It’s lockdown and it’s winter. Unable to hang our laundry outside to dry; it has to be done indoors. Not ideal when so many of us are working from home and home-schooling; not to mention trying to find a quiet moment to relax.

Careful consideration needs to be taken when choosing your washing machine, tumble dryer, or perhaps a washer dryer. With lengthy programs, the last thing you need is for any precious quiet time to be disturbed by 3 hours of washing which ends with a spin cycle over 80 decibels. That’s the same noise level as busy city traffic!

Background noise kills productivity by up to 66%, drastically impacting our stress levels and mood. Not to worry… Quiet Mark’s expert team of Acousticians is here to help, checking the decibel ratings for all the laundry appliances on the market, including built-in models. That’s over 700 washing machines, more than 350 tumble dryers, and over 250 washer dryers.

Between 10% and 20% of the quietest products in each category are eligible for Quiet Mark certification. Each product category is re-evaluated annually to reflect new models coming on to the market to provide the public with latest qualifying models. Quiet Mark has built unique market-wide datasets over many years to monitor progress in acoustic engineering.

Here’s a selection of Quiet Mark certified washing machines, tumble dryers, washer-dryers and stylers. When you see the distinctive purple Quiet Mark Q-logo on a product, you know it’s one of the quietest available on the market.

LG Turbowash360™ F6V1009WTSE 9kg Washing Machine

LG’s F6V1009WTSE Washing Machine can get through laundry in just 39 minutes, automatically detect the weight and softness of your clothes for an optimal washing cycle, and remove 99.9% of allergens with Steam+ technology.

  • Get through an laundry cycle in just 39 minutes
  • Automatically optimise your wash cycle settings with LG’s AI DD™, 3rd Gen Beltless Direct Drive™
  • Tackle stubborn creases and eliminate 99.9% of allergens in a single wash
  • Load more laundry than ever with greater capacity in the same usual size
  • Control your washing machine right on your smartphone with LG ThinQ
  • Avoid scratches to your machine door with strong, tempered glass
  • Add more items to your wash cycle, even after it’s started

Quiet Mark tests both the washing and spinning cycles of a washing machine. The quietest wash cycles can be just 46dB with the loudest coming in at 62dB, that’s a difference of 16dB!

And, although the spin cycle is relatively short, the quietest models can be as low as 65dB with the noisiest registering 85dB. To put that in perspective, that 20dB difference would be perceived as 4 times louder, which is a massive difference!

Miele WER 865 WPS PWash & TDos 9kg Washing Machine

W1 Front-loading washing machine With TwinDos, CapDosing and WiFiConn@ct for intelligent laundry care. Featuring a ComfortSensor display for convenient operation at your fingertips and TwinDos automatic dispensing with a revolutionary 2-phase system. Intelligent washing with automatic load recognition: low load, less water and electricity consumption.

CapDosing is the perfect addition for special applications by dispensing special detergents, fabric conditioners and additives using portioned capsules. Revolutionary PowerWash economy with every load for clean, quick and especially energy-efficient for small loads. Gentle laundry care thanks to the Miele honeycomb drum: the hexagonal sculptured surface of the drum allows garments to glide on a thin film of water.

Samsung WW90T684DLH 9kg Washing Machine with AddWash™ and Auto Dose

Have more wash day wins with this washing machine. It has AddWash™ so you can pop that forgotten sock or extra softener in mid-cycle*, its ecobubble™ feature helps you cut down on energy bills by cooling down your wash, and no more guessing how much detergent to use, Auto Dose dispenses the right amount, while Smart Control + recommends cycles based on your washing habits. Plus, you can even control it from your phone** while you’re out.

*AddWash™ door can be opened at any time when the drum temperature is below 50°C.

**SmartThings app available on Android and iOS devices. An internet connection is required.

Whirlpool SupremeCare FSCR 90430 Washing Machine

Discover the supreme washing experience. Supreme Care appliances feature the very best in terms of design, features and functionality. Intuitive controls, outstanding technology and unparalleled care ensure you’ll enjoy the best washing experience, ever.

The Whirlpool FSCR 90430 Washing Machine delivers an impressive 9kg drum and exceptional A+++ energy rating to provide exceptional cleaning that’s resource efficient.

Featuring ZenTechnology, with Whirlpool’s innovative new style motor, experience the spin cycle which is so discreet it won’t disturb conversation or dinner.

With innovative 6TH SENSE Technology the Whirlpool FSCR 90430 Washing Machine uses sensors within the drum to assess how dirty your laundry is, automatically adapting the cycle to suit, saving up to 70% of energy, water and time, as well as reducing detergent wastage.

Complementing 6TH SENSE Whirlpool’s unique PrecisionClean jets ensure clothes are thoroughly rinsed to remove all detergent residue.

Ensuring the vibrancy in your garments remains paramount, Soft Move within the drum dynamically adapts to provide bespoke movements according to fabric type, ensuring all laundry is evenly distributed for brilliant stain treatment whilst revitalising fabrics.

John Lewis & Partners JLBIWD1405 7kg/4kg Integrated Washer Dryer

Enjoy all the convenience of a washing machine and a tumble dryer in one domestic appliance with the John Lewis & Partners JLBIWD1405 Integrated Washer Dryer. The JLBIWD1405 can take a 7kg washing load, a 4kg dry load and offers a spin speed of 1600rpm. Save money and know you’re helping the environment with an A Energy Rating.

Prevent over-drying, damaged clothes and wasted energy thanks to the intelligent sensor drying programme. The level of moisture inside the drum is detected, and if necessary the cycle is automatically ended once the desired dryness is achieved. Restore your clothing with vapour, reducing wrinkles and minimising the need to iron, helping the garments retain their shape and texture for longer.

Ready to wear clothes in just 1 hour with the 1kg wash & dry in 1 hour programme. For added flexibility, this washer dryer offers a range of washing and drying programmes that can either be used together to clean your clothes in one go, or separately so you can select the right wash and dry cycles, independently, to suit the load. With the “reduce time” option you can adjust the cycle to suit your schedule, so your laundry is ready when you need it.

A Washer Dryer can take over 7hrs from start to finish so it’s incredibly important do be sure you choose a model that won’t disturb your day.

Quiet Mark take into consideration the noise of not only the wash and spin cycles but also the drying. Only those with the lowest decibel ratings in each stage, are eligible for Quiet Mark certification.

Fisher & Paykel WD8060P1 7kg / 4kg Washer-Dryer

A complete laundry solution for when you need to maximise space while washing and drying your clothes with superior fabric care. With 10 continuous wash and dry cycles including Delicate and Quick wash, 10 wash only cycles and 9 dry only cycles. The Fisher & Paykel 60cm washer dryer fits into a standard space and does the work of a washer and dryer combined – offering a complete laundry solution. Designed to care for every type of fabric with specialised cycles. Offers low-temperature drying to prevent fabric damage and a reverse-tumble drying action to minimise tangling.

Samsung WD90T534DBN 9kg Washer Dryer with ecobubble™ and Auto Dose

Samsung WD90T534DBN 9kg Washer Dryer

This Washer Dryer has flexibility covered. Pop in a daily 9kg load, or speed through a smaller wash and dry in less than an hour. Hygiene Steam eliminates 99.9% of germs* for a deep-down clean, while smart features make life even easier. Smart Control + recommends cycles based on your laundry habits and Auto Dose dispenses the right amount of detergent. And once your washing is done, the SmartThings app will let you know so you can get the next load in**.

*Testing done by Intertek on Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli and Dermatophagoides farinae Hughes, on 100% cotton, 3kg load, with standard powder detergent. Individual results may vary.

**SmartThings app available on Android and iOS devices. An internet connection is required.

John Lewis & Partners JLTDC08 8kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Equipped with a range of features, John Lewis & Partners designed this tumble dryer to help you save time and money when it comes to drying your laundry. Its condenser vent allows you to freely move the machine as you please, and the range of programmes included will care for all your garments. Plus, sensor drying automatically detects when your clothes are dry, meaning you’ll be saving energy with every laundry basket.

The great thing about a condenser dryer is that you’re able to place them anywhere in your home or garage. Since they don’t require a hose to remove moisture, they’re really easy maintenance – all you need to do is plug it in and remember to empty the water container after every few cycles.

The JLTDC08 dries quietly, operating about as loud as normal laughter, so you won’t be too distracted while this dryer is on.

LG DUAL Inverter Heat Pump™ FDV309W 8kg Tumble Dryer

The Eco-Hybrid LG FDV309W Dryer can jump between energy saving and high-speed modes on demand, while LG’s Inverter Heat Pump emits less heat than conventional dryers, and consumes less energy during operation.

  • Less energy consumption, better protection for your clothes.
  • Jump between Energy or Time mode whenever you need to
  • Have one less thing to worry about with LG’s Auto Cleaning Condenser, ensuring consistent performance
  • Keep your clothes feeling fresh and hygienically clean with allergy care
  • Control your dryer right on your smartphone with LG ThinQ
  • Sensor Drying detects the exact levels of moisture in your laundry load and tailors the cycle accordingly

Tumble Dryers can drone on for over 3 hours so, rather than buying one which could disturb you for such a long time, you can be assured a Quiet Mark certified model will be one of the quietest you can buy.

Miele TEJ 665 WP Eco 9kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

T1 Heat-pump tumble dryer with 1–9 kg load and WiFiConn@ct for intelligent laundry care. Best performance A+++ -10% economical and environmentally friendly drying produces excellent results. With EcoDry technology, the filter system and the maintenance-free heat exchanger keep energy consumption and run time low.

For laundry fluffy and twice as fresh – quickly switch between two favourite fragrances with FragranceDos2. PerfectDry detects the mineral content of the water and modifies the drying process for optimum results. No longer necessary to empty the condensate container as the condensation can be drained off via a hose directly into the sink or a U-tube.
And finally… Because it’s always important to go out in style…

LG Styler S3BF Steam Clothing Care System

A low maintenance solution for high maintenance items. LG Styler provides a convenient, at-home way to refresh clothes and items that were previously hard to take care of, such as suits, uniforms and bulky items. TrueSteam™ technology removes up to 99.9% of allergens from clothes and sterilises bacteria – ideal for allergy sufferers or babies with sensitive skin. LG Styler is certified by the British Allergy association and consists of 100% water with no chemical additives.

The LG Styler can provide a fast, yet caring drying process for delicate fabrics like silk or cashmere, so you won’t have to fear about any shrinkage or damage from high heat dryers. ThinQ™ lets you operate or monitor the LG Styler from anywhere at any time. You can track energy consumption and download tailor-made courses which provide optimised temperatures of steam and drying cycles, perfect for protecting your delicates.

Additional features include a trouser press, dehumidifier function, moving hangers, 10Y Smart Compressor Warranty and a drying rack for cashmere.

Quiet Mark is the international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation (est. 1959). Conducting expert acoustic testing and verification of products Quiet Mark has over the past 9 years driven change in manufacturing worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines, appliances, technologies and house build materials, creating the first one-stop platform for third-party approved noise reduction solutions for every living space to health and well-being.

Through specialist acoustic measurement and product assessment, Quiet Mark identifies the quietest products in over 70 product categories giving consumers and trade buyers a more informed choice about the sound levels of the products they buy. The Quiet Mark scheme drives designers and manufacturers to reduce sound levels of their products enabling households and workplaces to rebalance the soundscape reducing stressful unwanted noise.

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