Bosch Benchmark Series Dishwasher Review
A new Benchmark for quiet dishwashers
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHE7PT52UC
This model is the only Benchmark with a white exterior. It also has a recessed handle and a noise rating of 42 dBA. At $1,299 MSRP it's one of the most affordable options in the series.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHV8PT53UC
This is a panel-ready model with a noise rating of 41 dBA.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHX9PT75UC
With an MSRP of $1,999 this is the most expensive Benchmark Series dishwasher. It has a stainless exterior, bar handle, and a noise rating of just 38 dBA.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHV9PT53UC
This is a panel-ready model with a noise rating of 39 dBA and an MSRP of $1,899.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHX9PT55UC
This model has a stainless exterior, bar handle, and a noise rating of 39 dBA. MSRP is $1,899.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHV7PT53UC
This is a panel-ready model featuring a TimeLight floor projector and splittable cutlery basket. Its noise rating is 42 dBA and its MSRP is $1,299.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHX8PT55UC
This model has a stainless exterior and bar handle. Its noise rating is 40 dBA and its MSRP is $1,499.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHE7PT55UC
This model has a stainless exterior and recessed handle with integrated digital timer. Its noise rating is 42 dBA and its MSRP is $1,299.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHE9PT55UC
This model has a stainless exterior and recessed handle with an integrated full color LCD display. Its noise rating is 39 dBA and its MSRP is $1,899.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHE7PT56UC
This is the only Benchmark Series model with a black exterior. It has a recessed handle with an integrated digital timer, and has a noise rating of 42 dBA. MSRP is $1,299.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHP7PT55UC
This model has a stainless exterior, pocket handle, TimeLight floor projector, and splittable cutlery basket. Its noise rating is 42 dBA and its MSRP is $1,299.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHX7PT55UC
This model has a stainless exterior, bar handle, TimeLight floor projector, and splittable cutlery basket. Its noise rating is 42 dBA and its MSRP $1,299.
About the Bosch Benchmark Series SHE8PT55UC
This model has a stainless exterior and recessed handle with an integrated full color LCD display. Its noise rating is 40 dBA and its MSRP is $1,499.
German manufacturer Bosch makes some of the finest residential dishwashers in the world, and its Benchmark Series is the very top of the lineup. Clean dishes are a given, but Benchmark dishwashers are also equipped with built-in water softeners, integrated interior lighting, available color LCD displays, and operational noise ratings as quiet as just 38 dBA.
They don’t come cheap—the best Benchmark model (the SHX9PT75UC) carries an MSRP of $2,000—but for any home chef frustrated by the cleanup phase of dinner, here’s your nuclear option.
Model By Model
There are 13 disparate Benchmark Series dishwashers available in North America, but the easiest way to organize them in your head is this: Benchmark dishwashers simply get quieter as they get more expensive. There are small differences of features along the way, like handle style or that LCD screen, but by and large these are the same dishwashers, getting quieter and quieter, as we move from the $1,299 MSRP SHE7PT52UC at 42 dBA to the $1,999 MSRP SHX9PT75UC at 38 dBA. Just remember, the decibel scale is logarithmic, so 42 dBA is almost twice as loud as 38 dBA.
Beyond that, if your kitchen aesthetic calls for a panel-ready dishwasher you’ll want to shop for one of three such versions: the SHV7PT53UC, SHV8PT53UC, or SHV9PT53UC. Likewise, if you’re interested in the popular TimeLight feature, which beams a laser readout of the cycle time remaining onto your floor, three models have it: the SHX7PT55UC, SHP7PT55UC, and once again the panel-ready SHV7PT53UC.
All Benchmark Series dishwashers are equipped with “RackMatic” height-adjustable upper racks, white interior lighting, and Bosch’s flexible third rack with folding tines. Third racks are often used for silverware, but this one is deep enough to hold large serving utensils or even small bowls.
When we review an entire product line at once, we spell out the differences at the very top of the review. To compare a different product, use the Related Products menu at the top right, or try the handy comparison tool at Bosch’s website.
Will They Clean My Plates?
Oh yes. After weeks testing dishwashers in this series, we know their Normal cycles are entirely adequate, yet their Heavy Duty cycles absolutely obliterate stuck-on food. Our test stains are much more difficult to clean than your real-world stains will be, yet the SHE8PT55UC—our primary test model—left nary a speck.
We were also impressed by the SHE8PT55UC’s low resource consumption. This model used just 2.5 gallons of hot water per Normal cycle, and under 7 gallons per Heavy Duty. And if you’re in a rush, there’s always the SpeedPerfect cycle, which hastens the cleaning process in exchange for extra water and electricity consumption. This cycle requires just 35 minutes, versus the Normal cycle’s 2 hours.
Why We Love The Benchmark Series
At the time of writing, you simply can’t do better than Bosch’s Benchmark Series, which stands above all current offerings from Electrolux, the Kenmore Elite series, or even luxury manufacturers like Miele and Thermador. If you want the best, the Benchmark Series is it.
Still, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t call attention to Bosch’s more affordable 500 Series, which offers many of the same features, aesthetics, and even the same wash system as the Benchmark Series. At 44 dBA they’re not as quiet, but they’re a better value for the average consumer.
Related Models Other products in this series
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHE7PT52UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHV8PT53UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHX9PT75UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHV9PT53UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHX9PT55UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHV7PT53UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHX8PT55UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHE7PT55UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHE9PT55UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHE7PT56UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHP7PT55UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHX7PT55UC
- Bosch Benchmark Series SHE8PT55UC
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