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Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC
 
Price range:
$719.10 - $878.90
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Summary: This Bosch conventional dishwasher has
  • A soil sensor.
  • An adjustable upper rack.
  • A delayed-start feature.
  • A stainless/plastic interior.
  • All hidden controls.
  • Adjustable tines.
  • Ample flatware slots.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC

The Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC is part of the dishwasher test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher models like the Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing:
Assessed by running the normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load--10 place settings of very dirty dishes that were scraped but not rinsed. We examine the dishes and glassware for residual food after cleaning.

Energy use:
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.

Noise:
Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.

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About This Brand

This highly rated European brand is positioned as the maker of the quietest, most energy-efficient models with features that leave dishes sparkling. The machines are known for their quiet operation and washing ability. The company is introducing a stainless-steel tub that has a nonstainless tub base (gray). Bosch dishwashers also have a manual filter, unlike most of the other brands sold in this country.

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Features & Specs - Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC
info Ample flatware slots Yes
info Adjustable upper rack Yes
info Sensor Yes
info Self-cleaning filter No
info Hidden controls All
info Interior material stainless/plastic
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC
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1.0
Seriously stay away from Bosch - read
7/17/2014
Pros
Cons
Dishes Smell Sour Milk
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Unreliable
Best Uses
Throwing Way
Comment:
Our dishes literally smelled like rancid milk when we ran them. Tried everything. Had to rinse separately and had 3 different service guys come out. None could help the problem. The dishes sit in the water which doesn't drain well. Never been so frustrated with a brand. Just got a Miele installed and delighted to pull out a clean glass which didn't smell - what a difference! You can see a huge difference in the drain parts and filters that the use. ySome people have good experiences but read how many people have absolutely miserable experiences. Buy American or Miele but not Bosch. I have never been so happy to unload something that I spent a grand on.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Very satisfied
7/14/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Quiet
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Make sure you get model number SHX3AR75UC or similar that has fold down tines on both the top and bottom racks. We've only had the Bosch for about two weeks, but the ability to convert the racks makes this machine perfect. Some reviewers have noted that the bottom rack was designed by a mad scientist; that the tines are too close together and go every which direction. Yes, some of them are closer together than your mother's dishwasher, but not all and that's good, especially when you use a lot of smaller plates and the two directional pattern allows more flexibility. Fold down tines on the bottom are a must because I don't think dishwasher racks were ever laid out for skillets, because, well you wash them by hand, right? Not since Teflon stopped flaking off! So, you can lay a 10 – 12 skillet down in the bottom and still have room for plenty of plates.<br />The moderately priced Bosch models are Consumer Reports check rated for 2014 and don't get sucked in to trading up. A few features that don't make sense:<br /> Adjustable top rack – mine doesn't have it and it fits tall glasses and pitchers on the bottom.<br />Third rack for silverware – if you have household help or want to teach neatness to the kids get this option; otherwise who has the time to lay each piece in an individual slot.<br /> Light shines on the floor when wash is done – this is a flaw with a lot of machines with hidden controls. There should be a small LED on the front indicating end of cycle.<br /> Water softener – if you really have that problem, get a whole house unit.<br /> Stainless steel bottom – not necessary and I don't notice the bottom anyhow.<br />One gripe; programming was designed by the aforementioned mad scientist and the manual for the SHX3AR75UC and others according to web blogs is mis-stated. The procedure for programming calls for noticing 0, 1, 2 or 3 blinking lights - pick one to select your desired option, and it doesn't state what lights will blink. It's the wash cycle lights and they remain steady, not blinking, so one solid light is option one, etc.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Flawed design
7/8/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Awkward Loading
Doesn't Dry Well
Lower Rack Falls Off Easy
Small Interior
Best Uses
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
Given the reviews and tests, I'd think someone would have caught the design flaw in which the bottom rack falls off the rails easily. Very annoying at least, and, if dishes fly, potentially dangerous.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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