In this review we’ll take a look at Bosch vs Samsung dishwashers while comparing their most significant offerings. This way, when it comes time to make a buying decision, you’ll be informed about just what makes these two dishwasher brands different, with pro’s and con’s.
Bosch and Samsung dishwashers are the best selling appliances in the US market. While their pedigree might be widely different, they still carry some similar traits that make them favorites among our customers. Bosch dishwashers are recognized to be the best in the world. But while Samsung dishwashers are relatively new to the appliance marketplace, it is an unfailingly cutting-edge company that’s always at the forefront of technological advancement.
So, let’s check out the most important features of dishwashers and how each company fares.
1) Quiet Operation
The good news is that both Bosch and Samsung offer impressively quiet dishwashers. Bosch is well-known for their quiet dishwashers, which offer a noise range from 38 to 48 dBA. Samsung offers a similar range, from 38 to 55 dBA. Considering that 40 dBA is about the volume of a library and 50 dBA is about the volume of a quiet conversation at home, those aren’t bad figures.
The success on impressive quietness on both manufacturers can be attributed to their focus on proper insulation, advanced motor technology, as well as the wash techniques they use that promote nearly silent operation. More on how to find the most quiet dishwasher read our review.
Notice the wrap-around heavy insulation
Low-end Samsung models have a price point under $500. However, due to their noise levels at 55 dBA and unimpressive set of features we decided to not to include them in our review.
Both Bosch and Samsung offer sleek designs for contemporary kitchens. Bosch has been in the market a long time, but they’re still quick to adapt to design and interior decorating trends. Meanwhile, Samsung dominates all over the house from cell phones and televisions to everything in-between. Their dishwashers are no different and Samsung dishwashers are designed with a modern customer in mind.
Bosch makes well over 100 different dishwasher models. Bosch dishwasher catalog is grouped based on functionality and upgrade features – The Ascenta/100 Series as entry level, 300 Series where Bosch technology becomes evident, 500 Series with the introduction of the most popular pocket handle design, 800 Series with luxury and high performance and Bosch Benchmark Series for ultra-luxury. Bosch makes special application ADA dishwashers for kitchens with non-standard floors or counter heights, 18-inch dishwashers for compact apartments and panel-ready dishwashers for those who want to create seamless kitchens with wood cabinet finishes all around.
Bosch dishwashers feature different exterior designs across these series:
In turn, Samsung makes total of 18 dishwashers including color combinations. Among these models black stainless colors are the most recent customer favorites.
Here are the basic design types for Samsung dishwashers:
3) Cleaning and Drying Performance, Convenience Features
First, let’s look at the truly important features of Bosch and Samsung dishwashers — their cleaning and drying ability.
Program Cycles and Options
One thing both of these companies have in common is that they tend to keep it simple when it comes to programs and options. After all, surveys show that most families use one or two favorite cycles on a daily basis. Both Bosch and Samsung dishwashers only offer up to 7 cycles and 7 options even on their most advanced units. These include express, sanitize, pots & pans and intensive wash cycles in most of their product lineups.
Stainless Steel Interior
Remember your mom’s old dishwasher with yellowing interior? Once you cross the $500 threshold in dishwasher price points, you will not have to endure that awful sight. Fortunately, Samsung and Bosch both offer predominantly stainless steel interior tubs. Mind you that stainless steel interior tubs are not just visually pleasing on dishwashers — they are an integral part of the drying system.
We must note that Bosch Ascenta and 100 Series dishwashers feature stainless steel interior walls but with a gray plastic bottom. This is to keep the price points of Ascenta and 100 Series dishwashers on or around $500 to be able to compete with inferior yet inexpensive competition from core brands such as GE, Whirlpool and Frigidaire.
Condensation Drying & AutoRelease Door
Here is where the two companies part ways. Bosch offers condensation drying, which is the most advanced and energy efficient drying technique.
Most dishwashers in North America use heating elements — giant metal pieces that heat up to 170 F or higher to dry dishes. While this brute-force technique dries dishes (how can it not in an enclosed space…) it has 3 important drawbacks.
- Plastics will melt in the lower rack
- Any remaining food residue will be baked on to the dishes
- You can forget about energy efficiency
With condensation drying, moisture is absorbed by the stainless steel walls and then washed away. Bosch took this technology a step further by pumping extra heat into the dishwasher cavity via a heated water rinse at the end of the wash cycle which helps coat dishes with a thin hot water film which gets eventually absorbed the the stainless steel walls. Most recently Bosch introduced AutoAir Dry and enhanced Crystal Dry features to its dishwashers. This upgrade helped Bosch eliminate most of their market feedback with regard to drying.
The AutoAir dry feature is an important element as most people wash their dirty dishes at night before going to bed. AutoAir dry opens the door ajar when the cycle is over and lets in ambient air. Fresh air not only enhances drying but also eliminates musty smell that lingers in many dishwashers. Bosch reserved AutoAir drying for its 500 series dishwashers.
The Crystal dry, on the other hand, is reserved for more advanced Bosch 800 series dishwasher and it is unique and patented for Bosch. Essentially, it allows the final drying temperature to go up by 10-15 F without the plastic-melting heating element.
Samsung also uses condensation drying in their dishwashers. Although their heated drying technology is not as advanced as that of Bosch, they make up for it with their AutoRelease doors on the more expensive models.
Buyers in areas with hard water, such as Northern New Jersey, will be pleased to hear that Bosch offers dishwasher models with a built-in water softener to help combat calcium residue. This feature will get you crystal clear results without the spots on your glassware. Bosch offers models with water softeners in select 800 Series and Benchmark models. Special application 300 models such as the ADA-height units also offer water softeners.
Samsung does not offer water softener models at this time.
The 3rd Rack for Silverware
3rd Rack for silverware has been a great space saver in dishwashers. This feature allows you to have more space for plates, pots and pans in the low rack without the need for a cutlery basket. Bosch dishwashers offer three different types of 3rd rack designs.
Lower-end models come with standard 3rd rack which is great for flatware. It’s unique “V” shape leaves room underneath on each side of the middle rack for taller items like stemware.
The flexible 3rd rack which features wings that easily lower with a touch of a release button to accommodate more of your deeper items.
The MyWay™ Rack is an exclusive feature reserved for luxurious Benchmark and Series dishwashers. MyWay rack is the only 3rd rack with space for cereal bowls.
Samsung DW80K7050 offers a standard 3rd Rack for silverware and utensils.
High-end Samsung models such as the DW80M9960 have removable 3rd Rack with Flextray™ feature. As shown below in the picture this is a time-saving approach which becomes handy especially when unloading silverware and utensils.
Both Samsung and Bosch have you covered, with dishwashers designed to detect leaks and instantly shut off the water source. Basically, the sensors at the basin of the dishwasher are able to detect moisture.
Bosch offers even more advanced leak protection than Samsung, with water sensing and instant shutoff even attached to their hoses. This is an unparalleled feature in the dishwasher market shared by only another German brand Miele. Therefore, Bosch dishwasher will come with their own hoses attached whereas this is an extra add-on part that needs to be purchased separately with other brands.
Busting the Jargon
Samsung’s marketing jargon might get confusing at times. Since the terms “StormWash” and “WaterWall” frequently appear on nationwide marketing campaigns we figured we should quickly explain what they mean.
WaterWall Explained: Almost all dishwashers use a rotary sprayarm to distribute water. High-end Samsung dishwashers are equipped to spray water similar to a wall from one end of the tub to the other without missing a spot.
StormWash Explained: Lower-end Samsung dishwashers do not have the WaterWall technology and use regular rotary sprayarms. However, Samsung improved on this feature with an addition of a special nozzle (red & circular nozzle) on the lower left corner. Just activate the StormWash program to go after the dishware that needs it the most.
4) Durability and Longevity
Bosch has a great reputation when it comes to durability and longevity. Bosch dishwashers are tested to withstand a minimum of ten years of use. Moreover, great service has long been a hallmark of the brand.
After a few false starts during 2009-2014 period Samsung has come a long way in terms of dishwashers quality.
5) Bosch vs Samsung Dishwasher Pricing
Bosch Dishwasher Pricing
As we touched upon on the design section above Bosch provides us with different series of dishwashers with a step-up ladder in features and pricing. As Bosch makes more than 100 dishwashers you are most likely to find one that meets your budget goals.
Bosch Ascenta and 100 Series dishwashers generally cost somewhere in the $500 range.
Moving up the product line, the 300 and 500 series options possess features that are sought after by most modern costumers. They’re also generally available at a price point below $800. Bosch also runs many promotions during the year to help accelerate sales of these models.
The most popular pocket handle Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher SHP865WD5N is listed at $849 but during promotional times you might be able to save +/- $100, and even more as part of a Bosch kitchen appliance package.
Once you hit Bosch’s flagship 800 Series, you’ll begin to notice advanced features and visible quality enhancements. These include better racking setups, a flexible interior, and insanely quiet operation. You’ll also quickly notice a higher price tag to go along with all these advanced features.
The luxurious Bosch Benchmark series dishwashers have a price range from $1,099 to $2,099. However, Bosch runs even more generous promotions with the Benchmark line.
Samsung Dishwasher Pricing
Samsung offers only 18 dishwashers with prices ranging from $400 to $999.
Above this level, you’ll find the DW80R9950US. This model offers incredibly quiet operation at 39 dBA, plus all of the trademark Samsung features. Prices range in the $800-$1,000 neighborhood.
If you’re looking for a high-end machine that hasn’t lost sight of the main function of a dishwasher, both Bosch and Samsung will have you covered. Bosch dishwasher, however, edge Samsung products due to their decades-old lineage of high quality. Therefore, Bosch dishwashers earned a coveted spot on our best dishwashers list with multiple product models.
Samsung brings high-tech experience and a cutting-edge approach that’s sure to delight you as well. In general, we recommend Samsung dishwashers to our customers only when they are buying multiple Samsung appliances to maintain the continuous look and to take advantage of package savings. In other instances, it only makes sense to pick a Bosch dishwasher for your home.
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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on April 23, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.