I purchased this Kenmore dishwasher when I remodeled the kitchen. I chose it because Kenmore is a well known brand, and I knew that I wouldn't be let down by the quality. It was also priced well compared to others. It wasn't the cheapest but I was willing to pay a little extra for a brand name I trusted. So was the extra money I put into it worth it? Yes, it definitely was. I've never been disappointed with my purchase. Since the kitchen is only used by three, sometimes four people, I didn't need anything super heavy duty, but I did want to make sure it was going to last. I'm happy to say that the dishwasher gets ran just about every other day, and its still going strong. Its compact enough to fit in a not very big kitchen but has a big enough inside to wash all the dishes in one go. And I've never had to rewash dishes, one cycle and the Kenmore gets even the crusty leftover food off. Another feature that was important to me, was the amount of sound that it made. I was pleased the first time I ran this dishwasher and realized that it didn't make that much sound at all. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend this dishwasher to anyone that is in the market for a new one. The only fault I found is the front gets scratched and dinged what seems like relatively easily. But that hasn't effected the actual way the dishwasher works. Noise Level Not noisy like many of the other competitors, its more like a hum when it washes.