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

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 14, 2017  |  5 Min. Read


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There are many factors to consider when purchasing a dishwasher; 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.

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Some factors that can affect how noisy a dishwasher will be are: 

  • The quality of insulation. 
  • A dishwasher with a disposal will make it louder. 
  • 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 46 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 

Today's dishwashers are designed for kitchens with open floor plans and are quieter than models purchased 10 years ago.

The quietest is now 38 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.

For this year's update, I included the most popular models for the brands we sell. 

Updated Feb 2017 

Dishwasher Sound Level Comparison

Hear a 55 dB and 44 dB Dishwasher head to head

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Quietest Dishwasher By Decibel Rating

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Miele G6985SCVI at 38 dB - $2499

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SHX9PT75UC at 38 dB - $1,999

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DWHD650JPR at 42 dB - $1699 

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D5436XLS at 46 dB - $1155 

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  • D5425XLS at 46 dB - $1050


Fisher and Paykel

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DD24DCTX7  (top drawer) at 46 dB, (bottom drawer) at 49 dB

(If used together) 51 dB - $1299



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KDTE254ESS at 39 dB - $989

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JDB9800CWS at 40 dB - $1599

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DF281760 at 40 dB - $1599



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EI24ID50QS at 47 dB - $999 

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FPID2497RF at 47 dB - $899

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Final Thoughts

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 can be safe at 44 dBS. Unless you are interested in other features, you do not need to spend any more money for quietness past 44 dBs.

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