Top 5 Quiet Integrated Washing Machines (UK 2017)

If you live in an open-plan home or have an integrated washing machine in your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll want it to be as quiet as possible. A noisy washing machine could disturb you while you’re trying to enjoy your dinner, watch TV or relax in the bath, so it’s worth doing some research to make sure you choose a quiet model.

The most popular integrated washing machines usually have noise levels of around 50-58 decibels (dB) on the wash cycle and 70-76 dB on the spin cycle. To give you a point of reference, a vacuum cleaner is about 70 dB, so your average integrated washing machine will be even louder than this! However, the surrounding cabinet will absorb a lot of the sound.

A washing machine can be considered ‘quiet’ if the noise level is below 50 dB on the wash cycle and 70 dB on the spin cycle. The key number to look at is the noise level of the spin cycle, as this is always louder and therefore represents the washing machine’s maximum volume.

We’ve researched the market and picked out 5 of the quietest integrated washing machines available in the UK in 2017. These washing machines all have noise levels below 45 dB on the wash cycle and 70 dB on the spin cycle. Choose one of these models if you want to avoid buying something noisy.

1. Hotpoint Aquarius BHWM1492 Integrated Washing Machine

Hotpoint Aquarius BHWM1492 Integrated Washing Machine

Noise level (wash): 42 dB
Noise level (spin): 66 dB
Washing capacity: 7 kg
Dimensions: 82 cm high x 59.5 cm wide x 55 cm deep

This straightforward and easy-to-use washing machine offers 16 washing programmes and has a 7 kg washing capacity, making it a good choice for the average family. It has an A++ energy efficiency rating, so it’s quite cheap to run.

The Hotpoint Aquarius BHWM1492 has a spin speed of 1400 rpm and is sold with a 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee.

The only real drawback to this model is that the shortest programme is 60 minutes. It would be good to have some shorter cycles.

The best thing about the Hotpoint Aquarius BHWM1492 is how quiet it is—you probably won’t even notice it’s on. The noise level is just 66 dB on the spin cycle, making it the quietest integrated washing machine in this list.

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2. Bosch Serie 6 WIW28300GB Integrated 8Kg Washing Machine

Bosch Serie 6 WIW28300GB Integrated 8Kg Washing Machine

Noise level (wash): 41 dB
Noise level (spin): 67 dB
Washing capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 81.8 cm high x 59.6 cm wide x 57.4 cm deep

The Bosch Serie 6 WIW28300GB has a very sleek and stylish design and uses Bosch’s Ecosilence Drive motor, which helps make it quieter and more energy-efficient than your average machine. It’s not the cheapest washing machine, but it has lots of great features such as an anti-allergy programme designed to remove allergens from fabrics.

The 8 kg capacity makes this washing machine a good choice for families, and offers enough space to wash king-size bedding.

One drawback with this machine is that it only offers 8 washing programmes, which isn’t as many as you get on many other washing machines.

With an energy efficiency rating of A+++, this washing machine is cheap to run. Best of all, it’s very quiet, which is great if you have an open-plan home.

Buy on AO.com

 

3. Bosch WIW28500GB Integrated Washing Machine

Bosch WIW28500GB Integrated Washing Machine

Noise level (wash): 41 dB
Noise level (spin): 67 dB
Washing capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions:  81.8 cm high x 59.6 cm wide x 57.4 cm deep

The Bosch WIW28500GB is very similar to the Bosch Serie 6 WIW28300GB reviewed above. It’s a cleverly designed washing machine with lots of smart features and uses Bosch’s EcoSilence Drive motor, which is designed to be as quiet as possible.

This washing machine has an A+++ energy efficiency rating so it doesn’t cost much to run and is kind to the environment. It also uses Bosch’s ActiveWater feature which allows it to get better washing results with less water.

This machine offers 11 washing programmes, making it a bit more versatile than the Bosch Serie 6 WIW28300GB reviewed above. It’s quite expensive, but if you’re looking for something quiet and energy efficient, it’s an investment.

Buy on John Lewis

 

4. Siemens IQ-700 WI14W500GB Integrated 8Kg Washing Machine

Siemens IQ-700 WI14W500GB Integrated 8Kg Washing Machine

Noise level (wash): 41 dB
Noise level (spin): 67 dB
Washing capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions:  81.8 cm high x 59.6 cm wide x 57.4 cm deep

The Siemens IQ-700 WI14W500GB is specially designed to be quiet. It uses Siemens’ iQ Drive motor which uses frictionless magnets rather than brushes, so it doesn’t produce much noise. This is comparable to the Ecosilence Drive used in Bosch models to minimise noise.

With an 8 kg drum capacity, the Siemens IQ-700 WI14W500GB is a good choice for the average household. It’s quite a versatile machine and offers 11 washing programmes, including a duvet programme and an allergy programme.

The Siemens IQ-700 WI14W500GB is a very environmentally friendly washing machine. It has an A+++ energy efficiency rating, and uses a sensor to detect the weight of your washing and adjust the amount of water used to optimise water efficiency.

While this machine is quite pricey it looks much more stylish than your average integrated washing machine. It’s also very quiet, so it’s perfect from open-plan homes.

Buy on AO.com

 

5. Neff W544BX0GB Integrated Washing Machine

Neff W544BX0GB Integrated Washing Machine

Noise level (wash): 42 dB
Noise level (spin): 67 dB
Washing capacity:
Dimensions:  81.8 cm high x 59.6 cm wide x 57.4 cm deep

The Neff W544BX0GB Integrated Washing Machine features a brushless motor which helps it run very quietly.

This machine has an A+++ energy efficiency rating and features an EcoPerfect programme, which optimises energy efficiency. If you’re in a hurry you can use the SpeedPerfect programme, which will wash your laundry in 60 minutes.

This washing machine is straightforward and easy to use. While the Neff brand name might not be as well known in the UK as Bosch or Siemens, this machine is made to the same standard. In fact, Bosch, Siemens and Neff are all owned by the same company, BSH, which explains why many of their washing machines are very similar.

Like all the models on this list, the Neff W544BX0GB Integrated Washing Machine is very quiet, so you’ll barely notice it’s on.

Buy on John Lewis

 

Conclusion

The washing machines reviewed here are all quite similar in terms of both their features and their noise level. Our favourite is the Hotpoint Aquarius BHWM1492 as has the quietest spin cycle and is also the cheapest washing machine on this list (at the time of writing).

 

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