Can Anyone Suggest a QUIET Dishwasher?


  #1  
Old 10-07-08, 05:17 PM
n1ml's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: South Florida
Posts: 473
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
Can Anyone Suggest a QUIET Dishwasher?

We have had Kenmore, Kitchenaid, GE Profile and Maytag dishwashers over the years. Our Kitchenaid that is in our new home makes so much noise it's hard to talk on the phone. We have looked at the BOSH stainless steel that is around $950. Does anyone have a suggestion what is the quietiest dishwasher under $1000?
Thanks
 
  #2  
Old 10-07-08, 05:39 PM
Gunguy45's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 21,112
Received 4 Votes on 4 Posts
OMG who would spend $1000 for a dishwasher? Get a good $350-400 dishwasher..(I had a GE last house). More $$$ does not mean better products. Put an extra layer of 4" insulation around the body of it. Put a piece of the same stuff on the lower front panel (or use styrofoam), keeping the vent holes clear. You'd be amazed.

Or just run the dishwasher when no one is home....
 
  #3  
Old 10-07-08, 07:12 PM
C
Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: sw sub chicago
Posts: 1,128
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
we just bought a whirlpoole dishwasher. it was $450 out the door. stainless front. its not prefectly quiet, but you could stand right in front of it and talk on the phone, no problem. and i think the more expensive ones are quieter.
 
  #4  
Old 10-08-08, 04:54 AM
sorensenj's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Westcentral Wisconsin
Posts: 48
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
We bought a middle of the line Kenmore ($450-500) and it is very quiet especially compared to the Maytag it replaced. You can hear a small amount of noise but it's minor and it does a good job of washing the dishes. They have them advertised with different levels of sound deadening.
 
  #5  
Old 10-10-08, 09:16 AM
dougm's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: The Colony, Texas
Posts: 917
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Most stores now show the decibel level of dishwashers on their signs. If they don't, ask the sales person. If the sales person doesn't know, ask for another sales person (because the one you're talking to is incompetent). GE has all of theirs posted in their catalog as does Sears. Look for one under 54dB. As a rule, as the noise goes down, the price goes up. Bosch starts at 54dB and goes down to around 47dB for their best. GE goes down to 46dB for their best Profile (more common GE models will be around 58dB), Kenmore goes down to around 50dB (more common models are around 57dB), LG goes down to around 45dB (even their low-end model is only around 50dB), Maytags and Whirlpools run around 56dB. My numbers may be a bit off since I'm no longer on the floor, but they're close.

Adding a little extra insulation (take the "blanket" off the old dishwasher and use it on the new one...) will make it quieter as GunGuy45 suggests IF there is enough room for it in the hole (there won't be on Bosch or LG which both have full metal enclosures).

I have a GE Profile (used to sell appliances and got a deal. Would never have paid full price for it...) that is rated at 47dB. Most of the time you forget it's running until it drains or beeps to let you know it's done. You can hear it, but only if the house is quiet and the sound of the refrigerator running isn't drowning it out.

Doug M.
 
  #6  
Old 10-14-08, 12:18 AM
S
Member
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 25
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Nobody makes a quite dishwasher for under $800 regardless of brand. Simply ask for the decible rating on any dishwasher will tell you. You will see there is no low decible rated dishwashers in the $300- $700 range A differance of 1 or 2 decibles means a lot. There's a lot more 2 it than one d/w simply having more insulation than another. It's the type of insulation and placement of it. Bitumin insulation is much better than pink fiberglass. The quite ones have low noise fill valves that don't hiss loudly while filling. Instead of the bottom spray arm shooting out a jet of water at 45 degree angle and hitting the side wall and making a loud drumming and thumping sound, it will spray straight up. The drain pump is much quiter than a standard drain pump and is mounted differanty to reduce vibration. The kick panel will be insolated with a heavier denser material than pink insulation. Make sure it's less than 50 decibles. 47 decibles is very quite
 
  #7  
Old 10-14-08, 06:53 AM
n1ml's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: South Florida
Posts: 473
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
Thanks for all the replies. We went with a 48 dBA based on other users opinions. Getting lower than 48 dBA started to get too expensive.
 
  #8  
Old 10-14-08, 07:51 AM
dougm's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: The Colony, Texas
Posts: 917
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
So... What model did you end up with??

Just for the record... LG has a couple of models (LDS6920 - $699 and LDS4821 - $599) that are around 52dBA and Bosch has 1 model (SHE4AM12UC - $499) that is 53dBA. I'm not saying they are or are not the best machines, just that they will fit the quiet requirement for under $800...

As snacks said, there can be quite a difference in 1 or 2 decibels, but the human ear has varying sensativity to different frequencies too so dBA level is NOT the whole story. A sound at the frequency of 50000 Hz could be 100dBA and we wouldn't hear a thing... That's probably why the Kenmore 58dBA model is rated in Consumer Reports as one of the quietest tested. Wish I had first hand experience, but have never heard it run. I have heard a 54dBA Bosch and a 47dBA GE and I can tell a difference, but not a significant one. None of the dishwashers are quiet when they drain, especially if your city requires an air gap.

Love to watch the kids jump when they don't realize I've started the dishwasher and it hits the first drain Peeping On U2

Doug M.
 
  #9  
Old 10-17-08, 06:49 PM
M
Member
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Mt. Sinai N.Y.
Posts: 187
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by condo-owner View Post
we just bought a whirlpoole dishwasher. it was $450 out the door. stainless front. its not prefectly quiet, but you could stand right in front of it and talk on the phone, no problem. and i think the more expensive ones are quieter.
dittos on the Whirlpool. I bought a stainless one to replace a older GE and it is very quiet.
 
  #10  
Old 10-18-08, 08:28 AM
n1ml's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: South Florida
Posts: 473
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
We went with the Bosch. It is a SHE58C series. It is real quiet. Installation was a breeze. You can't even see anything on the bottom. It's allencased. You hear a faint water whishing noise so you know it's on. With the TV on real low you can't hear the dishwasher. It was perfect for us. It was $998 with another 10% off, $50 gift card and then we sold the old kitchenaid for $200 in 10 minutes on craigslist. All in all, a great product.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: