Quiet Equipment... (Vacuum Cleaners, Hair Dryers, Lawn Mowers, etc.)

Discussion in 'Support' started by Rhea, Apr 14, 2015.

    1. Rhea
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      Rhea Member

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      Hi all,

      I mentioned this briefly on another thread, but I just wanted to say over the last 6 months I have hunted down quieter electrical equipment to make life a little easier....

      I now am in possession of the world's quietest hair dryer, vacuum cleaner and kettle :) I can honesty say all three have really been a great help - I can now vacuum whenever I want, dry my hair with a hair dryer rather than waiting hours for it to dry naturally, and I can now stay in the same room when the kettle boils rather than hiding in the lounge until it finishes!

      If anyone is interested in the makes/models etc I will be happy to share. Also be nice to hear of any other suggestions for quieter stuff that anyone else has come across.

      Rhea x
       
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    2. Valentina
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      @Rhea

      I personally find the noise of the hairdryer quite relaxing but probably because it's low and associated with warm air. Also the sound that my extractor hood makes when I cook helps me a lot in feeling good. I don't use any kettle so no problem for me. The vacuum cleaner makes indeed a noise I can't stand. In the other thread you mentioned a Bosch equipement, right? Well, mine is from Bosch too but it's very noisy, really unconfortable. So... if you could share the model you are using... thank you! :)
       
    3. LadyDi
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      Hi @Rhea, I am glad you have found equipment that helps you. Thanks for sharing.
      I, too, have problems with noise from both my hair dryer and vacuum. My dryer puts about about 90 dB -- and I am holding it right next to my ear when I use it.

      But for those who don't want to spend the money on new appliances: I now use ear plugs or ear muffs when hair drying or vacuuming. This strategy works, too.
       
    4. adam2525
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      @Rhea
      What vacuum and kettle did you end up with?
       
    5. LifesABeach
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      I'd be interested to know that too. I currently use ear muffs when I vacuum but that gets hot 'n sweaty after a while. Thanks.
       
    6. AUTHOR
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      Rhea
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      Rhea Member

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      Vacuum = Bosch BGS5SIL2GB Power Silence (66db) - yes it really is only 66db!

      Hairdryer = Panasonic Quiet Silent EH-ND52 Hair Blow Dryer Blower (49db) - I didn't think there was anyway a hair dryer could be only 49db...and I was right, it's about 70db BUT still the quietest hair dryer I ever used

      Kettle - Russell Hobbs 20460 Buckingham Kettle - Stainless Steel - no db advertised but I can tell you it is a hell of a lot quieter than any kettle I've had before and I measure it about 69db on my db reader

      :)
      Hope that helps!
       
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    7. LifesABeach
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      Thanks for the info! I'd love to get a quieter vacuum, but we just bought a Dyson maybe 2.5 years ago for some ridiculous amount of money and so I don't think I can justify a new one quite yet! I guess I'll just have to continue with the ear muffs (and these days ... plugs too).
       
    8. Valentina
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      @Rhea Smack smack smack!! :huganimation:
       
    9. valeri

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      Thanks Rhea!
      In the shops when I ask for quiet hairdryer they just look at me as if I'm from another planet:)
       
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    10. AUTHOR
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      Rhea
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      Hi, yes I done exactly the same thing, had only bought a dyson the year before, but I sold the Dyson on ebay for £100, then found a 2nd hand Bosch for £100 ..so it all worked out ok :)
       
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    11. LifesABeach
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      I hadn't thought about eBay; that's more my wife's thing. Maybe she'll "take on the assignment!" I'll have to check and see how good the quiet ones are at sucking up pet hair, though. The Dyson does a good job with that ... and we need it, believe me!
       
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      Rhea
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      Trust me it does the job with the pet hairs! I have to cats that shed fur all over the bloody place....The suction on the Bosch is actually incredibly, it has about 6 settings and if you have it on any higher than setting 3 you can even move it back and forth on the carpet as it is so powerful! Great performance vaccumm AND super quiet :) ....at this rate maybe I should become a Bosch sales woman haha
       
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    13. Jiri H
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      Hello everyone,

      Check out the allegedly world's most silent vacuum cleaner - Electrolux UltraSilencer Zen (just 58 dB!): https://www.electroluxvacuums.co.nz/our-range/bagged-vacuums/ultrasilencer-zen

      Lawn mowing, I'll be getting this eco friendly & silent Fiskars Stay Sharp Max Reel Mower: http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Gardening-and-Yard-Care/Reel-Mowers/StaySharp-Max-Reel-Mower-6205

      You can also get it with Max Grass Catcher

      Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Mower Review


      Cheers,

      Jiri
       
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    14. Bill Bauer
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      I would pay a lot for a fire alarm that uses flashing lights instead of noise to alert one of a fire. I am having trouble finding one. The existing ones are all triggered by the sound of a regular fire alarm...
       
    15. jimH
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      I purchased this low-noise hair dryer from Panasonic last year on Amazon. I'm very pleased with it. It's much quieter than a regular dryer. It received 96% five star ratings from customers. It also has plenty of power, 1200 watts. It operates on 100 - 110 volts AC.

      The only down side is that it's a bit pricey: $40 US dollars. At least the shipping was free:

      https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Lo...keywords=low+noise+hair+dryer&tag=tinntalk-20
       
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    16. Red
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      A 70db hair dryer is a nice suggestion but possibly still too loud for some of us, especially when that sound is right next to our ears. I am surprised no one in the tinnitus community has mentioned one of these yet as they have been emerging in popularity--a hot air brush.

      https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01L...qid=1514406907&sr=8-15&keywords=hot+air+brush

      I have not used one yet so I cannot say it works or not. But it looks like it would work like a regular hair straightner which are silent.
       
    17. jimH
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      @Red ...That post from Rhea about a Panasonic hair dryer that was 70 db is a different model than the one I have and posted. I don't have a db meter but I'm sure it's not that loud. Just read some of the reviews/comments about how quiet it is. Her post was in April of 2015. I think mine is a newer and improved model.

      That said, your idea does has merit. Especially for those with both T & H.
       
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