If you like to keep noise levels down then the quietest washing machine is what you need to keep washing, and spinning, your clothes low key. And it's one which will not only keep your household uninterrupted but it will also help to keep the neighbours happy, too.
When looking to buy a washing machine, it would be fair to say that we (as customers) often overlook the importance of quietness – focusing instead on the programmes available, the capacity, the energy rating and so on – which can lead to dissatisfaction further down the line. Thankfully, all these appliances will display their noise level for both washing and spinning in decibels (dB), so the lower it is, the quieter it will be.
Keep scrolling for our washer reviews – with some even featuring in our best washing machine guide – for our quietest machine which is just 47dB in the washing cycle and the 'loudest' spin here is just 80dB, which is actually quieter than most vacuum cleaners. Other features to look for include anti-vibration, inverter motors and EcoSilence, all of which significantly help in noise reduction.
These are our best quiet washing machine picks
As featured in our best washing machine guide, this Haier machine takes the top spot in this guide, too. You, our Real Homes readers, have recently voted it the 'Best Washing Machine' in the Real Homes Awards so you know it's a good one 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 walks of life 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.
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.
The drum lights – so you can see inside clearly (genius!) – and wide door opening is super useful.
This quiet washing machine is good BUT it is mega expensive which is why it has not claimed our top spot. Awarded the Quiet Mark, this low decibel rated washing machine is ideal for minimising disturbance to your neighbours, or are tired of your washing machine overpowering conversation in an open plan scheme.
A big reason for the popularity of this washing machine model is its use of ÖKOMix technology, which ensures that fabric is cleaned and cared for in shorter cycles by ensuring that detergent, fabric softener and water are dissolved and activated before entering the drum.
The AEG L8FEC946R keeps your clothes looking their best for as long as possible with the help of AEG’s ProSense technology, which automatically weighs each load to provide a tailored cycle. Sensors are used to adjust washing times precisely, ensuring optimum treatment for every garment. Your laundry comes out with that fresh, new feeling every time while saving you water and energy.
Protects your loads
This machine features a ProTex gentle drum, designed to take care of your clothes. The drum reduces the stretching of fabric, maintaining the shape and texture of clothes during spin cycles. SoftPlus makes sure that softener reaches every part of the fabric when it enters the drum, it helps your clothes feel softer, silkier, and smoother while protecting fibres and prolonging the life of your clothes.
On top of all this, the AEG L8FEC946R freestanding Washing Machine boasts a good energy rating, large capacity for bigger loads and anti-crease ProSteam® technology, which can add steam at the end of a wash cycle if you want it, reducing the need for ironing.
The Indesit 101684X W is our budget option in this guide which definitely lives up to its high-speed spin, leaving your clothes drier than most other machines. Plus the large maximum load capacity (10kg) makes it ideal for big families.
Easy and quick to use
For when you want something that’s easy to use... this model features a clever Push & Wash function, which starts the wash cycle with just one push of the button and without having to faff around with adjusting the settings. If you've always got limited time on your hands, you'll love the ‘one touch’ operation. We really like the Water Balance Plus technology, too, which adapts the amount of water used according to what’s required – it's a simple eco feature that's effortless for the user.
Fast spin speed
The maximum spin speed of 1,600rpm is among the fastest in our pick of the best quiet washing machines. It manages to remove more than half of the water from your clothes by the end of the wash cycle, so they'll be much quicker to dry. The rinse cycle at the end of the wash is also really effective – great if you have particularly sensitive skin.
Plenty of wash programmes
There are 14 programmes that include all the standard cycles you would expect, plus a few handy extras. There are special wash cycles for denims, sportswear and there's even one for trainers. This model will be a little tougher with the more hardwearing materials, so your shoes are safe and will come out looking as good as new.
The Bosch Serie 8 WAW325H0GB has made it into our round up of the best quiet washing machines thanks to its EcoSilence Drive™ plus the AntiVibration design absorbs sound to keep noise levels even lower.
Saves on water + energy efficient
VarioPerfect technology gives you the option to speed up your wash by 65 per cent or to cut down your energy consumption by 50 per cent to keep costs down. ActiveWater technology ensures only the necessary amount of water is used and none is wasted. A consumption indication lets you easily keep tabs on how much energy your machine is using.
Plenty of programmes
With 12 programmes to choose from, you'll definitely be able to find a setting that is suitable for the load. There are delicate programmes for silk and woollens, and even a duvet programme which makes good use of the generous 9kg capacity. If you're in a rush, you can use the handy Super Quick 15 programme which can wash up to 2kg of clothing in just 15 minutes. The AutoStain feature removes some of the most common stubborn stains without the need for stain removers.
Choosing the programme to opt for is mega easy. Using the Easy Start Guide function on the Home Connect app, the right programm will be recommended to you all on your mobile device. All you'll need to do is is enter your laundry´s colour, material type and degree of soiling. Easy peasy.
Buyers also rave about the Reload function, which means you can add or remove an item of clothing by simply stopping the running cycle and opening the door before carrying on with the wash – handy if you’ve dropped a sock on the stairs on the way to the machine.
A great option for open-plan kitchens, as it has a super-silent spin cycle thanks to its ZEN Technology™, this washing machine combines a new induction motor with improved design that minimises vibration.
Quiet Mark approved
This Whirlpool Washing Machine features advanced noise insulation design, so you can enjoy both ideal results and some extra peace and quiet. Plus the innovative ZENTechnology replaces the traditional belt drive with a high-performance traction motor that directly rotates the drum. This means less vibration, lower spin speed, and more peace and quiet.
Energy efficient + saves water
Thanks to the innovative Sixth Sense technology intelligent sensors adapt resources according to the size and type of load, offering savings of up to 50 per cent on energy, water and time.
For such an efficient machine, it has a very generous 10kg capacity plus tumbles laundry for up to 6 hours after the cycle has ended, keeping everything fresh so nothing sits wet in the drum.
If you have a lot of delicate clothing in you wardrobe, the AEG L7FEE865R would be perfect as it has plenty of features for delicates including short, gentle steam programmes to safely remove odours and reduce creases.
Keeps clothing soft and crease free
Cut down on ironing thanks to AEG's steam programme which gently steams your clothes to gently remove creases and odours. SoftPlus technology also leaves your load feeling silky smooth while still protecting the fabric and prolonging the life of your clothes.
Protects clothes as they wash
This AEG machine features a ProTex gentle drum which protects your load as it cleans. The drum has been designed to reduce the stretch of your clothes and maintain the texture and shape.
What this means is the machine will automatic weigh your load and tailor the programme so your clothes get the perfect wash. It will adjust the washing time to ensure your load comes out feeling fresh and save you on money and energy.
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How to buy the best quiet washing machine
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Shopping for a washing machine, and more specifically a quiet 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 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 machine – 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.
What is the best quiet washing machine?
So let's recap...when it come to choosing a quiet washing machine, we recommend buying the Haier I-Pro Series 7 HW80-B14979 8kg Washing Machine.
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.
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