My New GE Dishwasher is…Quiet

energy_saving_audit As a mom, my life is full of kids and fun which pretty much translates to…noise. As a result, I have a serious appreciation for quiet. In fact, when I am in the car alone, I don’t even  listen to music anymore because I never know when my next quiet moment will be.

The afternoon slide into the evening usually involves a snack. And by the time dinner rolls around and is finished, we have accumulated enough dishes to run a load in our dishwasher.

Some days, I am so pooped that I just want to sit there like Goldie Hawn from the movie Overboard and say, “Buh-buh-buh-buh…”

But, I don’t. I get up and go clean the kitchen. Our old dishwasher – I’m not kidding – sounded like a 747 during takeoff.

When we had our new GE dishwasher installed and the installers turned it on for the first time, we all leaned in and had to actually try to hear it because it was so quiet. At which point Charlie (5) piped up with “Our old dishwasher sounds like ‘khx-hx-hx-hx…’”


Also, the installation included a sound barrier that looks like this. It went underneath at the bottom.

When we had our old dishwasher, there was no way I would start it and go sit down to watch TV because it was so loud. I would wait (and sometimes forget) to start it.

But when I start the new dishwasher, the only sound is a quiet beep that lets you know it’s starting. I can go watch TV without even turning up the volume. In fact, there’s a little light on the front of the dishwasher. I am really glad for it because otherwise you might not know it was even on!

And, do you know that repetitive clank you sometimes hear when a dishwasher runs? I don’t get that with this one, and I think it’s because of the design of the lower rack. There are straight pegs on one half and the other half has angled pegs for plates, etc.

The dishes are very clean but not totally dry. Apparently, that’s a problem that’s been solved for this dishwasher. It’s been changed at the  factory, so new units won’t have the issue. And someone is coming tomorrow to put the fix on my dishwasher here. Will let you know how that goes.

But I gotta say, it’s a really nice dishwasher, Friends.

new_dishwasher Is your world noisy? How about your dishwasher?

Many thanks to our friends at GE Appliances who provided me with this wonderful dishwasher. Here’s a link to the one I have, if you are interested in learning more. You can also learn more about GE Appliances by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

10 Responses to My New GE Dishwasher is…Quiet

  1. Rachel March 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Our dishwasher is quiet but it doesn’t clean well. When we went to purchase it three years ago I asked for two things – 1.QUIET 2. Stainless inside. I wanted it to be quiet because the kitchen is part of a great room with all wood floors. I wanted to be able to run it and have a conversation or watch tv. I wanted the stainless interior because it seemed like it would get hotter inside — and get the dishes cleaner.

    Even though we got a well known name brand and I feel like we paid an arm and a leg, I’m not satisfied with our dishwasher. It doesn’t get the dishes clean. What is the model of your dishwasher. When it’s time, it’s good to know of a good replacement.

    Oh, I know you mentioned your dw needs a part — but for anyone else….if your dishes aren’t coming out dry, always check to see if it needs more rinse aid. A quick and inexpensive fix.

    • Heather March 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Hey! That stinks you got an expensive one and are unhappy with it. The one I have is model GDT55HGDBB. Here’s a link to it.

      The MSRP says $600, but I was at Home Depot on Saturday and saw it on sale for $500. This is a REALLY good value for 500 smackers. It is plastic interior but the interior of the door is stainless.

      I thought it had plenty of rinse aid, but maybe I need to replenish it. Great tip. Thanks, Rachel!

  2. Missy March 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Yep! Ours is only 5 yrs old and we don’t run it until we go upstairs to bed because its so loud! Sometimes when my husband is traveling I get scared when I hear noises downstairs until I realize it’s just the dishwasher!!

    • Heather March 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Hah! We are so much alike. I used to do that, too. I still do that with the washing machine, which is upstairs. It freaks me out if it’s loud at night.

  3. Amy March 13, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I left for work yesterday and realized I forgot to start mine. I turned around and went back because I can’t stand to hear it run! It is so loud!! Need one like you have.

    • Heather March 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      This one is worth considering. I really like it so far.

  4. Logan March 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I know what you mean, we just got a new GE dishwasher yesterday and when we first turned it on we thought it was broken! All we hear is the water that is sloshing around in the tub, and this is without the sound upgrade kit! I am also amazed at how well it cleans, we pulled the dishes out for the first time and they were spotless! Overall I love this machine.


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