What is Quiet Mark?

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the quiet revolution

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Our research shows reveals that almost half of Britons (49%) consider sound an important factor when buying home appliances or kitchen table top electricals. This increases to 62% of those with an open plan kitchen, lounge or dining room.

During the night, off peak energy prices are reduced, but everyday appliances like your washing machine can be noisy - disturbing you, your sleeping family and possibly your neighbours.

What is QUIET MARK?

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Quiet Mark is the international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation. It encourages companies worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines and appliances, and find solutions to noise problems.

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"Through scientific testing and assessment, we can identify the quietest products in a given category, making purchase decisions quicker and easier. The more successful the scheme becomes, the more designers and manufacturers will be driven to reduce sound levels in their next generation of product."

Why QUIET MARK?

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Quiet Mark sprang from the response to public complaints received by the Noise Abatement Society’s 24/7 national noise help-line, concerning the volume of excessive noise made by household tools and appliances which invade the fabric of everyday life.

Quiet Mark was established to provide a credible, independent scheme that would help consumers easily identify quieter products for the home and industry.

"I couldn't hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer"

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"I couldn't hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer"

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Why do we need QUIET MARK?

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In our stressful lives we are surrounded by a cacophony of sound and often feel unable to control this pollution. The louder the noise around us, the more energy we waste to overcome it. There can be huge differences in sound levels between machines that perform the same function to the same quality. The Quiet Mark allows consumers to make informed choices, based on independent, expert assessment of sound levels across the category.

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How are products assessed?

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Working with Anderson Acoustics, and in partnership with Good Housekeeping Institute, we test sound levels from a range of products from across the market at our own labs. Where possible, these tests will mimic real life conditions. Alternatively, we can review and validate sound test reports provided by manufacturers, or where applicable refer to regulated Energy Label schemes where sound levels are declared. We also take in to consideration the core performance of the product, and look to work with products across a range of price points to cater for most budgets.

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How loud are the products that are awarded the QUIET MARK?

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Every category is different. We do not publish decibel levels for our awarded products, partly because the decibel system is complex and poorly understood by the public, but mostly because we have already done the complex assessment ourselves, and the presence of the mark on a product gives the consumer confidence that it has been independently and expertly assessed. We select products from a range of brands, to give the consume choice, that are at the quiet end of the spectrum for that product type.

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Are the Quiet Mark products the absolute quietest I can buy in that category?

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Quiet Mark sprang from the response to public complaints received by the Noise Abatement Society’s 24/7 national noise help-line, concerning the volume of excessive noise made by household tools and appliances which invade the fabric of everyday life.

Quiet Mark was established to provide a credible, independent scheme that would help consumers easily identify quieter products for the home and industry.

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