As I mentioned before, I usually start our Bosch when I go to bed at night. It runs for 2:13 ( don't know why it picked that, but that's what it does). When I unload it in the morning, about 6-7 hours later, everything on the bottom and the silverware is all nice and dry. Any glass or ceramic on the top is also dry. Plastic might have a few drops of water on it. The only thing that retains a lot of water is the sealing edges of plastic container lids. I just tap those out on a dishtowel.
Yup, I dont even have internet at the house(not by choice), I'm not a fan of the smart connected appliances either.^ wont run without wifi..... they need to shoot the engineers that signed off on that. Bosch's should have no such problem. I am no fan of smart or connected appliances, just more to go wrong without any actual added convenience. NO, I don't need my washer or fridge to automatically order me me detergent or food if they think I'm low.
5 years in with our own Bosch 500 series now, still running like a top on our softened well water. Zero crud build up, damage or repairs needed. Choosing the wrong detergent can leave a film on dishes, but typically not a problem. We've found it best to crack it open and let all the steam out as soon as the cycle completes... dries all the dishes well that way.
I'd NEVER run any equipment while I sleep. I had a piece break off something in the dishwasher and sat on the heating drying element filled the entire house with smoke and set off the alarms would have caught fire if I didn't jump in there with a fire extinguisher.
Same with the washer. It blew a seal and dumped water all over the floor if I was asleep who know how much water would have dumped out.
Interesting read. I had a GE for 16 years. I had to periodically pull it out and clean things. Periodically we would run it with just a bowl and a 1/2 cup of vinegar. I did everything I could to keep it going. It got to a point were it wasn't certain if it was going to wash the dishes well or not. I did all the research and came to the hard decision that everyone has now when buying a new appliance. Get a "good" one for double/triple the price of the cheap ones or just buy the cheap one and hope it last 3-4 years. I've been told by several appliance stores that all appliances are only expected to last about 5 years.
In the end, I went with a Bosch. It's only been a year, but let me give you the one pro and con I have. It CLEANS dishes. I didn't know how clean a dishwasher could get things. Our old one didn't come close to what this does. The down sides of our Bosch, sorry mid level - maybe 500 series, is it's TOO QUIET and it takes a long time to clean and dry. When I push the button to start it, I don't actually know it's started. That's how quiet it is. And the more expensive versions are supposed to be even quieter. It also dries through condensation. We do not use the chemicals to help the drying, but we're happy with how it comes out. Only plastic items need to set out to dry for a few minutes when the washer is clean.
Well I should probably update this. The dishwasher lasted just 15months! Bosch's warrantee is a joke. It is good for a year (sort of) and after that they just guarantee that the stainless steel won't completely rust through. It cost me 2/3rds the cost of a new one to have the primary pump replaced. The dishwasher is still cleaning great, but I'm not impressed with the quality nor what the company stands behind. Moen, Anderson, Aroma, and Muck are so far the 4 companies that I've run across which stand behind their products.