Best Quiet Dishwashers of 2020

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Whisper quiet, but super powerful. 

You’re probably going to be running your dishwasher overnight, so it’s a bonus if it’s quiet. Even if it’s on during the day, you don’t want it to distract you from work, entertaining guests or listening to music.

Thankfully, there are tons of amazing quiet dishwashers on the market. With our list of the seven best quiet dishwashers, you’ll find one that cleans your dishes but doesn’t interrupt your life.


What Makes a Dishwasher Noisy?

Some dishwashers are quieter than others. If your dishwasher is noisy, it might be because of these few reasons.

  • Self-cleaning filter: Self-cleaning filters grind up food and wash it away to minimize food clogs. These filters are noisier than manual filters.
  • Draining water: That gurgling noise you hear during a dishwasher cycle is just the water draining away. It’s noisier on quick cycles, so if you hate that noise — use a different cycle or get a dishwasher with sound-reducing technology.
  • Splashing water: Water splashes around during the cycle. You may hear it against the walls of the dishwasher. If this bugs you, we recommend getting a dishwasher with sound-reducing technology.
  • Tub material: The sound of the water hitting a plastic tub is louder than on a stainless steel tub.
  • Motor: Dishwashers motors aren’t 100 percent silent (yet). But if yours is making a weird noise, it may be defective.
  • Faulty functioning: If your dishwasher is suddenly making loud noises, there may be a fault. Something could be stuck in the dishwasher, perhaps in the filter. There may be a loose drain line. The wash pump, motor and drain pump make noises when they’re broken. It sounds like a whining or squealing noise. Lastly, make sure your dishwasher is fastened to the floor to reduce unusual noises.

Troubleshoot

If you’re unsure about a particular noise and can’t find a fix, contact the manufacturer. You may also need to contact a plumber or an electrician depending on the problem.

How to Choose the Best Quiet Dishwashers

When shopping for a quiet dishwasher, look at these important details to find one that suits your preferences.

Noise Level

Of course, the main criteria you should consider is the noise level. This is measured in decibels. The lower the decibel number, the quieter the dishwasher.

What Is a Quiet Decibel Level for a Dishwasher?

For quiet dishwashers, you want to look for anything under 55 decibels. However, all the recommendations in this post are between 39 and 42 decibels, meaning they are basically unnoticeable.

Filter Type

You can get a self-cleaning filter (which has a hard food disposer) or a manual filter. However, self-cleaning filters are noisier, so keep that in mind.

Tub Material

Lastly, consider the tub material. Not only is stainless steel easier to clean and more durable, the sound of the water hitting it is quieter. Plastic, on the other hand, is more budget-friendly.

Wash Cycles

Consider how many wash cycles the appliance has. While noise levels are perhaps your priority, clean dishes probably are, too. We love a dishwasher with options. Wash cycle varieties may include a heavy, normal, eco, high temperature, sanitization and drying cycles.

Cost

You will pay extra for dishwashers this quiet. While these are a big investment, the price does vary slightly. If you have a tighter budget, you should be able to find something that suits. If not, you may have to go up a few decibels to find one within your price range.

Warranty

Consider the warranty of the dishwasher. We’ll let you know the warranty for each appliance. The longer the warranty, generally, the more reliable the dishwasher.


The Best Quiet Dishwashers of 2020

1. Bosch 800 Series CrystalDry Tub

Best Flexible Quiet Dishwasher

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Many people want to be able to customize their dishwashing routine. Flexible racks and placing systems are a huge bonus. For that, as well as ultra-quiet operation, we recommend the Bosch 800 Series CrystalDry Tub.

It has a flexible MyWayRack so you can make space for every dish. That’s not all it’s flexible with. It also has a flexible cycle — the auto cycle uses soil sensing to change up its operation mode. This helps ensure you receive the cleanest dishes possible, while cutting energy and water usage where necessary.

Why We Love It

CrystalDry™ Technology

Patented CrystalDry™ technology ensures your dishes are 60 percent drier than average drying cycles. This includes plastic items. This technology works by the appliance turning moisture into heat so that your dishes are bone dry and ready to put away.

24-Hour Delay Start

You can delay the start time to suit in with your schedule. With the option to delay it between one and 24 hours, you can time it to finish at exactly the same time you wake up or come home.

10 Cycle Options

This dishwasher has every cycle you could imagine. This includes 10 awesome cycles: half load, delicate wash, normal, auto, rinse, eco wash, heavy wash, sanitary, 1 hour, and CrystalDry. For more information on each cycle, refer to the manufacturer’s guide.

Keep In Mind

Minimal Space at Top

Many people love a third rack. However, in this dishwasher, it takes away quite a bit of space from the middle rack. You can remove the top rack, but it’s great for laying utensils flat.

Keep in mind that the middle rack loses a bit of space. Many people struggle to find the best way to stack the dishes. It’s a bit like playing Tetris!

Additional Specs

Noise Level 40 decibels
Warranty One year, extended limited warranty is available
Filter Type Manual
Wash Cycles 10
Tub Material Stainless steel
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2. LG STUDIO Dishwasher with TrueSteam

Best Smart Quiet Dishwasher

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If you use smart technology in the home, expand that to your dishwasher, too.

The LG Studio Dishwasher can be controlled using an app, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Whether you’re in another room, at a friend’s house or on the train — you can turn the dishwasher on. That way, it’s ready for you when you come back home.

Of course, this dishwasher is also super quiet. At only 40 decibels, you’ll barely notice it’s on. Thankfully, it has cycle status lights that remind you it’s operating.

Why We Love It

TrueSteam® Technology

If you live in a hard water area, you’ll know the pain of water spots on your dishes and in your dishwasher. This appliance uses TrueSteam technology to minimize water spots by 60 percent. The four steam jet design ensures maximum steam coverage so your dishes are sparkling.

Great Rack Design

You can easily adjust the three racks in this dishwasher. This allows you to create room for all dishes, whether you have tall mixing bowls or espresso cups you want to squeeze into the top rack. Customize the rack design to suit your needs.

We also love that the racks have been designed to glide smoothly, making it easier to load and unload your dishwasher.

LoDecibel™ Technology

We’ve already mentioned that this dishwasher is nearly silent at only 40 decibels. But each feature of this dishwasher has been designed with silence in mind. The Inverter Direct Drive Motor and advanced 3-stage filtration system are created to be silent, even though they’re super powerful. This ensures quiet operation from start to finish.

Keep In Mind

Drying Inconsistencies

Some customers complained about the drying inconsistencies. It helps to leave the door open after each cycle and use a rinse aid. The dishwasher uses heated and condensation drying to wick away moisture, but we recommend using the heated dry for best results.

Technical

Even people that work in IT have struggled with this dishwasher. Connecting to the Wi-Fi can be a bit tricky. From there, there are lots of cycle options so it can be a bit overwhelming.

Additional Specs

Noise Level 40 decibels
Warranty Two years general, five years control and rack, 10 years motor, lifetime for door liner and tub
Filter Type Manual
Wash Cycles 10 plus nine control options
Tub Material Stainless steel

3. Thermador Top Control Built-In Dishwasher

Best Quiet Dishwasher for Large Families

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With 16 place settings, this quiet Thermador dishwasher is the best for large families. Cleanup has never been easier — and no more arguing over who’s doing the dishes! This appliance also has flexible folding tines and a tool drawer to maximize space for utensils and larger dishes.

As for the sound, this dishwasher comes in at 42 decibels so it’s nice and quiet. Perfect for running overnight or while guests are over.

Why We Love It

App-Controlled

You can control this dishwasher with an app. This smart feature means you can customize your cycles and start, stop and self-clean on the app all from the comfort of the couch.

13 Cycle Options

The Thermador dishwasher has one of the most extensive cycle lists on the market. You have 13 different cycles to choose from. So you can customize the settings to do exactly what you want.

These cycles include: half load, quick wash, normal, auto, rinse, sanitary, pots and pans, glass, 1 hour, Time Saver option, PowerBoost, Star Speed, and StarDry.

Water Softener System

If you live in a hard water area, this dishwasher will blow your mind (and clean your dishes). The dishwasher softens water so that limescale won’t be deposited on your dishes. It uses special salt to do so. Check the manufacturer guide for specific instructions to use this function.

Keep In Mind

Expensive

This is one of the most expensive dishwashers you can find on the market. However, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s heavy-duty, professional, perfect for large families, Wi-Fi enabled, and it has a five-year warranty. But keep in mind that the price is high.

Star Speed Cycle Detergent

The Star Speed cycle is one of the fastest in the world. It washes lightly soiled dishes in only 20 minutes. Super convenient, but keep in mind that you cannot use tabs or pods type detergent with this cycle. If you use tabs or pods for regular cycles, you’ll need to purchase powder or liquid specifically for this Star Speed cycle.

Additional Specs

Noise Level 42 decibels
Warranty 5 years for control board and rack; Lifetime for inner tub liner
Filter Type Manual
Wash Cycles 13
Tub Material Stainless steel

4. GE Profile Series Dishwasher

Best Fingerprint Resistant Quiet Dishwasher

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Curious kiddos can leave nasty fingerprints on dishwashers. As for adults, so can we! These fingerprints can leave unsightly marks on the dishwasher’s exterior which can ruin the aesthetic of your kitchen.

Thankfully, this GE Profile series dishwasher is both fingerprint resistant and ultra-quiet. At only 42 decibels, and finished with a sleek stainless steel design, we think you’ll love this.

Why We Love It

Twin Turbo Dry Boost

This dishwasher will dry every dish in the cycle — even plastics. The Twin Turbo Dry Boost uses a dual-fan system and inline heater which effectively dries dishes so they’re ready to be put away immediately.

Wi-Fi Connection

Control the dishwasher from your phone. With a Wi-Fi connection, you can check on the cycle status, rinse aid levels and even order dishwasher detergent from the app.

Keep in Mind

You can’t begin a cycle or control the dishwasher with a smart speaker.
Extra Jets

With the extra jets, this dishwasher will deep clean bottles and silverware. Both of these dishes have their own independent jets to blast away all kinds of dirt and soil, even in hard to reach places.

Keep In Mind

Tough to Install

Customers didn’t have a breeze installing it. Many reported missing parts, tricky instructions or difficult connections. Keep in mind you may need DIY experience (and patience) to get this up and running.

Cheap Door and Racks

Customers have a hateful relationship with the door and racks on this dishwasher. The closing mechanism for the door is cheap and breaks easily. The racks are also cheap and flimsy.

Additional Specs

Noise Level 42 decibels
Warranty One year
Filter Type Manual
Wash Cycles Five, plus seven control options
Tub Material Stainless steel

5. KitchenAid Built-In Dishwasher PrintShield

Best Stainless Steel Quiet Dishwasher

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Stainless steel dishwashers are more durable, easier to clean and dry your dishes better. But they also help with noise levels since water splashing against stainless steel is quieter than against plastic.

This KitchenAid PrintShield dishwasher is a fab choice if you want something quiet in stainless steel. At only 39 decibels, this is as quiet as dishwashers currently go.

Why We Love It

ProWash™ Cycle

This dishwasher has five main washing cycles. One of them is the ProWash cycle which uses sensors to measure soil levels during the cycle. It then adapts the wash time and temperature to ensure it cleans dishes thoroughly and saves water where necessary.

Dry Dishes

It’s great when you can put your dishes away immediately after the cycle. With the heated dry cycle, you can ensure your dishes are bone dry at the end of the cycle. You can even extend this setting for maximum results. It only takes an extra 14 minutes.

Adjustable Middle Rack

This is a very spacious dishwasher. With 13 place settings and a third rack for utensils, it’s perfect for families. But if you struggle to fit in larger items like mixing bowls and casserole dishes, then you’ll love this dishwasher. The middle rack is adjustable so you can raise or lower it to make room for items on the bottom rack.

Keep In Mind

Exposed Heating Element

The heating element on the bottom is exposed, meaning plastic items on the bottom rack could warp. It also means that if something falls through and lands on the heating elements, it could melt.

One Year Warranty

The warranty for this dishwasher is only one year. It’s not very long. If anything goes wrong after that, it will have to be paid from your own pocket. There is an option to add a three or five-year protection at checkout.

Additional Specs

Noise Level 39 decibels
Warranty One year
Filter Type Manual
Wash Cycles Five
Tub Material Stainless steel

6. Samsung Linear Wash Dishwasher

Best Budget Quiet Dishwasher

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If you don’t want to break the bank getting your quiet dishwasher, we think you’ll love this Samsung Linear Wash. It’s ultra-quiet, at only 42 decibels, but it’s also pretty budget-friendly.

While it does have some drawbacks (such as long cycles and a tricky-to-use interface), it has a lot of awesome features, too.

Why We Love It

Linear Spray Arm

This dishwasher gets its name from the linear spray arm cleaning ability. It uses a WaterWall feature to provide a streaming wall of water that evenly travels across the interior. This provides incredible cleaning results so your dishes come out sparkling clean every time.

Auto-Release Door

For ultra-dry dishes, this machine uses condensation drying. This means it uses a super hot final rinse so the walls of the appliance wicks away moisture from the dishes. To aid this process, the door automatically releases afterwards so the dishes can air dry a bit before you put them away.

This is especially useful if you put your dishwasher on overnight or while you’re out. The door will open, the dishes will dry and they’ll be ready to put away when you’re back.

Flexible Loading

We love this dishwasher for big families or sociable couples. It has 15 place settings. But what makes it even more useful are the flexible loading options. You can easily adjust the racks to maximise your space, especially when fitting in large or tall items. Also, there’s an additional silverware rack for extra utensils.

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Bit Technical

If you’re not tech-savvy, you may struggle with this dishwasher. It has seven cycles to get familiar with, which can be a bit overwhelming if you’re used to a more basic model. From there, it also has five other control options so you can customize your dishwasher cycles. This is great for many people, but for others, it’s a bit advanced.

Long Cycles

Dishwasher cycles are always a bit longer than you’d expect. But the normal wash cycle on this is nearly three hours, which is just a bit lengthy. If you put your dishwasher on at night, this won’t be a problem but if you need to wash dishes in between meals, it’s a bit long.

There is an express 60 mode which does a quick clean in one hour, but it’s not as powerful.

Additional Specs

Noise Level 42 decibels
Warranty Lifetime for liner and tub; five years for circuit board and racking; one year for everything else
Filter Type Manual
Wash Cycles Seven, plus five control options
Tub Material Stainless steel

7. Viking Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub

Best Quiet Dishwasher With Multi-Level Wash

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Multilevel wash can provide a deeper clean of your dishes. Instead of one spray arm, this Viking dishwasher has three spray arms to ensure that all dishes on both racks get deeply cleaned.

As for sound, this comes in at 42 decibels so it’s super quiet. It has three layers of insulation to help with noise levels during each cycle.

Why We Love It

Simple Navigation

Choosing your buttons has never been easier. With a light touch, you can decide your cycle. The LED lighting behind each button makes it easier to see, even at night time.

11 Wash Cycles

With 11 different cycles to choose from, you can find the perfect one for you each load of dishes. Cycles include: quick wash, intensive wash, Rinse & Hold, auto, sanitary, express cycle, Regular, 1 hour, GlassCare, CombiClean, High Gloss option.

So whether you need something super quick, something for glasses, or heavy-duty cleaning — this appliance has you covered.

Energy Efficient

Eco-friendly cycles are the way forward. This dishwasher is Energy Star certified and has a CEE Tier One rating. Each year, it uses on average $29 of energy which is super affordable!

Keep In Mind

Durability in Question

Many customers had issues with various parts of this dishwasher. Whether it’s the drain or the timer light, keep in mind that it doesn’t have the best reputation for being faultless.

Thankfully, everything is covered by a two-year warranty. So you should know about any issues before that time period is up.

Doesn’t Dry Well

This dishwasher doesn’t have a separate drying function. If your dishes are still wet, you’ll need to hand dry or air dry them. While this doesn’t seem to be a problem with most dishes, it is an issue with plastic. This machine will not dry plastic items. It leaves them soaking wet.

Additional Specs

Noise Level 42 decibels
Warranty Two years
Filter Type Manual
Wash Cycles 11
Tub Material Stainless steel

Quiet Dishwasher Comparison Chart

Product Best Noise Level Filter Type Wash Cycles Tub Material
Bosch 800 Series CrystalDry Tub Flexible 40 db Manual 10 Stainless steel
LG STUDIO Dishwasher with TrueSteam Smart Dishwasher 40 db Manual 10 plus 9 control options Stainless steel
Thermador Top Control Built-In Dishwasher Large Families 42 db Manual 13 Stainless steel
GE Profile Series Dishwasher Fingerprint Resistant 42 db Manual 5, plus 7 control options Stainless steel
KitchenAid Built-In Dishwasher PrintShield Stainless Steel 39 db Manual 5 Stainless steel
Samsung Linear Wash Dishwasher Budget Pick 42 db Manual 7, plus 5 control options Stainless steel
Viking Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub Multi-Level Wash 42 db Manual 11 Stainless steel
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Oh, So Quiet

With the best quiet dishwashers on the market, you’ll not even notice they’re running. Take a nap, have a party, or listen to some music — these dishwashers will never get in your way. Although they’re all ultra-quiet (between 39 and 42 decibels), they still have unique features.

To find the best for you, consider the extra features, the warranty, the material and how well it can wash and dry your dishes.

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About the Author

Beth McCallum

Beth McCallum is a 20-something freelance writer & book blogger with a degree in creative writing, journalism and English literature. Beth firmly believes that a tidy house is a tidy mind. She is always looking for new ways to sustainably clean and tidy her house, that's kind on the environment but effective in the house, too!
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