Quiet Mark appear on BBC Watchdog
Quiet Mark appeared on BBC Watchdog, July 19th, 2017. Brian Blessed and Poppy Szkiler investigate the issues with product noise.The programme also discovered Brian Blessed is louder than a jet engine at 117 decibels.View programme from 43 minutes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08yz40t/watchdog-series-38-episode-4 ...
I can't hear myself work
Do you function better amid the chatter of colleagues, or dream about working in total silence? Stylist investigates office volume wars.Colleague one turns the radio on. Colleague Two turns the radio off. Colleague one turns it back on again. Colleague Three complains loudly, about Colleague One's taste in music and a spirited debate ensues. Read more here: https://www.stylist.co.uk/ ...
The Reason The iPhone Alarm Tone Is So Annoying
Own an iPhone? know someone who owns an iPhone? Chances are if you're a human being from Earth you'll have answered yes to at least one of those questions, and we've got some news that's going to rock your world.The clocks go back an hour overnight (October 29) at 2am, which doesn't cause as much confusion as it used to what with our fancy smartphones and their ability to change time zones and daylight savings settings automatically.Read more:&nb ...
Is silence the best way to a stress-free life?
Daily Express, 2018-01-09
The constant barrage and blare of unwanted noise in our daily lives can damage our mental and physical wellbeing. Here POPPY SZKILER gives 10 reasons to make this year a quiet one.We all know how vital it is to get a little peace and quiet at times but how often do we actually manage to achieve that?From pinging mobiles to the thump of music escaping from headphones, loudly spinning washing machines and rowdy neighbours, we are surrounded by exce ...
Best washer dryer 2018
The Evening Standard, 2018-02-01
Washer/dryers have something of a bad reputation – people just don’t believe that they’re very good at either. But the luxury of having separate machines is one that many either cannot afford or don’t have the space for, so a combo is what must suffice. Plus, most of us long-suffering Londoners are so fed up of sacrificing every available surface to drying laundry that it’s a compromise we’re willing to make.This ‘Jack of all trades ...
The 12 best coffee machines to buy in 2018
Skip the morning queues and soul-destroying expense and make your own barista level brew at home in 2018. It’s never been easier to make good coffee in the comfort of your kitchen and this year brings with it some incredible new offerings – from smart coffee makers, to self-cleaning, remote control access and the super-pods. So whether you like cappuccinos or macchiatos, espressos or flat whites, here are some of the best machines we’ve tes ...
Best cooling fans 2018
The Evening Standard, 2018-04-27
In case you hadn’t noticed, the weather has been warming up nicely in the capital.One of the best ways to keep your cool when it's sweltering outside is with an indoor fan. But with several types to choose from, choosing the right one for your space requires some careful thought. The most safest and quietest option of them all is a bladeless fan. Dyson's range of blade-free cooling machines are designed to draw in the surrounding air to cr ...
How to protect your home from the infernal racket of everyday life: Golden property rules for peace and quiet
Daily Mail, 2017-09-17
We’re living in a hullabaloo. Whether it’s barking dogs, road traffic or builders thrashing away next door.Peace and quiet has never been so hard to find and it’s even affecting our health. A recent study of 65,000 people by the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre in Copenhagen found that couples living close to busy streets took from six months to a year longer to conceive than those living in quiet areas. Read more: ...
Noisy vacuum cleaners will bite the dust under new EU rules
The Guardian, 2017-08-12
A ban on the sale of deafening vacuum cleaners, with a noise level above 80 decibels, will come into force at the start of next month in the UK (and other EU countries) under new European rules designed to boost energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions.When Which? tested most new vacuums, it found that noise levels varied dramatically from 65 up to 90 decibels – that’s the difference between the sound of a conversation a metre away to ...
Silence is Golden
The Sunday Times, 2016-10-09
The founder of Quiet Mark is on a mission to turn down the noise of modern life. Her tip for achieving serenity? Spend an hour a day listening to the birds, she tells Caroline Scott ...
Does it really matter if our appliances are quieter? The World Health Organisation research on Noise Effects and Morbidity believes it is crucial. It says; ‘Environmental noise acts as a stress, at night by disturbing sleep, and via annoyance during the day… With chronically strong annoyance, a causal chain may exist between the three steps: health-annoyance-disease’. So it is extremely important to carefully consider the collection of machines we surround ourselves with. A desirable appliance must not only look good, but needs to be efficient and have a pleasant sound quality. An appliance instantly becomes unwelcome if its starts to dominate.
With the trend for open plan living and quest for light and space, replacing curtains and carpets with hard floor surfaces and shutters has brought a whole set of new challenges and created a more complex and noisier domestic soundscape.
“I couldn't hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer”
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.
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.
What is clearly understood is that when one is exposed to loud, unexpected noise, or low continual sound vibration, strong physical and emotional responses are triggered, depending on the volume, length of time and the sound quality and context. We all know what sounds we like and which ones we hate.
For this reason, Quiet Mark does not mention any specific decibel levels relating to tested products, as every different environment they are used in will subtly influence how the sound is perceived. Our scheme compares products like-for-like in the same environment, and identifies the ones that are quieter than their peers.
"Your washing machine no longer has to sound like a train coming through your kitchen"