All parents have experienced that moment: You put your kid down for a nap before realizing that you didn’t start the dishwasher or throw in the laundry or blend that delicious strawberry smoothie you planned to enjoy while they slept. And now you’re confronted with either waking them up with a whirring blender or drinking a decidedly less tasty drink while eating off dirty dishes.
Until you’re a parent desperately trying not to wake a sleeping baby, you don’t realize how loud appliances are. Whether it’s the clanking of a garage door opener, the hum of an air conditioner, or the, well, vacuum cleaners are always loud, the simple act of using your home while a child sleeps can be an acoustic minefield. Luckily, there are quiet appliances out there. In the effort of helping you get shit done without waking the kids, here are seven of the quietest appliances in different categories based on professional tests and online reviews.
Quietest Washer/Dryer: Samsung Washer and Dryer
Washers and dryers are two of the worst offenders when it comes to noisy appliances. Between the tumbling, the draining, the buzzers, parents can only hope the nursery isn’t located anywhere near the laundry room. This front-loading duo from Samsung (models WF45M5500AP and DVE45M5500P) keeps things whisper quiet by using belt and gearless motors, as well as vibration-reduction technology (VRT) to reduce shaking by up to 40 percent. The washer fits 4.5-cubic feet of clothing with the dryer holds 7.5-cubic feet, and both are EnergyStar ® certified.
Quietest Garage Door Opener: LiftMaster 8355W
Even if a child’s room isn’t directly above the garage, a loud garage door can resonate through the entire house. LiftMaster’s Premium Series Openers cuts the clanging down substantially. It features a Motor Vibration Isolation System (MVIS) which stifles the vibrating and shaking that plague many other openers, as well as a belt drive system designed for quieter performance. Even better, it has a smartphone app that controls the door remotely and allows homeowners to get alerts when the door is in use ⏤ neither of those features involve sound, but damn if they aren’t cool. And if you’re willing to spend a little more than the base $200 price point, the elite model features fancier lighting, an LCD control panel, and advanced door locks.
Quietest Air Conditioner: Friedrich Kuhl
Kuhl air conditioners are some of the quietest on the market, boasting rubber motor mounts that absorb vibrations and a thick metal construction to keep noise trapped inside. So this 5,800 BTU window unit won’t emit the usual hum of lower-end conditioners. Not only that, but it’s EnergyStar -rated for efficiency and includes a smartphone app so you can control the temperature from afar. To top it off, it has a stylish aesthetic and features a tamper-proof grill if it’s located in a ground-floor window.
Quietest Dishwasher: Kenmore Elite 12793
The Kenmore Elite runs quieter than any other dishwasher out there. At only 39 decibels, it produces a level of noise somewhere between a whisper and the hum of a quiet fridge ⏤ so, not too shabby. With a 360-degree PowerWash spray arm, the Elite is also one of the best cleaning washers on the market. Kenmore guarantees that it will remove 99% of the bacteria found on dishes and glassware.
Quietest Vacuum: Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away
For many parents, one of the only times to clean the house is when the kids are down for their nap. The problem, of course, is that by doing so you take the huge risk waking them up — at which point you’re stuck with a dirty house and cranky kids. The Shark Rotator, a hybrid upright/lift-away vacuum, ends the Catch 22. Rated quietest in the upright category by Consumer Reports, it’s a flexible canister unit (no bags) that can fit in any space, even the corners and under the couch. It also has a HEPA filter and anti-allergen seal, so it’s guaranteed to eliminate 99.9% of allergens in the air.
Quietest Toilet: Niagara Stealth
Considering most bathrooms are, by design, conveniently located next to bedrooms, flushing in the middle of the night if you have a loud toilet (or just thin walls) can be problematic. The Niagara Stealth (77001WHCO1 ) solves the cacophonous flushing sound by using only 0.8 gallons of water per flush and a modern-styled top button instead of the traditional lever. And for those worried that it doesn’t have enough water/pressure to get the job done, Niagara guarantees one flush will empty the whole bowl ⏤ no double flushing.
Quietest Blender: Ninja Master Prep
The “world’s quietest blender” is reportedly the Blendtec Pro 800 ⏤ it’s also $800 and completely unaffordable to most families. In it’s place, we’re opting for the Ninja Master Prep. While no blender is totally silent ⏤ you’ll always have weigh nap versus margarita ⏤ it is one of the quietest available and, unlike other Ninjas, is significantly more compact in design. Plus, it doubles as a chopper. It also comes with two blending bowls and a an anti-spill splash guard.