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Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR72UC 24" Built-In Dishwasher Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The Bosch Ascenta Series SHX3AR72UC is an energy-efficient dishwasher with a delay start option (three, six or nine hours), a 30-minute express wash setting, a sanitize cycle, fold-down tines for flexibility and a two-position top rack that adjusts up and down. The manufacturer estimates its capacity as 14 place settings, but this machine is only about 22.5" deep compared to the 24"-34" typical depth on other brands, so it holds fewer dishes than many of its competitors and is best for smaller households or those that don't wash a lot of dishes. The SHX3 models come with hidden controls and a stylish bar handle, but Bosch also offers machines with the same features but visible controls and a recessed handle (SHE3AR72UC White; SHE3AR76UC Black; SHE3AR75UC Stainless Steel).

Models: SHX3AR72UC (White), SHX3AR76UC (Black), SHX3AR75UC (Stainless Steel)

Prices

(Prices as of 09/1/2012)
White      Black      Stainless Steel Source
$699$699$799MSRP
$629$629$720Best Buy (Shipping/Delivery typically $0-$70)
$700$700$800Sears (Delivery starts at $70; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$584$584$674Lowe's (Delivery starts at $80; at times offers free shipping)
$629$629$719Abt Electronics (Typical shipping/delivery $0-$78)
$629$629$719AJ Madison (Shipping/delivery typically $99-$198)
$825$920evVive Home on Amazon (Free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$0-$200+Shipping/delivery (it can cost $0-$25+ to have the old appliance hauled away)
$0-$150+Installation, with no modifications to existing hook-ups and cabinets
$150-$2,000+Installation, if water/electric lines must be added or cabinetry modified)
$10-$30Dishwasher installation kit (hoses, etc. -- typically required)
$50-$180+Extended warranty, depending on retailer, terms and length

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 33.88"
Width: 23.56"
Depth: 22.56"
Weight71 lbs.
Capacity14 place settings
ColorsWhite, Black, Stainless Steel
Decibel levelManufacturer's estimate: 50dB
(Average levels: 50dB normal office noise; 80dB typical alarm clock)
Energy Star QualifiedYes (meets EPA criteria for better-than-average efficiency)
Estimated Cost Per Year$30 with electric water heater, $23 with natural gas
(Average range for similar models $20-$50)
Cycles6: power scrub, auto, regular, delicate/economy, quick wash, sanitize
Additional Settings2: delay start (3 hours, 6 hours or 9 hours), hi temperature wash
ControlsDigital, hidden on top door edge
Sensor WashYes (EcoSense)
Silverware basketStandard silverware basket, bottom rack
FilterSelf-cleaning, 3-fold corrugated filtration
Tub heightTall tub
Tub materialStainless steel
Rack materialNylon
Other FeaturesAdjustable upper rack, flip tines in both racks
Self-latching door
Concealed heating element (to avoid melted plastic)
Warranty1 year parts and labor; 5 years racks and electronics; lifetime on tub

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at Bosch-Home.com.

What People Are Saying:

A top seller at several retailers, the Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75UC was named a 2012 Best Buy (the top ranking) at Consumer Reports, which rated it excellent for washing and energy use, and very good for noise and ease of use, saying it "delivers top performance for a very competitive price." However, online user reviews are mixed, with 33%-100% recommending it, depending on the site. Those who like this machine say it's attractive, super quiet and cleans well, but also note it takes time to get used to loading dishes into the rack design. Those who dislike this machine say the rack design is ineffective and only works with dishes of uniform size and shape, complain about its cleaning ability and report a bad odor if the machine isn't run every day (due to a small amount of water left in the drain hose).