As most homes typically use their dishwasher daily, it’s important that it doesn’t disturb you and your family. The noise level varies depending on the age and the brand of the model.
If you have an open plan kitchen or prefer a quieter space, you may want to look for a dishwasher with noise-reducing features. Here, we’ll show you some of the new technologies used to make dishwashers quieter.
Dishwasher noise levels are measured in dB (decibels) and refer to the sound of a fully loaded wash.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, have an open plan layout, or have cheaper night-time energy rates, having a quiet machine may be important to you.
Noise levels vary depending on the brand and the age of your model. New technologies such as brushless motors and stainless steel interior tubs help to minimise the volume. Most dishwashers now create about 40-55 dB, whereas older models can reach up to 60 dB.
Noise levels vary depending on the brand and the age of your model. Older dishwashers are likely to be louder than newer models.
Older models are likely to be louder due to a few factors:
Quality of insulation – materials and
overall design have improved over
Built-in disposal units – this breaks up any
pieces of food but modern appliances no
longer have these.
Plastic interior tubs – stainless steel tubs
are much more common now, and are
quieter as they dampen the sound of the
To give you an idea of noise levels, the
below chart gives some equivalent sounds
at a glance.