The Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the Ascenta SHX3AR7UC are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
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.
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.
Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.
The following models have the same ratings as Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR7[ ]UC come from our tests of model Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has ajustable racks, and a different number of cycles.
The Ratings applied to untested model Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's) come from our tests of model Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has adjustable racks, and a different number of cycles.
The Ratings applied to untested model Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR5[ ]UC come from our tests of model Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has a different handle,adjustable racks, and a different number of cycles.
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.
Ample flatware slots Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Ample flatware slots
Adjustable upper rack Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
Adjustable upper rack
Sensor A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
Self-cleaning filter A filter that cleans itself is convenient, but it can add to noise. Note that it's often the costly foreign brands that lack self-cleaning filters and require periodic manual cleaning of the filter.
Hidden controls Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.
Interior material A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
I wanted to give my take on this dishwasher in comparison to other reviews. Because of the user reviews I probably wouldn't have gotten this, but I got a floor model at a price below even low-rated DWs.<br /><br />Smell: I didn't notice any smell.<br />Drying: Works fine, but I am in a very dry climate, and I can see how you could have trouble with this system.<br />Loading: My wife and I just laugh because this is so awkwardly designed. The angled tines make loading a hassle. We had to raise the upper rack so our plates would fit in the bottom rack without stopping the top rotating sprayer. If that sprayer gets caught, nothing will be clean. We have all kinds of items of different sizes, and it's like putting together a puzzle to load the machine. Loading takes the longest of any dishwasher-related task, and this takes longer and holds less than our previous model. I don't want to waste time on a dishwasher.<br />Sound: Much lower than our previous dishwasher. Very quiet, although I'm not so picky as to break out the dB meter.<br />Finally, cleaning, which is all I really want it to do. It cleans just fine, unless items are loaded too close together, and the design makes it easy to do that. We're used to having to do a lot of pre-washing for our old dishwasher. We can do less pre-scraping and brushing with this dishwasher, but you can't push it with stuff like dried oatmeal and then complain.<br /><br />If you are a picky person you may not like this machine. I'm not terribly picky, and I wouldn't buy it again.
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from San Diego
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
It was the bottom rack
Bottom Rack Off Track
Two things:<br />1) The bottom rack kept coming off the track.<br />2) Very awkward loading.<br /><br />Drove me crazy after one load. I don't care if it cleans great or that it will last forever. Those two things were driving me nuts.