A Spinning Washing Machine is Officially the Most Annoying Appliance Noise

A study to mark the first ever National Quiet Day has revealed the washing machine as the biggest noise-nuisance appliance in the UK home.

In a national survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by Whirlpool to highlight the problem of noise in UK households, it was discovered that over 47 per cent of people consider the washing machine to be the noisiest kitchen appliance, and nearly a quarter of people felt that the most annoying noises happen in the home. When it comes to your dishwasher, here are some Tips For a More Efficient Dishwasher.

The first ever National Quiet Day took place yesterday, Wednesday 14th September, and recognised the importance of setting aside time from the noisy hustle and bustle of modern life to seek a little sanctuary in silence.

Stephen Stansfeld, Professor of Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London, says: “There is increasing evidence from research that the ubiquitous exposure to environmental noise is bad for our health. Not only annoyance and sleep disturbance but also effects on blood pressure and heart disease.

“At the same time the importance of quiet is underestimated; in a busy world quiet and tranquillity may have beneficial effects on our stress levels and wellbeing. Psychological restoration through being in quiet surroundings can relieve annoyance and stress and lead to better overall health.”

In order to respond to the increasing need for quieter living, Whirlpool, the world’s leading appliance manufacturer, developed innovative noise-reducing technology in their washing machines. The ground-breaking ZENTechnology in the Quiet Mark endorsed Supreme Care machines ensures a super-silent 68 decibel spin cycle, the quietest on the market1

Jennifer Taylor, Senior Brand Manager, Whirlpool says: “The home should be the sanctuary, a place where the noise and commotion of daily life can be left behind, and a spinning washing machine that sounds like an aeroplane taking off, is exactly the last thing that people want to have to put up with in their homes. National Quiet Day was the perfect opportunity to evaluate the importance of quiet in our lives, as we see more and more people choosing quiet appliances for their homes, and the Whirlpool Supreme Care range of quiet washing machines offers the ultimate in appliance relaxation.”

Other irritating noises in the poll of 2,000 people included noisy neighbours, barking dogs and car alarms, with snoring seen as the most bothersome noise overall, with over 61 per cent of people finding it annoying.

For more information on National Quiet Day, and to enter a competition to win a Whirlpool washing machine that has the quietest spin cycle on the market1 (closing date Friday 30th September 2016), visit www.quietday.co.uk and see #nationalquietday for reactions on social media.


Image captions:

1. National Quiet Day logo

2. National Quiet Day infographic

Note for editors:

¹ZENTechnology has the lowest noise level on the market.  Up to a 10kg load at 1400rpm (status: December 2014)

About Whirlpool:


The Whirlpool brand is part of Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited. Superior performance, intuitive technology, and cutting-edge design are the key pillars of the Whirlpool brand, achieving industry and consumer recognition for its collection of intelligent 6th Sense appliance technology.

About Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited:

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited is managed by Whirlpool EMEA, part of Whirlpool Corporation, the global leader in manufacturing and marketing of home appliances. Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited is the only white goods manufacturer in the UK to operate its own independent service and logistics operations.

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited fully supports the AMDEA safety initiative, Register My Appliance, and is committed to encouraging householders to register their appliances: http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/

About Whirlpool Corporation: Whirlpool Corporation is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 97,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers throughout the world in 2015. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. In Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) there are approximately 24,000 employees, a sales presence in more than 30 countries and manufacturing sites in eight countries. Whirlpool EMEA is an operating segment of Whirlpool Corporation. Whirlpool Corp.’s European Operations Center is located in Comerio (VA), Italy. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com. or follow us on twitter @WhirlpoolCorp

National Quiet Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday of September, and was first established by Whirlpool in 2016, in association with renowned academics in the field of noise and psychology: Judy Edworthy, Professor of Applied Psychology, Plymouth University; Stephen Stansfeld, Professor of Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London; Brian C. J. Moore, Emeritus Professor of Auditory Perception, University of Cambridge; and in partnership with popular blogs: Life In a Breakdown www.lifeinabreakdown.com; Mum in the Mad House www.muminthemadhouse.com; Time2Gossip www.time2gossip.co.uk; and The Test Pit www.thetestpit.com.

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15th September 2016



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