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Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Review

There's a reason this dishwasher is so popular: It's awesome.

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November 11, 2016
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About the Bosch 800 Series SHE68T55UC

The SHE68T55UC features a stainless steel exterior, wide recessed handle, and front-mounted capacitive touch controls. This model includes a child lock, and retails for about $950.

About the Bosch 800 Series SGE68U55UC

The SGE68U55UC features a stainless steel exterior, narrow recessed handle, and front-mounted button controls. This model includes a water softener and child lock, and retails for just over $800.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHP68T55UC

The SHP68T55UC features a stainless steel exterior, pocket handle, and top-mounted capacitive touch controls. This model retails for about $850.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHX68T56UC

The SHX68T56UC features a black exterior, bar handle, and top-mounted touch capacitive controls. It retails for about $850.

About the Bosch 800 Series SGX68U55UC

The SGX68U55UC features a stainless steel exterior, bar handle, and top-mounted button controls. This model includes a water softener, and retails for just under $900.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHX68T55UC

The SHX68T55UC features a stainless steel exterior, bar handle, and top-mounted touch capacitive controls. It retails for just under $900.

About the Bosch 800 Series SGV68U53UC

The SGV68U53UC is a panel-ready model with top-mounted button controls. This model includes a water softener, and retails for about $900.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHXN8U55UC

The SHXN8U55UC is the most unique model in the series, retailing for just over $1,000. It has a stainless steel exterior, bar handle, and top-mounted capacitive touch controls. It's the same on the inside, but has its own unique cycle list—Pots & Pans, Auto, Glass, Normal, Express 30 Min., Rinse—and feature set—Delay, Save Time, Half Load, Delicate, Sanitize. It's also the quietest, with a rating of 40 dBA.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHX68T52UC

The SHX68T52UC features a white exterior, bar handle, and top-mounted touch capacitive controls. It retails for about $850.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHV68T53UC

The SHV68T53UC is a panel-ready model with top-mounted touch capacitive controls. It retails for about $900.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHE68T56UC

The SHE68T56UC features a black exterior, wide recessed handle, and front-mounted capacitive touch controls. This model includes a child lock, and retails for just over $800.

About the Bosch 800 Series SHE68T52UC

The SHE68T52UC features a white exterior, wide recessed handle, and front-mounted capacitive touch controls. This model includes a child lock, and retails for just over $800.

We’ve said for years now that Bosch makes some of the best dishwashers you can buy. The 500 series may be the best value for your money, but the Bosch 800 series adds just a touch of class and style above and beyond what you get with the cheaper option.

The key differences may not be numerous, but will really affect your day to day usage. The 800 series includes more folding tines, an Eco wash cycle, and capacitive touch controls on certain models. Some even give you the option to use a customizable panel, giving homeowners a chance to upgrade their kitchen without spending an arm and a leg.

Even better, those perks don’t come with a huge price jump: The 800 series starts at roughly $800, or about 50 bucks more than the cheapest 500 model,with most models capping out at $900 and one specialty machine that goes for just over $1000. If more options for loading dishes or any of the other interface perks appeal to you, the 800 series a reasonably priced and attractive option.

A Design For Every Kitchen

Perhaps the biggest advantage the 800 has over the 500 is the sheer variety of exteriors. If you like front-mount controls, there are two different layouts with recessed handles to choose from.

For a seamless look, top-mount lovers can choose from two different bar handles, a pocket handle, or customized panel fronts. These versions also come with InfoLight, a feature not found on the front-control models. It’s a small red beam that projects onto your floor to indicate when the dishwasher is running.

Regardless of your preferred style, both configurations are available in stainless steel, white or black. They also give you a choice between capacitive touch controls or more conventional buttons.

800 models are also some of the quietest dishwashers around, rated at 44 dBA. Each model also features the same set of cycles: Heavy, Auto, Normal, Eco, Express, and Rinse. These can be altered using features including Delay, Half Load, Extra Shine, Delicate, and Sanitize.

There’s one exception to this—the SHXN8U55UC—which has a slightly altered cycle and feature list, as well as a quieter sound rating of just 40 dBA.

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Will They Clean My Plates?

Bosch 800 Series Interior
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Every 800-series dishwasher has a stainless steel tub, a third rack for cutlery, and an adjustable upper rack.

Open the door, and you’ll notice a few things beyond the shiny stainless tub: Each model in the 800 series includes a third rack on top of cutlery. And on the bottom rack, you get more dish flexibility thanks to tines that can fold down—something absent from the 500 line.

The upper rack is equipped with RackMatic, which lets you set it to one of three different heights. This will be useful if you have a lot of oddly sized glassware, especially given the space lost to the extra rack itself.

Actual cleaning performance is more or less identical to the 500 models, as both series use the same kind of filtration system. Workhorse cycles like Normal do a great job washing away tough stains, but we noticed some issues with redeposit.

Heavy Duty, on the other hand, blew away everything we could throw at it. Dishes came out spotless after roughly two hours.

Why We Like It


The 800 series takes everything we love from the 500 and adds a few perks to make it even better. Sure, many consumers will be quite happy with a 500 model, but once you’ve experienced the convenience of adjustable tines, you may not want to go back. And with prices still fairly set for such an effective machine, we can’t help but recommend it.

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