Samsung and Whirlpool dishwashers are well known brands. They carry an extensive set of similarities. In this review, we will unpack the distinct differences between Samsung vs Whirlpool dishwashers and help describe the value associated with each company.
Samsung dishwashers have only recently entered the appliance market. However, the company made a significant impact by virtue of its quiet dishwashers and innovative features.
The Whirlpool dishwasher is best known for its budget price points and reliable service life. Although Whirlpool has been in the appliance market decades longer the company found itself on the back foot for much of the last few years.
So without further ado, let’s compare some of the most esential elements of these two brands and their most popular dishwashers.
Important Factors to Consider When Researching for a Dishwasher
We regularly publish our best dishwashers list to incorporate our views on products that are reliable, clean well, and offer features for all budgets. Using the same factors from our “best-of” list, below is our evaluation of Samsung and Whirlpool dishwashers:
If you have an open floor plan kitchen or your dishwasher is located near an office or study room, you might want to get the quietest dishwasher within your budget parameters.
Often a dishwasher’s noise level is directly related to its price point. so let’s take a look at some of Samsung and Whirlpool’s dishwashers, their decibel levels, and their associated prices.
On the low-end of the scale i.e. dishwashers that cost than $599 it is impossible to find a quiet dishwasher. Therefore, both Samsung and Whirlpool present us with options that are 50 dB or louder in this category.
Whirpool’s focus is budget dishwashers and a very limited selection of mid-range products. The best and most expensive Whirlpool dishwashers such as WDTA50SAHZ hover around $699 and they operate at 47 dB.
Samsung, on the other hand, is the home of one of the quietest dishwashers on the market. Ultra silent 39 dB dishwashers such as DW80R9950UG come at a cost over $1,000. However, you can still get a 42 dB Samsung DW80R7060US at around $800.
We cover quietness in detail on our exclusive video:
2) Overall Design
Samsung has a reputation for cutting-edge design, and that’s undoubtedly true in their dishwasher models. They feature sleek, modern designs with a range of styles including trendy black stainless steel. Their trademark blue LED indicator lights also add a hyper-modern look as well.
Meanwhile, Whirlpool is no slouch when it comes to sleek design either. Their wide variety of fingerprint-resistant finishes will leave you impressed, while their range of styles gives you plenty of options to choose from to match your unique personal aesthetic.
3) Cleaning and Drying Performance
But enough about beauty– let’s talk about brains and brawn. How well do these two brands handle washing and drying dishes?
You might expect that a technologically-focused brand like Samsung would be loaded with unique cycle types. But even their most high-end designs keep it simple– 7 cycles and 7 options, while Whirlpool offers six on its highest end models.
Both brands also offer models with stainless steel interiors for improved drying and noise levels, plus condensation drying capability and special options to handle delicate glassware and dishes.
Samsung has Whirlpool beat in one distinct area– their dishwashers feature leak protection, while Whirlpool does not incorporate this extra layer of protection.
That being said, Samsung and Whirlpool dishwashers share many advanced features. These include partial load capabilities, like 3rd rack designs on select models including Samsung’s DW80R9950US with FlexTray design and Whirlpool’s WDTA50SAHZ.
Additional features include a 3rd rack for additional space, perfect for cleaning extra utensils or flatware.
You’ll also find models with built-in smart controls and an auto-release door. This is designed to allow ventilation into the tub for quicker drying after the completion of a cycle. This auto-release door feature is only available on Samsung models.
We covered both brands in-depth in our earlier blog posts Samsung dishwasher review and best Whirlpool dishwashers. If you want to have a deep dive in the catalog you will find our deep-dive reviews handy.
Other Special Features
Other features worth noting include the WaterWall feature that’s unique to Samsung dishwashers. It creates a full wall of water spray from one end of the tub to the opposite side, ensuring complete cleaning.
The StormWash (on units without the WaterWall technology) feature is a special nozzle where you can place highly soiled items for a dramatic cleaning power.
Whirlpool has some unique features of their own, including the TotalCoverage Spray Arm which is designed to hit every angle of the inner tub with high-pressure spray out of 21 individual nozzles. This helps account for inconsistently loaded dishwashing loads, ensuring that even these receive an excellent clean.
4) Quality and Durability
Samsung receives high marks for dramatically improving its customer service and technical support, and they boast a service rate below 10% which is impressive for a regularly used item like a dishwasher. But because their support is spread across their many different markets and industries, tech support can sometimes be less than optimal.
Whirlpool, meanwhile, offers low-cost repairs, durable machines, and American-made parts which makes replacement cheap. Their dishwashers are durable and built-to-last, and it shows in their manufacturing and design.
Our Most Popular Samsung and Whirlpool Dishwashers
As a solid participant of our best dishwashers list, this Whirlpool dishwasher comes at a great price point.
It is not quiet at 51 dB, however, provides a great clean especially if you use the pots and pans program for your everyday needs. We noticed the normal cycle is great for lighly soiled dishes but you can use more water and hot water for anything more stubburn than that.
The Samsung DW80R5060US with 48 dB quietness features an AutoRelease Door which opens when the cycle ends. This action promotes better drying and eliminates any musty smells.
Otherwise, this dishwasher comes with no frills and 4 different colors (stainless steel, white, black stainless). The StormWash™ feature supplements the standard rotary spray arms with a nozzle towards the left corner of the lower rack for intensive wash action.
3) Worthwhile to Mention
Whirlpool WDTA75SAHZ offers modern design features and wifi connectivity. The 47 dB operating noise is great for open kitchens.
The Samsung DW80R2031US model is suitable for anyone with a mid-$400’s budget who wants a dishwasher that will do what a dishwasher does best. It has a platic tub and it is on the louder scale of the spectrum at 55 dB.
Samsung and Whirlpool are two reputable brands in the appliance market, and they both offer dishwashers that can handle your daily needs and then some. For a more established brand with a longer track record, try Whirlpool. But if you want a cutting-edge esthetic and space-age features, Samsung might have what you’re looking for in a dishwasher. especially with black stainless steel models. Do your research and you’ll be rewarded with a high-performing and long-lasting machine with beauty to match.
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