Bosch Dishwater Symbols: All Meanings Explained

Knowing what features and settings you are getting with your Bosch dishwasher are essential for choosing which model is suitable for you.

It can be the difference between having some basic settings for those that need a dishwasher and integrating your dishwasher into your Smart Home system.

Keep reading to learn what the symbols on the basic model mean and the characters for extra features the upgraded models include.

What Are The Symbols And Their Meaning On The Bosch Dishwasher?

There are plenty of symbols on the Basic Bosch dishwasher and additional characters for other models.

You may not know whether the Bosch dishwasher has all the features you need unless you understand the symbols, so here is a breakdown of what they all mean.

Basic Dishwasher Symbols And Meanings

Here are the symbols and settings on all modern Bosch dishwashers and what they mean.

  • Eco 50°: The economy cycle is a longer cycle that uses less water and electricity and is perfect for removing common foods lightly dried on.
  • Intensive 70°: The intense cycle uses high temperatures and sprays pressure ideal for stubborn, burnt-on, or dried foods.
  • Auto 45°- 65°: The auto cycle removes common food remnants and is probably the cycle you will use the most.
  • Glass 40°: The glass cycle adjusts the temperature and has a more extended drying period that gently cleans glassware like high-quality crystal.
  • Silence 50°: The silence cycle is similar to the Eco 50° by reducing the spray pressure and more prolonged cleaning phase that reduces noise.
  • Pre-Rinse: The pre-rinse cycle is short before a complete wash cycle. It helps to loosen dried-on food and stubborn remnants.
  • Quick 45°: The quick cycle is for those in a hurry and removes most common food remnants.
  • Short 60°: The short cycle is for lightly dirty dishes.
  • Machine Care: The machine care cycle is to clean your dishwasher and use a machine cleaning detergent. It helps to reduce limescale, grease, and odors.

Bosch Dishwater Symbols

These are the Bosch dishwashers’ primary cycles, but you can get even more out of your dishwasher if you have other features and settings included in your chosen model.

These features work with whatever cycle you use to boast it to fit your needs.

Special Symbols And Meanings

There are other models of Bosch dishwashers that come with some unique settings and features.

Here are some of the settings and what they mean, so if you choose to upgrade, you will know what you are getting.

Most of these settings work together with the cycles listed above.

  • Home Connect: The Home Connect setting allows you to connect to your dishwasher using the Bosch Home Connect app, so you can choose which cycle you need regardless of what dishes need cleaning.
  • Intensive Zone: The intensive zone setting adds higher spray pressure and increases the temperature in the lowest basket on any cycle. If you need to clean pots and pans with plenty of food remnants on them, then you may want to add this to your regular cycle to give it a boost.
  • VarioSpeed Plus: The VarioSpeed plays setting cut the cleaning time of the cycles listed above, excluding the pre-rinse and quick wash cycles, by 66% with the push of a button while still resulting in sparkling dishes.
  • Hygiene Plus: The hygiene plus settings have a hotter final rinse for better antibacterial performance. This setting is excellent for allergies or those who need higher hygiene standards. Note that this setting is not suitable for sterilizing baby bottles.
  • Extra Dry: The extra dry settings use higher temperatures during the rinse cycle and have a more extended drying phase to dry your dishes thoroughly.
  • Half Load: The half load setting is when you only have a few items to wash, which helps save water, energy, and time.
  • Shine and Dry: The shine and dry setting increase the amount of water for the rinse cycle and have a more prolonged drying phase to prevent watermarks. Using a rinse add with this setting will help ensure that you get the glossy dry that you want.
  • Dosage Assist: The dosage assist area is at the front of the top basket that you can put your detergent in. It controls how the tablet dissolves, so you get the best performance.
  • Place Settings: The place settings feature allows you to wash dishes for up to 14 place settings in one load, which is perfect for large families or hosting an event.
  • Self-cleaning Filters: The self-cleaning filters setting has spray arms that direct water at the filters with every rotation that keeps the filters clear during the washing cycles. However, they are not a replacement for regularly cleaning your filters as part of your maintenance.
  • Duo Power: The duo power feature has twin spray arms for the top basket to ensure that every dish gets the proper water coverage regardless of which cycle you use.
  • PerfectDry: The PerfectDry feature ensures that you don’t need to towel dry your dishes once a rotation is complete. It uses minerals to help dry all your dishes, whether pans, glasses, or plastic containers.
  • LoadSensor: The LoadSensor feature helps detect how full your dishwasher is and calculate the amount of water and electricity to use for that rotation.

This list should give you a good idea of the features and different settings that you can enjoy of a Bosch dishwasher of your choice.

While not every dishwasher has these features and settings included, you may want to look for them before you purchase if you need to accommodate things like a larger household or allergies.

Final Thoughts

Bosch’s dishwashers come with many symbols and settings that can be overwhelming if you don’t know what they mean.

Even the basic models have multiple settings regarding temperature and load type.

Hopefully, this list gave you an idea of what your dishwasher is capable of and what settings and features you have at your disposal.

I’ve been working with technology in one way or the other all my life. After graduating from university, I worked as a sales consultant for Verizon for a few years. Now I am a technical support engineer by day and write articles on my own blog here in my spare time to help others if they have any issues with their devices.