Washing Machine Noise Ratings Explained
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 the machine at night or just enjoy a little peace and quiet, 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/living room.
If your household is noisy anyway 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 the number and range of programmes, drum size and so on.
What Affects the Noise Level?
Noise ratings vary depending on the quality of the machine.
High-end models are now incorporating new technology 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 give you an idea of what decibel ratings equate 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.