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    recommendations for a quiet dishwasher?

    I need a new dishwasher. The two requirements I have is that it is quiet and that it cleans the dishes. I currently have a bosch that I bought 2 years ago based on the fact it was rated as a quiet model and my previous bosch was quiet. The new one is even quieter, but I think thats because it doesn't actually clean the dishes. Possibly the worst $900 I've ever spent.

    The problem is that they designed the machine not to heat the water in the wash mode in order to conserve energy. The heater does work. If I throw a bucket of ice in, it will heat the water back up, but only to 110 or so. During the rinse/dry cycle the water gets very hot, but by then its too late and it just bakes the food residue on.

    Anybody have recommendations for a good, quiet dishwasher? I'd prefer whirlpool/kenmore, but I'm willing to consider all brands except bosch.

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    There is only one difference between a quiet dishwasher and a cheeper model thats not as quiet is the expensive one puts insulation around theirs, thats it. Get you a cheep $150-200 dishwasher then before you install it put some of that aluminum backed fiberglass insulation you use to wrap duct with around it then slide it in. You now have a $300-400 dishwaser. And trust me the pump on a $150 dishwasher will clean the dirtiest of dishes, I own one. It's a GE.

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    Bought a Fisher Paykal drawer model in 2003. It was quiet - cleaned dishes great - problems with the electronics though. Had two service calls under warranty, one out of warranty, then it went down again. Maybe they have the bugs out of them now.

    We replaced it with a Kitchenaid drawer model last year. It's very quiet, but it also has the energy saving bugs you describe. I have to run it on the max cycle to clean well. The wash arm is easy to block, and there is no warning. You have to squat down to see if it's running - the lights don't show from above. The drawers don't lock when it's running so cycles are constantly being interrupted.

    I liked the FP better, except for the dependability issues. I wouldn't recommend the kitchenaid/Whirlpool.

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    I currently have a Bosch dishwasher that is about 7 years old and love it. Is there any way to change the set point higher than 110?

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    I have a top end Kitchenaid that does an excellent job and is so quiet that I have to listen closely to make sure it's running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craig1 View Post
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    Anybody have recommendations for a good, quiet dishwasher? I'd prefer whirlpool/kenmore, but I'm willing to consider all brands except bosch.
    We bought a mid-grade Whirlpool DU1055XT Quite Partner I about a year ago and we're happy with it. It is much quieter than the older Whirlpool it replaced.

    http://www.productwiki.com/whirlpool-du1055xt/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger93rsl View Post
    There is only one difference between a quiet dishwasher and a cheeper model thats not as quiet is the expensive one puts insulation around theirs, thats it. Get you a cheep $150-200 dishwasher then before you install it put some of that aluminum backed fiberglass insulation you use to wrap duct with around it then slide it in. You now have a $300-400 dishwaser. And trust me the pump on a $150 dishwasher will clean the dirtiest of dishes, I own one. It's a GE.
    Egggggzactly! Normally when I replace one, I carefully pull the old insulation off and install it over the new one's insulation. It will make a huge difference in noise (and heat). I don't know about your house but at mine, we always use the same setting. Who needs a 23 speed washer (or dishwasher)!

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    quiet dishwasher ???????

    Go buy a bottle of dish soap, a dish towel , and a washcloth ......... give it to to your wife and tell her to get to it

    Oh ya you said a quiet one ......... Tell her you don't want to hear any B$tching either







    ya can tell I'm not married can't ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher_K View Post
    I currently have a Bosch dishwasher that is about 7 years old and love it. Is there any way to change the set point higher than 110?
    I had a 12 year old Bosch that worked great but started to have various problems due to age and I thought it was time to upgrade to the latest and greatest. I'd give anything to have the old machine back.


    The new one has a thermistor that sends a temperature signal back to the control board. The control board decides whether to turn the heater on based on the the temperature signal it receives from the sensor. Theres no way to change the set point. I was thinking of modifying the sensor so it reads a lower temperature, and tricks the board into turning on the heat, but then it may overheat in the rinse cycle where its already getting plenty hot.

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    recommendations for a quiet dishwasher

    I just duct tape the old lady's mouth shut until shes done with the dishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dec View Post
    quiet dishwasher ???????

    Go buy a bottle of dish soap, a dish towel , and a washcloth ......... give it to to your wife and tell her to get to it

    Oh ya you said a quiet one ......... Tell her you don't want to hear any B$tching either

    ya can tell I'm not married can't ya

    Look, I don't plan of Cooking and Washing Dishes. Geesh... no way.

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    Thumbs up Miele

    I looked at numerous models all over the place. KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Bosch, Asko, Fisher and Paykel. Drove here and there, etc. etc.

    Final result is a Miele Optima G2430SCU. This thing rocks. Extremely quiet. The hot cycle will get very hot, like 195F. Cleans all manner of crap off of just about anything, within reason of course. One interesting thing about the hookup is that it really needs to be connected to the cold water line. This makes a big difference in the cleaning performance. Also has a shutoff solenoid in the end of the supply hose which is nice. Condensation drying, no heater inside the wash cabinet, all stainless, room for tall stuff, easy to remove strainer, silverware drawer on the very top with its own sprayer. Also has built in water softener. The cabinet and motor assembly is completely contained and insulated, nothing is exposed.

    The Miele was the most expensive of all of the ones I looked at, but well worth it still after 2 years and hopefully a solid 10+ more.

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    I have had great luck with GE, we have 2 in our kitchen (we go through
    lots of dishes) the first ones lasted 13 years with no problems, when one
    broke we replaced both at one time since they were 13 years old with
    new GE Profile dishwashers. The newer ones they are 6 years old now
    have been great, no problems, quiet as can be. Dishwashers are deep
    tub design, the door goes all the way to the floor except for 3".

    The only way you can tell they are running, is when a glass or plate
    is hitting the wall of the dishwasher. And they do a great job of
    cleaning with 3 wash arms. Unit has 12 buttons, and 18 lights on
    the front telling you what it is doing. I did not pay that much for them
    either, less than a Bosch.

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