(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Some inconveniences but good overall
Doesn't Dry Well
I have the SHX68T52UC, which is the same as the SHX68T55UC except that it is white, not stainless.<br /><br />PROS:<br /><br />- It cleans very well. Except for cookie sheets and the like, we don't put pots and pans in a dishwasher; so I can't address that.<br /><br />- The filter is very effective. Our previous dishwasher couldn't handle uncooked cornmeal (such as comes from bottoms of English muffins, breads, and pizza) and other things of that ilk. It would deposit them at the bottoms of the glasses and then bake them on.<br /><br />- Similarly, our old dishwasher would leave the undissolved residue from powdered drinks on the bottoms of the glasses. I've tested this thoroughly, and there's no problem.<br /><br />- It is definitely quiet. This was a primary concern for me, since our kitchen and family room are essentially one big open space.<br /><br />- Some of the tines flip down. We've been using this feature to tilt bowls, cups, and other items with recessed bottoms so they don't trap puddles.<br /><br />- Several other parts of the racks can be removed or flipped out of the way.<br /><br />- Different parts of the racks have different angles, tine spacing, and the like. This give you a lot of flexibility, We're still experimenting with the various possibilities, and that might become a life-long occupation.<br /><br />- The hidden controls give it a very sleek look.<br /><br />- It has a third rack. This is hard to visualize, and the graphics on web sites don't portray it well. (Try Bosch's own web site for the best image.) It is actually a tray, and holds things like serving spoons and large knives that don't really fit anywhere else. It's handier than you'd think.<br /><br />CONS:<br /><br />- Because the display is hidden, you can't tell at a glance how much longer the cycle has to run. You have to open the door, and if the washer is running you're likely to get a face full of hot water. Open the door slowly, to give it a chance to stop.<br /><br />- Forget about the normal cycle unless you enjoy drying dishes by hand. We don't. That should be one of the functions of a dishwasher. You'll want to turn on the extra shine option, which no doubt has a negative effect on the power usage.<br /><br />- The nylon (or whatever) racks give off a faint odor. This is definitely not food, since the odor was there before we ran our first load. We don't mind it, but if possible go to a store and sniff one of Bosch's floor models.<br /><br />- The filter is not self-cleaning, but I've been checking it every week or so and it has never needed manual rinsing. The way we use the machine it could probably go for many months without attention.<br /><br />- It is definitely true that the bottom rack is not very well restrained. Give it too hard a pull and it will come off the rails, and possibly out of the machine. I haven't tried it, but I suspect if it were full of dishes this could be a real problem.<br /><br />- I'm no gorilla, but I managed to pop some of the wheels off one of the racks. They popped right back on.<br /><br />- The flatware container is divided into only two sections. If you have something light that you want to restrain (a measuring spoon, for example), you have to open up one of the two large sections to get it secured under the top. That's no big deal if the section is empty, but if you've already put some knives and forks in the rack it can be a nuisance. It would be more convenient if the rack were divided into more, smaller, sections. On the other hand, the openings in the lids are all different sizes, including a couple of quite large ones, so you could probably be able to drop a measuring spoon through them. (I haven't baked lately.)<br /><br />- If you put forks into the flatware container, they have to go in with the tines facing up.<br /><br />- Admittedly, I'm a few cookies past svelte; but when I open the door part way so I can put in a small item without pulling out the top rack very far, my belt buckle sometimes hits one of the controls. They are quite sensitive.<br /><br />- Here's one of the biggest pains in the neck: There isn't any good place to put deep bowls! If you look at the suggested loading patterns in the manual, they show nothing like the type of bowl you'd serve cereal in. You can put a few in, here and there, but only at the expense of the spaces where other things go. It will hold shallow bowls, such as dinnerware soup bowls.<br /><br />We chose this machine with an eye towards balancing ratings against price. We're satisfied with the value we got.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.