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

Danny Nguyen  |  March 29, 2020  |  5 Min. Read

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Imagine you are about to hear the latest plot twist of Game of Thrones or Grey's Anatomy but you can’t hear it because the dishwasher is running in the background.

Quietness is the number one factor when choosing a dishwasher.

In this article, you'll learn the quietest dishwashers from every brand and their decibel ratings.

You’ll also learn how to buy a quiet dishwasher without spending a fortune. In many cases, you can “overbuy” and spend more money than you need to for a quiet dishwasher.

First, you should know what "quiet" sounds like.

Let's get started.

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 familiar sounds:

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

Better yet, here is what 39, 44, and 55 decibels sound like in an actual kitchen:

Dishwasher Sound Level Comparison [VIDEO]

 

Dishwasher Quietness Disclaimer

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

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 only one decibel more is 30 percent louder.

A dishwasher that is four decibels 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 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 sound.

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.

Now, let's look at the quietest dishwashers. 

Quietest Dishwashers By Decibel Rating For 2020

Jenn-Air Dishwasher JDTSS244GL - $1,399

Decibel Rating: 38 DB

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  • JDTSS246GL - 38 DB
  • JDTSS244GM - 38 DB

Miele Dishwasher G6987SCVIK2O - $3,099

Decibel Rating: 38 DB

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Bosch Dishwasher SHX89PW75N - $2,099

Decibel Rating: 38 DB

SHX89PW75N

Additional Models:

KitchenAid Dishwasher KDPE334GBS - $899

Decibel Rating: 39 DB

KDPE334GBS

Additional Models:

  • KDTE334GPS - 39 DB
  • KDPM354GBS - 44 DB
  • KDTM354DSS- 43 DB

Note: There are multiple models in the KitchenAid lineup with DB ratings between 39 and 44.

 

Samsung Dishwasher DW80R9950US - $799

Decibel Rating: 39 DB

 

DW80R9950US

Additional Models:

 

Asko Dishwasher DBI675THXXLS - $1,739

Decibel Rating: 40 DB

FRMRVTISKBSE

Additional Models:

 

Café Appliances Dishwasher CDT866P2MS1 - $1,479

Decibel Rating: 40 DB

GE-Appliances-Dishwashers-CDT866P2MS1

Additional Models:

  • PDT855SIJII - 40 DB
  • PDT845SSJSS - 42 DB

 

LG Dishwasher LSDT9908BD - $944

Decibel Rating: 40 DB

LSDT9908BD

Additional Models:

  • LUDP8997SN – 40 DB
  • LDT7808BD – 42 DB

 

Sub-Zero Cove Dishwasher DW2450WS - $2,269 

Decibel Rating: 41 DB

DW2450WS

Additional Models:

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

 

Electrolux Dishwasher EI24ID81SS - $1,399

Decibel Rating: 45 DB

Electrolux-EI24ID81SS

Additional Models:

  • EI24ID50QS - 47 DB
  • EI24ID30QB - 49 DB

Maytag Dishwasher MDB8959SFZ - $899

Decibel Rating: 47 DB

MDB8959SFZ

Additional Models:

  • MDB7959SHZ - 47 DB
  • MDB8989SHB - 48 DB

Whirlpool Dishwasher WDT970SAHZ - $599

Decibel Rating: 47 DB

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Frigidaire Dishwasher FPID2498SF – $893

Silent Rating: 47 DB

FPID2498SF

Additional Models:

  • FGID2479SF – 49 DB
  • FFID2459VS – 49 DB

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.

Generally, you should expect to pay a hefty price for a premium "extra" quiet dishwasher - with one exception. The KitchenAid's dishwasher KDTE334GPS, that we mentioned as an alternative, is 39 DBs for $749. 

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What are the best dishwashers for 2020?

Bosch will continue to lead the pack with their forever better engineering dishwashers.

We will continue to see dishwasher prices go down with better features. Such as Crystal dry - which are natural materials causing water to evaporator into heat. They are thus removing moisture to dry everything, including plastic.

KitchenAid may have the best overall dishwasher value with 39 DB quietness at $799.

Samsung has good dishwashers under $700.

2. What are the most reliable dishwashers for 2020?

Samsung, Bosch, and LG are the most reliable dishwasher brands for 2020.

Is 55 DB loud for a dishwasher? Yes, 55 DB is rather noisy. Imagine what a hairdryer sounds like. That would be the equivalent sound at 55 DB.

A full running refrigerator would be in the range of 52-55 DB rating. It could easily disturb comfort living sound.

3. What’s the average decibel rating for dishwashers?

The average decibel rating for dishwashers ranges between 45 and 50 DB. 

4. What brand has the quietest dishwashers?

Bosch, KitchenAid, and Miele have the overall most silent dishwashers.

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Danny Nguyen

Danny Nguyen is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Danny has completed 2 half marathons and enjoys spending time traveling and snowboarding.

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