Please help me love my Bosch dishwasher...
Ordered the KitchenAid KUDE60 from Sears online. Two days later, I received an email that they were sold out of the KA and substituting the Bosch SHX65P0. I asked if they would substitute another model with features similar to the KA (heated dry, larger racks), or if I could pay the usual difference to upgrade to the KUDE70, but no go. Take the Bosch or leave it. So, after much deliberation, we took the Bosch. After all, how bad can a top-rated $1200 dishwasher be? Let's not act spoiled, now!
So the Bosch has been installed for 2 weeks and I hate it. I scrape my dishes and run it every day with the instruction-manual-recommended Finish powerball tabs and Jet Dry. I run it at night on the Sanitize Auto cycle and open it in the morning. There is a nasty smell upon opening the door and the interior door is sopping wet. Plastic items are also dripping. Most of the dishes are clean, however there are always 3 or 4 bowls covered in food. Some is hard dry remnants of stuck-on food, some appears to be food that was flung around and redeposited onto other dishes. So each morning I handwash whatever's dirty and leave the door open for everything to dry. We are banging into that dishwasher door all morning long.
But the worst is the filter. I clean it every single morning with a toothbrush and antibacterial soap because it smells awful. It's coated in whatever was on my dishes. Whatever sauce, or particularly any greasy or oily residue that was on the dishes, I find coating the filter in the morning. This morning, the entire filter assembly was covered in last night's curry. Couple that with the two inches of dirty water left standing in the filter after every load, and I have one stinky dishwasher. (From previous forums, I understand that a few inches of standing water in the filter assembly is normal.)
The Bosch was installed by a plumber. The drain loop goes to an air gap which then goes to the garbage disposal. I always clear the garbage disposal and then run the hot water before turning on the dishwasher.
Please, please help. What am I doing wrong? I read the manual, I thought I could do without heated dry, but maybe I was wrong! My old noisy $300 Maytag worked better than this. At least everything was clean and dry, and I never had to scrub the filter.