Owning the quietest washing machine will make open plan living a lot more peaceful. Since we've all spent a lot more time at home over the past few years, we may be more in tune with the background noises which seem to fill our homes – I know that anything which can be done to lower the decibels in our household would be a welcome addition.
Honing in on the best washing machine for your home can be tricky. Fear not: we've done the leg work for you and considered all the important factors on the below machines – prioritising the noise levels – then focusing on the programmes, capacity, energy rating and so on. Thankfully, all these appliances will display their noise level for both washing and spinning in decibels (dB) meaning that the lower it is, the quieter it will be, which makes deciphering all the lingo a little easier.
Keep scrolling to see our seven favourite quiet washing machines so far for 2022. We have not tested them ourselves owing to the pandemic and supply. To create this list, we took into consideration user reviews, and analysed all the important specs we know about the appliance. You'll see that we've chosen carefully, and the 'loudest' spin of a machine included is just 72dB, which is actually quieter than most vacuum cleaners. Other features we looked for included anti-vibration, inverter motors and EcoSilence – all of which significantly help in noise reduction – and the Quiet Mark award.
What is the best quietest washing machine?
When it come to choosing the quietest washing machine, we recommend buying the Haier I-Pro Series 7 HW80-B14979 8kg Washing Machine (opens in new tab).
Not only is it super quiet, it also has a 20 minute detergent-free refresh cycle, drum lights, an 8kg capacity, wide door opening plus an A+++ energy rating. All for less than £500? Yep. These are just some of the reasons why it was voted as the best washing machine by you, our Real Homes readers.
Want to keep looking? Then keep scrolling to see more of the quietest washing machine options.
Best quiet washing machine 2022 – 7 of our favourites
This Haier machine takes the top spot in our main washing machine guide, too. You, our Real Homes readers, have also recently voted it the 'Best Washing Machine' in the Real Homes Awards 2021 – so we're all agreed that it's one of the best models out there already.
Plenty of programmes
No matter what garment you are washing, there's up to 14 programmes to choose from. From Baby Care to Outdoor, all sorts of messy activities are covered. There's even a Refresh programme which uses water-vapour technology to remove odours, dust and allergens, so your clothes smell fresher and feel softer to the touch.
Any one of these programmes can be made shorter or longer, which will save you time and / or money when you need.
Amongst the programmes is a quiet wash and quiet spin cycles, so you could (if you wanted to) set the timer to wash at night to ensure your laundry is ready to hang up to dry first thing in the morning.
The drum lights – so you can see inside clearly (genius!) – and wide door opening are both super useful.
Rated A+++ for energy consumption, this machine goes one step further to offer load detection. This measures the load you've added and makes sure it uses just the right amount of water, so none gets wasted.(opens in new tab)
Our runner up for the quietest washing machine happens to also be our top pick if you're looking for the best Miele washing machine. It has all the spec for an exceptional wash, but is on the more expensive end of the washing machines featured in this guide.
As with the Haier I-Pro Series 7 HW80-B14979, this machine also has an 8kg drum, which is plenty big enough for some bedding or a couple of weeks worth of shirts.
It also has an automatic load adjustment ability which will cleverly adjust your selected cycle run time. There's also the option to clean your laundry in under 30 minutes. And the timer delay function is handy if you're watching your water supply prices, or you want to hang the washing out to dry first thing in the morning. All of this can be controlled on the Miele@mobile app from your smart device, so you don't even need to be home to set the machine to wash – a big plus in our books.
The Miele WED665 is an example of TwinDos. This Auto Dose Technology claims to reduce detergent consumption by up to 30 per cent. It works by dispensing the perfect dose of detergent for each wash, using two separate cartridges which can be bought from Amazon, for example. This is regardless of whether you're washing a colours or whites load.
This machine is a Quiet Mark awarded product which means that it has been recognised for keeping noise levels down.
The Bosch Serie 8 WAW325H0GB has made it into our round up of the best quiet washing machines thanks to its EcoSilence Drive™, and addition of the Quiet Mark award.
This special setting will wash away 99.9 per cent of allergens by using higher temperatures, more water and a longer rinse. It'll be particularly useful when washing hardwearing fabrics too, such as denim.
This function will be a game changer for laundry days. The motor uses frictionless magnets instead of brushes which is reportedly quieter, more energy efficient and longer lasting than normal motors.
This machine uses tech called Active Water, which will weigh your laundry when you fill the drum, to ultimately save on your utility bills. And, the Start Reload button is useful if you've forgotten a sock and need to add it to the drum.
See more of the best Bosch washing machines here.
If you're on a tight budget or not wanting to spend more than you have to, the Samsung Series 5 WW80TA046AE washing machine could be just the ticket.
The 15 minute quick wash cycle is mega useful if you need clean clothes in a hurry. It'll manage just 2kg of laundry so careful not to fill the drum.
Eco- friendly and quiet
This Samsung washing machine is from their ecobubble range, which mixes air, water and bubbles in order to wash your clothes at cooler temperatures. There's even the option to bubble soak for those particularly stubborn stains.
It's Quiet Mark awarded, too, since it's washing cycle is just 53db and spin cycle is 72db. This is down to the Digital Inverter Motor which cuts down noise levels, and cuts down energy usage.
The DrumClean+ and Stay Clean Drawer features will help to keep the washing machine clean.
If you liked our no.4 option in this guide, then you'll also likely love the Samsung Series 5 WW12T504DAW. It has all the same spec but comes WiFi enabled and with a bigger drum, perfect for large family households.
A 12kg drum is considered large, and is one of the largest sizes you can get for residential use. Just to give you an idea, you could fit a kingsized duvet inside it, or a months worth of t-shirts for one person – so it's really better suited to a large family.
After 40 washes you'll be reminded to run the Drum Clean cycle. This will clean the inside of your washing machine with a combination of soaking, pulsating and high-speed spinning that will remove 99.9 per cent of odour-causing bacteria. For more information on how to clean a washing machine, see our guide.
Unlike our choice above, this washing machine comes WiFi enabled meaning that you can control it from anywhere in or outside the home on your phone. You'll just need to have the SmartThings app downloaded so you can schedule washes, receive cycle recommendations and notifications when the washing is done.
This machine has ecobubble technology which will clean your clothes in lower temperatures. And the Bubble Soak feature will remove stubborn stains.
It has not been awarded the Quiet Mark but, it has a spin noise level of just 72dB which is why it has been included in this guide.
Prefer your washing machine to be not seen, and not heard? We like the AEG L7FC8432BI 8Kg Integrated Washing Machine, one of the best integrated washing machines around.
There's a lot to this machines capabilities. AEG's ProSteam Technology can reduce creases in your laundry by up to 30 per cent by either adding steam at the end of a cycle, or selecting a separate programme to quickly freshen up an outfit. ProSense Technology will find the best cycle for your 8kg load, and even tailor the length of a cycle.
In total there are 14 programmes including a cotton wash, economy wash, pre wash, quick wash, silk wash, sports programme and wool programme. This particular machine is Wool Mark approved which means that it'll treat you're garments with the utmost care.
This is THE quietest washing machine in our guide. The washing spin is just 46dB, and the spin is 68dB. The motor inside uses frictionless magnets instead of brushes to power it which makes it not only less noisy but also energy efficient and longer lasting, too.
Because it is a built-in washing machine, you'll just need to carefully measure the space for it. You'll need to allow 3cm onto the depth of your space to allow for the pipes.
From the reviews we've read, some programmes also take longer than expected to run. And a few of the programmes only spin on 1200.
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A washer dryer is the ultimate convenience when it comes to laundry space. It'll save space and time. And the Hotpoint RDG9643KSUKN is a machine which will keep noise to a minimum, too.
Wash and dry
The generous 9kg drum is ideal for families. There's a handy Push&Go function so you can wash a mixed load. But you won't be able to dry the entire load in the machine, since the max capacity for drying is 5kg. Small items of clothing such as t-shirts and underwear would be best in the dry cycle. Whereas if you have bed linens to dry these could be hung over a banister (if you have one), or popped in to dry once the smaller garments have finished.
This is a very popular feature amongst current users of the machine. Through management of the detergent, saturation, temperature and drum rotations, 20 of the most common stains can be removed in just one wash.
There's a total of 16 wash programmes and 3 dry programmes with this machine, including a 30 minute quick-wash, Steam Refresh and Wool Platinum Care.
Reviewers have noted that the drying takes a while and not everything gets completely dry. A tip here to try is to not over fill the drum so the laundry can move around more freely.
Take a look at our best washer dryer guide for more of our top picks.
What noise level is considered quiet for a washing machine?
A washing machine which has a spin cycle noise level of less than 75 decibels is considered quiet.
Keep a particular look out for models which are Quiet Mark certified. These products would have been independently reviewed by an expert acoustics team who would have awarded the credentials to between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of the quietest in the category, guaranteeing the quietest washing machine for your home.
How to choose the best quiet washing machine
Shopping for a washing machine, and more specifically the quietest washing machine, can be something of a minefield. We'd recommend bearing the following features in mind during the course of your search:
Low decibel washing machines
Quiet washing machines will display their noise level for both washing and spinning in decibels (dB) so the lower it is, the quieter it will be. As a guide, a decibel level in the 40s for a wash and 70s for a spin is low. Other features to look for include anti-vibration, inverter motors and EcoSilence, which all help to reduce noise.
Special wash cycles
While finding a quiet washing machine might be your priority, you'll want to ensure the washing machine you choose fulfils all the other basic functions, too. Think carefully about the type of laundry you do on a regular basis, as some washing machines come complete with programmes designed to tackle pet hair, tough stains on sportswear, work gear and school uniforms.
If you're looking for a low energy option, ensure that any models you're considering come complete with a good energy rating and reasonable water consumption levels.
Smart washing machine features
Some washing machines – quiet or otherwise – have smart features as part of the package, including the ability to be controlled by you, from your smartphone. They're typically a little more expensive than non-smart washing machines, but over time, we suspect this will change. Time for you to go smart? Check out our guide to smart washing machines.
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