The Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's) is a dishwasher available from
The Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe's) typically costs
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.
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.
The Ratings of Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7UC 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.
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.
Features & Specs - Bosch 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.
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 use the washer machine every evening. Desides a 2 hour cycle and buttons on the outside it is wonderful. I spent a month reviewing washers and this one has delivered.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
from Columbia, MO
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Bad Warranty Also
I am utterly disappointed in this product. I purchased it about 17 months ago, based on ratings here in Consumer Reports. It worked great for that time period and was exceptionally quiet, but then stopped working a week ago. And of course, the warranty only covers labor for a year. Is this what Bosch means by touting German engineering? That we can expect this product to last less than a year-and-a-half before failing? I've owned cheaper models of other brands of dishwashers that have all taken at least four years to cease operating properly. Save your hard-earned money and buy something else.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Family of 5
from Broomfield, CO
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Frustration ... resulted in returned DW
Doesn't Dry Well
1-2 Person Family
Very Patient Person
After extensive research and consideration we chose this Bosch. It was a HUGE headache. I suppose our biggest mistake was special ordering the DW. We should have never ordered an everyday use item with out having the opportunity to see it and touch it in person.<br />The very worst part of the DW is the bottom rack. It comes completely on the track every time you pull it out unless you are EXTREMELY slow and careful. Terrible design flaw. So terrible, in fact, that we returned the unit after only having it for 2 days. It was just unworkable for our family of 5.<br />The second biggest problem is the size and functionality on the racks. It does not hold anywhere near the dishes that our previous Kenmore held. The orientation of the racks/tines is also poorly designed. <br />The third strike agains this unit is the lack of a heated dry option. If you don't have an active family and/or lifestyle it may not be an issue to have to dry your dishes before putting them away. For us, it was the final straw. We tried running the dishwater mid-evening and the dishes (mainly the plastic ones....like lunch containers for the kids) were not dry by 7:00 am the next day. <br />If you're a patient person with plenty of time on your hands and very few dishes to wash, this may the DW for you. If you have a large family with lots of dirty dishes and need to be able to use your DW without first putting on kid-gloves to load and unload and then pick up a towel to dry your dishes by hand, DONT BUY THIS DISHWASHER. <br />We read, but in the end, disregarded all of the negative reviews from this website as well as others. Once we had the DW in and realized how poorly it was going to serve us, all of the negative comments suddenly made complete sense. The bragging about superior German engineering is nothing but fluff. This dishwasher needs major redesign work.