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Quietest Dishwasher By Decibel Rating (Reviews/Prices)

Last year, I wrote an article called The Quietest Dishwasher Revealed. I said not to worry about quietness as most manufacturers have very similar decibel ratings. I was right...sort of. Josh Cadenhead actually answers the question better than I did. Read on:

When purchasing a dishwasher there are many factors to consider, the number of wash cycles, how many place settings will it hold, what colors are available, but the most asked for feature is for it to be quiet.

Dishwasher noise levels are rated in decibels, the lower the decibel number the quieter the dishwasher. A difference of just a few decibels may not seem to be much, but a dishwasher that is just one decibel more is actually 30 percent louder. A dishwasher that is four decibels more is twice as loud. Some factors that can affect how noisy a dishwasher will be are:

  • Quality of insulation.
  • A dishwasher with a disposal in it will make it louder.
  • Is there any sound dampening material on the exterior of the tub?
  • Stainless steel tubs tend to be quieter than plastic tubs, because it dampens the sound of the water being sprayed inside.

A decibel rating of 60 will make it hard to have a conversation in the kitchen, models rated from 41 to 50 decibels will be virtually silent. To put in a better perspective here are decibel ratings of some common sounds:

  • A whisper - 15 decibels
  • A normal conversation - 60 decibels
  • A lawnmower - 90 decibels
  • A car horn - 110 decibels
  • A firecracker - 140 decibels

Todays dishwashers are designed for kitchens with open floor plans and are quieter than models purchased 10 years ago. Here is a list of dishwasher models currently on display in our showroom and their decibel rating.

Updated June 2014:

We uodated the decibel raings of each dishwasher.  The quietest is now 37 DBs, but the real difference is KitchenAid.  The brand is quieter, because of their change from soft disposer to filters in the bottom of the dishwasher itself

Quietest Dishwasher By Decibel Rating

miele quiet dishwasher G4570

Miele G4570

Miele

G5105SS - 44 dB - $1299

G5915SCISS/SS - 38 dB - $2649

G5575SCVI - 42 dB - $1699

G4570SCVI - 46 dB - $1399

G4205SS - 46 dB - $999

G5915SCI - 37 dB - $2499

bosch quiet dishwasher SHV68R53UC

Bosch SHV68R53UC

Bosch

SHX7ER55UC - 42 dB - $1249

SHV68R53UC - 44 dB - $1199

SHX68TL5UC - 44 dB - $999

SHE55M15UC - 48 dB - $999

SHE53TL5UC - 46 dB - $799

SHE3ARL2UC - 50 dB - $549

SPX5ES55UC - 46 dB - $1069

SHX9PT75UC - 38 dB - $1,999

thermador quiet dishwasher DWHD410JFM

Thermador DWHD410JFM

Thermador

DWHD650JPR - 42 dB - $1699

DWHD410JFM - 48 dB - $1299

asko quiet dishwasher D5624XXLS

Asko D5624XXLS

Asko

D5434XXLS - 48 dB - $999

D5624XXLS - 50 dB - $1099

fisher paykel quiet dishwasher DD24DCTX7

Fisher & Paykel DD24DCTX7

Fisher & Paykel

DD24DCTX7 - Top drawer 46 dB, bottom drawer 49 dB, if used together 51 dB - $1275

kitchenaid quiet dishwasher KUDS30IXSS

KitchenAid KUDS30IXSS

KitchenAid

KUDS30IXSS - 49 dB - $879

KUDS35FXSS - 49 dB - $989

KUDE40FXSP - 46 dB - $1339

KDHE704DSS - 39 dB - $1,699

jennair quiet dishwasher JDB8000AWS

Jenn-Air JDB8000AWS

Jenn-Air

JDB8000AWS - 49 dB - $999

JDB8200AWP - 46 dB - $1249

JDB8700AWS - 40 dB - $1499

gaggenau quiet dishwasher DF261760

Gaggenau DF261760

Gaggenau

DF261760 - 41 dB - $2299

electrolux quiet dishwasher EIDW5905JS

Electrolux EIDW5905JS

Electrolux

EIDW5905JS - 50 dB - $899

EIDW6405HT - 50 dB - $1099

frigidaire quiet dishwasher FPHD2491KF

Frigidaire FPHD2491KF

Frigidaire

FFBD1821MS - 55 dB - $649

FBD2400KS - 62 dB - $249

FGBD2435NF -55 dB - $449

FGHD2465NF -53 dB - $599

FPHD2485NF -52 dB - $599

FPHD2491KF -51 dB - $699

whirlpool quiet dishwasher WDF750SAYM

Whirlpool WDF750SAYM

Whirlpool

WDF750SAYM -51 dB - $699

maytag quiet dishwasher MDB4709PAM

Maytag MDB4709PAM

Maytag

MDB4709PAM - 57 dB - $639

Additional Resources

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About The Author

Josh Cadenhead

Josh Cadenhead has worked in appliance sales for over 10 years. He spends time refining recipes for his cookbook, working with the National MS Society and practicing Muay Thai boxing.

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