The best quiet washing machine 2019: low decibel machines for an open-plan kitchen-diner

While we rarely stop to think about how much noise a washing machine makes – at least until after we've bought it – it's a particularly important decision if you're working with a small flat or an open-plan scheme. Appliance expert Hayley Gilbert shares her pick of the best quiet washing machines...

INDESIT INNEX BWE 101684X W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

Looking for a quiet washing machine? Whether you live in a small flat and are tired of encountering sleepless nights (or disgruntled neighbours) thanks to a noisy machine, or are looking for a quieter replacement in an open-plan space, our pick of the best low decibel washing machines were designed with you in mind.

Often, when it comes to buying a washing machine, we tend to 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. 

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. Other features to look for include anti-vibration, inverter motors and EcoSilence, which all help to reduce noise.

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What is the best quiet washing machine?

When it come to choosing a quiet washing machine, our top recommendation comes in the form of the Indesit Innex BWE 101684X Freestanding Washing Machine, which is perfect if you're looking for something that's affordable and easy to use. 

Complete with a clever 'Wash & Push' function, it's easier than ever to get your washing machine started without having to faff around with settings. On top of this, and in a bid to reduce energy and water consumption, this model adapts the amount of water used according to what's required.

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How to buy the best quiet washing machine

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.

Eco ratings

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.

So, with these factors in mind, browse our pick of the best quiet washing machines to find the best solution for you...

The best quiet washing machines you can buy right now

Best quiet washing machines: INDESIT INNEX BWE 101684X W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

1. INDESIT INNEX BWE 101684X W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

The best quiet washing machine: with a handy digital display for ease of use

Specifications
Capacity: 10kg
Noise level: 56dB washing / 78dB spinning
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W59.5cm x D60.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Large drum for bigger loads+Dedicated programmes+Great stain removal
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t look very high-tech-Some of the cycles are too long

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 without having to faff around with adjusting the settings.

Those with limited time on their hands and who are always in a hurry love the ‘one touch’ operation as well as the Water Balance Plus technology, which adapts the amount of water used according to what’s required.

There are 14 programmes including special options for Sport, Wool and Delicates as well as variable spin speed for less creasing.

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Best quiet washing machine guide: AEG L8FEC946R freestanding washing machine example of the best washing machines

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2. AEG L8FEC946R Freestanding Washing Machine

Best quiet washing machine for open-plan kitchens

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D63.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Steam refresh+Anti-allergy+20-minute programme
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey-Choosing the best programme options can be hard as there are so many-Touch sensitive controls need a push with wet hands

Awarded the Quiet Mark, this low decibel rated washing machine could be the option you're looking for if you live in a small apartment and want to minimise disturbance to your neighbours, or are tired of your washing machine overpowering conversation in an open plan scheme.

Another 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 but ensuring that detergent, fabric softener and water are dissolved and activated before entering the drum.

On top of all this, the AEG L8FEC946R freestanding Washing Machine boasts a high 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.

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Best quiet washing machines: HOOVER AXI AWMPD69LH7 FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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3. HOOVER AXI AWMPD69LH7 FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

Best smart quiet washing machine: an artificially intelligent machine

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Noise level: 51dB washing / 80dB spinning
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1600rpm
Finish: Graphite
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D54cm
Reasons to buy
+Auto dose technology+Washes whites and colours together+Steam option to reduce need for ironing
Reasons to avoid
-May be too high tech for some

This washer has a silent inverter, which makes it ultra quiet, and it also features voice assist, which allows you to choose or set the wash programme, ask for suggestions about the best programme to use as well as ask for stain removal advice.

AXI can advise on the best time to do the laundry based on the weather forecast and it also remembers your favourite programmes as well as giving info on energy usage and how to reduce consumption. This really is the washing machine of the future!

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Best quiet washing machines: BOSCH SERIE 8 WAW32560 AUTOMATIC FREESTANDING WASHING

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4. BOSCH SERIE 8 WAW32560 AUTOMATIC FREESTANDING WASHING

Best quiet washing machine for reduced vibration

Specifications
Capacity: 9kg
Noise level: 47dB washing / 73dB spinning
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1556rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H84.8cm x W59.8cm x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+EcoPerfect programmes+Quick 15 minute wash+Stain removal
Reasons to avoid
-High price tag-No choice of finishes

This one features EcoSilence Drive™ for extremely quiet operation as well as durability. For added stability, there’s also a new design to the side walls, which reduces vibration.

Users love the AutoStain option that removes four of the most common stains, as well as a special programme for cleaning and maintaining the drum, something we tend not to think about otherwise.

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.

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Best quiet washing machines: WHIRLPOOL SUPREME CARE FSCR 10432 WASHING MACHINE

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5. WHIRLPOOL SUPREME CARE FSCR 10432 WASHING MACHINE

Best quiet washing machine for allergy sufferers: Quiet Mark approved for super-quiet operation

Specifications
Capacity: 10kg
Noise level: 48dB washing / 68dB spinning
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: White
Dimensions: H85cm x W59.5cm x D64cm
Reasons to buy
+PrecisionClean technology for allergy sufferers+Interior drum light+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Lower spin than other models

A great option for open-plan kitchens, as this model has a super-silent spin cycle thanks to its ZEN Technology™, which combines a new induction motor with improved design that minimises vibration.

It’s also Quiet Mark approved so you know you’re getting an ultra quiet model at a good price. Design-wise it comes with 6th SENSE® backlit control for ease of use.

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