Bosch Evolution SHE55R55UC Review
The Bosch SHE55R55UC is quiet but struggles with heavily-stained dishes.
Yikes! It's rare to encounter a dishwasher that completely fumbles on all our tests, but the Bosch Evolution SHE55R55UC comes pretty close. Though it retails for upwards of $800 (and that's when it's on sale, by the way), the dishwasher had serious trouble cleaning debris off stained dishes. We wouldn't recommend it to anyone—least of all someone who may be inviting us over for dinner. It's quiet, pretty easy to load, and even has a few nice options. But short of automatically putting away the dishes when it's done, we can't imagine a feature that would make us warm up to this disappointing dishwasher.
Design & Usability
Top-mounted controls, but there's still an ugly plastic cover on the exterior.
We don't know what Bosch's design team was thinking. They put the controls on top of the door, which is usually done to free up the front of the machine from buttons and lights so it can appear as a monolithic chunk of stainless steel. However, instead of a stainless handle, the designers added a cheap-looking gray plastic cover. It's visually unappealing and definitely user-unfriendly.
Inside, there's at least a stainless interior that acts as a drying aid and sound barrier, with room for ten place settings. If the upper rack is not required, the rack and wash arm can be removed and replaced with a sprayer, which is useful for washing large objects such as oven trays or cookie sheets. At the bottom, there are three filters that capture food particulates. There is no way to separate them before removing them, which makes cleaning them a little awkward if food gets caught between two layers of filter.
A good selection of wash cycles with no ability to customize them.
There are five cycles on offer from this washer, ranging from the long heavy duty wash to a very speedy 30-minute wash. Absent is a Quick cycle and a China/Glassware cycle. There are no customization options on offer: you cannot change the intensity of the wash or tweak the temperature. In fact, there are just two options for adding additional steps to the wash: a wash delay that goes for up to 12 hours and a sanitize option that adds a high-temperature rinse.
All cycles take over two hours and lack cleaning power.
In our tests, the Bosch Evolution was far too gentle, leaving behind and redistributing dirt throughout the interior and across otherwise clean dishes. It's incredibly frustrating to open a "clean" dishwasher and find that nearly every plate has some food soil left on it, but that's what happened during our testing of this Bosch. Extremely disappointing, indeed, and reason enough to steer clear of this appliance. If you do make the mistake of buying it, you'll likely find that the dishwasher's yearly operating costs are around $37.56. That's a little bit above average, but not extremely inefficient.
Don't buy it. Just...don't buy it.
Ugh. The Bosch Evolution SHE55R55UC has no redeeming qualities. The company makes some excellent dishwashers, but this isn't one of them. As we mentioned before, there's absolutely no reason to buy this appliance; we wouldn't recommend it to our worst enemies...if we did, they wouldn't take our other bad recommendations seriously.
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