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  1. Short answer: Bosch's normal cycle, at around 90 minutes on certain models, is the fastest of the normal cycles on the better models of dishwashers.

    Long answer: Most dishwasher manufacturers will recommend using sensor-based cycles, which essentially watch how hot and clean the water is as it recirculates. The hotter and cleaner the water is, the cleaner it knows the dishes are. These cycles essentially wash until the dishes are clean, rather than simply running for X minutes no matter what. These are the most effective cycles, and by reducing any need for re-washing, tend to be most efficient. And, some models need you to use the sensor cycle to dry better (Bosch included). Because they stop washing when the dishes are clean, and incoming water temperatures can affect cycle times, cycle times may vary from load to load.

    Some models have a 1 hour cycle, which takes (drumroll please) 1 hour to finish. So, technically, those could be considered the fastest, but they're also the least efficient cycles, and usually aren't the best cleaning cycles.

    Most normal cycles run for 2-2.5 hours. Unless cycle time is going to make a real difference in your life, I wouldn't worry too much about it. :)

  2. Hi TestManiac,

    Another great question for which will also depend on certain features you will also need besides the speed of the appliance itself.

    We have a great information guide that has 5 tips that may help in which unit may suit your needs. It is not a current guide of 2013, but will help with finding a dishwasher that fits into your lifestyle. After viewing the guide, you can also go into and use our Dishwasher Adviser Tool for more in-depth features to help in picking out the best appliance for you and your family.

    Let us know if you have any questions along the way! :)

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