Bosch SHP65TL5UC Review

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“A high quality dishwasher at an affordable price”

Even though not many of us would call a dishwasher that costs between $800 and $1000 affordable, the Bosch SHP65TL5UC is equipped with a series of features that are rarely seen in dishwashers that go under $1000. So, given the fact that you will benefit from high quality, fantastic build materials and state of the art washing technology, makes this device pretty affordable for those of us who can afford the stretch in the budget.

The best example to offer is the fact that the Bosch SHP65TL5UC includes a third rack, feature that is usually present only on high-end models. Also, the stainless steel design makes you think about high-quality and the LED that shows the device is running is a pretty neat feature.

Design

The minimalistic design and the fact that there is no branding on the front side, make the Bosch SHP65TL5UC very easy to integrate in the kitchen, regardless of your furniture and other appliances. This is something that makes it stand out even in front of a high-end dishwasher like the Samsung DW80H9970US that has branding and collection name very visibly stamped on the door.

The controls and display are hidden at the top of the door and this is a good thing because they are not so stylish. The big buttons and the plastic control panel don’t actually scream high-end.

The inside is pretty standard, but the fact that it has a third rack is very impressive. The lower rack is very easy to slide in and out and offers a lot of variety for different types of dishes. Sadly, there is no versatility with the lower rack because nothing can be changed or repurposed; what you see is what you get with this one.

The rack in the middle is a bit more versatile as it has foldable cup supports and can be moved on the vertical to create more space. Also, the cutlery basket can be split in two, increasing the level of versatility.

Features & Settings

The Bosch SHP65TL5UC is not the dishwasher to hold back on the features, offering a wide variety of options:

  • For a better washing experience, the dishwasher offers five washing modules and 6 different options. Thus, users in a hurry will have the possibility to select a very fast cycle that only takes about 10 minutes but only rinses the dishes called the Rinse cycle. There is also an Express cycle that finishes the dishes in under an hour but it won’t perform great on dishes that are very dirty. For this kind of dishes there are the Normal and Heavy cycles, or you can let the dishwasher decide by simply pressing Auto.
  • Delay time – the Bosch SHP65TL5UC offers the possibility to set a delay time of maximum 24h which is more than most dishwashers offer.
  • The InfoLight – because the display is not visible during the washing cycle, the InfoLight is the only thing that lets you know the dishwasher is active. What’s even greater is the fact that you will see this on the floor, so it’s pretty difficult to miss.
  • Almost silent – because it only produces 44dBA of sound level, the InfoLight may be the only thing that actually informs you the device is running.

Ease of Use

The control panel is simple and easy to understand as this dishwasher has a button for every wash options and cycle, and spares the user from scrolling through a menu that responds to touch buttons.

The fact that the display is completely hidden during the wash cycle can be a bit confusing and frustrating because the user doesn’t know how much time is left or the stage the dishwasher is at.

Performance

The longest washing cycle (Heavy on the control panel) only takes about 2 hours and does a pretty good job. Still, it won’t remove very stubborn stains or foods like burnt cheese completely. One issue that may also raise frustrations is the redeposit. This means that particles of food are removed from the original dishes and replaced on others. This usually happens when there are leafs or other similar foods on the dishes.

Energy Efficiency

The Bosch SHP65TL5UC is part of the Energy Star certified dishwashers and consumes about 259kWh and 624g of water per year.

 Final Thoughts

PROS:
  • Great design that promotes a more expensive product
  • Great price-quality ratio
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Pretty good performance
  • It is very quiet
CONS:
  • It is still too expensive for a regular budget
  • The hidden display makes the communication more difficult

Bosch actually managed to include some very high-end features in an affordable product that offers great performance and reliability. The SHP65TL5UC model is easy to integrate in any kitchen and offers a lot of space with a capacity of 16 place settings.

9 Total Score
Excellent!

Design
8.8
Performance
9.5
Ease of use
8.9
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