Here Are The Top 10 Best Quiet Dishwashers 2018
Our list of the latest quiet dishwashers includes only dishwashers that satisfy these specifications:
- To make it to our list, so-called quiet dishwashers must be rated at a low decibel level of 46dB max. (The range of noise emitted by dishwashers can easily go to a quiet 38dB to a noisy 60+dB)
- The above requirement for the quietest dishwashers essentially disqualifies most countertop models and many of the portable models, which are generally cheap (because of their target clientele), but you may still find some such dishwashers in our list
- Dishwashers marketed as quiet, but without a specific low dB rating or dBA noise rating were not included.
The Bosch SGX68U55UC, which currently has a rating of 5 stars from 55 reviews across different sources, collects commendation for how clean it leaves dishes. As a low decibel dishwasher, it's also earned approval for being "supremely-quiet" . Like a number of other Bosch dishwashers we have here on Alphachooser, this model boasts an InfoLight feature, which lets the user know that a cycle is ongoing -- a smart addition, given that many consumers have remarked how they can barely tell that the unit is running due to the low noise. Lastly, the inbuilt water softener and apparent durability of the said product have also been common talking points among positive customer feedback.
However, it wasn't able to satisfy everyone, as a number of people have complained about the limited capacity of its middle rack -- particularly for glassware. According to them, taller glasses barely fit inside the said space when the third rack is in use. Given that the third rack is a universally-well-liked feature (as we have seen in the reviews), it's understandably a bummer how it has to be sacrificed just for the sake of being able to wash glasses comfortably. Furthermore, this silent dishwasher seems to come up short in terms of drying power -- an issue we've seen in a lot of its rivals, as well.
The Bosch SGX68U55UC's attractive-sounding cleaning ability and quiet operation have undeniably floored the competition, as it is now Alphachooser's best quiet dishwasher 2018/2019 (Learn how we rank items) with a confidence level of 97 (More on confidence levels).
|Average rating: (96%) (55 reviews)|
The KitchenAid KDPE234GPS may not be as enticing as low decibel dishwashers with dBA ratings the hover from 38 to the low 40s, but its 46dBA maximum sound level is nonetheless still quieter than average. Besides, we scoured through some of its 1061 reviews, and found that most people are more than satisfied with its quietness. We have in fact encountered many reviews saying that they can barely tell if the dishwasher is running based on sound alone, and that they had to rely on the display to make sure that the thing is indeed working. Speaking of the display, this particular feature has also been a popular talking point in reviews, as customers have noted how helpful it is in determining the current stage of the wash program. To top it all off, this silent dishwasher has also been praised for being well-built and attractive-looking.
While its performance in cleaning appears to be generally well-received, its low-rating reviewers expressed dissatisfaction over this quiet dishwasher's drying ability. According to them, unless they use extended dry and use a significant amount of jet dry aid, the dishes come out "sopping wet." Furthermore, a number of people have also complained about the long cycle times -- but this grievance is all too common in a lot of dishwashers.
Due to the sheer volume of reviews praising this low noise dishwasher, our system has determined that the KitchenAid KDPE234GPS is Alphachooser's second best quiet dishwasher 2018/2019.
|Average rating: (94%) (1061 reviews over 2 sources)|
Amazon ranks the best dishwashers by shopper's choices... Check today's ranking
The SHPM78W54N definitely sits on the quieter end of the spectrum, at least by 2018 standards, with its noise rating of 42dBA.
|Average rating: (93%) (49 reviews over 2 sources)|
The KDTE254ESS reports a rather-impressive 39-decibel score, a score shared by only a handful of other high-end dishwashers.
|Average rating: (92%) (3498 reviews over 2 sources)|
The KDTM404ESS is a high-tier built-in dishwasher (which is also available in a rarely-seen black stainless-steel exterior) with a set of 9 rotating wash jets, the ProScrub Upper dual-jets for the top rack and the Clean Water filtration system.
Preset programs: Express Wash, Light, Normal, ProWash?, Rinse Only, Tough
|Average rating: (92%) (2097 reviews over 2 sources)|
KitchenAid KDTM384ESS Quiet Dishwashers
The KDTM384ESS is a windowed built-in dishwasher that is handed a bunch of rather-high-tier features, which include a 40-wash-jet cycle option, a food-particle-disposer, a load sensor, and a top rack that is designed to slide-out easily even when fully loaded.
|Average rating: (92%) (209 reviews over 2 sources)|
BOSCH SHEM78W56N Low Decibel Dishwasher
The SHEM78W56N boasts a significantly-below-average noise rating of 42dBa.
Preset programs: Speed60, Auto US, Delicate/Economy Wash US, Power Scrub Plus US, Regular US, Rinse & Hold US
|Average rating: (92%) (48 reviews over 2 sources)|
KitchenAid KDTM354ESS Silent Dishwasher
The KDTM354ESS gets tagged with a 44-dBA noise rating, which is below-average, but does not necessarily make it the most-silent dishwasher in town.
|Average rating: (91%) (2225 reviews over 2 sources)|
Bosch SHXM78W55N Low Noise Dishwasher
The 4.5-star Bosch SHXM78W55N is a quiet dishwasher that seems to choke in the drying department. Many of its less-than-5-star reviews can be accounted to consumers that were not completely satisfied with its drying performance. In addition, some people have reported that it tends to retain moisture on the bottom and top of the tub, which leads to the formation of pools of water.
However, know that a dishwasher that entirely escapes negative reviews about its drying ability is quite rare in these times, at least as of 2018. This low-decibel dishwasher attempts to make up for this shortcoming through its other features that seem to be more well-received by consumers. At 42dBA, it's one of the quietest dishwashers among its contemporaries. People appreciate how this model barely produces any sound -- especially customers who live in open-floor plan houses. With this, the red dot projected on the kitchen floor, which indicates if a wash cycle is ongoing, proves to be a helpful feature for the people who own the SHXM78W55N. The easy-to-use controls and adjustable middle rack appear to have impressed a great deal of reviewers, as well. And of course, as far as its cleaning performance is concerned, this low decibel dishwasher earned a lot of compliments.
In the end, this low noise dishwasher has certainly cemented its place as an Alphachooser interesting choice in our list of the top 10 quiet dishwashers.
|Average rating: (91%) (186 reviews over 2 sources)|
Bosch SPX68U55UC Quiet Dishwashers
The SPX68U55UC is tagged with a 44-dBA sound rating, which is plotted at the lower end of our noise level table, but can still be considered a bit noisy by Bosch standards.
Preset programs: Auto US, Delicate/Economy Wash US, Power Scrub Plus US, Quick Wash US, Regular US, Rinse & Hold US
|Average rating: (94%) (44 reviews over 2 sources)|
The STFABU adds in a promising noise rating to the mix which, at 43dBA, makes it to the quieter half of the entire dishwasher lineup in our books (as of this writing).
Preset programs: Crystal washing, Economy cycle, Speed 27-min, Auto, Normal, Extreme wash, Soak, Light quick, Normal Quick, Strong and fast
More quiet dishwashers, sorted by the latest model first:
The SHE89PW75N rates somewhere between 38dBA to 40dBA in the noise department, which makes it an attractive option for buyers who have the noise factor in their priority list.
|Average rating: (80%) (4 reviews)|
Aside from being among the quietest dishwashers at a noise rating of 44dBA, the SHPM65W55N from Bosch also earns consumer applause because of its cleaning performance. We've encountered the "this cleans better than any other dishwasher I have ever tried" narrative several times, as we were browsing through some of its customer reviews .
Bosch didn't leave the capacity department untouched, either. Many people have reported that they almost find no use for the bottom silverware basket because the third rack can already hold so much. With 16 place settings (and Bosch's claim that the said rack increases the loading capacity by 30 percent), it's really not that surprising how this low noise dishwasher was able to collect such praises.
Like many other modern dishwashers, it struggles to finish its programs with completely-dry dishes and interiors. This is not to say that dishwashers that are both quiet and good at drying don't exist -- but sacrificing drying performance for the sake of energy efficiency seems to be a prevalent trend nowadays. The default end-of-cycle beeping has also been the subject of multiple objections (and we understand -- just how great can an impressively-quiet dishwasher be when its notification sounds are disruptive, right?), but at least the manual has instructions to turn it off.
|Average rating: (92%) (134 reviews)|
The Kdte334gps wows with a very low 39dBA max. noise rating.
Preset programs: ProWash, ExpressWash, Tough, Normal, Light, Rinse only
|Average rating: (94%) (4732 reviews over 2 sources)|
The SHE878WD5N identifies with the most quiet dishwashers at its noise rating of 42dBA.
|Average rating: (86%) (7 reviews)|
The SHSM63W55N operates within a sound level of 44dBA, which makes it one of the most quiet dishwashers around.
Preset programs: 1 Hour US, Auto US, Hold US, Power Scrub Plus US, Regular US, Rinse
|Average rating: (80%) (58 reviews over 2 sources)|
The SHVM78W53N boasts a 42dBA maximum noise level, which isn't the quietest as far as all dishwashers go, but is still significantly-less noisy than the average model.
|Average rating: (81%) (16 reviews over 2 sources)|
The SHVM98W73N asserts its place as one of the most quiet dishwashers on the market with its 40dBA noise rating.
|Average rating: (98%) (14 reviews)|
According to many reviewers, the (rating temporarily unavailable)-star Bosch SHEM63W55N couples minimal operational noise and good cleaning performance. This quiet dishwasher, which is rated at 44dBA, reportedly produces sparkling-clean dishes. Even the dishwasher itself is apparently easy to clean and maintain. On top of this, its classy-looking design and easy-to-use controls have also won over many consumers.
The third rack has been a topic of debate. Some reviewers absolutely loved it and thought that it's perfect for silverware and lids . However, many have felt that the third rack consumed so much vertical space that it ended up limiting the capacity of the racks underneath it. Speaking of capacity, it's curious how we've encountered a number of people saying that this low decibel dishwasher's interiors felt surprisingly smaller than expected. Some people have also criticized the bottom rack for being not as accommodating as they would have liked it to be, as the position of the prongs built onto the said basket slightly limits its capacity. Also, like many other dishwashers, this model's drying ability (or lack thereof) has been the culprit behind many of its low-star reviews.
The SHEM63W55N appears to certainly live up to its name as a low noise dishwasher. However, it hasn't been as impressive in other areas compared to the best of its peers.
|Average rating: (88%) (151 reviews over 2 sources)|
The SHS863WD6N has a max noise level of 44dBA, which sits in between the noise ratings of the most quiet model and the average dishwasher as of this writing.
|Average rating: (97%) (32 reviews over 2 sources)|
The Bosch SHXM98W75N's third rack certainly appears to be a crowd favorite, as we've seen a lot of reviews praising it for the additional capacity that it gives. Its interior has also been generally-received by consumers as well-configured and spacious, adding further to the appeal brought by its clean-looking stainless steel profile.
Satisfied buyers have also raved about this low noise dishwasher's stain- and dirt-fighting ability, saying that dishes come out sparkling clean no matter how dirty they were . Many reviews also said that this impressive performance does not strictly necessitate pre-rinsing, even for cases involving dishes with dried-out gunk. Clearly, all these aforementioned good points work hand-in-hand with the dishwasher's very low 39dBA sound rating. Since this number almost touches the bottom of the noise rating spectrum (The quietest dishwasher we have on record clocks in at 38dBA), the apparent consumer consensus saying that the SHXM98W75N has a whisper-quiet operation is not surprising.
As for lower-rated reviews, most of the complaints we've seen involve the topic of drying, as people have noted that this dishwasher absolutely requires the use of rinse aid to achieve drying results that are close to decent. Some people have also mentioned that the buttons and user manual don't seem very intuitive, but they make up a small portion of this model's reviews.
With all these, it's not a reach to say that the SHXM98W75N is a competitive dishwasher, but it appears to have some issues to address before it can break into our top 10 quiet dishwashers ranking
|Average rating: (90%) (156 reviews over 2 sources)|
The DD24DAX9 has a promising 45dBA noise rating for the delicate wash program (but we're unable to find the sound levels for its other programs).
Preset programs: Delicate, Fast, Heavy, Medium, Normal eco, Rinse
The DW80M9550US is a 29-dollar-per-year (energy consumption) built-in dishwasher that boasts WaterWall and Zone Booster features (both of which, to control and maximize water flow) on top of an encouraging 42dB noise level.
Preset programs: Sanitize (Anti-bacterial-NSF) Option, Self Clean
The DD24SAX9 claims to have quiet operation, but gives only information for a noise rating at the delicate program (45dBA).
The DW80K7050US is a built-in dishwasher that also comes in a Black Stainless Steel variant (DW80K7050UG) and is kept busy by several mid-level specs, which include a 44-dBA noise rating, 15 place settings, a 3rd rack, and a door that automatically opens once the wash cycle is finished.
Preset programs: Auto, Delicate, Express 60, Heavy, Normal, Rinse
The DD24DCHTX9 hits up a 44-dBA noise rating, which is below the average, but is not quite the most-silent dishwasher we have encountered, at least as of 2016.
Preset programs: Delicate, Fast, Heavy, Normal, Normal Eco, Rinse
The PDT845SSJSS can already be considered as a somewhat-silent dishwasher, as it is tagged with a below-average 42-dBA noise rating.
Preset programs: Auto Sense, eWash, Express, Heavy Wash, Light Wash, Normal Wash, Rinse
The GE PDF820SSJSS has been called a "feature-rich" dishwasher by several reviewers, but one of them also asserted that it should have not dropped the rinse-only wash program found in many other models. In spite of this, its quietness (rated at 45dBA) and superb-sounding cleaning ability seem to have won it the favor of most people.
Reputed by many as a low decibel dishwasher that produces spotless dishes, the PDF820SSJSS builds up its promising profile with a universally-appreciated modern design. Browsing through a portion of its total customer reviews, it also appears like its specialized water jets for washing utensils stand as one of its most attractive features.
However, this (rating temporarily unavailable)-star silent dishwasher has been criticized for producing so-so drying results, a complaint that usually crops up in many contemporary models. Something that we've also seen a few times are comments saying that it's relatively-tricky to install, mainly due to "poorly-written" instructions on the manual. With that said, you might want to hire a professional to set this dishwasher up. Lastly, some people have brought up how the controls were a bit too sensitive, and that accidentally bumping them would frequently lead to untoward incidents.
The GE PDF820SSJSS seems to be one of the quietest dishwashers today if its customer reviews are to be used as justification. But it seems to have a few minor mishaps here and there, leaving it outside the group of the top 10 models in this subcategory.
The GE GDT655SSJSS, which has been rated (rating temporarily unavailable) stars from reviews, is a low noise dishwasher that has its own set of good and bad points. We scanned through some of its customer reviews and found that it has indeed cemented its place as one of the quietest dishwashers as of mid-2018, with a noise rating of 46dBA. Like with many of its peers, consumers have reported having to touch and feel the dishwasher to make sure that it is running, since it hardly produces any significant sounds (or at least, compared to what they were used to in their previous models). Additionally, people seem to love its "flexible" loading options and simple controls. Its bottle jets have also been praised and tagged by many as a feature that they "didn't know they needed." The nice-looking modern exterior, which has been reported as fingerprint-resistant in reviews, is a major plus for buyers, as well.
Looking at its less-than-ideal reviews, this GE dishwasher apparently tends to get "too hot" -- even causing the deformation of one buyer's plasticware. This proves to be a good thing for many other people, though, as it helps enhance the quality of drying results achieved. However, some people have found that some cups and bowls tend to retain water in their crevices, since this silent dishwasher doesn't have angled loading for these kinds of dishware.
This quiet dishwasher appears to be a respectable, well-rounded product according to reviews, but it has unfortunately failed to break into the top 10 models in this particular subcategory.
The PDT855SSJSS looks like it keeps company with the more silent dishwashers, with its 40-dBA noise rating, which is not the most quiet, but already nearly touches the bottom of our table (at least as of 2016).
The GE GDF650SSJSS is acknowledged by many consumers (based on its reviews that AlphaChooser has collected from various sources) for its ability to produce clean and spotless dishes without the need to rinse them prior to loading. The bottle cleaner has been very useful, especially for households that have babies on board. And of course, these aforementioned compliments came with commendations about its quietness. At a noise rating of 46dBA, which is 1dBA lower than the category average as of this writing, these remarks are more of a confirmation than a surprise.
Unsurprisingly, this model's slate-finished variant, which is a unique characteristic among its contemporaries, has earned it many admirers, as well (However, if you don't care about appearances and are planning to get your dishwasher all paneled-up, we suggest that you take a look at our best panel-ready dishwashers page).
Most of the negative reviews touch on the topic of cycle time -- saying that this quiet semi-integrated dishwasher takes longer to wash dishes than what they were used to. However, this is a complaint that we see a lot in other dishwashers, as well. Moreover, some people have said that the racks feel a bit flimsy, and we've encountered at least one person who also said the same thing about the silverware basket . However, they were quick to point out that this doesn't affect this (rating temporarily unavailable)-star dishwasher's performance at all.
To end, the GE GDF650SSJSS obviously had been successful in earning the approval of many people, but its lackluster rack quality and long cycle times may have been the culprit behind its failure to break into our top 10 quiet dishwashers ranking.
The KDTM804ESS is a high-tier built-in dishwasher that dons a rarely-seen viewing window and juggles a variety of fairly-top-shelf specs, which include a 9-in-1 spray arm, a 40-spray-jet cycle option, a 44-dBA noise rating, and an automatic filter.
Preset programs: Express Wash, Light/China, Normal, ProWash, Rinse Only, Tough
The CDT835SSJSS is a built-in stainless-steel GE dishwasher that also uses the 140-spray-jet wash system, two quad-blade wash arms, and the Wash Zones feature, while featuring 16 dish settings, an LCD display, and a 45-dBA sound rating.
Preset programs: Auto Sense, Heavy, Light, Normal, Rinse
The CDT865SSJSS groups itself among the more silent dishwashers, with its below-average 40-dBA noise rating.
The GE GDT695SSJSS is a (rating temporarily unavailable)-star low noise dishwasher rated at 45dBA. For context, we've seen dishwashers that go as low as 38dBA, but this product is still quieter than the average across all models (sitting at around 47dBA) as of 2018. Besides, most of its buyers have reported barely hearing any noise during ongoing cycles. One review also mentioned that the sound of the water draining is probably the least quiet part of the entire operation -- and even that isn't disruptive at all.
Another feature that appears to be very well-loved is the third rack, which was designed for silverware. Although there was one consumer who said that this particular rack "felt cheap," an overwhelming number of reviewers raved about its space-saving and convenience factor. The bottle jet clips also proved to be highly-useful for a lot of people.
While most of the reviews we've encountered praised this silent dishwasher's performance in terms of cleaning, opinions about its drying abilities were more divided. Some have reported that cups still came out dripping even after using the "Heated dry" option, while others say that, in their experience, dishes come out clean and dry every time. Several buyers have also noted that its controls were not very intuitive.
Massively-praised for its aesthetically-pleasing design, the GE GDT695SSJSS aced a good number of departments, but also fell behind on some. This might explain why, in spite of having earned a good number of fans, it has failed to break into the top 10 list of quiet dishwashers.
The GE PDT825SSJSS aims to dominate the quiet dishwashers market with its bevy of features and a 45dBA noise rating. While we've seen dishwashers that go as low as 38dBA, this particular model's noise levels still seem to be quite promising if the bulk of its customer reviews are to be used as a basis. Earning (rating temporarily unavailable) stars, many people have said that this has been the quietest dishwasher they have ever owned. This isn't really surprising, since the GE PDT825SSJSS apparently has a very heavy noise-isolating blanket, as well as rubber strips along its openings, which help seal the unit even more. According to them, the most noise one can hear during operation is from the subtle swooshing of the spray arms.
Veering away from the topic of sound levels, another feature that has been well-loved by buyers is the good number of wash jets that this dishwasher comes with. The bottle jets received the most compliments, especially since they can apparently be enabled and disabled depending on the user's needs. According to reviews, this dishwasher cleans very well, even with minimal pre-rinsing. However, as with many other low noise dishwashers, it has been criticized a bit for its less-than-outstanding drying capabilities.
This silent dishwasher has struck a chord among the people who are hell-bent on minimizing noise pollution, and it has also impressed those who are more concerned with cleaning performance. However, its cons have proved to be detrimental to its chances of being named in our list of the top 10 quiet dishwashers.
The SPE53U55UC hauls in a 46-dBA noise rating, which can already be considered somewhat-quiet, but only when compared with other 18-inch dishwashers.
Preset programs: Heavy, Auto, Normal, Rinse
The SPV68U53UC sounds like a somewhat-quiet 18-inch dishwasher, as suggested by its below-average 44-dBA noise rating.
The SHX5AVL5UC reels in a slightly-below-average 46-dBA noise value, which can already be considered rather-noisy by Bosch standards.
Preset programs: Auto, Clean30, Heavy, Normal, Rinse, Speed60
The Profile operates with a 40 dBA noise level, which is still louder than some top-end models boasting levels as low as 37 dB.
The SHS5AV55UC gets a fairly-decent 46-decibel sound rating, which is grouped with the less-boisterous dishwashers rated below 50 decibels (but still a bit on the noisy side, if you base it on Bosch standards).
Preset programs: 1 Hour US, Auto Half Load US, Auto US, Power Scrub Plus US, Regular US, Rinse & Hold US
The SGV68U53UC is a panel-ready dishwasher that carries a 3rd rack and a somewhat-uncommonly-seen Half Load option while packing 15 place settings, a 30-minute quick-wash program, a beam-on-floor washing indicator, and a below-average 44-dBA noise rating, which is, however, not the quietest we have seen from Bosch.
The G 4975 SCSF features a unique multiple-layer soundproofing system, which is probably behind the dishwasher's lower-than-average 46-dBa score (but there are other high-tier dishwashers that have a lower 40- to 44-decibel rating).
The G 6165 SCVi is a high-tier built-in panel-ready dishwasher with the auto-adjusting AutoSensor feature, the versatile 3D cutlery tray, the leak-averting Double WaterProof System, an amenable 16 place settings and an average 45-dB noise score.
The SHX5AV55UC does not seem to be connected to the quiet-cleaning Bosch dishwashers with its 46-dBa noise rating, which is still decent, but can be considered noisy by Bosch standards.
The DW80J9945US is a 15-place-setting built-in dishwasher with the sweeping WaterWall wash system, the zone-selecting Zone Booster setting, the FlexTray-equipped 3rd rack, a quick-washing Express 60 cycle (though we have seen 30-minute cycles) and a lower-than-44-dBa noise rating.
Preset programs: Normal, Heavy, Delicate-China/Gentle, Quick Plus, Smart Auto Wash, Pots & Pans
The SPE68U55UC is likely to wash with less noise, as suggested by its low 44-dB rating, which is lower than the average 50- to 55-decibel score of more low-end semi-integrated dishwashers.
The SGE68U55UC is a high-tier semi-integrated dishwasher with the 3-height-adjustable RackMatic rack system, the AquaStop 4-stage leak protection feature, a V-shaped third rack for storing extra utensils and a quite acceptable 15 place settings.