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What is the Quietest Dishwasher on the Market? - Reviews & Pricing

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jul 27, 2020 10:00 AM
Todd Buehler

Quietest Dishwasher on the Market - Bosch Control Panel

 

There are many important features to consider when searching for a new dishwasherlike dependability, looks, interior layout, number of settings, and so on (read our dishwasher buying guide for more info). While all of those are important, there is usually one attribute that we find stands out as the single most important to most consumers: Noise!                 

Our customers always want to know how quiet their new dishwasher will be and many are in search of the quietest model they can find. If quietness is your number-one decision factor, then this article is for you. Of course, if you're not sure what decibels mean, you should also check out our article explaining dishwasher decibel levels.

 

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Which Brands Make the Quietest Dishwashers?

As it turns out, the absolute quietest dishwashers... come from brands that we don't sell! Luxury brands JennAir and Miele offer 38 decibel dishwashers, as does the Bosch Benchmark series. These models retail at around $1,399-$3,099. That being said, take a tiny step up to 39-40 decibel models, and you're in luck! You probably wouldn't be able to hear the difference between a 38, 39, and 40 decibel dishwasher, unless you have extremely keen hearing.

Here are what a few brands are offering:

  • KitchenAid: KitchenAid, known for their quiet models, has discontinued their 39 decibel models in 2020, in favor of models that are 44-46 decibels (as of this writing).

  • Bosch: The 800 series has models from 40-42 dBA starting at around $1,149 MSRP. Bosch doesn't really "do" sales like many other brands Americans are familiar with. Rebates are occasionally available but you won't see 20% or 30% drops from the MSRP during sale periods like with other brands.

  • GE: Look to the GE Profile lineup for whisper-quiet 39 decibel dishwashers starting at $1,399 MSRP!

  • Samsung: Samsung is also in the running with the cheapest 39 decibel dishwasher we've seen, retailing at $1,149 but with occasional sale pricing under $900.

Below, we'll review two Bosch dishwashers and the super-quiet Samsung model as well.

 

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Product Review: Bosch SHPM88Z75N & SHXM88Z75N - 40 dBA - $1,399 MSRP

(Why both? They're functionally the same on the inside, but the SHP model has a pocket handle while the SHX model has a bar handle. Oh, and keep in mind that Bosch dishwashers have tighter tine spacing than other brands commonly sold in the US, so if you have thick earthenware plates and bowls, you should probably go for a different brand.)

Bosch offers a pretty simple array of cycles and options in the Bosch SHPM88Z75N. We really love the Crystal Dry option. This option boosts the dishwasher's drying ability without guzzling electricity - it uses a special mineral that releases heat when exposed to moisture to help dry your dishes. This lab-created mineral never needs to be replaced!

The MyWay third rack stands out from the rest by offering space for more than just flatware. This rack has extra silverware space as well as room for ramekins and small cups. Within the lower racks you'll find FlexSpace folding tines to make room for larger pots and pans and a RackMatic adjustable middle rack. If you use detergent pods, the upper rack has a tray that allows the pod to dissolve throughout the cycle (you still put it in the dispenser in the door to start with). 

Bosch dishwashers install perfectly flush with your cabinetry so they're a great way to get an integrated look in your kitchen. They pioneered the quiet dishwasher and are known for being reliable - just a few reasons why they're so popular today!

 

Features & Options:

  • Energy Star rated

  • 6 Wash Cycles: Auto, Heavy, Normal, Rinse/Rinse & Hold, Eco, Speed60 (1-Hour Wash)

  • 6 Options: 24 Hour Delay Start, Half Load, Delicate, Sanitize, Eco, CrystalDry

  • CrystalDry technology - 60% drier dishes without increasing energy usage

  • EasyGlide rack system and MyWay third rack with large loading capacity

  • AquaStop leak protection

 

Click here to read over 12 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Bosch SHPM88Z75N - $1,399 MSRP - CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT PRICING

Bosch Pocket Handle Dishwasher SHPM88Z75N 800 Series

 

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Product Review: Bosch SHP878ZD5N - 42 dBA - $1,149 MSRP

(Keep in mind that Bosch dishwashers have tighter tine spacing than other brands commonly sold in the US, so if you have thick earthenware plates and bowls, you should probably go for a different brand.)

If you want to spend a little less, you might be interested in the popular Bosch SHP878ZD5N, a 42 dBA model retailing at $1,149. This model also comes with a third rack, but it has a different design. The Flexible third rack isn't as deep as the MyWay rack but still offers some more advanced options for placing extra dishes, flatware, and silverware. 

This model also has Crystal Dry technology as well to get your dishes 60% drier - including plastics. It has a flexible silverware basket that can be split into two pieces and placed anywhere to make room for bulky casserole dishes and more. The Extra Scrub option is great for tough food stains and debris - it increases the water pressure and temperature in the lower rack. 

The main difference between this dishwasher and the more expensive model we reviewed above is in the third rack and that it offers the Extra Scrub option and the DoubleFlex splittable silverware basket rather than a standard basket.

 

Features & Options:

  • Energy Star rated

  • 6 Wash Cycles: Auto, Heavy, Normal, Rinse/Rinse & Hold, Eco, Speed60 (1-Hour Wash)

  • 6 Options: 24 Hour Delay Start, Half Load, Delicate, Sanitize, Extra Scrub, CrystalDry

  • CrystalDry technology - 60% drier dishes without increasing energy usage

  • EasyGlide rack system and Flexible third rack with large loading capacity

  • AquaStop leak protection

 

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

 

Bosch SHP878ZD5N- $1,149 MSRP - CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT PRICING

Bosch Pocket Handle Dishwasher SHP878ZD5N 800 Series

 

Product Review: Samsung DW80R9950US - 39 dBA - $1,149 MSRP

It's hard to find an affordable quiet dishwasher, but if quietness and price are your main concerns then the Samsung DW80R9950US is a great option. It's available in fingerprint resistant stainless steel, fingerprint resistant black stainless steel, and Tuscan stainless steel (click the links to learn more about these colors). 

This model has a recessed pocket handle and hidden top controls. However, you'll also find a digital time remaining display integrated into the handle, so you can check on the cycle progress with a glance. The third rack definitely seems similar to Bosch's Flexible third rack design. You'll find some interesting additional cycles and options, including a self clean cycle and a Zone Booster option for the left area of the lower rack for blasting pots and pans. There's also a Speed Booster option you can add to most cycles, although it's hard to say how much it reduces wash time. Wifi connectivity is another cool option if you'd like to receive notifications when a cycle is complete and more.

If you're looking for a sleek, modern dishwasher with plenty of features at a great price, check out this Samsung model. 

 

Features & Options:

  • Energy Star rated

  • 7 Wash Cycles: Auto, Heavy, Normal, Rinse Only, Delicate, Express 60 (1-Hour Wash), Self Clean

  • 7 Options: Half Load, Zone Booster, Sanitize, Speed Booster, Hi-Temp Wash, 24 Hour Delay Start, Control Lock

  • Linear wash system with AutoRelease Door for improved drying

  • Flexible third rack

  • Optional wifi connectivity

 

Click here to read over 115 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Samsung DW80R9950US - $1,149 MSRP - CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT PRICING

Samsung DW80R9950US Dishwasher

 

 

Comparison

When it comes to Bosch vs Samsung, Bosch has years of reliability on their side, while public opinion is mixed on Samsung. We haven't found that Samsung products are less reliable, but as Samsung's products are growing more and more popular, their warranty service is struggling to keep up. We recommend purchasing from a local appliance store with in-house service (like us) so you can easily avoid any hassle should your appliance need service. That being said, let's compare the features and options of these dishwashers.

  • Cycles & Options: Samsung offers more cycles and options, so if you like lots of options, you may prefer the Samsung model. Samsung's WaterWall cleaning system is fun to look at but isn't necessarily better at cleaning your dishes than a traditional spray arm system! No one has directly compared Crystal Dry vs the Auto Release door. Bosch offers an auto release door on select models as a step down from the Crystal Dry system, so we're inclined to think that Crystal Dry has the edge when it comes to drying. 

  • Look & Feel: Samsung gets points for a time remaining display on the pocket handle, but Bosch's InfoLight beam shines on the floor to let you know when the dishwasher is running. Bosch dishwashers can all be installed flush with your countertops, and come with bar handles or pocket handles. Neither option has a visible brand badge on the front, so they'll blend in with the rest of your appliances.

  • Warranty: Bosch offers a one year full parts and labor warranty, plus five years parts only on the electronics and racks as well as a lifetime warranty against stainless steel rust through (parts only). Samsung covers their dishwasher with a one year parts and labor warranty, plus five years parts only on select aspects of the linear motion system, the printed circuit board, racking, and stainless steel door liner and tub for leakage. Again, as Bosch has had a strong presence in the US for a longer period, they have a better service network if you don't have access to in-house warranty service.

 

 

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We hope we've answered the common question of "what is the quietest dishwasher on the market." Any one of these models may be an excellent choice for you, but if you want to compare it to some other models, we can help - read our reviews of the Top 10 Quietest Dishwashers of the Year

If you found this post helpful, please leave us a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

 

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

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