5 best quiet washing machines perfect for an open-plan kitchen-diner

When it comes to washers, we rarely stop to think about how much noise they make, yet this is an important factor when choosing for an open-plan scheme. Appliance expert Hayley Gilbert finds the best models you’d never know were there

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When it comes to buying a new washing machine, we tend to look at the programmes available, the capacity, the energy rating and so on, but we rarely consider the noise level. For those who have their washers in an open-plan kitchen scheme, it’s important to check how loud the wash and spin cycles are, as you don’t want your conversation to be drowned out by a load of laundry whirring away while you cook or eat. 

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.

INDESIT INNEX BWE 101684X W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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1. INDESIT INNEX BWE 101684X W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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

INDESIT INNEX BWE 101684X W FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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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.

GRUNDIG GWN48430C FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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2. GRUNDIG GWN48430C FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

Gorgeous design ideal for open-plan kitchens

Specifications
Capacity: 8kg
Noise level: 52dB washing / 76dB spinning
Energy rating: A+++
Spin speed: 1400rpm
Finish: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H85cm x W60cm x D64cm
Reasons to buy
+Touch control LCD display+Extra large porthole door+Anti-allergy programme
Reasons to avoid
-Lower spin speed than other models-More bulky than others

GRUNDIG GWN48430C FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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This stunning model features an Inverter Eco Motor for quieter, energy efficient operation as well as automatic water level reduction for a half or smaller load, saving money on water bills as well as doing your bit for the environment. Added benefits include an Aqua Perfect programme, which washes a full load in 40 minutes at 40˚C. Buyers love the choice of a black, grey, stainless steel or white finish as well as the Sensewash option, where sensors detect the size and fabric type, choosing the best settings accordingly.

HOOVER AXI AWMPD69LH7 FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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3. HOOVER AXI AWMPD69LH7 FREESTANDING 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

HOOVER AXI AWMPD69LH7 FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE

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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!

BOSCH SERIE 8 WAW32560 AUTOMATIC FREESTANDING WASHING

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4. BOSCH SERIE 8 WAW32560 AUTOMATIC FREESTANDING WASHING

Super quiet with 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.

WHIRLPOOL SUPREME CARE FSCR 10432 WASHING MACHINE

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5. WHIRLPOOL SUPREME CARE FSCR 10432 WASHING MACHINE

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

WHIRLPOOL SUPREME CARE FSCR 10432 WASHING MACHINE

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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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