Amana Dishwasher Noise


Dishwasher noise is one of the major features in selecting a dishwasher. Amana dishwashers are highly rated, inexpensive but give no noise numbers. I emailed Amana and got the following answer.
> The decibel rating is... > ADB1500AW-55 Db > ADB2500AW-52 Db > ADB3500AW-55 Db
These Amana decibel numbers are very good in comparison. If they are correct, the Amana is a good deal quieter than the average Kenmore (59 dB), and as quiet as the lower end Bosch (53 dB) for quite a bit less money.
Can anyone give any backup to these Amana dB noise number either through personal experience or otherwise?
Amana Consumer Affairs wrote: > Hello, > > Thank you for visiting our Maytag.com customer service page. We appreciate your interest in our products and service. > > The decibel rating is... > ADB1500AW-55 Db > ADB2500AW-52 Db > ADB3500AW-55 Db > > If you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. > > > > Sincerely, > > Eric > Maytag Consumer Services > (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time) > > Received Date: 2/15/07 > Completion Date: 2/23/07
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I've got the "1500" model mentioned. It is dramatically quieter than the dishwasher it replaced, a 33 year old GE model. But it's somewhat surprising the ways in which it is quieter. The two most annoying times on the old GE were the water fill and drain periods. Those are dramatically quieter on the new Amana. But the reason those things are quieter is pretty obvious. The fill and drain are so much slower on the Amana, so you don't hear this noise of the rush of water flowing through the piping, or draining through the garbage disposal. The washing itself is also much quieter, but that wasn't the most annoying part of the cycle for me. My sister has a new high end Kitchenaid bought at about the same time (spring 2006). Hers is a bit quieter than my Amana, but it's not a big difference.
One thing both my sister and I noted is the newer dishwashers take A LOT LONGER to complete a cycle than the dishwashers both of us replaced. So though the noise might be a lot less, it lasts a lot longer! ;-) The total cycle time (including dry) on my ancient GE was about 1 hour. On my new Amana, it is about 2 hours. My sister's new Kitchenaid also takes about 2 hours.
I did the installation of mine myself. Reading the installation instructions, it becomes obvious where a lot of the noise reduction comes from. It is critical that the side seals that attach the dishwasher to the cabinets on either side, as well as the kick panel beneath are installed properly, as they keep the noise from coming out into the kitchen. The different Amana models come with different sealing methods in the kick panel area. If the seals are not installed correctly, the quoted noise levels will not be achieved.
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wff_ng_7 wrote:

Thanks for the answer. Currently I have a Hotpoint 3700. It only lasted 3 years and is very loud. It just doesn't clean the dishes anymore. The gunk is left on them.
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It's funny, but that's the reason I replaced my 33 year old GE. I tracked down what the problem was on mine, and the valve that directed the pump's output to either the spray arms or the drain wasn't working. It never drained properly, so the dirt kept being recycled around the dishes. The cause was accumulated wear on various parts, as everything was still moving the way it was supposed to, there was just a lot of leakage. The tell tale sign of what was wrong was water sitting in the bottom of the tub at the end of the cycle.
The old GE's used a single pump that directed the water either to the spray arms or to the drain. My new Amana has separate pumps for feeding the spray arms and draining the tub. I'm not sure how newer GE's work though. I suspect the cheaper GE's with the central popup spray tower might be very similar to the old ones.
I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but GE and Hotpoint are the same company. In years past, Hotpoint tended to be sold to builders, while GE was sold retail. I'm not sure how the two brands are marketed today.
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wff_ng_7 wrote:

Most of the cycle times listed in Consumer Reported are over 100 minute so the Amana is typical at 115.
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That seems to be the case in Australia too. We recently replaced ours with a 2 drawer Fisher & Paykel and that takes 2 hours to do a cycle. The old Miele used to take just over an hour (mind you only about half the things were washed properly). It is much quieter though and does have a time delay so if ever I work out how to use that I could set it to do its cycle after we go to bed.
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