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.
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.
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 We do not publish decibel levels for our awarded products, partly because the decibel system is complex and poorly understood by the public, but mostly because we have already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.
Not necessarily. It can be very easy to make a product quiet, if you are prepared to compromise performance. But who wants a quiet hair dryer that takes an hour to dry your hair, or a quiet dishwasher that leaves your plates dirty? You will only find the Quiet Mark on high performing products, that have been acoustically engineered to be quieter than similar performing products.