My husband & I recently moved into my father-in-law's old house about 6 months ago & have been steadily fixing it up. We've been trying to use most of the appliances that were already there to save money, but this weekend, our dishwasher finally bit the dust & quit cleaning the dishes. Now, I know that I could have just let it go & washed the dishes by hand, but yes...i've gotten spoiled, so I wanted a new dishwasher and pronto...I didn't want to be the dishwasher. So, since we had some savings, we decided to dip into those and after researching consumer reports for a good, yet affordable dishwasher, we finally settled on this Whirlpool model.
We knew we wanted something that was stainless steel and this one is both stainless & black. It looks really nice & classy. It is a 24-inch built in dishwasher and is Energy Star compliant, which is great since saving money on our power bill is always a good thing. It has a super tub capacity (holds up to 14 place settings) which is awesome since my last dishwasher was hard to put bigger, bulkier dishes in.
One thing I love is that the silverware holder is actually held in the door, so none of the space in the lower drawer get's taken up...you have your entire lower shelf available for dishes. It's cool also, because with a lot of dishwashers, you have that spray nozzle that comes up through the middle of the lower shelf & you have to load your dishes around it. With this dishwasher, you don't have to worry about that.
As far as how loud it is, it's not too bad. It's not super quiet, but it's also not going to annoy the heck out of you because it's too loud. The book that came with it said it had a 63db rating, whatever that means.
Setup was easy enough...i just called my dad :). There were only a couple tubes that had to be attached as well as the power cords. The biggest hassle was just hooking the last of the cords/tubes up once the dishwasher was in place and of course, getting the dishwashwer in its place with all its padding around it.
All in all, i'm impressed with it so far & hopefully I will continue to be impressed with it.