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Bosch SHE65T52UC Review$849.00
Streamlined options and a sleek exterior
The Bosch 500 Series SHE65T52UC is just a few noble deeds away from becoming a paladin, delivering a solid cleaning performance and a well-chosen set of features. It has an MSRP of $849, but we’ve spotted sales prices around $760.
If you don’t want to go completely overboard on extra features like with the pricier SHE68TL5UC and prefer the white exterior over stainless steel, the SHE65T52UC is a great choice. It still has many of the extra perks from its more expensive counterpart, including the cutlery tray above the top rack. Essentially, this chivalrous slayer of grime lies comfortably between the features-laden royalty and the bare-bones peasants of the dishwashing world.
Design & Usability
Featuring Bosch's angled control panel and a white finish, the SHE65T52UC has a very bright, clean look.
The SHE65T52UC certainly looks the part of a high-tech dirt destroyer. The white door proves that appliances don't have to be stainless to look good. Up top, there's Bosch’s new control panel design, which puts all the buttons and displays in an angled recess at the front of the machine. Big, responsive buttons and a digital display mean the control panel is good looking and easy to use.
The interior looks almost exactly like those in higher-end Bosch machines we've tested. There’s the same stainless steel washtub, the same cutlery holder, and, most importantly, the same third rack hidden up top. It’s a good package, especially considering the price. The only difference we noticed was that the bottom rack lacks adjustable tines.
A good selection of cycles and options adds versatility without overwhelming.
The SHE65T52UC is equipped to deal with a variety of foes, and is ready to take on any dishwashing-related quest. For cycles, you’re given the usual Normal, Heavy, and Express (quick wash) cycles. There's also Auto for added flexibility if your load contains dishes and dirty of varying kinds. A Rinse cycle is also there for when you just need to spray some water on some dusty dishes, or if you're waiting awhile for your washer to fill up.
This dishwasher also has a few familiar wash customization options shared by other Bosch machines. Half Load and Delicate are used for lighter loads, saving you water, time, and electricity. Sanitize and ExtraShine adjust the temperature of the cycle, with the latter option adding extra drying time to ensure that your dishes come out sparkling like vampires. A Delay option lets you postpone a cycle’s start for one to 24 hours, so you can run your dishwasher at off-peak hours for energy use.
Vanquishes all foes but the toughest of oatmeals and cheeses
The SHE65T52UC delivered a good washing performance overall, but even this crusader of clean had a few weaknesses. Bits of oatmeal and spinach stains tended to stick around, though this machine was very good at not spraying the foul vegetable onto other dishes. On the Heavy cycle, where we break out some really tough, baked-on food soils, the SHE65T52UC was done in only by the burnt cheese, barely removing half of the loathsome dairy product. However, milk, meat, and egg stains promptly fell before this heroic knight’s sword.
While the Normal cycle took a leisurely two and a quarter hours to complete, the Heavy and Express cycles were actually much faster. The Heavy cycle delivered a better cleaning performance and only took one hour and 35 minutes to run. If you don’t mind that it uses more than twice as much water as the Normal cycle, you may be tempted to use that cycle exclusively. The Express cycle, unsurprisingly, was the fastest of them all. It clocked in at only 40 minutes and still scored pretty highly on our stain tests. We wouldn't use it every day, but it's a good option for quickly cleaning glasses and silverware if you’re hosting a party.
If you use all the cycles, but rely mostly on the Normal one, you'll likely find this machine to be quite efficient. In fact, we estimated it should cost the average homeowner a little under $25 a year. That's quite impressive.
High-end looks and features at a mid-range price
The SHE65T52UC may be a mid-range machine, but it's more than a few steps above a bare-bones model. It separates itself from the peasantry with some extra wash options and a third rack, giving you more control and more choices than a cheaper machine. If your dishwashing needs tend toward the ordinary, you can definitely find less expensive dishwashers that will clean just as well as the SHE65T52UC. But if you’re looking for a better wash, a sleeker look, and more versatility, this dishwasher is a good fit.