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Serie | 4 SPS40E12GB white
ActiveWater slimline Dishwasher 45cm

  • SPS40E12GB
  • SPS40E12GB
  • SPS40E12GB
  • SPS40E12GB
  • SPS40E12GB
  • SPS40E12GB

The ActiveWater 45 with height-adjustable top rack: Gives you extra space for large and bulky items.

  • Height-adjustable top basket: More flexibility to accomodate larger items.
  • VarioSpeed: cleans in up to half the time with optimum cleaning and drying results.
  • AquaStop: 100% lifetime warranty for water damages guaranteed.
  • Glass protection technology: extra gentle handling for your delicate glasses.
  • EcoSilence Drive: powerful, durable, quiet and efficient.
  1. Overview
  2. Reviews
  3. Technical specs
  4. Additional documents


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  • AquaStop
    AquaStop The AquaStop system consists of a double-walled supply hose, a safety valve, as well as a floor sump with float switch, offering 100% protection against water damage. Guaranteed by Bosch for lifetime.
  • AquaSensor
    AquaSensor The AquaSensor regulates the water usage depending on the type and degree of soiling, using light beams to manage the rinse. Depending on remaining food particles, grease or detergent residues in the rinse, the rinsing process is assessed to evaluate whether it needs to be continued.
  • Heat Exchanger
    Heat Exchanger Dishwashers with heat exchangers treat precious glasses and porcelain with particular care and no risks. Water is pre-heated in the rinsing tank to avoid any temperature shocks.
    Heat Exchanger
  • LoadSensor
    LoadSensor The load weight is detected by a rotary speed sensor which recognizes the water level. For bigger loads, more water is needed to soak the dishes and the water level decreases. In that case more water is added. For smaller loads, less water is needed for rinsing. The load sensor provides for optimal water usage even for half loads or partial loads, saving water and electricity.


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  • Vario basket The Vario basket can be easily placed in the lower basket and provides additional storage space for cutlery. It is included as a standard in all ActiveWater models without VarioDrawer.
    Vario basket
  • Electronic delay timer
    Electronic delay timer With the time delay function you can pre-select the programme for the desired start time. This allows you to handle your appliance conveniently, at any time during the day, during work hours or at night. After the start of the programme a display indicates the precise remaining time.
    Electronic delay timer


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  • Glass protection technology Because soft water causes glass corrosion, Bosch dishwashers with glass protection technology constantly regulate the degree of hardness. This is how we ensure that valuable glasses and delicate china are always washed with special care.
    Glass protection technology


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  • EcoSilence DriveTM
    EcoSilence DriveTM To increase our cleaning efficiency we have developed the economical EcoSilence DriveTM. It is exceptionally quiet, efficient and guarantees low electricity consumption. The EcoSilence DriveTM works without brushes is ultra silent and top results are automatically guaranteed.
    EcoSilence DriveTM
  • ActiveWater technology
    ActiveWater technology This innovative rinsing technology maximises efficiency and ensures environmentally friendly rinsing for excellent cleaning results. The water and energy is saved through targeted water distribution, optimised filter technology, faster heating and higher pump performance for increased water circulation.
    ActiveWater technology
  • DuoPower spray arms
    DuoPower spray arms In addition to the spray arm on the bottom, DuoPower, the double spray arm in the upper basket ensures that dishes are optimally cleaned. The two ergonomically designed spray arms ensure targeted water circulation reaching every corner of the dishwasher interior. Due to this precision control, each rinse cycle is particularly gentle on glasses and dishes.
    DuoPower spray arms
  • VarioSpeed option
    VarioSpeed option You can reduce the wash time by half with the VarioSpeed option. All this with best cleaning and drying results – as usual.
    VarioSpeed option

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teething issues...setting upI bought this today, but the instructions are not that easy to follow. Also I cannot seem to input the water hardness figure into the device. Will have another go, but should be easier to do.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DishwasherHad dishwasher a month before it got fitted in new kitchen but now in use and love it.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic compact machineSubmitted as part of a selected review panel Wow oh wow! I was so incredibly lucky to be selected to review this wonderful machine and it didn't disappoint at all. This dishwasher is slimline so fantasitic if you haven't got much space like me, at first I thought being a family of 5 we would struggle with it being small but I was so wrong! It has all the handy areas for your plates, dishes, glasses, cups, cutlery those annoying cooking utensils and the thing I absolutely love the most is if you need a bit more space but the bars at the bottom are in the way you can fold them down out of the way so you can fit things in. Also if you were to have big trays or things that won't fit into the machine with the top rack inside you can just remove it and use the hand attachment so you can get everything in. I love that the bottom rack isn't held in either so you can pull it right out to fill up easily without hurting my back bending over. It has 3 wash settings which is great I was surprised that the Eco setting took longer that the rest though. It looks clean and smart with a handy display showing the time of the cycle, I like the lights indicating when I need to refill the salt and rinse aid and I love the timer. The only downside to the front is that the nob for the wash cycles is continually out, I would have preferred of I could push it in out if the way.
Date published: 2016-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it's meant to do & does it well*Submitted as part of a selected review panel* This isn't our first Bosch household appliance and our experience over the years has been that it's a good, reliable brand. Our previous dishwasher was also a Bosch, which had been going strong over 5 years by the time we were offered the chance to review this model (certainly a durable brand). The SPS40E12GB model we've now been using for nearly 2 weeks is great for a small family (we're 2 adults, 1 little one) and do a fair bit of cooking. Even though the space we have only fits a slimline model, we find that most days we only achieve a full load every other day, especially once we established the 'optimal loading configuration' for our crockery & kitchenware. LOOKS: It's a simple, no fuss design with minimal buttons and a digital display. Only minor complaint is that the settings knob is permanently 'out', whereas our previous Bosch had one which could be pushed in to give the whole frontage a smooth profile. This has no material impact on the actual functioning of the dishwasher though, so only a an observation. FUNCTION: A good range of settings to choose from, though we are fans of the Eco 50 degree wash and use this pretty exclusively as it gets everything clean and helps the environment in about 3 hours all in. We generally rinse off major stains on the crockery prior to loading, as we think it's better than having to deal with clogs later down the line plus it helps preserve the life of the dishwasher better (as mentioned, previous Bosch was going strong at 5+ years). The construction of the dishwashing racks are sturdy, with smooth gliding motions and good spacing of spokes to allow for about 1.5 to 2 sets of dinnerware (that's 8 each of big plates, small plates, bowls, mugs, cups, etc.). We also stick lots of bitty things in like cooking ladles, small gadgets and small tupperware bits which are too much of a faff to clean by hand. Overall, the dishwasher is opened and closed endless amounts of times per day by various members of the household and due to its robust construction, no one thinks twice about needing to be particularly gentle (a plus when you have a little one who tries to be helpful). HANDY FEATURES: Timer - we like putting our dishwasher on after going to bed as we have Economy 7 electricity so can make use of setting the exact hour we'd like it to come on to benefit from the cheaper rate. The dishwasher is also pretty quiet and hasn't been known to disrupt sleep despite running in the night. Digital display - helps us easily review the time settings chosen. Positionable racks - can be placed at preferred heights, for those special occasion flute glasses which may be too tall on the default rack height setting. All in all, a great dishwasher which does what it's supposed to reliably. Happy with it!
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A marked improvement on our last dishwasher!Submitted as part of a selected review panel. We were very lucky to be selected to review this product. It was coincidence maybe that our previous dishwasher had just died, but we are very glad it did because we haven't looked back. The clear winner for us was the half an hour 45 degree wash. Previously we had had to wait at least 2 and a half hours for the shortest cycle with our previous dishwasher. Not only did it do it in less than a fifth of the time, it gave better results than the hottest cycle on the previous dishwasher. We also used the other cycles for more soiled items including baking trays and it worked very well. It gave us an opportunity to change the positioning of the trays, even removing the top tray to accommodate the Baking Sheet spray head which worked well. It is a very quiet dishwasher, maybe a few minutes slight noise at the beginning when I presume it takes in the water, followed by much welcome silence for the rest of the cycle. The items also come out clean and dry. We've also made other adjustments for water hardness, etc but only time will tell if this has any benefits. I'd definitely recommend this device. As per usual, Bosch, like our fridge freezer, make very reliable sturdy devices.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eating humble pie!Submitted as part of a selected review panel, How lucky have I been? I've always been a bit sceptical of dishwashers.........a lazy alternative to doing it by hand, an expensive extra to run, or that it doesn't do a very good job! To name but a few! How blinkered have I been? As a single parent to 5 boys, cost, efficiency, ease and convenience all play a major part in my life when trying to run and support a household. I work a lot of hours and after doing a daily 12hr shift, the last thing I want to start when I get home is the housework and oh how I hate to wash up! WOW, this washer has been so enlightening, it's easy to use and load and gets the job done with a great result. The major factor also for me is that it is energy efficient and great on my electricity meter. I have been really impressed and always thought a dishwasher was out of my budget. I would highly recommend this product to anyone, and would definitely say if you thought about getting it! Get out of the dark ages an you'll never look back! A GREAT PRODUCT.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Submitted as part of a selected review panelWhen the dishwasher was delivered I found a problem in that the water inlet pipe had a "water filter" attached which meant I had to make the hole in the back of my cabinet bigger to enable the pipe to be connected to the water pipe. I think this needs to be advised to customers. I have been using the dishwasher for 1 week and can say that I am very happy with it. After reading the instructions it was easy to use. I like the timer feature and the fact it switches itself off when the cycle is finished.
Date published: 2015-12-28
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Technical specs

  • Performance
    • Energy Efficiency Class: A+
    • Capacity: 9 place settings
    • Energy consumption in Eco 50 programme: 220 kWh per year, based on 280 standard cleaning cycles
    • Water consumption in ​Eco 50 programme: 2660 litres per year, based on 280 standard cleaning cycles
    • Programme time in Eco 50 programme: 195 minutes
    • A rated performance for washing and A for drying
    • Noise level dB (A) re 1pW: 48 dB
    • Programmes/functions
      • 4 programmes: Intensive 70 °C, Eco
        50 °C, Quick wash 45 °C, Pre-Rinse
      • 1 Special option: VarioSpeed
      • Flexible design elements
        • Vario basket system
        • Height adjustable top basket when empty
        • Silver baskets
        • 2 foldable plate racks in bottom basket
        • 2 foldable cup shelves in top basket
        • Knife rack in top basket
        • Variable cutlery basket in bottom rack
        • Innovations and technology
          • EcoSilence BLDC drive
          • DuoPower spray arm in upper basket
          • Heat exchanger - Hygienic and efficient drying
          • ActiveWater hydraulic water system
          • DosageAssist detergent dispenser
          • Automatic detergent detection
          • AquaSensor III, Load Sensor
          • AquaMix - Glass protection system
          • AquaStop anti flood device with guarantee
          • Design features
            • Large item spray head
            • Stainless steel interior
            • Control buttons on front of fascia
            • Colour of indicators: Red LED indicators
            • LED salt refill indicator, LED rinse aid refill indicator
            • Alternating spray arms
            • Self-cleaning filter system with 3 piece corrugated filter
            • Electronic time delay: 1-24 hours with remaining programme time indicator (min), water inlet indicator
            • Dimensions (HxWxD): 84.5 x 45 x 60cm
            • Efficiency information relates to the ​Eco 50 programme. This programme is suitable for cleaning normally soiled tableware and is the most efficient programme in terms of combined energy and water consumption.
              Technical specs

              Manuals and Downloads

              Online Survey