Low Noise Appliances: Quiet Dishwashers, etc
Looking for a quiet air conditioner? Researching quiet dishwashers? Here is a list of quieter brands, models, and types for an assortment of home appliances.
If you're in the market for a particular appliance, and you know you would prefer a quieter one over a noisier one, it can be a challenge finding the information you need to help make that decision. Sometimes the manufacturers' product literature reports noise ratings, but even then you can't always compare ratings between brands, if the measurements weren't taken using the same conditions. Individual product reviews by purchasers can help, but they are very subjective, and you need to do a fair amount of searching and reading to piece together an accurate picture of the models you're interested in.
The list below is a collection of quieter brands, models, and types of various home appliances, gleaned from independent consumer product test evaluations and reviews, product specification sheets, and professional recommendations. While it's not meant to be a definitive source, you can use it as a starting point to guide you toward a low-noise version of a product you're thinking of buying.
For product comparisons done under standardized conditions, Consumer Reports is a useful source, and their reviews often include noise evaluations.
Usually it takes extra engineering or premium technologies to achieve reduced noise, so the quieter models are often the more expensive ones. The good news is that quieter models are often superior in other ways as well, so you shouldn't need to sacrifice quality for the sake of quiet. The two go hand in hand.
Quiet whole house fans
Belt-driven models are significantly quieter than direct-drive.
- QuietCool whole house fan systems
- AirScape whole house fan systems
Quiet bathroom exhaust fans
- Panasonic WhisperCeiling Bathroom Fans, such as the FV-08VQ5
- RenewAire S&P V-Series
- Broan-NuTone Ultra Silent series (QTX models)
Quiet air conditioners
Quiet ceiling fans
Look for smooth blades, made of wood rather than metal. If you want variable speed control, have it built into the fan rather than using a dimmer switch meant for lighting, to avoid a humming sound at low speeds. All other things being equal, the quietest ceiling fans are the ones with the lowest airflow.
Quiet convection heaters (electric space heaters)
- De' Longhi Mica Panel Radiator HHP 1500
- Soleus Air Micathermic Heater HGW-308
Quiet washing machines
Quiet water heaters
Electric tank heaters are the quietest, followed by gas-fueled tank heaters. Heat pump water heaters can be quite noisy.
A natural gas model noted for its quiet operation is the tall 40-gallon Rheem Professional Classic Atmospheric (formerly called the Rheem Fury Gas).
Quiet range hoods
- Abbaka range hoods
- Sirius Modular Island SIU3
- Broan-NuTone Allure series
Quiet garbage disposals
- KitchenAid Superba KCDS075T
- InSinkErator Evolution Cover Control 3/4 Horsepower Disposer (batch feed)
Generally, the most quiet dishwashers are those without a food grinder.
- Bosch dishwashers, such as the 800 Plus Evolution Series
- ASKO dishwashers
- L'Equip blenders
- Electrolux Powermix Silent blender
Quiet air purifiers
- Alen T300
- Blueair air purifiers
Ultrasonic models are the quietest of all. Warm-mist models are quieter than cool-mist ones, but there's more to the story than just the loudness: Warm-mist machines have a bubbly, gurgling sound, while cool-mist machines have a smooth sound, from the fan. Some people might prefer the louder "white noise" sound of a cool-mist machine to the softer gurgly sound of a warm-mist machine.
- Air-O-Swiss Ultrasonic, such as the 7135
- Any ultrasonic model
Smaller capacity models are generally quieter.
- Amcor MD250 1-pint Peltier effect dehumidifier
- Soleus CFM-40
- LG LHD45EBL
Quiet vacuum cleaners
Canister models are generally quieter than uprights, and stick models (low-capacity uprights) are the noisiest. Some vacuum cleaners are louder than 85 dB, the noise level where the use of
- Stick (low-capacity upright):
For the utmost in noise-free cleaning, the Hom-Bot Square robotic vacuum by LG
Quiet hair dryers
- Farouk CHI Pro
- Cricket Centrix Q-Zone Dryer
Quiet electric shavers
- Philips Norelco Arcitec 1050X
- Braun Series 7
Smaller units are usually quieter than larger ones, finger-wearable models being the quietest. Soft, pliable vibrators are usually quieter than ones made of hard plastic.
- Lelo Lily or Lelo Yva Rechargeable Vibrator
- Jimmyjane Little Chroma, Little Gold, or Ultimate Member
- Wahl 7-in-1 Coil Massager (corded)
Quiet paper shredders
- Fellowes Intellishred shredders
- Intimus PROData
Manual models are the quietest. DC models are generally quieter than AC models.
- Most manual treadmill models
- Smooth 7.6 HR Pro Folding Treadmill or 9.35HR
- Sole F80 (folding)
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