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Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's)
 
Approximate retail price:
$650
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's)

The Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's) is a dishwasher available from Bosch. The Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's) typically costs $650 .

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on dishwasher models like the Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's).


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.

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.

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.

Tested Model
The Ratings of Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC were applied to untested model Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC
Price range:
$719.10 - $899.00
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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 SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's)
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 SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's)
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5.0
Best Dishwasher I have Owned...
4/7/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
So far we LOVE this dishwasher. It is Super Quiet, and does a fantastic job cleaning!<br /><br />I have had ONLY one thing I did not like. When installing it, you turn the legs to level the unit. If you do not put the securing screw in place immediately, the legs push back in. This makes leveling it perfectly a bit more awkward than it has to be. This is by no means something that would prevent me from buying this unit again, but figured I should note something that isn't perfect.<br /><br />I would highly recommend this dishwasher to ANYONE looking to purchase one.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
 
4.0
Quietly gets the job done
3/21/2014
Pros
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Tine Placement
Best Uses
Comment:
We have used this dishwasher for about a month. It replaced an old, loud, ineffective whirlpool. I picked this dishwasher up at Lowes and got a pretty good deal on it. I think CR is correct in reporting this product is a 'best bargain'. <br /><br />I use the recommended Finisher product and always use the sanitize setting. My dishes always come out clean. Most of them come out dry save for the plastic items and the bottoms of coffee mugs (which are upside down). The plastic items do come out much dryer than they did from my previous dishwasher.<br /><br />The only reason I didn't give this product 5 stars is due to the tine placement. It's been a month and I still haven't found the optimal way to load wine glasses. Not a real deal breaker though.<br /><br />I would recommend this product to family/friends.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great Dishwasher for a Great Price
3/9/2014
Pros
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Best Uses
Home Kitchen
Comment:
I was originally turned on to the Bosch Ascenta dishwasher line by the great marks it got from Consumer Reports, ranking near the top with all the $1000+ luxury dishwashers. But, I have to admit, after reading some of the reviews on store sites, I had second thoughts, especially the comments about the rack configuration and installation troubles. <br /><br />I went ahead and bought the dishwasher anyway, and I'm sure glad I did. The installation wasn't any trouble at all, all I needed was a 3/8 NPT male elbow, and a faucet supply line and it all went together with ease. I had some trouble because my hot water supply line connection was behind the dishwasher, not under my sink as they instructions assumed - but that was an issue with my pipe configuration, not the dishwasher. Even so, this just meant I had to attach the supply line to the wall connection first, then slide the dishwasher in, which left me little room to connect to the elbow under the front, so it took some extra time. Also, I did not have any trouble with foreign pipe connectors or similar like I had read on some site's' reviews for this dishwasher. The drain hose is included with the dishwasher, and there is plenty of length to manipulate and attach during installation.<br /><br />The rack configuration does have the tines closer together than I'm used to seeing, but I think it works better for holding the dishes up, and larger dishes straddle between them crosswise just fine. The user manual shows some suggested loading configurations, and I like how the silverware basket holds the silverware apart for better cleaning.<br /><br />The most exciting thing was when I ran it for the first time. I really had to listen at the door hard to tell if it was doing anything. After a couple of minutes of hearing some faint water noise, I finally opened the door to make sure it was working, and indeed it was washing - hard. I didn't realize 50 dB was so quite. It sounds like a faint rain-shower beating against a window. I was actually worried that I needed to get a quieter dishwasher, but I'm glad I didn't pay the extra for that; 50 dB is surely sufficient.<br /><br />The cycle times are slightly longer than I expected, but the manual says that it uses less water than older models, and my dishes have been coming out so very clean. Definitely cleaner than the dishwasher that I replaced.<br /><br />The only odd thing I noticed was that the procedure for setting the wash options, like heated dry on/off and rinse aid level is unique; there isn't a button or switch for these, you have to key in a particular button push sequence, but definitely not difficult.a
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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