Best Appliances and Tools for Low Noise

When you're researching the best appliances and tools to buy, don't forget to consider the noise factor.

So often in the battle for quieter living, the noise is a given, ineradicable, something we can only try to block out or mask. When you're purchasing a home appliance or tool that might be noisy, that's a chance to reduce noise before it even enters your home. Don't invite it in!

Did you know that some models of appliances and tools have been engineered with noise reduction in mind? Naturally, noise is probably not the only factor you want to consider in your purchase decision, but it's something to keep in mind when you're making your choice. Fortunately, lower noise models are often higher quality in other ways as well. (Not-so-fortunately, this higher quality often comes with a higher price tag.)

Identifying the quietest models of a given product is not a simple task. Even when manufacturers publish noise ratings in their product literature, they cannot always be used to compare with other brands because the noise levels are not always measured under the same conditions. The most reliable information is in evaluations by independent testing agencies, when a number of models are tested and measured under the same conditions.

Listed in this section are some quieter brands, models, and types of home appliances, tools, vehicles, PC components, and accessories. This information has been pulled together from test evaluations, product reviews, manufacturers' data, and discussions by hobbyists and professionals, across hundreds of websites. The listing is by no means comprehensive, but is a starting point to help you find low-noise versions of the products you're interested in.

Quiet Appliances for Your Home

Includes fans, heaters, air conditioners (tips and brand recommendations), washing machines, dishwashers, air purifiers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, vibrators, paper shredders, treadmills, and more.

Quiet Tools for Your Garage, Workshop, and Yard

Includes portable power generators, air compressors, shop vacuums, garage door openers, and more.

Quiet Vehicles and Accessories

In addition to cars, SUVs, and minivans, includes tires, mufflers, RV generators, and more.

Quiet Computer Components

Includes fans, hard drives, power supplies, and cases.

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