We have lived in our house for about eight months and in that time we have had three different dishwashers. This was number two and it lasted in our house for less than a month. It got the dishes clean just fine, but it was unbelievably LOUD! Our first floor is very open so I would expect that I may hear almost any dishwasher to an extent but this one was ridiculous. Not only did it make it hard to talk on the phone in the kitchen or hear the TV in the family room I could hear it in our bedroom (upstairs) and our den (in the basement). Other than that it wasn't a bad dishwasher, but I honestly don't know if even having a closed kitchen would buffer the noise. It got our dishes perfectly clean 99% of the time (half of the 1% may have been because of less than stellar teenager rinsing/loading skills). I really wouldn't recommend this dishwasher because of the noise factor but if you run your dishwasher when no one is home or have a really big house with a closed kitchen it would probably be just fine.