True Silence is Officially Impossible to Find

A national survey, commissioned for National Quiet Day, has found that 43 per cent of the UK population believe that in the modern world we live in, true silence is impossible to find.

One in 10 people blame their partner for making the most annoying noises they have to tolerate on a daily basis, whereas only one in 20 accuse their children.

Woodlands, the allotment and the beach have been revealed as Britain’s favourite outdoor spaces to get away from the intruding noises of everyday life, with men more likely to take shelter from annoying noises in the garden shed.

National Quiet Day, which will take place on Thursday, 14th September, highlights the importance for people to find a little more peace and quiet, encouraging them to take a moment away from the commotion of daily life.

Home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool commissioned the national survey of 2,000 adults which highlighted the problem of noise in UK households. The study underlined the everyday noises that affect people the most.

A spinning washing machine topped the list of annoying home appliances, with the dishwasher, microwave and extractor fan following closely behind.

A spokesperson from Whirlpool said: “Noise irritation is one of the biggest bugbears of modern life, and incredibly the majority happen within our own homes, and it’s something that can arise at any time.

“But protecting yourself from loud sounds in the home, and making sure you have a quiet haven to escape to when the noise gets too much, can really help, and that’s why we are promoting National Quiet Day on Thursday, 14th September.”

“The trend for open plan living has its many advantages, but it can be problematic when noisy appliances are situated in the same room where the family eats, works, entertains and relaxes.

“Traditionally, washing machines have been responsible for much of the noise in the home, but Whirlpool is dedicated to improving people’s everyday lives, and has therefore invested heavily in noise reduction technology.

“The innovative ZEN Technology, in the Supreme Care range of washing machines, offers the quietest spin cycle on the market1, meaning people can get on with life, undisturbed by the sound of their washing machine.”

For more information on National Quiet Day, visit and see #nationalquietday for reactions on social media.


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  1. National Quiet Day infographic on annoying noises

Notes for editor:

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

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:

About Whirlpool Corporation:

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 93,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2016. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit, Hotpoint and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. In Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) it has 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 Centers are located in Pero (MI), Italy. Additional information about the company can be found at or find us on Twitter , LinkedIn and Facebook.

National Quiet Day is celebrated on the 14th 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.

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13th September 2017



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