Manufacturers include the noise level of every washing machine in the model specifications. This is the average volume of the machine’s wash and spin cycles, in decibels (dB). The higher the rating, the noisier the machine will be.
WHY QUIET MACHINES MATTER
If you have young children, want to run your machine at night, or just enjoy a peaceful home, how loud the washing machine is could be a big factor in which model you choose.
Quiet models are also great if you have an open-plan kitchen and living room.
If you don’t mind a noisy household or you have a separate laundry or utility room, it might not be as important.
Most people want the quietest washing machine possible, although noise might not be as high a priority for you as other features like the number and range of programmes.
High-end models have new features like brushless or quiet drive motors, and anti vibration systems, to reduce noise levels as much as possible.
WHAT AFFECTS THE NOISE LEVEL?
Noise ratings vary depending on the quality of the washing machine.
High-end models have new features like brushless or quiet drive motors, and anti-vibration systems, to reduce noise levels as much as possible. Water pumps have also become quieter as their design has improved.
Where you put the machine is also a factor. Ensure you choose a model that’s the right size so it won’t vibrate against your kitchen units or another appliance.
AVERAGE NOISE RATINGS
Most washing machines average between 40-80 dB, with anything below 50 dB considered a particularly quiet model. These machines are less likely to disturb your conversations or interrupt the TV.
To help you understand what decibel ratings compare to, vacuum cleaning is about 70 dB, someone talking normally is about 50-60 dB, and a quiet library is about 40 dB. The chart below gives you equivalent sounds at a glance.
If the noise level of the washing machine is important to you, then look for models with technology like brushless or inverter motors or anti-vibration designs. You should also look out for machines with the Quiet Mark award as these have been recognised as being especially quiet.
You should also look out for machines with the Quiet Mark award as these have been recognised as being especially quiet.