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Quietest Dishwasher - The Top 10 Quietest Models

Posted by Todd Buehler on Dec 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Todd Buehler

Quietest Dishwasher Top 10_Frigidaire Professional FPID2498SF

 

Your dishwasher may seem to be getting louder by the day. Over time, the motor, pump assembly, and other parts wear out and cause vibrations that result in louder operation. On top of that, older dishwashers just don't have the design features to compete with new models when it comes to noise. There are dishwashers available today that are literally whisper-quiet!

Aside from fantastic features, better performance, and larger capacities, most brands offer models with quiet to nearly silent operation. Do you have an open floor plan, or floor materials that tend to reverberate and carry sounds across your kitchen? Is your home small enough that it's difficult to move out of earshot of a loud dishwasher? If your dishwasher runs loud, it can be difficult to even have a conversation in your kitchen while it's running.

You shouldn't have to wear ear protection for clean dishes! That's why we've put together a list of the top 10 quietest dishwasher models on the market at a variety of price points and from a wide range of brands. They aren't listed in any particular order. Be sure to consider these models during your research about new dishwashers (and feel free to check out our dishwasher buying guide for even more information). These models are Energy Star rated and often come with great premium features like stainless steel interior tubs, adjustable racks, third racks, and precision wash zones. Let's take a look!

 

Table of Contents

  1. Whirlpool WDT750SAHZ - 47 dB*
  2. Frigidaire Professional FPID2498SF - 47 dB
  3. Maytag MDB8989SHZ - 48 dB*
  4. Bosch SHX878ZD5N - 42 dB
  5. LG LDP6797ST - 44 dB*
  6. KitchenAid KDPE234GPS - 46 dB*
  7. Samsung DW80R9950US - 39 dB
  8. GE Profile PDT785SYNFS - 39 dB
  9. Bosch SHXM88Z75N - 40 dB
  10. KitchenAid KDTE334GPS - 39 dB

Models marked with a * retail for under $1,000.

 

3 Quick Tips for Buying a New (Quiet) Dishwasher

  • Understand decibel levels. Here are the basics of what you need to know (read our dishwasher decibel levels article for more in-depth information):

    • 60 decibels is the sound level at which the average conversation takes place. Older dishwashers can easily be 60 dB or louder!

    • A 10-decibel decrease = a 50% reduction in noise level. So 50 decibels is half as quiet as 60 decibels.

    • Around 35-40 decibels is considered "whisper quiet." Dishwashers around 38-40 decibels typically retail for around $1,200 or more.

  • Keep an eye out for holiday sales, rebates, and promos. Whisper-quiet dishwashers tend to retail at over $1,000, but during certain holiday sales you can find some models at 20% or even up to 40% off! Rebates and package deals can help as well if you aren't able to wait for a promotional period.

  • Don't forget about other features, too! Options like adjustable upper racks, third racks to boost capacity, Sanitize cycles, and other features can make your life a little easier. 

 

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1. Whirlpool WDT750SAHZ - 47 dB - $799

First up on our list is a dishwasher under $800 (which can go on sale for close to $500). At 47 dB, the Whirlpool WDT750SAHZ is about as quiet as Whirlpool's dishwashers get, and they've made this stylish top control model available in black, white, black stainless steel, and fingerprint resistant stainless steel. For people who hate brand badges, here's a fun fact: you can take off any Whirlpool or Maytag brand badge with dental floss!

Place the AnyWare silverware basket in the door to free up space for more dishes in the lower rack. The upper rack is adjustable to make room for tall items, and both racks have fold-down tines. The 1-Hour Wash cycle is handy for quick loads, although it's not as fast as some other quick wash options, while the Sani Rinse option is NSF-certified to kill 99.9% of common household bacteria. The TotalCoverage spray arm offers twice the number of jets compared to other Whirlpool dishwashers plus smart spray patterns to ensure solid wash coverage.

If you're interested in a cheap but quiet dishwasher that will look great in your kitchen, check out this Whirlpool model! It has heated dry as well, which is less common in today's energy efficient dishwashers but is still preferred by some people. Whirlpool covers this model with the industry standard one year parts and labor warranty.

 

Features:

  • 5 Cycles: Sensor Wash, Heavy, Normal, 1-Hour Wash, Soak & Clean

  • 6 Options: 2-4-8 Hour Delay, Control Lock, Hi Temp Wash, Sani Rinse®, Heated Dry, Extended Dry

  • Adjustable upper rack

 

Click here to read over 1,835 real customer reviews of this product!

Whirlpool WDT750SAHZ - $799

Quietest Dishwasher Whirlpool WDT750SAHZ

 

 

2. Frigidaire Professional FPID2498SF - 47 dB - $1,149

The Frigidaire Professional FPID2498SF with OrbitClean Wash Technology has four times better wash coverage within its full stainless steel interior (compared to Frigidaire dishwashers without this technology). Helpful design features include a height adjustable upper rack, stainless steel filtration system, OrbitPower Wash Technology spray-arm system, and a 30 minute quick wash setting.

The 47 dB operation noise is quiet enough that Frigidaire has installed a PowerBright Floor Light: an LED that shines on your floor to alert you when the dishes are clean. The tough nylon coated racks have fold-down adjustable tines which allow you to customize loading depending on your cookware, and a third rack gives you extra space for utensils. PrecisionPro Wash Zones consist of two pressure wash nozzles on the upper rack. These nozzles give the user the option to lay a casserole dish or mixing bowl on top to thoroughly power wash these items.

All in all, this Frigidaire Professional dishwasher has a lot to offer! Although there are quieter models at a similar price range, Frigidaire's sleek exterior design with a towel bar handle adds a commercial feel to any kitchen! Frigidaire covers this model for one year parts and labor. (Read more about Frigidaire dishwashers here.)

 

Features:

  • 7 Cycles: PowerPlus (Heavy), Normal, Light/Quick Wash (30-Min.), Favorite, China Crystal, Rinse Only, Energy Saver Plus

  • 5 Options: High-Heat Wash, Sanitize, Air Dry, Spray/Scour Wash Pressure, 1-24 Hour Delay

  • Fan-assisted EvenDry system

  • PrecisionPro Wash Zones

  • Third rack and height adjustable upper rack

 

Click here to read over 100 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Frigidaire Professional FPID2498SF - $1,149

Quietest Dishwasher Frigidaire Professional FPID2497RF

 

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3. Maytag MDB8989SHZ - 48 dB - $899

Maytag rocketed into the game with this show-stopping dishwasher. The Maytag MDB8989SHZ is a top-selling unit. It comes with a 10-year warranty on the motor and other select parts. This model prices at $899 in fingerprint resistant stainless steel. It also comes in black, white, and new Cast Iron Black (click the link to read more), an affordable matte finish.

 

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Maytag introduced the PowerBlast cycle to help break down stubborn baked-on food on all dishes and cookware. PowerBlast is an estimated 3.5-hour wash cycle, but has a great trade-off: you won't need to soak that pan or dish overnight. Maytag has also installed a ball-bearing glide assembly on the height adjustable upper rack, which makes it slide effortlessly in and out with a slight push and pull.

This model also has a hard food disposer to grind up excess debris, something that's been vanishing from dishwashers in recent years. Other features include a stainless steel-sided silverware basket and third level rack. Maytag sound rates this product at 48 dB, which is quieter than a brewing coffee maker. (Read more about Maytag dishwashers here.)

 

Features:

  • 4 Cycles: PowerBlast®, Auto, Normal, Quick, Rinse Only

  • 5 Options: High Temp Wash, Sanitize, Short PowerDry, Long PowerDry, 1-8 Hour Delay

  • Third level rack and adjustable upper rack with ball bearing glides

  • Hard food disposer

  • 10-year warranty on the motor

 

Click here to read over 580 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Maytag MDB8989SHZ - $899

Maytag MDB8989SHZ Dishwasher

 

 

4. Bosch SHP878ZD5N - 42 dB - $1,149

Next up in our quietest dishwashers review is the 800 series Bosch SHP878ZD5N, available at a price point of $1,149 and loaded with great features. It has a pocket handle with hidden top controls to seamlessly integrate with any kitchen. It's available in black, white, or stainless steel. As a bonus, Bosch's "EuroTub" design ensures that this model will install perfectly flush with your cabinetry for an integrated look.

This model is noticeably quieter at 42 dB thanks to the EcoSilence motor system, so it's a great choice for open floor plans. It comes with an EasyGlide ball bearing upper rack with three height levels, and the third rack has expandable wings for handling deep items plus adjustable tines to help support awkwardly shaped items (read more about dishwasher racks here). A new-for-2019 feature is CrystalDry, which uses a mineral called Zeolite to speed up drying by 60% (including notoriously hard-to-dry plastics) without increasing energy usage. Zeolite releases heat when exposed to moisture, so when the CrystalDry option activates, this nontoxic lab-created mineral will help dry your dishes. It lasts for the life of the machine and is a great alternative to energy-sucking electric drying!

Bosch offers one year parts and labor, five years on the electronics & racks, and a lifetime warranty against stainless steel rust-through of the inner liner and stainless steel door. If you'd prefer a bar handle look, check out the Bosch SHX878ZD5N.

Bosch typically has tighter spacing between the tines than models from American-focused brands like KitchenAid and Maytag. This is something to check out in the store - if you have thicker plates or stoneware, Bosch racks might not be a great fit for you! 

 

Features:

  • 6 Cycles: Speed 60, Auto, Heavy, Eco, Normal, Rinse

  • 5 Options: 24 Hr Delay Start, Half Load, Delicate, Sanitize, Crystal Dry, Extra Scrub

  • Third rack with expandable wings and adjustable tines

  • Height-adjustable upper rack with ball bearing glides

  • CrystalDry speeds up drying by 60% without increasing energy usage

  • AquaStop 24/7 leak protection

 

Click here to read over 15 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Bosch SHP878ZD5N - $1,149

Bosch SHP878ZD5N Dishwasher 800 Series

 

 

5. LG LDP6797ST - 44 dB - $899

The LG LDP6797ST is a top rated dishwasher available in stainless steel at $899, black stainless steel at $999, or matte black stainless at $1,049. It has an integrated pocket handle so it will match with any appliance suite, and hidden top controls for a seamless look. It operates at just 44 decibels so it's significantly quieter than your old clunker.

This model features QuadWash Multi-Motion spray arms, which swivel back and forth while spinning to provide greater wash coverage and reduce cycle times. LG's EasyRack Plus system includes a glide rail upper rack that's height adjustable, and an adjustable third rack. The Dual Zone option lets you set a high spray intensity for the lower rack spray arm and a lower spray intensity for the upper arm, so you can clean a heavy-duty mess in the lower rack and keep the upper rack at a normal wash intensity.

This dishwasher also comes with LG Smart ThinQ technology, so you can check on cycles and more using your smartphone or virtual assistant. If you're looking for a nicely featured smart dishwasher at a great price, LG is a great option! The warranty covers one year parts and labor, five years on the control board and racks, 10 years on the direct drive motor, and lifetime on the stainless steel door liner and tub. (Read more about LG dishwashers here.)

 

Features:

  • 9 Cycles: Auto, Heavy, Delicate, Normal, Turbo, Download Cycle, Machine Clean, Rinse, Express

  • 8 Options: Dual Zone, Half Load, Energy Saver, High Temp, Extra Dry, Delay Start (up to 12 hrs), Control Lock, Night Dry

  • EasyRack Plus height-adjustable third rack and upper rack

  • Smart ThinQ technology

  • 10-year warranty on inverter direct drive motor

 

Click here to read over 235 real customer reviews of this product!

 

LG LDP6797ST - $899

5 LG LDP6797ST

 

 

6. KitchenAid KDPE234GPS - 46 dB - $999

Released in late 2017, the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS has been a popular option among the quietest dishwashers! It has KitchenAid's PrintShield finish and a pocket handle that will match with any appliance suite. At under $1,000, it's one of KitchenAid's cheaper dishwashers while still offering quiet 46 decibel operation.

Wash cycles and options are pretty basic, but cover all of your bases with some bonuses like Sani Rinse, which kills 99.9999% of food soil bacteria with a high-heat final rinse. It comes with a third level rack and an adjustable upper rack that moves smoothly on ball bearing glides. Many satisfied customers are impressed with the wash performance and the quiet operation!

KitchenAid offers a one year parts and labor warranty, years 2-5 on the nylon racks and electronic controls, and a lifetime warranty on the stainless steel tub and inner door liner. If you're looking for a quiet dishwasher with great wash performance and flexible racking, this KitchenAid model could be a great choice. (Click here to read more about KitchenAid dishwashers!)

 

Features:

  • 6 Cycles: ProWash, Tough, Normal, Light, Express Wash, Rinse Only

  • 4 Options: 2-4-8 Hr Delay Start, Extended Heat Dry, Hi-Temp Wash, Sani Rinse

  • Height-adjustable upper rack with ball bearing glides and third rack

  • 5-year and lifetime warranties on select parts

 

Click here to read over 1,640 real customer reviews of this product!

 

KitchenAid KDPE234GPS - $999

KitchenAid Dishwasher KDPE234GPS and KDPE334GPS

 

 

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7. Samsung DW80R9950US - 39 dB - $1,149

The category of "truly whisper quiet dishwasher" used to be exclusive to Bosch and KitchenAid, but Samsung has broken into the tough 39-40 decibel range with the Samsung DW80R9950US! It's available in fingerprint resistant stainless steel, black stainless, or Samsung's new Tuscan stainless steel.

 

 

 

The racks feature ball bearing glides so they move in and out easily. Red accents on the racks indicate adjustable areas like tine angles and rack height so you don't have to fumble around for the right button or latch. This high-end model comes with the AutoRelease Door, which pops open at the end of the wash cycle to vent moisture for improved drying performance. Wifi connectivity allows you to remotely monitor and control this dishwasher with your smartphone so you can check on the progress of a cycle, start the dishwasher, and more.

The exterior design features a modern pocket handle with an integrated LED digital display to show the cycle time remaining, solving one drawback of the hidden top control style (not being able to see how much time is left for the wash cycle). Samsung's warranty covers one year all parts and labor and five years on printed circuit board and nylon racks. 

 

Features:

  • 7 Cycles: Auto, Normal, Heavy, Delicate, Express 60, Rinse Only, Self Clean

  • 8 Options: Half-Load Wash (Lower Rack), Zone Booster™ (Left), Speed Booster, Hi-Temp Wash, Sanitize, 1-24H Delay Start, Control Lock, Smart Control (Wi-Fi App)

  • AutoRelease door

  • Third rack and height-adjustable upper rack

  • Wifi connectivity

  • Zone Booster

 

Click here to read over 85 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Samsung DW80R9950US - $1,149

Samsung DW80R9950US Dishwasher

 

 

8. GE Profile PDT785SYNFS - 39 dB - $1,319

GE offers solid competition against Bosch and KitchenAid with the whisper quiet 39 dB GE Profile PDT785SYNFS, retailing at $1,319 in fingerprint resistant stainless steel and $1,419 in black stainless steel. This model pulls great features from both brands, such as Leak Defense with Active Flood Protect, similar to Bosch's AquaStop. When a sensor under the filter inside the tub detects water, it activates an advanced pump system. A drain pan underneath the dishwasher protects your flooring. An audible alarm will sound so you'll know something's going on - and if you use the Wifi Connect feature, you'll receive an alert!

Like select KitchenAid models, GE offers flexible jets in the upper rack that are perfect for water bottles, pitchers, and other tall or oddly shaped items. In addition to these four Bottle Jets, dedicated silverware jets ensure that your silverware is always spotless. Twin Turbo Dry Boost uses dual fans and an inline heater to dry your dishes thoroughly, including plastics! You'll also find a removable third rack and an adjustable upper rack. Use the Steam Presoak option to loosen baked-on foods, and the NSF-certified Sani cycle to blast away germs and bacteria.

If you're looking for a richly featured smart dishwasher, GE Profile has really knocked it out of the park with this model! It comes with a one year parts and labor warranty.

 

Features:

  • 5 Cycles: 1 Hour Wash, Auto Sense, Heavy, Light, Normal

  • 10 Options: Bottle Jets, Child Lock, Delay Start 1-12 Hr., Heated Dry, Sani (NSF 184 Certified), Steam Presoak, Twin Turbo Dry Boost™, Wash TempBoost, Wash Zone Lower Only, Wash Zone Upper Only

  • Wifi Connect

  • Leak Defense with Active Flood Protect

  • Third rack and adjustable upper rack

 

GE PDT785SYNFS - $1,319

GE PDT785SYNFS Dishwasher

 

 

9. Bosch SHXM88Z75N - 40 dB - $1,399

As of this writing, the quietest models from Bosch outside of their premium Benchmark series are 40 decibels. At this upper price range, you'll find quieter operation but otherwise similar features to the rest of the 800 series. This model offers the MyWay third rack, which has the largest loading capacity in the industry, as well as AquaStop leak protection. The dishwasher will sense if a leak occurs and will cease operation and pump out the water.

Bosch's EuroTub design ensures that this dishwasher installs perfectly flush with your cabinetry. The upper rack adjusts to three different heights, and folding tines let you make room for pots and pans. The one-hour Speed60 cycle gets your dishes and dried quickly, and the Sanitize option can give you extra peace of mind. New for 2019, the CrystalDry option speeds up drying by 60% - it adds about 30 minutes to the cycle but is excellent for drying notoriously drippy plastics! A mineral called Zeolite releases heat when exposed to moisture. It's nontoxic and lasts the lifetime of your dishwasher.

Bosch offers one year parts and labor, five years on the electronics and racks, and a lifetime warranty against stainless steel rust-through of the inner liner and stainless steel door. If you'd prefer a pocket handle look, check out the Bosch SHPM88Z75N.

If you have thicker plates or stoneware, you should know that Bosch typically has tighter spacing between the tines than models from American-focused brands like KitchenAid and Maytag. Check this out in the store if possible!

 

Features:

  • 6 Cycles: Heavy, Auto, Eco, Normal, Speed60, Rinse

  • 6 Options: 24 Hr Delay Start, Half Load, Delicate, Sanitize, Crystal Dry, Extra Scrub, Eco

  • CrystalDry speeds up drying by 60% without increasing energy usage

  • MyWay third rack and Rackmatic three-position adjustable upper rack

  • AquaStop 24/7 leak protection

 

Click here to read over 15 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Bosch SHXM88Z75N - $1,399

Bosch Dishwasher SHXM88Z75N, SHPM88Z75N

 

 

10. KitchenAid KDTE334GPS - 39 dB - $1,199

Drumroll, please... The all new KitchenAid KDTE334GPS is nothing short of amazing – they built in every conceivable feature at the design stage. An all stainless steel tub is offered on all KitchenAid dishwashers and they have added a lower stainless steel spray arm assembly rather than plastic arms. The three racks are nylon coated for lasting durability. The middle rack has two height adjustments with ball bearing glides and fold down tines to help accommodate larger items. A fold-down shelf witstemware holders keeps every item in place while washing, rather than being blown around the cavity. “Tap Touch” top controls are easy to read and select, and the textured towel bar handle gives a commercial or restaurant-style look and feel. 

 

See KitchenAid's wash action from the inside!

 

 

Five wash cycles and six additional options can be combined for any type of washing. The Bottle Wash option in the upper rack provides spray nozzles that can be placed deep inside tall or odd-shaped items like bottles, glasses and vases - the nozzles are also adjustable and each one can be positioned to accommodate a wide variety of dishes. Express Wash will clean light loads in approximately 60 minutes. "ProWash" takes the guesswork out of selecting cycles by automatically adjusting the wash for the load. As an example, if you have a mixed load of plastic bowls, ceramic dishes, pots and pans, silverware and champagne glasses, then this cycle is the ideal selection.

The sound rating for this dishwasher is an astounding 39 dB - which is virtually silent! This model dishwasher comes with KitchenAid's exclusive PrintShield finish, which helps to resist fingerprints and smudges, keeping your dishwasher looking pristine! Between all the standard options that KitchenAid included with this unit, pricing is unbeatable at $1,199.

 

Features:

  • 6 Cycles: ProWash, Tough, Normal, Light, Express Wash, Rinse Only

  • 7 Options: ProDry, Extended ProDry, ProScrub, Hi-Temp Wash, Sani Rinse, 2-4-8 Hour Delay, Control Lock

  • Third rack and adjustable upper rack with ball bearing rails

  • Bottle Wash option

 

Click here to read over 1,500 real customer reviews of this product!

 

KitchenAid KDTE334GPS  - $1,199

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We hope you enjoyed our countdown of the 10 quietest dishwasher models on the market. Now you can head out shopping and see which model fits your needs. We hope you found this post informative. Please leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!

 

Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in February of 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

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