During the night off-peak energy prices are reduced, but everyday appliances like your washing machine can be too noisy, disturbing you and possibly your neighbours.
Our research reveals that almost half (49%) of Britons consider sound an important factor when buying home appliances. This increases to 62% of those with an open plan kitchen, lounge, or dining room.
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In 1959 John Connell founded the Noise Abatement Society, working with the government and various industries to tackle 'excessive and unnecessary noise' in the workplace and our home environments, for a calmer, more peaceful way of living.
If you're looking for an appliance that can save you money and work discretely without disrupting the tranquillity of your home, just look out for the Quiet Mark
Responding to public complaints received by the Noise Abatement Society's 24/7 national noise helpline, Connell's granddaughter Poppy Szkiler launched Quiet Mark in 2012. This International Eco-Award Scheme for excellence in quiet product design is awarded to worldwide manufacturers of the quietest products in conjunction with acousticians from the Association of Noise Consultants and Institute of Acoustics.
As a partner of Quiet Mark, we sell a range of appliances that have been awarded with this certification, including products from AEG, Miele, Dyson, KitchenAid and Bosch. A guarantee of quieter technology and design, the purple Q has become a proud symbol of our close relationship with the organization.
The following products all have Quiet Mark's seal of approval, each one tested by the Noise Abatement Society's expert acoustics team. By validating noise test reports supplied by manufacturers, QM is able to verify the performance claims and make comparisons to similar models on the market.
Dyson's Cool™ AM06 desk fan is both quiet and powerful. Dyson engineers have reduced turbulence and noise throughout the machine by channeling airflow more efficiently.Shop Dyson Cool™ AM06
Food preparation appliances are usually notorious for noisy operation, but we stock one that's been awarded with the Quiet Mark stamp of approval.Shop Magimix Patissier
This Philips PerfectCare Silence GC9550/02 steam Generator Iron has the stamped seal of approval for its quiet steam functions, so you can iron while catching up on your favourite TV programs without any disruption.Shop Philips PerfectCare
Our John Lewis JLWM1606 washing machine has an inverter motor, which provides quicker washing times and quieter operation.Shop John Lewis JLWM1606 washing machine