Background: So I'm replacing a dishwasher made in 1994 that had a nice rack layout but wouldn't dry very well anymore and starting to make weird noises while washing. Not worth trying to repair and modern day machines are much more water efficient. I was convinced that Bosch was the best way to go, along with one other brand but looking at all considerations I went with Bosch, which IS a known renowned brand.
Overall summary: The red light shining on the floor to show it is running is a nice touch. It blinks if attention is required. I like the hidden control panel. This brand of dishwasher uses a condensation process to try dishes with. As a result, the dishwasher will feel very warm during the latter cycles - the cupboard next to it where the plumbing is feels like a sauna. It cleans well enough. Bosch is a better brand, but certain quirks - chiefly the rack layout - now leave pause for thought.
* red LED light showing it's running or if there's a problem needing addressing
* It's quiet. Almost obscenely quiet!
* LED time indicator shows the current setting's time period it requires to wash dishes with (default mode is 2 hours 10 minutes)
* water efficient (hence longer default wash time)
* stainless steel panel on the inside makes cleaning and drying easier
* condensation drying technique is growing fast on me, it's quirky but nifty and it works given time
Now for the bad - your experiences may vary:
* the door, which requires a bit of pressure to open, is finicky when the closed-latch sensor needs to be hit. During mid-cycle, I had to open and close a couple of times to get it going again. And I've only used it once, so far.
* the unit I received also seemed to dribble rinse fluid while putting some in, so an exchange is going to have to be made - I might try the same model again but then go for the next model class up. Even in the best production process there can be one-off flukes.
* the unit I got also has some bowing along the top where the control panel does not sit in all the way. Steam doesn't emanate from it so it's probably not a slickly designed thin vent but a defect and I spent half an hour finding photos online (that are not lame CGI mock-ups but actual product photos) to confirm the bowing probably should not be there. Even the CGI mockup would sufficiently represent the product, and it's no less flush, so it is possible I did get a dud.
And the ugly?
* The normal wash mode requires 2 hours 10 minutes. It's not a big deal by any means, but coming from a 25 year old machine that whizzed through cleaning in under an hour, it's still a shock. But water efficiency and condensation drying process explain this. The Bosch does have a 60 minute mode available, but I'll stick to the slower version as less water will be used. So this one isn't too ugly by any means...
* Want a sauna in your kitchen? This new technology might be jarring for you at first: Condensation based drying mechanisms use superheated water during a final rinse to get condensation to dry water drops off of freshly washed dishware as the surrounding air isn't as hot due to the stainless steel tub. You WILL need the brand of (or similar) rinse agent to ensure this condensation process works to its full potential. On the plus side, no old fashioned heating element is used, so there is an energy cost savings here as well. The built-in water heater used for the final rinse is certainly effective! This threw me off at first, but it will be a little nicer in the winter when having to dishes since keeping the cupboard open to channel that heat will probably save a tad of money from the heating bill.
* At first I thought the rack layout was nice, but dealing with larger saute pans and woks really becomes an issue if more than one need to be washed at the same time. Removing the silverware cubby from the bottom rack alleviates some of the problem, using the flat accessory racks at the very top to keep silverware laid out flat instead. And that's "flatware" redefined... :) But this is where the big point drop occurs. you can spend an hour in the store looking at layouts and think it's great, but utility never really hits home until the machine gets home and you use it and find that "Whoops, there are some differences in interior design".
So, all and all (and if you read this far, thank you! :) ), this machine is energy conscious but as with some other people I do agree that the rack layout is not ideal if you use a lot of pans to make one meal, and I believe there might be a door design flaw for this particular model since others have reflected on some similar issues as well. I still recommend this model, but not for people with families or individuals that use a lot of big pans that want to clean them all in one cycle.