Dishwasher Decibel Rating

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I am looking for a new dishwasher for our personal residence and have not bought a new one in a long time.  I know they have made great strides in the noise levels over the past 10 years, but I am getting conflicting stories from the big box stores and the local appliance specialist.  

What in your opinion is a reasonable decibel rating on a dw that we can run while we are home but not interrupt the entire house?  I have friends who have a Kenmore Elite that is 48 db and I can barely hear it run.  How much louder would a 51 or 55 be?  This is our personal residence, but will be a rental within a year or two, so I need to strike a balance between reasonable price but still quiet enough that we can use it while we are home but still be in the family room and hear each other talk.

No help from the stores so I am here asking the people who know.....    Thanks for your feedback.

I bought a Bosch dishwasher about a year ago and love it. Its about 38 decibels and is so quiet I don't realize its running.  There is a red light that illuminates on the floor to indicate its running.  The Bosch is a little pricier than some, but I was able to wait until they were having a sale and only paid about $980. Well worth it in my mind. 

I just bought a Bosch 500, love it.  Same as what Samantha says, you can't hear it through most of the cycle, you only know that it is running due to the red light on the floor.  Much quieter and it has a third rack for just silverware.  We had a Kenmore elite prior to this (about 8 years old) and this new one is just in an entirely different league.

My parents have a different one (possibly the 300 but I am not sure) and they love theirs as well.

@Derek B.    I have good luck with Whirlpool dishwasher.  It has ECO mode and quiet.  Stainless steel interior allows me running hot water through it to sanitize.  But that's just personal preference.  ~$580 Home Depot with 10% off.

In a rental, stick with simple dishwasher because if circuit board goes, it won't be expensive to fix.  Samsung and LG are dicey.  I read online reviews that the circuit boards fry easily.

Bosch in all our places for both the decibel rating & ability to clean.

Whenever I do a new rehab or SFR buy we move the old Bosch to it & the wife, or daughter gets a new one.

We find the GE profile quiet enough but I don't know the rating. It is not worth it to get a dishwasher without a decent food grinder so even if you decide on a less expensive model having this feature is a plus particularily  when you rent. Most machines have it but the cheapest do not. Bosch is really pricey in my opinion. If it is a really small space and you need the extra quiet might be worth it though.

When I buy such items, I consult Consumer Reports. I have the GE Profile which had a "best buy" rating, when I made the purchase.  Which is to say, you get the bang-for-buck feature.

When I am standing next to the machine, I can hardly hear it working. Why pay a higher price for a brand name?

For appliance advice, I chat with our appliance repair man. He always seems to know the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly about this stuff. Not only on how they work, but what to buy and why. He also provides great insight on how to maintain appliances, what is likely to go wrong, and what is required to fix them.

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