The Quiet Revolution

With busy, modern lifestyles and the trend for open plan living, loud appliances can really disrupt the quality of a calm home environment. Quiet Mark makes it easier to find quieter technology and ways to reduce unwanted noise. Quiet Mark research 2019 found that 71% of consumers agree that it matters how loud an appliance is when used at home and, given the choice, 76% of consumers would opt for the appliance that is labelled quiet Plus, if you prefer to use your appliances at night when energy tariffs can be reduced, noise will be a major consideration when looking for a new dishwasher or washing machine.

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 do we need Quiet Mark?

There can be huge differences in sound levels between products that perform the same function to the same quality. The Quiet Mark approval allows consumers to make informed choices, based on independent, expert assessment of sound levels across the category. Quiet Mark give you the option to choose.

How are Quiet Mark products assessed?

Working with Anderson Acoustics, and in partnership with Good Housekeeping Institute, sound levels on a range of products at varying price points are tested where possible in an environment that reflects real life conditions. Alternatively, sound test reports from manufacturers will be reviewed and validated or Energy Label schemes can also be used.

How loud are Quiet Mark products?

Every category is different and decibel levels are very complex to understand so products are selected from a range of brands, that are at the quiet end of the spectrum for that product type. The presence of the mark on a product gives the consumer confidence that it has been independently and expertly assessed.

Why was Quiet Mark established?

Quiet Mark came as response to public complaints received by the Noise Abatement Society’s 24/7 national noise helpline which was set up over concerns about the volume and excessive noise made by household tools and appliances. Quiet Mark was established to provide a credible, independent scheme that would help consumers easily identify quieter products.

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