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Quietest Dishwashers (2022 UK)

A noisy dishwasher can be a nuisance. It can disturb you while you’re trying to relax, and even keep you awake at night. That’s why quietness is one of the main things people look for when choosing a dishwasher.

Noise levels are measured in decibels (dB). The average budget dishwasher on the market makes roughly 48-50 dB of noise, which is about the same volume as a normal conversation. Anything below 45 dB can be considered ‘quiet’.

While you might not expect there to be much difference between 50 dB and 40 dB, there actually is a big difference. This is because decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale, so a 50 dB dishwasher will actually sound about twice as loud as a 40 dB dishwasher.

Quietest Dishwashers in the UK

1. Sharp QW-NA26F39DW-EN Standard Dishwasher

Sharp QW-NA26F39DW-EN Standard Dishwasher

Noise level: 39 dB

This smart white dishwasher from Sharp holds 15 place settings, making it ideal for larger households. In addition to a surprising amount of space, this dishwasher also has eight programmes for you to choose from, including an eco-friendly option and an intensive mode that can tackle caked on or burned food with ease.

If you’re hosting a dinner party and have forgotten to start the dishwasher, the 14 minute quick wash programme will have your dishes ready in plenty of time.

At just 39 dB, this dishwasher is easily one of the quietest available in the UK today.

The same inverter compressor motor that makes this dishwasher whisper quiet makes the dishwasher more eco-friendly and long lasting, a claim that’s backed up by Sharp’s 10 year motor warranty.

Users find that this dishwasher is generally easy to set up and use, including the customisable levels of water hardness and rinse aid.

 

2. Hisense HV672C60UK Full-size Fully Integrated Dishwasher

Hisense HV672C60UK Full-size Fully Integrated Dishwasher

Noise level: 39 dB

With 16 place settings, this Hisense integrated dishwasher is the ideal choice for large or busy families. The adjustable baskets and racks make it easier to fit even awkward items in the dishwasher, and if you need to run a really full load, there’s a removable third rack too.

This dishwasher has a range of programmes to help make light work of just about any dishwasher load. For general use, the automatic programme is perfect. If you have a lot of glass, the crystal glasses cycle will tick that box for you.

If you’re in a hurry, the Quick Wash programme takes just 15 minutes, and if you’ve got a tray with burned-on food, the intensive programme will make light work of it.

At the end of the cycle, the dishwasher door will automatically open, letting all the excess steam escape and helping your sparklingly clean dishes to dry out thoroughly.

Not only is this dishwasher one of the quietest available in the UK, but it also consumes as little as 0.76 kWh or electricity and just 9.6 litres of water per cycle.

Users love the huge amount of space, and that the dishwasher does a good job on all manner of dishes.

 

3. Hotpoint HFC3T232WFGXUK Standard Dishwasher

Hotpoint HFC3T232WFGXUK Standard Dishwasher

Noise level: 42 dB

This Hotpoint standard dishwasher holds 14 place settings, making it more than ideal for medium-sized households.

If you’ve forgotten to start the dishwasher before your guests arrive, the quick wash cycle will have the dishes sparkling and ready to use in just 30 minutes. For families that are prioritising energy savings, the Eco Cycle is the perfect choice. This cycle uses less water which is heated slower, helping you to save money on your bills.

At 42 dB, this Hotpoint dishwasher might not be the quietest on this list, but it still is quiet enough for use in open-plan living spaces. This dishwasher is an affordable choice, proves to be easy to use, and can tackle even tough tea stains on the most eco-friendly, gentle cycles.

However, some people do find that the cutlery drawer is fiddly, and that it can be tricky to wash tall glasses in the top rack.

 

4. Hisense HS661C60XUK Standard Dishwasher

Hisense HS661C60XUK Standard Dishwasher

Noise level: 42 dB

This Hisense dishwasher can hold 16 place settings; perfect for large and busy families.

The dishwasher has five different programmes that you can choose from, including 15-minute quick wash, automatic, glassware, eco and intensive cycles.

The built-in cutlery drawer means you’ll have plenty of space for all your cutlery, and they’ll be kept in the perfect position for a thorough clean too.

However, some people do find that it can be difficult to fit in big plates or large trays because the racks aren’t as deep.

At the end of the cycle, the dishwasher’s door will open slightly, letting all that steam out and letting fresh air in.

This helps your dishes dry much more quickly and more thoroughly, leaving it ready to put away in no time at all.

Overall, users find that this dishwasher proves to be good value for money, and it is very quiet during use too.

 

5. Whirlpool WIO3O33PLESUK Fully Integrated Standard Dishwasher

Whirlpool WIO3O33PLESUK Fully Integrated Standard Dishwasher

Noise level: 43 dB

Whirlpool’s integrated dishwasher might be one of the more expensive on this list, but it is packed with features that can make a difference.

The dishwasher can hold 14 place settings, making it ideal for a medium-sized family.

If you’ve forgotten to start the dishwasher, you can have your dishes ready when you need them thanks to the 30-minute quick wash cycle.

In addition, this Whirlpool dishwasher has “6th Sense Technology”, which weighs each and every load, before adjusting the water and energy usage to suit.

This can help reduce your energy and water usage, saving money on your utilities.

The baskets and racks are adjustable, making it easy to fit large or bulky pots and pans.

At the end of the cycle, the door will open slightly, letting in fresh air to help the dishes dry quicker and more hygienically.

 

What Is Considered Quiet for a Dishwasher?

Dishwashers today vary in volume, with some producing just 39 dB of noise, and others even producing 60 dB or greater.

Generally speaking, dishwashers that are quieter than 45 dB are considered to be very quiet.

39 to 45 dB dishwashers – very quiet

Most of the dishwashers on our list of the quietest dishwashers fit into this category.

Dishwashers with noise levels between 39 and 45 dB are considered to be very quiet.

At this noise level, the dishwasher is no more disruptive than the sound of rainfall.

Dishwashers with this sort of noise level are ideal for those who have open-plan homes or like to use their kitchens to entertain after dinner.

45 to 49 dB dishwashers – relatively quiet

Dishwashers with noise levels between 45 to 49 dB are slightly louder, but still not very disruptive.

This noise level is similar to background noise in quiet streets during the day. A lot of modern dishwashers fall into this category.

50 to 59 dB dishwashers – relatively loud

Dishwashers between 50 and 59 dB are also fairly common, and these are much more noticeable in the background.

This noise level is similar to background music, you’ll be able to hear the different stages of each cycle, and it might be disruptive.

60+ dB dishwashers – very loud

Fortunately, dishwashers with a noise level of more than 60 dB are very rare, however they may still be found in older homes.

This noise level can be very disruptive, even if the kitchen door is closed.

 

Quiet Dishwasher FAQs

Are quieter dishwashers more expensive?

In general, the more you spend on a dishwasher, the quieter it will be. While the average dishwasher makes about 48-50 decibels of noise, the most expensive dishwashers typically produce less than 45 decibels of noise.

However, the quietest dishwashers we could find (the Sharp QW-NA26F39DW-EN and the Hisense HV672C60UK) are by no means the most expensive on the market.

What’s the quietest dishwasher in the UK?

The quietest dishwashers we could find were the Sharp QW-NA26F39DW-EN and the Hisense HV672C60UK, both of which have a noise level of 39 dB.

How can I make my dishwasher quieter?

The most common cause of excessive noise from a dishwasher or any other kitchen appliance is reflection.

Kitchens are full of hard, reflective surfaces such as flooring, counters, and cupboards that can make background noise seem even louder.

This is difficult to change, however it is possible to dampen some of the noise.

Consider adding soft items, such as a rug under the dining table and soft, cushioned chairs.

It won’t make the dishwasher quieter, but it can help to reduce the noise’s ability to reflect.

 

Conclusion

The quietest dishwashers we could find on the market in the UK at the time of writing were the Sharp QW-NA26F39DW-EN and the Hisense HV672C60UK, both of which have a noise level of just 39 dB. If we had to pick on to recommend it would be the Sharp QW-NA26F39DW-EN, as it’s generally more highly rated by users.