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Quietest Dishwasher - The Top 10 Quietest Models

Posted by Todd Buehler on Nov 25, 2020 8:00 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 WDT970SAHZ - 47 dB*
  2. Frigidaire Professional FPID2498SF - 47 dB
  3. Maytag MDB8959SKZ - 47 dB*
  4. Bosch SHP878ZD5N - 42 dB
  5. LG LDP6810SS - 44 dB*
  6. KitchenAid KDTE204KPS - 39 dB*
  7. Samsung DW80R9950US - 39 dB
  8. GE Profile PDT785SYNFS - 39 dB
  9. Bosch SHXM88Z75N - 40 dB
  10. KitchenAid KDTM404KPS - 44 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 made before 2010 or so 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. 


Check out our video on choosing the best dishwasher for your home!






1. Whirlpool WDT970SAHZ - 47 dB - $899

First up on our list is a dishwasher under $1,000. At 47 dB, the Whirlpool WDT970SAHZ is about as quiet as Whirlpool's dishwashers get, and they've made this stylish top-control model available in black and white as well as fingerprint resistant stainless steel and black 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!

The upper rack is adjustable to make room for tall items. There's also a third-level rack for flatware and silverware. 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. 

If you're interested in a 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.



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

  • 5 Options: 1-24 Hour Delay, Hi Temp Wash, Sani Rinse®, Heated Dry, Extended Dry

  • Adjustable upper rack

  • Third rack


Click here to read over 860 real customer reviews of this product!

Whirlpool WDT970SAHZ - $899

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.)



  • 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 770 real customer reviews of this product!


Frigidaire Professional FPID2498SF - $1,149

Quietest Dishwasher Frigidaire FPID2498SF


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3. Maytag MDB8959SKZ - 47 dB - $899

Maytag rocketed into the game with this show-stopping dishwasher. The Maytag MDB8959SKZ is new for 2020, boasting a third level rack with a specialized wash zone and room for mugs and bowls. 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 or white.


(Pictured below: The impressive capacity of Maytag's third rack! A more fully featured third rack is available on select KitchenAid dishwashers as well.)

Maytag Third Rack Dishwasher - Our Photo


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. A Leak Detect system monitors the flow of water and will drain the tub and alert you if something isn't working right.

This model also has a hard food disposer to grind up excess debris, something that's been vanishing from dishwashers in recent years, now combined with a microfiltration system. Maytag sound rates this product at 47 dB, which is quieter than a brewing coffee maker. (Read more about Maytag dishwashers here.)



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

  • 5 Options: High Temp Wash, Sani Rinse, Short Heated Dry, Long Heated Dry, 1-8 Hour Delay

  • Third level rack with dedicated wash zone and room for mugs and bowls

  • Dual Power Filtration - Hard food disposer plus microfiltration

  • 10-year warranty on the motor

  • Leak Detect system


Maytag MDB8959SKZ - $899

Maytag MDB7959SKZ and Maytag MDB8959SKZ 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 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! 



  • 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 LDP6810SS - 44 dB - $999

Another quiet dishwasher is the LG LDP6810SS, which is available in PrintProof stainless steel at $999 MSRP and black stainless steel 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. Another feature is LG's TrueSteam, which penetrates food residue and reduces water spots with the use of steam. LG is a great option if you're looking for a nicely featured smart dishwasher at a great price! 

This dishwasher also comes with LG Smart ThinQ technology, so you can check on cycles and more using your smartphone or virtual assistant. 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.) If you want something quieter from LG (one that operates at 42 dB) and don't mind spending 150 dollars more, you can also check out the LG LDT7808SS.



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

  • 9 Options: Dual Zone, Half Load, Energy Saver, Steam, High Temp, Extra Dry, Delay Start, Control Lock, Night Dry

  • EasyRack Plus height-adjustable third rack and upper rack

  • Hybrid Condensing Drying System

  • Smart ThinQ technology

  • 10-year warranty on inverter direct drive motor


LG LDP6810SS - $999

LG LDP6810SS Dishwasher



6. KitchenAid KDTE204KPS - 39 dB - $949

The KitchenAid KDTE204KPS is a new option among quiet dishwashers. It has KitchenAid's PrintShield finish in stainless steel and black stainless steel, and other color options are black and white. It features a commercial-inspired bar handle and has concealed controls. At about $949 before sales and rebates, it's one of KitchenAid's cheaper dishwashers while still offering a whisper-quiet operation. In fact, this 39-decibel dishwasher provides the quietest cleaning from KitchenAid!

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, and the Extended Heat Dry option that provides excellent drying performance. It comes with a third level rack, an adjustable middle rack that moves smoothly on ball bearing glides, and a stainless steel interior. 

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!) You can also find it with front controls and a pocket handle to blend in with any suite of appliances!



  • 5 Cycles: ProWash™, Tough, Normal, Express Wash, Rinse Only

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

  • Third level rack and adjustable middle rack

  • SatinGlide® Max Rails on third and middle racks


KitchenAid KDTE204KPS - $949

Quietest Dishwasher KitchenAid KDTE204KPS



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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. Wi-Fi 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. 



  • 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

  • Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Zone Booster


Click here to read over 220 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 Wi-Fi 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.



  • 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

  • Wi-Fi Connect

  • Leak Defense with Active Flood Protect

  • Third rack and adjustable upper rack


Click here to read over 125 real customer reviews of this product!


GE Profile 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 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!



  • 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 KDTM404KPS - 44 dB - $1,099

Another quiet dishwasher from KitchenAid is the 44 decibel KitchenAid KDTM404KPS, available in black stainless steel at $1,199 or PrintProof stainless steel at $1,099. This dishwasher takes capacity to the next level with the FreeFlex third rack, which can fit glasses and bowls as well as silverware and cooking tools.

Within the middle and lower racks, you'll find adjustable rows of fold down tines to make rooms for large items like serving bowls and roasting pans. The middle rack is height adjustable, so you can fit large items in the middle rack or bottom rack. The FreeFlex rack is the only third rack on the market currently that has its own dedicated wash jets and also comes with a removable utensil tray so unloading is even easier. 


See KitchenAid's wash action from the inside!



Their Advanced Clean Water Wash system continuously filters food particles from the wash water and doesn't require routine maintenance (the filter is self-cleaning). This popular model has also gone on sale occasionally for under $900, too! If you're looking for a quiet dishwasher with tons of capacity, you should definitely consider this model.



  • 5 Cycles: ProWash, Tough, Normal, Express Wash, Rinse Only

  • 7 Options: Hi Temp Wash, Sani Rinse, Heated Dry, Extended Heat Dry, 2-4-8 Hour Delay

  • Free Flex third rack and adjustable upper rack with ball bearing rails

  • Fold down tines and stemware holders


KitchenAid KDTM404KPS  - $1,099

Quietest Dishwasher KitchenAid KDTM404KPS



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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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