Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC dishwasher

 
Approximate retail price:
$629.00
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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.

Drying:
Drying is our assessment of how thoroughly a model dries plastic items, the most stubborn in any load. We evaluate drying performance using the same cycle we use for our Washing test. As directed by manufacturers, we use rinse aid in every load.

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

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Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's)
Approximate retail price:
$539.00
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The Ratings applied to untested model Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's) come from our tests of model Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR7[ ]UC
Price range:
$539.00 - $633.10
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The Ratings applied to untested model Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR7[ ]UC come from our tests of model Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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
Failed after 6 months, apparently usual door latch problem
2/1/2016
Pros
Quiet
Cons
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
About six months after installation, the cycles began to stop in the middle, leaving the display blinking 15 minutes, or whatever. Or sometimes the machine would continue cycling all night, resulting in *very* clean but wet dishes. Or other failures, leaving the dishes dirty and wet. This appears to be the same problem as described in many other reviews - that the door does not latch and lock. There is no mechanical latch for the door at all, which appears to be a basic design fault. The electronic lock just never works, and the pressure of the washing cycle pushes the door a little bit open and interrupts the cycle repeatedly. I purchased from Lowes and Lowes did the installation.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
Not really awful- but i would NOT buy again or recommend.
1/30/2016
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Awkward Loading
Long Cycle
Standard Dishes Don't Fit
Best Uses
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
The good:<br />I love how quiet it is, and I like the way you can set the top rack at different heights. Once I load the few dishes it will hold, it cleans well. <br /><br />The bad: <br />I agree with the person who said Consumer Reports steered us wrong. The salesman at the store tried to talk me to an LG, he said these tines were too close together to be practical. I thought he just wanted to unload the LG, but he was right! Tines are too close, especially in one section of the bottom, and they are also tightly angled. As a result, most of my plates don't even fit between them. I just place my bowls across those tight tines, (The edges of the bowls won't even rest in between the tines, they just lay on top) and hope for the best. If I only use my Corelle, which is much thinner, the plates fit better (but the platters don't).<br /> <br />I would recommend this for someone who either eats out or buys a lot of frozen meals, or for whatever reason mostly has only thin plates and glasses. For that use, this dishwasher is great. But if you cook very much, and use bowls or pots, cutting boards, cookie sheets (yeah, they don't fit either), get something else.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
My experiences
12/31/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Awkward Loading
Doesn't Dry Well
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
Our 7 year-old Kenmore dishwasher gave up the ghost right before turkey day. Fortunately all of the stores were in their Black Friday sales modes, so appliances were fairly inexpensive. Because of the age of our previous machine and the fact that it had failed to clean on more than a dozen occasions, we decided to replace it instead of repairing it (it had stopped draining; there were no visible blockages anywhere).<br /><br />Using the CR app, we headed over to Best Buy, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Sears. Everyone carried pretty much the same inventory but Sears had a slightly larger selection, so that's where we bought ours.<br /><br />Now, we do not have this particular model, so this review is only a general observation we've made thus far...<br /><br />Pros:<br />1. It's quiet.<br />2. Ours has a cycle time-remaining display.<br />3. It cleans awesomely.<br /><br />Cons:<br />1. The way the tines are arranged, it actually makes it more difficult to load items such as Tupperware, pots, etc.<br /><br />2. It seems that it doesn't hold as much as our previous model, though that could just be a perception issue. With time, that might change.<br /><br />3. It does not dry plastics well at all. I have to dry all of them by hand when removing them. It has no problem drying anything else.<br /><br />4. This is weird to say, but it seems that the water pressure is TOO HIGH! We have two young boys, so they mostly use plastic bowls and cups. Every time we've washed them, those cups, and a few times, the bowls, have been overturned and full of water! I suppose we could transition them to glassware fulltime, but that still doesn't help with the other plastics not drying.<br /><br />Bottom Line:<br />We're exchanging this dishwasher for another; one that will dry plastics better. Sadly, the most recommended one, a KitchenAid, is also the WORST for reliability. So how can CR recommend a dishwasher that, despite cleaning well, is the most likely to break? Even the installer remarked on how many times he's had to repair KitchenAid's in the past.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
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