 place setting capacity
  • Extra Dry or Extra Shine option
  • Self-latching door

Bosch 300 Series Built-In Dishwasher (SHSM63W55N)

The Bosch 300 Series takes the same great features from the 100 series and further optimizes its performance. Like every Bosch dishwasher, the 300 Series undergoes 485 quality checks and ensures a level of quality you can count on.

With PrecisionWash, you can be done as soon as your dishes are. Intelligent sensors work hard to scan and check the progress of dishes during the cycle to ensure each spray arm is properly treating each item. If your dishwasher isn’t quite full enough to start a fresh wash cycle, the Half Load Option reduces cycle time and water consumption so you conserve water when you only need to wash small, lightly soiled loads that fill half or less of the dishwasher’s capacity.

Additional features include:

  • 24 Hour Delay Start Timer
  • 44 dBA
  • LED Time Remaining display
  • Three height adjustments and nine rack positions
  • Stainless steel tub
  • Speed60 wash setting
  • Load Size Sensor
  • Sanitize and Extra Dry options

RackMatic position chart

Bosch 500 Series DLX Built-In Dishwasher (SHP865ZD5N)

The star of the Bosch 500 Series is the AquaStop leak protection system that contains leaks through a precisely engineered system. If a leak occurs, the AquaStop contains it by shutting down operation and pumping out water. On specific 500 Series models, AutoAir automatically releases the door at the end of the cycle to let moisture escape so you can leave the dishtowel behind and dry your dishes with a whole new air of confidence.

The EcoSilence motor system and a sound-absorbing base are part of the near-silent operation, and the InfoLight projects a let while the dishwasher is running and automatically shuts off once the cycle is complete.

Additional features include:

  • Rackmatic on upper rack
  • 24 Hour Delay Start Timer
  • Five wash cycles
  • Sanitize option with enhanced drying results

dog taking a nap in front of the dishwasher

Bosch 800 Series Built-In Dishwasher (SGX68U55UC)

If you invest in a Bosch dishwasher with Home Connect, you can receive notifications once your dishwasher's cycle is complete, when it begins to run low on detergent tabs, or if there's ever a leak that occurs.

The Sanitize option provides you with a thorough, hygienic clean, wash after wash. It can be selected with many wash programs and increases the final rinse temperature to remove any remaining bacteria. CrystalDry technology transforms moisture into heat to get dishes 60 percent drier, and Zeolith drying technology achieves brilliant drying results while using far less energy than conventional dishwashers. A natural mineral that transforms humidity into heat, Zeolith creates a drying process that requires far less energy than conventional dryers and perfectly dries glass, porcelain, and even plastic dishes.

Additional features include:

  • ActiveTab detergent tray
  • Built-in water softener
  • RackMatic
  • Rinse Cycle
  • Variable spray pressure
  • Flexible silverware basket

Bosch Refrigerators Breakdown

The impact of Bosch refrigerators goes well beyond their stunning appearance. Function, usability, and innovation are at the core of every Bosch product. Bosch is the only manufacturer to offer dual compressors and dual evaporators on freestanding refrigerator models, and they’re the first in the industry to feature a refrigerator with a built-in wine preservation unit.

It's easy to get excited about a new refrigerator with pre-programmed freshness settings that monitor temperature and humidity levels to prevent spoilage. Bosch refrigerators are fully equipped with premium features like the VitaFreshPro setting, an in-drawer FreshProtect filter, a MultiAirFlow feature that maintains consistent temperatures throughout the entire refrigeration compartment, and WiFi connectivity featuring Home Connect so you can control your appliance from anywhere.

Certain fridge models will include transparent gallon door bins, hidden water dispensers, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, LED lighting, and extra spacious freezer drawers to easily store large food items. And if you’re concerned about the ecological impact, Bosch refrigerators are incredibly energy conscious. Select fridge models come with an EcoMode button that automatically sets an efficient chilling temperature, and the dual compressors provide precise cooling and humidity control.

Built-in French door Bosch fridge

Our Top Bosch Refrigerator Picks

Bosch 300 Series Counter-Depth Side-By Side-Refrigerator (B20CS30SNS)

The MultiAirflow System causes even currents of cold air to emerge at all levels of the chilling and freezing area. Temperature fluctuations are minimized and cooling times are reduced, which helps your foods retain their flavor for longer.

The 300 Series is a NoFrost model, which means the humidity in the air is collected on the central fin evaporator rather than building up in the appliance or on the foods. This chiller draws the warmth out of the freezer area, automatically defrosts, and condensation is taken to the outside and evaporated using the compressor.

SuperFreezing protects frozen food from defrosting when adding new food to the freezer, and when the SuperCooling function is activated, food is cooled quickly, lowering the fridge temperature to 35 degrees so newly purchased meals won’t warm up the fridge. Best of all, the function automatically switches back after six hours to prevent unnecessary power consumption.

Bosch 500 Series Black Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator (B36CD50SNB)

With the Bosch 500 Series fridge, the SuperCool function rapidly drops the temperature of the fridge to insulate the food inside and makes sure new purchases will be cooled more quickly. Transparent door bins frame the interior of the refrigerator, creating ample space for all your needs. This refrigerator boasts six door bins, three of which are wide gallon door bins, easily accommodating two one-gallon containers each.

Adjust your VitaFreshPro drawer to the precise temperature and humidity you need to store your favorite foods, right from your Home Connect app. An ingenious three-tier layered freezer drawer system creates extra storage for frozen items, from pizza boxes to frozen waffles. The organized shelving system, paired with LED lighting, clearly displays all freezer items, so food isn’t buried or forgotten.

Black Bosch refrigerator

Bosch 800 Series Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator (B36CL81ENG)

VitaFreshPro offers industry-leading humidity and temperature control to keep perishable goods fresh three times longer than a standard cooling system, so you can spend less time throwing out food and more time enjoying it.

The industry first FlexBar utilizes typically unused space in the refrigerator, enabling you to organize your fridge in new ways. The FlexBar features a variety of hanging shelves, the perfect location for wine bottles, condiment jars, eggs, and more, all while offering the ultimate customization to be adjusted to sit in any of the shelf brackets.

Dual compressors and dual evaporators offer efficient and precise cooling and humidity control while significantly limiting odor transfer between the refrigerator and freezer. The internal water dispenser pours refreshing, pure water at the touch of a button or push of a nozzle, without disrupting the exterior design. Receive a notification on your phone should you accidentally leave your refrigerator door open for an extended time, and the true counter depth design sits flush with the countertop, with hidden hinges and discreet, tucked away feet.

VitaFresh drawers full of fresh produce

Shop Bosch at Don’s Appliances

We hope our Bosch brand guide has inspired you to make the most of your culinary space. For appliances invented for your home and your life, Don’s Appliances is the highest volume Bosch dealer in Pittsburgh.

If you have questions or would like more information regarding our selection of Bosch appliances, don’t hesitate to give us a call, browse our digital catalog, or visit us at one of our 10 store locations throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.