Anyone else hate their Bosch dishwasher?
We did hours of research on some appliances where there didn't seem to be any consensus on what was best. For dishwashers, absolutely everyone seemed to love the Bosch line, it seemed to be "the dishwasher" to get. We got the SHV98M03UC which I think was the top of the line.
This is the only appliance I regret choosing.
First the good - it is integrated, which we definitely wanted, and narrowed down the options a lot. And as everyone says, it is very quiet. It will go for 5 or 10 minutes where you can't even here that it is on. But it will make a few soft noises at times. I had heard so much about how quiet it was that even these minor sounds surprised me a little, but really they're not much if you don't have the expectation that it will be 100% silent.
On to bigger problems though.
First, the racks and configuration inside are awful. Our last dishwasher was just something cheap, but we could fit way more in it. On the bottom of the Bosch, we can't even fit two plates side by side if one of them is a regular dinner plate and the other is small. So the space next to dinner plates is partially wasted, only bowls will fit alongside them. The top tray is confusing as well, it seems like every "row" is either too narrow to even fit most cups, or two wide for anything other than bowls, resulting in wasted space. The silverware basket has some compartments that are fine, but then has compartments in the middle that for some reason are not as deep as the others, so they are not terribly useful. Based on the design, there was no reason they had to be like that.
Next up, waiting for this to finish a cycle is like watching paint dry. I haven't timed it precisely, but a normal wash takes on the order of 2.5 hours. This is fine if you run it overnight or before leaving in the morning, but any time you actually need the dishes, it is painfully slow. Apparently this has to do with the high efficiency. I like the idea of high efficiency, but not at the expense of having something useful.
Off and on, the inside of the dishwasher will smell absolutely awful. Much worse than just food sitting out. It's unclear exactly when this occurs or what makes it so bad.
Finally, the actual "washing". Quite often, dishes don't get clean - we've reached a point where we practically wash them by hand before putting them in the dishwasher. It seems that a quick scrape and rinse just isn't enough based on what the dishwasher is able to do.
"Rinse Aid" - had never heard of it before this dishwasher. Without it, the cycle finishes and dishes are soaking wet. Adding it helps... But then sometimes glasses will come out with a slippery/soapy sort of film on them.
So all in all, it's integrated and pretty quiet, but everything else about it pretty much stinks.
I'm really surprised I had not heard any of this before buying it. Does anyone else have theses same complaints???