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May 21, 2014 07:11 PM

Need advice on Dishwashers. (Esp those, who have Bosch)

To start this off, I guess you should know my background. Currently, I have a Kenmore Dishwasher (whirlpool made) that, doesn't work. It needs a new circulation pump, that would run close to $200+ to replace, and in all honesty, I don't really care much for the model enough, to consider buying the replacement part. I mean, it's not a Low End machine, but, it's not exactly high end either.. and I've never cared for the way it washes dishes.

Seeing as we're probably gonna be moving soon.. I figure it's probably best not to go out, and purchase a new dishwasher (esp at the same specs) when we're not going to use it, that long. So, I've hit up Craigslist for options.

Currently, I'm looking at a mid-end Bosch Dishwasher, that has the same specs, and is very similar. The only problem is.. it's 10 years old. Now, it sure doesn't look like it, it actually looks identical to the ones, I briefly looked at in Lowes, and has all the same features, as the slightly updates models.. however.. the age of it, somewhat scares me.

I've read so many complaints about Bosch Dishwashers, and all their problems, mainly with circulation pumps (the exact problem I have with my current one) and control panels.

So, before, I just go all in, and purchase this Bosch, fellow Foodies, do any of you guys have Bosch dishwashers of similar age? Have they aged well, and we'll, been trouble free? I'd love to hear from anyone who has a Bosch, esp older models, and could talk about their reliability or problems.

Anyone have any friends with a Bosch Dishwasher, any reviews, or knowledge on theres?

I'd really appreciate any information.

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  1. It is like buying a used car...Don't waste your time. The cost to remove and install a replacement for your old unit is the same for a new or previously used unit.Plus you might have to pick up the used unit yourself.

    Bight the bullet and buy a new mid range unit, especially if you are selling the property.
    As a plumbing contractor we have installed literally thousands of dishwashers and have found that the all break down...

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    1. re: PHREDDY

      It's like buying a used car from a stranger on Craigslist -- sold as is with no warranty or recourse if it fails immediately.

    2. Hi Michael,

      Our Kitchenaid dishwasher died two years ago--the control panel gave out, and we had a major flood. We replaced it with a new mid-range Bosch, partly because it's supposed to have a system that senses the water level and shuts off the water in an emergency.

      We like it so far. It's quieter than our old machine, and though it doesn't have all the bells and whistles (no child lock, no air dry) that we're used to, it does a good job.

      One thing that is quite different is the interior layout. Large items don't fit as well as they did in the Kitchenaid. And there's a little strainer in the bottom that you have to unscrew and clean out by hand. (If you don't do it regularly, your dishwasher will stink.)

      If you know the specific model number of the machine you are considering, you could probably find more info.

      Good luck!

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      1. re: texanfrench

        < And there's a little strainer in the bottom that you have to unscrew and clean out by hand. (If you don't do it regularly, your dishwasher will stink.)>

        I clean my strainer maybe twice a year, and my DW doesn't ever stink. I semi-rinse my dishes. By that I mean we rinse them to knock of the chunky stuff. Maybe that's the difference?

        1. re: DuffyH

          Your kitchen "helpers" are probably better trained than mine. When members of the younger generation are visiting, I don't like to discourage their assistance, and I figure that if they don't actually break anything they are doing a good job. So, yes, I clean out the strainer--or at least check it--regularly.

          1. re: texanfrench

            <... I don't like to discourage their assistance ...>

            Seriously? Children WANT to put dishes in the DW? Are they female, been taught to "play house"? My 4 grandsons can barely remember to bring their plates into the kitchen. Anything remotely associated with cleaning is an activity to be avoided at all costs.

            Most adult visitors seem to give the same cursory rinse or heavy scrape that I do. For whatever reason, my DW never stinks. I guess I'm lucky.

      2. I like my kitchenaid better than my 2 bosches. quieter. cleans better. Also my two Bosches died before their tenth birthdays.


        "WESTON, Mass. —Weston firefighters are warning about the dangers of recalled dishwashers after an electrical fire sparked by a dishwasher damaged a home on Juniper Road last week.

        The dishwasher caught fire and filled the house with smoke. Firefighters found a small dog on the second floor of the home that was given oxygen.

        Bosch and Siemens model dishwashers that were manufactured from 1999 to 2005 were recalled due to an electrical component that can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

        Regardless of the brand, Weston Fire Chief David Soar recommended not running your dishwasher at night or when you are not at home."

        Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/weston-offic...

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          I'm also a Kitchenaid fan - on my second one now. The first was a mid-range model that worked great, was very quiet. It lasted about ten years, then had a motor problem and like you, I figured why throw money at it, time to upgrade. This new one is pretty high-end (I believe I paid about $1000 for it). It cleans perfectly, looks great (stainless interior) and is also one of the quietest dishwashers I've ever used. Except when the water is draining out, you wouldn't even know it's running except for the status light on the front.

          This is the model - I got it a couple of years ago and the site says there's a newer but similar one out now:

          1. re: BobB

            Can we end this...if you are selling buy a cheap new unit ...install it and tell the new purchasers it is new!!
            You will be an honest seller...Isn't that important?

            1. re: PHREDDY

              I could not agree more with Phreddy. When you sell your home, buyers will be more impressed by a new DW than a high end old one.

              1. re: DuffyH

                They will be concerned by a 10 year old dishwasher .

            2. re: BobB

              I think yours is the model above mine but it's the best one I've ever owned

          2. We have a 6 y.o. Bosch that we use 3-4x/week. We love it...very quiet, trouble free so far, gets dishes sparkling, looks great...what else could you want? Not sure I'd buy a used machine, but if I wanted a new DW, I'd not hesitate to get another Bosch.

            1. My 10 year old Bosch died 3 days ago….
              It just stopped cleaning. I'm so sorry to see it go because it was one of the greatest machines I've ever owned.
              I've used this machine at least twice a day for the last 10 years and have nothing but great things to say about it.
              To repair it would be $600 according to the appliance guy who came and gave me the news.
              8-10 years is the going lifespan for dishwashers.
              Do not purchase a 10 year old dishwasher.
              I'm purchasing another Bosch…same with my washing machine a Bosch.
              Love them.

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              1. re: latindancer

                I've got to agree with you. Everyone I know who's owned a Bosch likes it immensely and would happily buy another. My brother replaced a 4 year old KA ($400 repair bill) with a Bosch after seeing mine. That was 2 years ago and he's still very happy.