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Looking for a quiet dishwasher?

Photo credit: Harry Wood licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

You are not alone. According to Consumer Reports, with the rise in interest in open floor plan kitchens, consumers want a quiet dishwasher to avoid drowning adjacent space with noise. Fortunately, “[m]anufacturers have listened to the complaints,” leading to new dishwashers that are “quieter than ones made even five years ago.”

So which dishwasher should you buy? Consumer Reports helps you find the right one.

And the world just got a little bit quieter:

Rejoice! Apple removes irritating startup chime from MacBook Pros.

We can’t help but think that the removal of any noise–even something as seemingly innocuous as the startup chime on a MacBook Pro–is a good thing.  That manufacturers insist on using sound to indicate that some act or thing was achieved really needs to end.  One hopes Apple’s move will herald similar action by other computer manufacturers until eventually one common layer of sound comes to an end.

Link via @jeaninebotta.

More of this, please:

A New Breed of Impact Drivers Cuts the Noise in Half.  Remember when a cordless drill was the best thing ever?  Apparently impact drivers are the new best thing, offering the “most torque and power for fastening bolts and driving screws.”  The price to be paid for that power is noise, which is not unlike a mini-jackhammer.   Fortunately, some manufacturers realized that noise was a deterrent for at least some buyers, and they have designed impact drivers that promise to deliver the power with less than half the noise.

We aren’t going to run out and buy an impact driver soon, but it is exciting to see that manufacturers recognize that noise is a problem and that reducing noise is a selling point.  Yes, yes it is.  Let’s encourage this behavior.  When you’re buying new appliances or equipment, check to see if the manufacturer posts a decibel rating on the box or promotional materials.  If not, contact the manufacturer and ask if they will provide it to you.  Finally, ask your preferred retailer whether they offer quieter versions of whatever you are looking for.  If we ask for it, they will build it.

How can you address noise pollution in the home?

Living the quiet life thanks to acoustic fittings.

The article interviews Poppy Szkiler of Quiet Mark, which is associated with the Noise Abatement Society, a UK charity.  Szkiler said that, “[i]t’s difficult to mount a campaign against something like noise that you can’t actually see. You need a positive reward system to encourage manufacturers to design quieter products.”  So Quiet Mark, using a sophisticated testing system, “gives approval awards to encourage noise reduction in everyday household appliances.”  Readers are encouraged to look for the Quiet Mark, a purple “Q” symbol, on an item to know they are getting the quietest of its class.

If you have seen appliances bearing the Quiet Mark in U.S. retailers, please let us know in the comments.