Samsung is known for its commitment to innovation. Although Samsung dishwasher selection is limited to 7 products, excluding color variations, a few key technologies along with a great appliance package incentive program help Samsung dishwashers stand out among other players in the crowded marketplace.
We notice a ton of techno-marketing-jargon in most manufacturers' product presentations. This type of marketing typically carries over to many websites and appliance store floors.
A dishwasher is not a purchase we make all that often. Most people have a budget in mind and would like to select a reliable dishwasher without missing out on modern features.
The following overview is designed to help you to get familiar with the entire Samsung dishwasher selection in a few minutes.
The 3 Best Samsung Dishwasher Models
1) The Good: Samsung Dishwasher DW80R5060US, 48 dB
Samsung DW80R5060US 24-inch Built-In Dishwasher
Silence Rating: 48 dB | 3rd Rack: Yes | Dry System: Condensation Drying w/ AutoRelease™ Dry and Fan Assist | Cleaning System: Classic Rotary Spray with StormWash | Interior: Full Stainless Steel | Wi-Fi: No
Why we like it:
- AutoRelease Door is the killer feature that enhances drying and eliminates any musty odors that can occur if the door remains closed after the wash cycle.
- Decent quietness at this price point.
- No frills wash. Lets the standard spray arms do the washing.
DW80R5060US model series with recessed handle comes in 4 different colors (stainless steel, white, black stainless). Features StormWash™ which means standard rotary spray arms supplemented by a special nozzle in the left corner of the lower rack that allows pots and pans to get a good clean. 48 dB is an acceptable quietness level at this price point.
We think you will like having the AutoRelease door to aerate the interior for better drying results. Leak Sensor protects your kitchen from flooding. -Priced on/around $549 depending on seasonal promotions
2) The Better: Samsung Dishwasher DW80R7060US, 44 dB
Samsung DW80R7060US 24-inch Built-In Dishwasher
Silence Rating: 44 dB | 3rd Rack: Yes | Dry System: Condensation Drying w/ AutoRelease™ Dry and Fan Assist | Cleaning System: Classic Rotary Spray with StormWash | Interior: Full Stainless Steel | Wi-Fi: No | Replaces the discontinued Samsung DW80K7050US model
DW80R7060US which replaced the popular Samsung DW80K7050US model features the 3rd rack for long utensils and small items. Luckily this unit gets a respectable silence rating at 44 dBA. Stormwash technology and autorelease door carry over to this model. Upper Rack is height adjustable with one touch and provides more flexibility when placing different sized pots, pans or glasses. Comes in Stainless Steel, and Black Stainless Steel. -Priced on/around $694 depending on seasonal promotions
3) The Best: Samsung Dishwasher DW80R9950US, 39 dB
Samsung DW80R9950US 24-inch Built-In Dishwasher
Silence Rating: 39 dB | 3rd Rack: Yes, Adjustable | Dry System: Condensation Drying w/ AutoRelease™ Dry and Fan Assist | Cleaning System: AquaBlast Linear Wash System with Zone Booster | Interior: Full Stainless Steel | Wi-Fi: Yes
DW80R9950US brings us AquaBlast™ and ZoneBooster™ technologies (we will explain these two technologies in detail below) along with super silent operation at 39 dB. Packs many unique features such as a WiFi enabled monitor.
Samsung's WaterWall technology received a major upgrade this year with AquaBlast Linear wash system. Still the main idea remains the same - spray water linearly to generate water wall from bottom to top of the tub. ZoneBooster™ will clean dishes placed on the bottom rack more intensely where extra water sprays are present. -Priced at $749-800
And the "Ugly"
In order to gain market share Samsung makes lower-end models that are rather loud. These products employ only simple programming to accommodate basic cleaning needs. We recommend that you stand clear of these models unless you absolutely need to stay under $499.
DW80M2020US (55 dBA, stainless steel interior, Hard Food Disposer, Hidden Heating Element) or DW80N3030US (51 dBA, Easy Touch Digital Controls, 3rd rack and hybrid interior - stainless steel walls and plastic tub) unless you are fond of running a motorcycle in your kitchen. -Listed between $350 & $450 during promotions
Features to Look For in a Modern Dishwasher
Here are the features we expect from a modern dishwasher and how Samsung dishwashers stack up:
1) Quiet Operation
When we ask our customers about the most important feature they care about in a new dishwasher, they always respond by saying that they would like to have a quiet dishwasher. Manufacturers publish quietness ratings of their dishwashers in terms of decibels (db or dbA). The higher the number, the noisier the dishwasher will be. We recommend that you stay under 50 dBA. This is the noise level of a normal conversation, so anything higher will disturb the peace and tranquility. The ideal quietness rating for most households is between 44-48 dBA. Below 44 dB your dishwasher will be so silent that you will barely realize that it is on.
Samsung makes one of the most silent dishwashers on the market at a very reasonable price point. You can get the best Samsung dishwasher with an incredible 38 db quietness for under $999.
2) Style and Visual Appeal
Samsung dishwashers have the modern looks with three styles, towel bar handle style, visible controls with a pocket handle and hidden controls with a pocket handle.
Samsung's black stainless steel finish is a hit these days along with the standard smudge-resistant stainless steel design.
You can find more about availabe dishwasher design options in our buying guide.
3) Cleaning and Drying Performance
German brands such as Miele and Bosch typically dominate the dishwasher market with their superior cleaning technology. Samsung made many advances recently to close the gap. Here are the important elements of Samsung's technology:
Samsung Dishwasher WaterWall (a.k.a. AquaBlast) Technology Explained: (Samsung changed the marketing name of the WaterWall technology to AquaBlast in late 2019) Traditionally, you will find 2 spray arms on dishwashers. One at the bottom of the tub below the bottom rack and one right below the upper rack. Over time engineers who grew up going to splash parks got creative with water distribution. Some added nozzles or spray arms to the top of their tubs, some came up with zillion nozzles on their spray arms and so forth. Samsung was very clever in their approach and figured to spray water like a wall from one end of the tub to the other. This technology is especially effective as it makes sure no spot is missed in the tub (as long as whoever loads the dishwasher doesn't stack dishes by blocking other dishes).
The WaterWall is created by 6 powerful jets spraying towards a moving bar. This generates enough action to push up water just like a wall and with a sizable pressure.
After a few missteps circa 2014/2015 Samsung finally mastered this technology and placed it on their higher end models. Nowadays the tech term Samsung uses is WaterWall 2.0.
Samsung Dishwasher StormWash Explained: Speaking about water distribution, StormWash is a nifty feature. Dishwashers that do not have the WaterWall technology (i.e. regular sprayarm units or as Samsung calls them rotary arm products) you may find a special nozzle (red & circular nozzle as opposed to earlier star shaped versions) towards the lower left corner. Heavily soiled pots/pans/dishes are placed on top of the StormWash nozzle to get a great clean as long as you select the StormWash program to activate it.
One Last Water Distribution Technology, the ZoneBooster: Reserved for the models with WaterWall technology, ZoneBooster is a cleaning area in the lower rack which contains extra nozzles that target your heavily soiled dishes. You will not miss this area as it is distinguished in red.
Autorelease door: Great boost to your drying performance. Door opens automatically after the cycle finishes and lets the steam out while bringing in ambient air
3rd Rack for Silverware i.e. the FlexTray: This is a convenient rack above the upper rack for utensils. You can easily put more cutlery and smaller dishes on this tray and, when the cycle is finished, take out the entire tray. This makes loading and unloading this tray quick and easy. This will also save space in the lower rack as you won't need to use a bulky cutlery basket.
Samsung makes amazing cooking appliances, refrigerators, washers and dryers. When packaged together, a Samsung appliance package will save you a ton of money. In terms of their dishwashers, while the super quiet performance at 39 to 48 dBA is impressive and WaterWall technology is definitely a great innovation, Samsung will not be our first choice on a standalone dishwasher purchase. However, we love the styling and its price point for the amount of programming and technology you get.
How long does it take for Samsung dishwasher to run?
Most dishwasher operating times are from 80-150 minutes, depending on the cycle selected and the soil level of the dishes. This is generally true for all manufacturers as it is related to Energy Star compliance. However, just like it's competition, Samsung introduced the Express 60 cycle to give you the option to forgo energy and water savings for a speedy wash and dry cycle.
Can you open the dishwasher while it's running?
Yes you can open the dishwasher when it is running. During the wash cycle, spray arms will stop working as soon as you open the door. This prevents flooding. However, we do not recommend opening the door during the drying cycle as it adversely affects drying performance.
Does Samsung have a leak detection system?
Yes, Samsung has a basic level leak detection system. The dishwasher is capable of detecting water in the basin below the tub. Once moisture is detected in the basin, your Samsung dishwasher will display the error code "LC". It is usually pretty simple to remedy this issue by reading the manual or contacting Samsung for assistance.
Do Samsung dishwashers come in black stainless steel?
Yes, Samsung dishwashers do come in fingerprint resistant black stainless steel which compliments rest of the kitchen appliances in the same tone of color.
Does Samsung make refrigerators?
Yes. Samsung refrigerators cover a wide range of price points, designs, and sizes. In fact, 1 in 5 customers in the US market buy a Samsung refrigerator over other choices.
Do you recommend Samsung washer and dryer?
In short yes. However, Samsung makes a battery of products. Therefore, we reviewed stackable Samsung washer and dryer models in an indepth article.
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