I have five kids and needed a reliable dishwasher, but didn't want to pay for all the extra features. I just want clean dishes. I don't like hand washing dishes ten times a day behind my husband and five kids. With this dishwasher, I don't even have to rinse my dirty dishes prior to putting them in the dishwasher. It's a pretty powerful dishwasher overall. I am very satisfied with my purchase. The Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher is surprisingly quiet. I can still run the dishwasher when the kids are in the next room sleeping and it's so quiet that it doesn't wake them up. My only complaint is the absence of a timer. There is only an LED light that indicates when it is running and when it is not. I am a bit obsessive when it comes to my dishes-I like them to get washed as soon as they start piling up. This dishwasher has a half load cycle which is convenient for use during the day. I recommend this dishwasher to anyone looking for a model that actually works, but does not cost a fortune. Loading Flexibility I can put only a few dishes in or many dishes in and they always come out spotless.