With the home becoming an all-in-one venue for work, school, relaxation and exercise, a quiet washing machine that doesn’t distract or disrupt has become essential to our work output and health. We take a closer look…
With the recent lockdowns bringing about a new way of living, the nation is spending more time than ever at home. Houses have become offices, schools, and sanctuaries, all of which function at their best in a calm, tranquil environment. But a noise-free background, conducive to work or quality downtime, is far from possible when a washing machine has a lengthy wash programme ending in an 80-decibel spin cycle as loud as busy city traffic.
While your washer-dryer whirs away in the kitchen from dawn till dusk, have you ever considered how sound affects your quality of life? Studies show that background noise adversely impacts on stress levels, mood and concentration, ultimately damaging work output by up to 66%. In fact, World Health Organisation research shows that environmental noise affects mental and physical health to such a degree that it is now second only to air pollution as the world’s most deadly pollutant.
Thankfully, Quiet Mark has a solution to take the din out of the laundry routine. Its expert acousticians annually check the decibel ratings for every appliance, identifying the quietest machines on the market. At the end of the vetting process, only models with the lowest noise ratings are eligible for Quiet Mark’s unique purple logo certification.
The Quiet Mark team tests washing and spinning cycles, often discovering that the noisiest spin programmes at 85 decibels are as much as four times louder than their 65-decibel low-noise counterparts.
Washer-dryers can run for over seven hours from start to finish, so it’s even more essential to choose a model that won’t disturb your day, such as Samsung’s soft-sounding WD90T534DBN model. And with the tumble dryer being crucial to families in winter, a Quiet-Mark-certified machine will be one of the quietest you can find.
Buying a low-noise laundry appliance couldn’t be easier as Quiet Mark has teamed up with leading retailers to help shoppers effortlessly source the softest sounding machines.
Partners in the alliance include Argos, VERY, Currys PC World, Lakeland and John Lewis & Partners. To find a quiet washing machine, washer-dryer and tumble dryer, look for a model carrying the distinctive purple Quiet Mark Q-logo and you’ll know that it’s the quietest in its category.
Read the original article on the Grand Designs Magazine website here.