Do you think a Samsung dishwasher is right for you? Or maybe you're curious about the hype surrounding Samsung and want to check out their appliances?
The Samsung dishwasher selection is limited to seven 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.
Unfortunately, techno-marketing-jargon takes focus away from the user-friendly Samsung dishwasher features. As an example, terms like "waterwall," which was later changed to "linearwash," don't resonate with customers and create confusion. Keeping this in mind, we designed our review to help you get familiar with the entire selection, in just a few minutes.
We know that most people do not purchase a dishwasher all that often. Generally, you have a budget in mind and would like to select a reliable dishwasher without missing out on modern features. Samsung dishwashers do a good job in giving you a shortlist of choices with the latest technology, styling, and colors.
Is it a match for you?
Pros: Reasons to Buy a Samsung Dishwasher
- Achieve a uniform look of Samsung appliances in your kitchen. If you have Samsung appliances in your kitchen and would like to complete the look with a modern dishwasher, a Samsung dishwasher is a logical choice.
- Complete a Samsung rebate program requirement. Samsung typically provides additional rewards to its customers if they buy an entire suite of Samsung appliances.
- Unique colors. Black stainless steel or Tuscan stainless steel, you will find that the Samsung dishwasher is your only viable choice for some color in your life.
Cons: Reasons to Avoid a Samsung Dishwasher
- Can't match your cabinet doors. If you're looking to get a panel ready dishwasher to match your cabinets, the Samsung dishwasher selection will not have a suitable product for you.
- No shorter height dishwashers (ADA height.) The Samsung catalog does not have ADA dishwashers, which have a slightly shorter height for non-standard counters.
- There are better dishwasher on the market today. If you are shopping for the absolute best dishwasher on the market, we highly suggest checking out our roundup of current ratings and rakings.
Dishwasher 101: How Samsung Stacks Up
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, which is the noise level of a normal conversation. Anything higher than this will disturb the peace and tranquility in your home. 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 dishwashers are some of the most silent products on the market. What's amazing is their reasonable price point in comparison to their competition. You can purchase the best Samsung dishwasher with an incredible 39 db quietness for under $999.
2) Style and Visual Appeal
Samsung dishwashers have three unique, modern designs: the towel bar handle style, visible controls with a pocket handle, and hidden controls with a pocket handle.
Samsung's Tuscan steel (a.k.a truffle color) and black stainless steel finishes have become a hit in recent months. Samsung dishwashers also come with a smudge-resistant stainless steel design. Most recently, Samsung added an 18-inch small dishwasher to their lineup in two colors.
You can find more about available dishwasher design options in our buying guide.
3) Cleaning and Drying Performance
German brands such as Miele dishwashers and Bosch typically dominate the dishwasher market with their superior cleaning technology. However, Samsung dishwashers have recently made many advances to close the gap. Here are the important elements of their technology:
LinearWash (a.k.a. WaterWall or AquaBlast): Samsung has made marketing-related name changes to describe LinearWash at least two times. So, let's describe this feature in plain language.
Traditionally, you will find two spray arms on dishwashers - one at the bottom of the tub below the bottom rack and one right below the upper rack. Over time, serious manufacturers got creative with effective water distribution to enhance cleaning. Some brands added nozzles or spray arms to the top of their tubs, while others came up with extra nozzles on their spray arms.
Samsung was innovative and designed theirs to spray water like a wall from one end of the tub to the other, in a "linear fashion". 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, causing them to block one another).
The LinearWash is created by six powerful jets spraying towards a moving bar. This generates enough action to push up water like a wall, with sizable pressure.
After a series of missteps, Samsung finally mastered this technology. Currently, LinearWash is reserved for the high-end Samsung dishwashers. In our tests, we did not find this water spray system to be better or worse than the traditional spray arms.
StormWash: Speaking of water distribution, StormWash is an effective feature in Samsung dishwashers with regular sprayarms (a.k.a. rotary arms). You will find the StormWash nozzle (a red & circular nozzle, as opposed to earlier star shaped versions) towards the lower left corner of the dishwasher. Heavily soiled pots, pans, and dishes are placed on top of the StormWash nozzle to get a great clean. All you have to do is 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 cannot miss this area, as it is a brilliant red color.
Autorelease door: This is a great boost to your drying performance! The dishwasher door opens automatically after the cycle is complete, letting out steam and bringing in ambient air.
3rd Rack for Silverware i.e. the FlexTray: This is a convenient bonus rack above the upper rack for utensils. You can easily put more cutlery and smaller dishes on this tray. When the cycle is finished, you can remove the entire tray, making loading and unloading quick and easy. This will also save space in the lower rack, as you won't need to use a bulky cutlery basket.
3 Best Samsung Dishwasher Models
1) The Good: Samsung DW80R5060US, 48 dB
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. It lets the standard spray arms do the washing.
The DW80R5060US model series with recessed handle comes in a variety of different colors (stainless steel, white, black stainless). It also features StormWash™, which means the standard rotary spray arms are supplemented by a special nozzle in the left corner of the lower rack. This allows pots and pans to get a good clean. 48 dB is an acceptable quietness level at this price point.
We think you'll like having the AutoRelease door to aerate the interior for better drying results. The Leak Sensor also protects your kitchen from flooding. -Priced on/around $549 depending on seasonal promotions
2) The Better: Samsung DW80R7060US, 44 dB
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
The 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. The stormwash technology and autorelease door carry over to this model. The Upper Rack is height adjustable with one touch, and provides more flexibility when placing different sized pots, pans or glasses in the dishwasher. This model comes in two colors, including Stainless Steel and Black Stainless Steel. -Priced on/around $694 depending on seasonal promotions
3) The Best: Samsung DW80R9950US, 39 dB
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
The DW80R9950US brings us AquaBlast™ and ZoneBooster™ technologies along with super silent operation at 39 dB. It packs many unique features like a WiFi enabled monitor.
Samsung's WaterWall technology received a major upgrade this year with the AquaBlast Linear wash system. However, the main idea remains the same - it sprays water linearly to generate a water wall from the bottom of the tub to the top. 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)
DW80N3030US (51 dBA, Easy Touch Digital Controls, 3rd rack and hybrid interior - stainless steel walls and plastic tub)
Listed between $350 & $450 during promotions
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 LinearWash 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 a Samsung dishwasher to run?
Most dishwasher operating times are between 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, the 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's 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 the 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 dryers?
In short, yes. However, Samsung makes a battery of products. Therefore, we reviewed stackable Samsung washer and dryer models in an in-depth article.