User Manual Bosch SGE53X55UC 300 Series 24" Recessed Handle Special Application Dishwasher

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Getting Started

Appliance overview

The dotted lines show optional features which may or may not be included with your dishwasher. The numbers stated below refer to the overview images on the previous page of this manual.

Operating panel

  1. On/Off button
  2. Wash cycles**
  3. Digital display
  4. Delay start button
  5. Wash cycle options**
  6. Start button

Note: Some of the wash cycles and options will vary by model.

Dishwasher interior components

22. Upper rack

23. Upper spray arm

24. Detergent tab tray

25. Vent hole

26. Lower spray arm

27. Dispenser for special salt

28. Filters

29. Silverware basket

30. Lower rack

31. Rinse aid dispenser

32. Detergent dispenser

33. Lock for detergent dispenser

34. Rating plate

Display indicators

Menu overview

The dishwasher has been preset with certain settings for your convenience. You can change these factory settings.

Use the function keys A, B and C to change the settings.

Water softening system / special salt

To ensure good rinsing results, the dishwasher requires soft water, i.e. water which is low in lime, otherwise limescale will be deposited on the utensils and interior container. Tap water above 7° dH (1.2 mmol/l) must be softened. The water is softened with special salt (regeneration salt) in the water softening system of the dishwasher. The setting and therefore the required amount of salt depends on the degree of hardness of your tap water (see following water hardness table).

Water hardness table

Adjusting the water softening system

The amount of salt dispensed can be set from to . Salt is not required at the set value .

Set the softening system as follows:

1. Ask your local water utility company for the water hardness value of your tap water or use test strip.

2. Required setting can be found in the water hardness table.

3. Press On/Off button 1.

4. Hold down function key A and press Start button 6 until the display 3 indicates(x can be any number).

5. Release both buttons.

The indicator of function key A flashes and the display 3 indicates C select the desired setting.

6. Press Start button 6 to save the setting.

The chosen setting has now been stored.

Using special dishwasher salt

As soon as the low salt indicator lights up on the digital display 3. salt should be topped off. Always refill with special salt immediately before switching on the appliance. This ensures that overrun special salt solution is immediately washed out and does not corrode the rinsing tub.

Top off the salt as follows:

1. Undo the screw plug on the dispenser 27.

2. Fill the dispenser with water (required only when switching on the appliance for the first time).

3. Add salt as illustrated (do not use table salt, salt tablets or salt for use with whole house water softeners).

The water is displaced and runs out.

For more information about buying dishwasher salt. please contact Customer Service 1-800-944-2904.

Using detergents with salt component

If combined detergents with a salt component are used. special salt can usually be omitted up to a water hardness of 21° dH (37° fH, 26° Clarke. 3.7 mmol/l). If the water hardness is over 21° dH. salt must be used.

Switching off low salt indicator / water softening system

If the use of combined detergents with a salt component impairs the low salt indicator on the digital display 3 . the low salt indicator can be switched off.

Proceed as described under “Setting water softening system” and set the value toThe water softening system and salt refill indicator are now switched off.

Rinse Aid

To achieve proper drying, always use a liquid rinse aid, even if your detergent contains a rinse aid or drying additive.

Note: The dishwasher indicates low rinse aid by turning on the Rinse Aid indicator. If this indicator lights up, you need to refill the rinse aid dispenser 31 by following the directions below.

Adding rinse aid

1. Open the rinse aid dispenser 31 by pressing on the latch of the lid and pull it open

2. Add liquid rinse aid to the dispenser 31 until it is full. Do not overfill. Avoid spilling into air vent hole.

3. Close the lid. Lid must be fully closed until it clicks in order to seal.

4. Wipe up any excess rinse aid that may have puddled when the dispenser reservoir is full.

The indicator light will go out a few moments after the dishwasher door is shut.

Setting the amount of rinse aid used

The amount of rinse aid dispensed can be set from to . The factory setting is . You should only change the setting if streaks remain on the dishes (lower the amount), or if dishes are not getting dry enough (increase the amount).

1. Press the On/Off button 1

2. Hold down the function key A and press the Start button 6 until the display 3 indicates (x can be any number). Release both buttons.

3. Press the function key A until the display 3 shows

4. Press the function key C to select the desired setting.

5. Press the Start button I6 to save the setting.

Turning off rinse aid indicator

Proceed as described in the section “Setting the amount of rinse aid used” and set value to The rinse aid indicator is now turned off.

Loading the Dishwasher

Dishware material

Note: Before using your dishwasher for the first time, check the information in this section. Some items are not dishwasher-safe and should be hand washed; others require special loading



Colored anodized aluminum may fade over time. Minerals in your water may cause the aluminum to darken or spot. This can usually be removed with a soap-filled steel wool pad.

China, Crystal, Stoneware

Some hand-painted utensils may discolor, fade or spot. Hand wash these utensils. Position fragile glassware so that it will not topple over or come in contact with other utensils during the wash cycle.


Make sure to use dishwasher-safe glass. Milk glass may discolor or become yellow.

Non-stick Coatings

Apply a light coating of vegetable oil to non-stick surfaces after drying.


Make sure the plasticware is dishwasher-safe.

Stainless Steel, Sterling Silver and Silver Plates

Load these so they do not come in contact with other metals, stainless steel dishwasher tub walls or the inner door.

Not Recommended


Crazing or small cracks throughout the acrylic, may occur.

Adhesive-Joined Pieces

Adhesives that join materials such as plastic, wood, bone, steel, copper, tin, etc. may loosen.



Handles may separate.


Iron will rust. Hand wash and dry immediately.



Your dishwasher is intended for use in cleaning ONLY standard household dish-ware and kitchenware.

Pewter, Brass, Bronze

These items will tarnish. Hand wash and dry immediately.


Tin will stain. Hand wash and dry immediately.


Wooden bowls, wooden utensils and utensils with wooden handles can crack, warp and lose their finish.

Glass and silverware damage


■ Glass type.

■ Type of dishwasher detergent.

■ Water temperature of the wash cycle.


■ Use only glasses and porcelain which the manufacturer designates as dishwasher-safe.

■ Use a detergent which protects silverware.

■ Use less intensive wash cycles and take glass and silverware out of the dishwasher as soon as possible after the wash cycle ends.

Loading the racks

For best dishwashing results, observe the following when loading the dishwasher:

■ Do not pre-wash items with loosely attached food soil.

■ Remove all food particles, bones, toothpicks and excessive grease.

■ Pre-treat items having burned-on, baked-on or starchy soils.

■ Load dishes in the dishwasher racks so the insides of bowls, pots and pans are facing the spray arms.

■ Avoid nesting and contact points between dishes.

■ Separate items of dissimilar metals. Use care to not block movement of the spray arms.

■ Only wash household dishware and kitchenware rated as dishwasher-safe.

Refer to the Dishware Materials section for more information about dishware suitability.

Loading the upper rack

Ensure items do not protrude through the bottom of the racks and block the spray arms.

Note: When pushing the upper rack 22 into the dishwasher, push it until it stops against the back of the tub so the upper rack spray arm 23 connects to the water supply at the back of the tub. Do not push racks in using the door.

Loading the lower rack

Place large items in the lower rack 30. Load pots, pans and bowls upside down. Do not block the vent hole 25 with tall baking sheets. Load these items on the right side of the dishwasher.

Recommended loading pattern

For daily, regular or typical use

12 place setting

Note: Folding the cup shelves down will allow the cups to sit at an increased angle and reduce water pooling on cup bottoms.

Additional loading pattern

10 place setting