I have a Kenmoore Elite dishwasher (supposedly quiet) in my kitchen
island. It is still very loud (the kitchen is near the living room so
TV must be cranked to hear). Is there any way to dampen the sound?
There is not much room around the dishwasher to put anything...
Fancier dishwasher? My ex just installed one. Standing in the kitchen, the
dishwasher sounds like it's in the basement. Amazing. I believe the major
manufacturers include noise level comparisons in their promo literature &
web sites now. And, Consumer Reports definitely focuses on it.
Hate to be discouraging, but I think you are screwed. We bought a
supposedly quiet washer several years ago and the same thing happened
to us. It might well be the quality of your cabinet, the heavier the
construction, the quieter the dishwasher will be. New washers are
often larger than older ones so there is less space to add insulation
between the washer and the cabinet. If you don't mind the expense,
you could probably fit lead blanket insulation over the top, back, and
sides of the washer; thin, but effective because of the density.
Fiberglass and other light stuff will have essentially no noise
reduction effect. You will need to, at least partially, move the
washer out of the cabinet to fit the blanket. We just decided to live
with the noise and wash at times that wouldn't bother nearby
It might be the hose vibrating against the cabinet and not the dishwasher
itself. If the hose goes thru a hole in the cabinet stuff rags tight in
there against the hose to see if that helps. If it is the dishwasher itself
you are probably out of luck. I tried fiberglass once and it did not help
at all. Basically if they used a noisy motor and pump you are screwed. If
it is new, call Sears and tell them to take it back. That is the good thing
about buying at Sears... they guaraantee satisfaction.
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