In a world of ringing cell phones and loud TV commercials, silence is golden. When you finally put your feet up at the end of the day, the last thing you want is a noisy dishwasher disrupting your evening.
Luckily, there are plenty of modern dishwashers that don't sound like a herd of elephants stampeding through a lake, and we’ve rounded up a bunch of them.
If you’re looking for the best quiet dishwasher that can scrub pots and pans in relative silence, look to the Samsung DW80R9950UT (available at Samsung for $4,135.98) , which comes in at 39 decibels and offers a fantastic cleaning performance.
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At 39 decibels, the Samsung DW80R9950UT dishwasher is one of the quietest we’ve ever tested. In fact, the quietest dishwasher on the market is just a smidge quieter, at 38 decibels. This level of sound is akin to a whisper or a quiet library.
When it comes to overall performance, its cleaning ability is top-notch. During testing, the Normal, Quick, and Heavy cycles were all able to remove more than 97% of our test food stains, with minimal spinach redeposit. Cycle times are quick, too: the Heavy cycle clocks in at about 2.5 hours.
It features a gorgeous, upmarket look that dazzles with Café’s Platinum Glass finish. But looks aren’t its only attribute. This Café dishwasher’s cleaning quality was excellent overall when we tested it in our lab, but we did see some inconsistencies where certain stains just weren’t getting cleaned well.
The rest of this dishwasher’s performance and its expansive feature set make the CDT875M5NS5 a good pick for anyone whose budget isn’t broken by its price tag.
The Beko DDT39434X has a quiet operation at 39 decibels. As the Beko brand is a newer entrant into the American market, many consumers are not familiar, but all of the Beko dishwasher models we’ve tested so far have been strong performers.
The Beko DDT39434X is no exception, with its Heavy, Normal, and Quick cycles proving to be master food stain removers, if stumbling just slightly over pureed spinach. Adjustable racks, a third rack, and special stemware holders make fitting everything in easier, especially when you consider its Deep Wash water jets.
If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, the Beko DDT39434X makes efficient use of resources.
At 40 dBA, the Bosch SHPM88Z75N is everything we've come to expect from Bosch—quiet, efficient, and stylish. It has a stainless steel tub and even projects a red light onto the floor so you can be sure that it is running.
Not only is this Bosch dishwasher the best stainless steel dishwasher we’ve ever tested—it did an amazing job removing some of our more difficult stains—it’s also the best dishwasher when it comes to drying dishes after running a wash cycle.
While not quite as quiet as the previous dishwashers on this list, the Miele G 7566 SF washes dishes at 41 decibels, which is still well within the soft range.
This Miele dishwasher is a workhorse, cleaning just one-hundredths of a percentage point shy of 100% of food stains from dishes. For your purposes, that’s a perfect score. The G 7566 also features an automatic detergent dispenser that works with a proprietary PowerDisk detergent pod, and after a wash cycle, the dishwasher automatically pops open to help air dry your dishes.
Two decibels more intense than its 800 Series cousin the Bosch SHPM88Z75N, this Bosch SGX78B55UC/13 keeps operation to a quiet 42 decibels, which is slightly noisier than a quiet library, but less loud than moderate rainfall. It still falls well below the sound intensity of the average dishwasher.
This Bosch 800 Series dishwasher boasts the expected strong cleaning power and the ability to dry dishes every time, in addition to Bosch's suite of smart features.
What's more is this model is ADA-compliant, which means it has enhanced accessibility features—it's also a bit smaller physically, so keep that in mind if your cabinetry is designed for a standard-sized dishwasher.
Likewise ranking at 42 decibels, the Miele G 5266 SCVi SF is a great high-end option if you want to keep things quiet.
It has a sleek design, featuring a pocket handle, adjustable upper and third racks, and will get dishes clean. On top of that, its Normal cycle is a full 30 minutes faster than average, creating a much quicker turnaround without losing any cleaning power.
If you like its look and have the money to spend, it won’t let you down.
Hi there! We are Reviewed's large appliance testing team. Between us, we've spent many years testing major appliances in a lab environment, but we've also used them at home, like normal people would in the course of their daily lives.
Testing dishwashers is a dirty job, and we're happy to do it. We assess each product on the three major parts of the dishwasher experience—performance, features, and usability.
One of the most important standards is stain removal. We test the dishwasher’s three major cycles (Quick, Heavy, and Normal) by baking food and beverage stains—milk, spinach, egg, oatmeal, meat, and more—onto 15 to 20 dishes that are then loaded into the dishwasher per the manufacturer's loading directions.
At the end of each cycle, we determine how much stain has been removed from each dish. Ideally, each dish is 100% clean, but that level of cleaning perfection can be harder to achieve in real life.
Other factors include redeposit, cycle time, and drying performance.
One factor to regard here in this guide, specifically, is how much noise the dishwasher makes when operating. This is measured in standard units called decibels, and for context, the quietest dishwasher on the market sits at 38 decibels.
To create this list, we’ve paired each dishwasher’s decibel level (up to a limit of 45 decibels) with its overall performance score and come up with our bets for best quietest dishwashers on the market.
What You Should Know Before Buying A Quiet Dishwasher
How Loud Is 50 Decibels?
To put decibels in context, 0 decibels is the threshold of human hearing. A whisper is 30 decibels, a vacuum cleaner is 75 decibels, and gunshots hit 140-150 decibels—yep, it may make your ears bleed, well, at least hurt some.
From these examples, you can imagine what decibels may sound like, but the bigger question may actually be “what is a decibel”? The CDC defines the term decibel as the intensity of a sound, or the amount of sound energy in a confined space.
On its website, it states, “The decibel scale is logarithmic, which means that loudness is not directly proportional to sound intensity. Instead, the intensity of a sound grows very fast. This means that a sound at 20 dB is 10 times more intense than a sound at 10 dB. Also, the intensity of a sound at 100 dB is one billion times more powerful compared to a sound at 10 dB.”
Persistent noise over a period of time above 70 decibels can damage your hearing over time, whereas levels of noise higher than 120 decibels can cause damage immediately, according to the CDC.
What Decibel Is A Quiet Dishwasher?
The CDC also pegs a dishwasher at about 70 decibels, but these days, appliance manufacturers like Bosch and Samsung are building machines that make about 40% that amount of noise.
Currently on the market, the quietest dishwasher decibels comes in at 38 and the loudest around 62 dB. However, as dishwashers tend to have a lifespan of 10 years or so, you may currently own a dishwasher that’s louder.
For the purpose of this guide, we consider dishwashers that fall between 38 decibels and 45 decibels, which ranges from ultra quiet to soft.
What’s The Difference Between dBA and dB?
The noises made by appliances are complicated. Unlike a pure musical note they contain a mixture of high and low sound frequencies.
Decibels (dB) tell you the total noise level and include all the sound frequencies that happen to be present in the mix. This is helpful, but it doesn’t account for human ears working better at some frequencies than others. Some sounds have frequencies outside the range our ears can detect.
The dBA scale tells you how noisy things are within the sound frequency range our ears can pick up. This means that dBA is the best measure of the noise levels you’ll actually experience from a sound source.
Are Quiet Dishwashers More Expensive?
Yes, it’s likely. The trend seems to be that the higher the MSRP is for a dishwasher, the quieter it will be.
Now, does that mean you’ll pay more? Maybe. You can always shop the lower end models of higher end brands, like Bosch, for quieter operation. In fact, Bosch was the first brand to introduce a quiet dishwasher operation. You can also keep an eye on more expensive brands and shop them when there’s a price drop, like over President’s Day weekend or Black Friday.
Should You Run A Dishwasher Overnight?
Yes! And, interestingly, not because of the sound factor. Dishwashers under 50 decibels won’t disturb you or keep you awake.
Instead, running a dishwasher at night is more energy efficient, and it will save you money. There is less demand for electricity in general overnight, which means it’s off-peak hours for energy companies, and you’ll get a less expensive rate on the energy you use.
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