Bosch SHE3AR56UC Review


Bosch SHE3AR56UC Bosch
SHE3AR56UC

Ascenta Series
Place Settings: 14
Width: 24" Built-In
MSRP: $549
Sanitize Cycles

6

& Options
Energy

279

kWh Per Yr
Water

634

Gal Per Yr
Sound

50

dbA
Cost

$549

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Bosch SHE3AR56UC


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BETTER - Uses a high temperature sanitizing rinse to help remove deposits and bacteria. High temperature water coupled with the right detergent is one of the keys to getting your dishes and silverware clean and disinfected.
Cycles FAIR - Number of cycles and options is 37% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options make it harder to match your particular needs.  
Energy GOOD - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This Bosch dishwasher is projected to use 279 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water BEST - Estimated annual water usage of 634 gallons is 17% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new dishwashers for BEST water efficiency. It uses about 122 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Sound BETTER - Ranks in the top 30% of new dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression with sound levels that are 2% lower than average. It is 1 dbA quieter than average (a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher).
Cost BEST - Rated in the top 20% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $549 is 35% lower than average. The Bosch SHE3AR56UC is priced about $293 less than average.


Bosch SHE3AR56UC Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the SHE3AR56UC model. Jets are featured on about 35% of new dishwashers and are effective on dishes with baked-on food or grease.  
High
Temp
High-Temp Option - Includes the option to choose a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water is one of the most important ingredients for dissolving hardened food and producing clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening baked-on or dried food deposits.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Standard number of wash levels that allow streams of water to saturate dishes from many different angles and directions. More wash levels promotes more thorough cleaning.
Sensor
Washing
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The Bosch SHE3AR56UC sensors automatically make adjustments to ensure optimum cleaning.
Sanitize
Cycle
Sanitize Cycle - Includes a sanitary cycle that is NSF certified to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Water temperatures reach approximately 150-degrees to help disinfect your dishes.
Cycles &
Options
6 Cycles & Options - Number of cycles and options is 37% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options make it harder to match your particular needs.  
Food
Disposer
No Food Disposer - Does not include an integrated food disposer that can help keep the wash water clean and free of debris. About 50% of new dishwashers are designed with a hard or soft food disposer.  
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Integrated softeners are only found on about 10% of new dishwashers.  


Drying Ratings
Heated
Dry
Heated Dry - Includes an option to dry the dishes faster with an internal heating element. Heated drying can also help to reduce spotting on dishes and especially glassware. Available on most new dishwashers.
Tub
Material
Stainless Steel Tub - Stainless steel interior dries dishes faster and more efficiently through natural processes. Stainless steel retains heat and condenses water; properties not found with plastic tubs.
Concealed
Element
Concealed Element - Heating element is concealed or recessed away from the main dish loading area. Helps prevent accidental melting of plastic dishes that sometimes extend through the lower rack.


Loading Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The Bosch SHE3AR56UC has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 10% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack that can be used for cups and smaller items.
Spray
Arms
Towerless - Uses a superior spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms provide more wash levels and don't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Adjustable - One or more of the racks can be adjusted to move up, down, and/or tilt. Adjustable racks allow you to create additional room for larger items. Provides flexibility for family gatherings.
Removable
Racks
Not Removable - The racks cannot be removed. Little less convenient for those occasions when you have huge items that won't fit with both racks installed. Only about 30% of new dishwashers have this feature.  
Fold-Down
Tines
Fold-Down Tines - Divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down to help secure loose dishes or create additional horizontal space for larger items. Provides greater loading flexibility.
Cup Shelf Cup / Stemware Shelf - Includes an additional shelf for stacking coffee mugs or to secure delicate stemware. Nice feature that allows you to load lots of glasses to help with your after-party clean-up.
Silverware
Basket
Premium Silverware Basket - The silverware basket has extra features such as being movable, dividable, or fitted with covered slots. A flexible silverware basket makes loading or unloading the Bosch SHE3AR56UC a little easier.
Utility
Container
No Utility Container - Does not have an extra utility basket or tray like 70% of other new dishwashers. These extra baskets and trays can store larger items that don't fit in the standard basket.  
Detergent
Dispenser
No Detergent Reservoir - Uses a standard detergent dispenser that you fill each time you run a cycle. Less than 5% of new dishwashers have reservoirs that can hold multiple cycles of detergent.  


Capacity Ratings
Place
Settings
14 Settings - Number of place settings is 2% higher than average and ranks in the top 20% of new dishwashers for BETTER loading capacity. Convenient for larger families or if you simply like to run the dishwasher less often.
Tub
Size
Tall Tub - Super-capacity tall-tub design with about 20% more interior room than standard-size tubs. The Bosch SHE3AR56UC additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
50 dbA - Ranks in the top 30% of new dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression with sound levels that are 2% lower than average. It is 1 dbA quieter than average (a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher).


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The Bosch SHE3AR56UC is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. Over 80% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings.
Energy
Rating
279 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for power consumption. This Bosch dishwasher is projected to use 279 kWh of electricity per year.  
Water
Rating
634 Gal - Estimated annual water usage of 634 gallons is 17% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new dishwashers for BEST water efficiency. It uses about 122 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Energy
Saver
No Energy-Saver Cycle - The Bosch SHE3AR56UC has no option to select a quick-wash cycle that uses lower temperatures or less water when your dishes have minimal food deposits. Available on about 60% of new dishwashers.  
Half
Load
Half-Load Option - You can save water and energy by washing a partial load in just one of the racks. Save money and help the environment when you only have cups and glasses or a small load to wash.
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - Includes an energy-saving option to run the dishwasher overnight or during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Or simply run while you're gone.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Super-efficient dishwasher that is qualified Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model exceeds the federal Energy Star criteria with an Energy Factor rating of 0.77.


Style Ratings
Exterior Black - Standard black front seems to never go out of style. It's easy to color-coordinate with the rest of your kitchen appliances, and it's more economical than stainless steel or panel-ready doors.  
Interior Stainless Steel - The Bosch SHE3AR56UC stainless steel tub and door lining is stain-resistant, rust-resistant, durable, and less likely to absorb odors. Steel's natural condensation property also helps to dry dishes faster.
Controls All-Digital Controls -Touch-pad control console is all-digital and visible from the front. Not as stylish as fully-integrated (hidden) consoles, but sometimes more convenient to use without opening the door.
Display No Digital Display - The Bosch SHE3AR56UC does not include a digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other wash status information. Most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Cost Ratings
MSRP $549 - Rated in the top 20% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $549 is 35% lower than average. The Bosch SHE3AR56UC is priced about $293 less than average.


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