Product Review: Bosch stainless steel dishwasher

| by Teena Hammond
Product Review: Bosch stainless steel dishwasher

The Good:Billed as the quietest dishwasher in North America.

The Bad:Your dishes might be the cleanest thing in your house.

The Bottom Line: The price is high, but your family won't even realize the dishwasher is running. It's that quiet.

MSRP: $2,099

Don't you hate having your favorite TV show interrupted by the loud whooshing of a dishwasher cycle? Sure, you can use the delay feature available on some dishwashers, but if you want to empty the dishwasher before bed, it's nice to be able to run it immediately after dinner.

Bosch's 24" bar handle dishwasher from the 800 Plus Series produces a sound level of 39 dBA, which is billed as the quietest in North America. Standard dishwashers can produce up to 85 dBA, which is as loud as a snow blower, according to Work Safe BC in British Columbia.

So protect your hearing, and your peace of mind, with a quiet dishwasher.

Here's how it works

The key features of this dishwasher include the 39 dBA sound level, plus a third rack for additional loading capacity, and a tray that helps detergent dissolve faster. It also includes a sensor that determines the size of the load, and automates the water temperature to work best for the amount of dishes in the dishwasher. And if you want to wait, there is a 24-hour delay option.

Inside, a stainless steel tub reduces odors and increases cleanliness. There are light beams that display on the floor to indicate when the dishwasher is running.

With six wash cycles and five options, including a sanitize option to eliminate bacteria, there's a cycle to suit every load. It includes a half load option for small loads.

This particular unit exceeds Energy Star requirements for water by 125 percent, saving up to 436 gallons of water a year over a standard dishwasher. It also reduces energy usage by up to 20 percent.

Although the price tag might give you sticker shock, deals are available at various retailers. 

For more information, see our Energy Efficient Appliances research center.

Topics: Appliances, Dishwashers

Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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