Bosch SPE5ES55UC Review


Bosch SPE5ES55UC Bosch
SPE5ES55UC

Special App
Place Settings: 9
Width: 18" Built-in
MSRP: $899
Sanitize
Softener
Cycles

7

& Options
Energy

259

kWh Per Yr
Water

645

Gal Per Yr
Sound

46

dBA
Cost

$899

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Bosch SPE5ES55UC


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Uses an internal water softener and sanitizing rinse to help get dishes clean. The water softener removes mineral deposits that often leave a film on your dishes, and the high-temperature sanitizing rinse helps loosen particles and removes most bacteria.
Cycles FAIR - Number of cycles and options is lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles and options may be less convenient and could make it harder to match your family's needs.  
Energy BETTER - Estimated annual electricity use is 5% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Bosch dishwasher is projected to use 259 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water BETTER - Annual water usage of 645 gallons is 12% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 40% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 86 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Sound BETTER - Quieter than average. Operating sound levels of 46 dBA are 3.9 dBA lower than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the top 25% of quieter dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression. A 10 dBA decrease in sound is like being twice the distance away.
Cost GOOD - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a currently produced dishwasher. Rated GOOD for affordability. The Bosch SPE5ES55UC dishwasher should generally be available on-sale at 10%-20% below the MSRP.  


Bosch SPE5ES55UC Dishwasher

Bosch SPE5ES55UC



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
No Spray Jets - High pressure water spray jets are not available with the Bosch SPE5ES55UC. Spray jets are available on about 40% of new dishwashers and are effective on loosening baked-on food or grease from silverware, pans, and dishes.  
High
Temp
High-Temp Wash Option - Includes the option to select a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water combined with the right detergent and softened water can help loosen dried-on, baked-on food deposits and produce clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this Bosch model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening tough food deposits from silverware and dishes.  
Wash
Levels
3 Wash Levels - Below average number of wash levels. Multiple wash levels allow water to cover dishes from different angles and directions inside the dishwasher. Less wash levels generally means less thorough cleaning.  
Sensor
Washing
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The Bosch SPE5ES55UC sensors automatically make wash-cycle adjustments to help ensure optimum cleaning with user intervention.
Sanitize Sanitize Capability - Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to achieve a minimum 99.999% or 5-log reduction of bacteria using ANSI 184 standards. Final rinse temperatures reach at least 150 deg F to sanitize cookware.
Food
Disposer
No Food Disposer - Does not include an integrated food disposer that can help remove food fragments and keep the wash water clean and free of debris. About one-third of new dishwashers are equipped with a hard or soft food disposer.  
Water
Softener
Built-In Water Softener - Includes a built-in water softener that removes minerals and impurities from tap water before it enters the dishwasher. Helps prevent water spots and milky films from forming on glasses, dishes, and cookware.


Convenience Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The Bosch SPE5ES55UC has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 20% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack design that can be used for cups and smaller items such as flatware or utensils.  
Spray
Arms
Spray Arms - Uses a superior rotating spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms deliver water to more interior areas and angles. Doesn'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 to fit in larger pots, pans, or irregular items. Provides flexibility for clean-up after parties.
Removable
Racks
Not Removable - None of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Removable racks are only found on about 30% of new dishwashers and provide flexibility for special occasions when you need to wash extra large cookware.  
Place
Settings
9 Settings - Number of place settings is 4 lower than average. Ranks in the lower 5% of new dishwashers for POOR loading capacity. Smaller loading capacities of 6-8 settings are likely fine for singles, and 8-11 settings for couples. Families need larger capacities.  
Fold-Down
Tines
Fold-Down Tines - Some of the divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down. Helps secure items, and provides greater flexibility with making space for larger cookware that won't fit in-between or above the tines.
Concealed
Element
Concealed Element - Heating element is concealed or recessed a safe distance away from the lower dish-rack loading area. Helps prevent accidental melting of plastic dishes and utensils that sometimes fall-through the tines in the lower rack.
Controls All-Digital Integrated Controls - Touch-pad, all-digital control console is fully integrated (hidden) on the top edge of the door for a clean, seamless look from the front. About 50% of new dishwashers are fully integrated. Personal choice.
Display Digital Display - The Bosch SPE5ES55UC control console includes a LED digital display that shows wash-cycle time remaining. Helps you monitor wash cycle progress while doing other activities so you can schedule your time accordingly.


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The Bosch SPE5ES55UC is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. About 90% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings to differentiate between them.
Energy
Rating
259 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 5% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Bosch dishwasher is projected to use 259 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water
Rating
645 Gal - Annual water usage of 645 gallons is 12% lower than average according to Energy Star estimates. Ranks in the top 40% of new dishwashers for BETTER water efficiency. Uses about 86 gallons less water annually than the average new dishwasher.
Energy Save
Quick Wash
Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The Bosch SPE5ES55UC allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or shorter wash time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water, energy, and money.
Half
Load
Half-Load Option - You can save water and energy by washing a smaller load of dishes in just one of the loading racks. Can save money and help the environment when you need the dishes washed but don't have enough for a full load.
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - The dishwasher can be programmed to run at a later time during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Also convenient to operate the dishwasher while the family isn't home.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Qualified CEE Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model meets or exceeds federal Energy Star criteria with a 0.83 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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