Din busters! Families opt for quieter gadgets in the battle against noisy technology, from juicers that are louder than airplanes to washing machines that make more noise than heavy traffic
- Consumers trade in noisy kitchen gadgets for their quieter alternatives
- Washing machines can vary from the sound of conversations to city traffic
- A kettle has the sound of a quiet office flush like a noisy toilet
- A juicer can vary from the sound of rain to the screams of a low-flying jet
After their kitchens are filled with coffee machines, juicers, kettles and other noisy gadgets, many families find that their meetings are like sitting next to a busy road.
But the backlash has begun against "electrical noise" – with shoppers picking up devices that make as little noise as possible.
Retailers say they have seen a large increase in the number of people, taking into account the decibel level of household gadgets, while in the past they just looked at the brand, price, size and energy efficiency.
John Lewis said that the sale of quieter products increases by around 10 percent per year, because consumers consider noise reduction a major health and well-being issue
John Lewis said that the sale of quieter products increases by around 10 percent a year, because consumers consider noise reduction a major health and well-being issue.
The Quiet Mark scheme – which recommends noise-based products – cites evidence from the World Health Organization, which states that noise pollution is the greatest threat to human health after air pollution.
The decibel level for light traffic is set to 50dB, 60dB for a conversation and 70dB for a shower or a busy road.
Some boilers are more than 70dB, while vacuum cleaners, washing machines, blenders and juicers can be more than 80dB.
To be eligible for a Quiet Mark label, a washing machine must be less than 75 dB in a centrifuge, 45 dB for a dishwasher, 67 dB for a tumble dryer and the low 60 for coffee machines. But buying a quieter device does not necessarily mean paying more. A Samsung Ecobubble washing machine of £ 399 meets the standard, just like the Bosch Series 6 of £ 749.
Some boilers are more than 70dB, while vacuum cleaners, washing machines, blenders and juicers can be more than 80dB
Likewise, a Lakeland Mirror kettle of £ 49.99 is eligible, as is a Dualit Classic Whisper Boil kettle for £ 119.49. Retailers such as John Lewis, Lakeland and Argos now sell products based on a promise that they are quiet.
Carly Bullock, from Lakeland, said, "In a world that seems to be constantly moving faster, we recognize that everything we can do to help our customers keep their homes as calm and peaceful as possible is appreciated."
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