Things people say: “My Bosch dishwasher doesn’t dry my dishes!”

If you’ve had a Bosch or Kenmore dishwasher, or know someone who has, you may have said or heard that it doesn’t dry dishes properly. When lots of people say a machine doesn’t work properly, the cause usually comes down to one of two possibilities: the machine doesn’t work properly, or the machine isn’t being used properly. While it’s not impossible for the machine to work incorrectly, we always want to eliminate the human factor. And, in this case, it’s almost always the human factor. If you are using a new dishwasher, it may work for years without showing a fault.

American dishwashers use a heating element to blast dishes with heat when the rinse is over. The dishes get hot, and the water radiates away as steam.

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European dishwashers don’t work this way. For a European dishwasher like a Bosch to dry properly, there are three important things that must be done.

Finish Jet Dry for dishwasher

1: ALWAYS use rinse-aid, like Finish Jet-Dry or similar products. Rinse-aids decrease the surface tension of water to allow for effective sheeting and reduced spotting. If your detergent has a rinse-aid built into it, like Finish Powerball tablets or Cascade Platinum Pacs, there is no need for a separate rinse-aid to be used.

2: ALWAYS use the Auto Wash cycle. This cycle tends to be longer than the time-based cycles, which will keep the dishes hotter for longer.

Dishwasher wash cycle

3: ALWAYS use the Sanitizing Rinse option. This will spray the dishes with an extra-hot batch of water at the end of the rinse cycle to leave the dishes as hot as possible for drying.

Why do we have to always – ALWAYS – do these things? It has to do with how these dishwashers dry the dishes. The heating element isn’t exposed like it is on an American dishwasher. Instead, the element is below the floor of the tub, where the water is heated. This means the element can’t be used to heat the dishes to dry them. So, how do they dry? Condensation.

After the three “ALWAYS” steps are followed, the tub will cool before the contents. The water on the hot dishes will radiate to the cooler walls where it will condense and drain out of the dishwasher. Without using all three “ALWAYS” steps, the water won’t leave the dishes as easily, or they won’t be hot enough to allow for the water to radiate off the dishes. When the three “ALWAYS” steps are done regularly, there is no issue with drying in a Bosch dishwasher. On my honor, I promise! 🙂

In the extremely rare case, you’re following these basic steps but continue to have drying issues with your Bosch dishwasher, I recommend having a technician examine your dishwasher. But, definitely make sure these three “ALWAYS” steps are being done first. It’s much easier to use it properly (and MUCH cheaper) than to have someone come out to say the same thing.

4: ALWAYS keep the dishwasher-less crowded. Your Bosch dishwasher doesn’t completely dry your dishes because you add too many dishes inside the dishwasher. The hot air needs enough room to flow effectively and make each dish dry. But having too many cups, plates, cutleries, and other dishes inside the dishwasher doesn’t allow the hot air to reach every dish item properly. Therefore, it is recommended not to add too many items on both the top and bottom brackets of the dishwasher.

5: ALWAYS start unloading the dishwasher from the bottom rack. When you take off your dishes from the top rack first, any remaining waterfalls from the top dishes to the bottom. This makes your bottom dishes wet. Therefore, starting from the bottom rack is advisable so that all your dishes can stay dry.

After the five “always” steps are followed

Without using all five “always” steps

When the five “always” steps are done regularly

But, definitely make sure these five “always” steps


Which drying technology the Bosch dishwasher uses?

PureDry is the condensation drying process used by all dishwashers from Bosch. It is a closed drying system that is energy efficient and gives great cleaning and drying results.

Why my plastic items remain wet in the Bosch Dishwasher?

The problem with plastic is that it fails to retain heat, and that’s why you see your plastic dishes wet in the Bosch dishwasher. Here, the extra dry function of the dishwasher comes in handy. It makes the plastic utensils dry. Also, never put the plastic dishes on the top bracket; instead, put them on the bottom rack to avoid any damage.

What is the correct way of loading dishes into the dishwasher?

The size of the dishes matters a lot when loading them into the dishwasher. Make sure to put small plates, cups, and dishes on the top rack and large items such as bowls, pans, and pots on the bottom rack.

Also, when loading dishes, make sure there is no food left in any of the dishes. There is no need to pre-rinse them. All you need is to remove the remains.

Does the Bosch dishwasher offer hygienic washing and drying?

Yes, the Bosch dishwasher has a Hygiene Plus option. It means you can also put those things in the dishwasher that require a hygienic wash. The water temperature goes above 75 degrees at the end of the washing cycle for 10 minutes, killing the germs and bacteria.

Is it necessary to clean the filter regularly?

Yes, it is necessary to check and clean the filter of your Bosch dishwasher on a regular basis. This will help you achieve the desired results.

Questions? Comments? Let me know what you think!

6 thoughts on “Things people say: “My Bosch dishwasher doesn’t dry my dishes!””

  1. Thanks so much for the thorough explanation. That is very helpful for folks like me who feel the need to understand how and why the dishwasher does what it does.

  2. Dishwasher does not dry no matter what you do, ironically I have had Bosch in the past and it use to vent from front lower panel and it did dry. Newer model do not

  3. I have owned my Bosch dishwasher for about 6 months. It is the most awful dishwasher I have ever owned. I have a long list of things I so dislike about this machine. It is extremely hard to load. The bottom rack is not set up to accommodate much other than plates. Good heavens! I can get a pot or two in the remaining space but that is about it. The rack for glasses isn’t great either. I have normal sized drinking glasses and can’t get in a day’s worth of them. If I could get my money back towards a different brand of dishwasher I would do it in a second. I hate how it doesn’t dry-altho I have read now why, it doesn’t clean like my other dishwashers, I can barely get much into it as bad rack design, it stinks and I can’t get rid of the odor. I could go on-so is there anything you can do for me??? I won’t recommend this brand ever, as there are other machines that will do so much better for a much better price. My favorites are Maytag and KitchenAid, in case you might wonder. I am also am a professional food person-college degree, so not stupid. Except to buy this machine.

  4. I hate my new Bosch dishwasher o can’t believe it’s is so o much more work having yo dry my dishes. I’m a natural person who does not want to use a rinse aid on my dishes. So disappointed wish I kept my ok’d dishwasher.


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