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Quietest Dishwashers By Decibel Rating (Ratings / Reviews / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 15, 2019  |  5 Min. Read


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Imagine you are about to hear the latest plot twist of Game of Thrones or Greys Anatomy (add your favorite show/sporting event here) only you can’t hear it because the dishwasher is running in the background.

Dishwasher quietness is the number 1 question because our living spaces have merged. The kitchen and living space is one space not separate rooms like our parents’ homes.

This article is about quietness. You will hear a 44 and 55 DB dishwasher. I will list the quietest models of every manufacturer.

You should also know how to buy a quiet dishwasher. In many cases, you can “overbuy” and spend more money than you should.

This one of three articles you should read about dishwashers. The other two cover price and reliability. There will be links at the end of this article for both.

Quietness Disclaimer

It is important to note that there is no industry standard for measuring dB(A). One brand may measure their dB(A) rating during a standard wash cycle, where another brand could be measuring it during their china/crystal cycle.

Quietest Dishwasher By Decibel Rating



EI24ID81SS - 45 db(A)

Additional Models:

  • EI24ID50QS - 47 dB(A)
  • EI24ID30QB - 49 dB(A)


MDB8959SFZ - 47 dB(A)

Additional Models:

  • MDB7959SHZ - 47 dB(A)
  • MDB8989SHB - 48 dB(A)



WDT970SAHZ - 47 dB(A)

Additional Models:



JDTSS244GL - 38 dB(A)

Additional Resources:

  • JDTSS246GL-38 dB(A)
  • JDTSS244GM-38 dB(A)


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Miele G6987SCVIK2O - 38 dB - $3,099

Additional Models:



SHX89PW75N Benchmark -38 dB(A)

Additional Models:

  • SHXM98W75N 800 Series -39 dB(A)
  • SHS63 500 Series – 44 dB(A)

We then researched the dB(A) rating of a few more brands to compare.

SubZero Cove

DW2450WS – 41 dB(A) - $2,099

Additional Models:

  • DW2450 – 41 dB(A) - $1,999

Only two options are currently available, with or without a water softener.



DW80R9950US at 39 dB(A)- $999

Additional Models:



LSDT9908BD - 40 dB(A)

Additional Models:

  • LUDP8997SN – 40 dB(A)
  • LDT7808BD – 42 dB(A)



FPID2498SF – 47 dB(A)

Additional Models:

  • FGID2479SF – 49 dB(A)
  • FFID2459VS – 49 dB(A)



DBI675THXXLS - 40 dB(A)

Additional Models:




CDT866P2MS1 - 40 dB(A)

Additional Models:

  • PDT855SIJII - 40 dB(A)
  • PDT845SSJSS - 42 dB(A)




KDPE334GBS - 39 dB(A)

Additional Models:

  • KDTM354DSS- 43 dB(A)
  • KDPM354GBS - 44 dB(A)

Note: There are multiple models in the KitchenAid lineup with dB(A) ratings between 39 and 44.

What Does Quiet Sound Like

A decibel rating of 60 will make it hard to have a conversation in the kitchen, models rated from 38 to 44 decibels will be quiet.

For 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

Better yet here is what 44 and 55 decibels sound like in an actual kitchen.

Dishwasher Sound Level Comparison


Decibel Levels, What to Know

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. However, buying a dishwasher at 44 DBs is quiet enough.

You do not want to pay for just quietness under 44 DB (I will say this a few more times in this article).

Quietness Factors

  1. Quality of insulation.
  2. A dishwasher with a disposal is louder.
  3. Sound dampening material on the exterior of the tub.
  4. Stainless steel tubs tend to be quieter than plastic tubs because it dampens the sound of the water being sprayed inside.

KitchenAid, for example, became a quieter dishwasher by removing their disposer and adding a filter.

All the quiet dishwashers are filtered. It can be argued the disposer is better, so there is a trade-off in benefit.

How to Buy a Quiet Dishwasher

This article should read two ways. First, you should now know what is quiet. So if you are opening the living room to your kitchen, you’ll most likely be satisfied at 44 DBS.

However, unless you are interested in other features, you do not need to spend any more money just for quietness past 44 DBs.

You will not be able to hear the difference between a 38-42 DB dishwasher so why pay extra just for that?

In other words, you should not spend $1,979 for that top of the line Bosch just for quietness when the $849-999 is more than sufficient at 42 DBs.

There are plenty of quiet dishwashers in every brand. Just do not overspend for anything under 44DBs.

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In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

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That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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