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Fridge freezers that screech and whirr, washing machines that thump their way through cycles, dishwashers that slosh loudly in operation and cooker hoods that would drown out the noise of a rock concert will not be a welcome addition to any consumer’s kitchen, and it is worth noting when recommending appliances that normal conversation takes place at around 60dB(A).  The Fusion wall-mounted cooker hood from BEST has maximum extraction of 675m3/h and a decibel rating 4666dB(A), and Caple’s BU521 built-under stainless steel hood, which is said to be perfect for smaller spaces where discreet installation is key, offers maximum extraction of 604m3/h and a maximum sound level of 61dB(A).  Bosch’s SPV69T00GB ActiveWater 45cm integrated dishwasher offers 10 placesettings and operates at just 44dB(A), while Smeg’s DF13SS 60cm freestanding dishwasher with hidden controls has an ultra-low sound level of 39dB(A).

features allow up to four programmes to be pre-set at a time. For time-poor cooks, this new generation of combi microwaves also offers 8+ auto cook options, enabling the ideal cooking conditions to be automatically set for staple dishes such as pizza and pasta.”


Owain Harrison, UK head of sales and marketing, Hoover Candy Baumatic (Builtin), suggests that banking appliances at eye level so the user doesn’t need to bend down means that all possible cooking methods can be undertaken ergonomically, even in a small space. “The trend for banking appliances within tall cabinetry also means that many smaller open-plan kitchens need not lose out on the size or number of cooking appliances that can be installed within the layout to maintain a streamlined look and overall sense of space. Many smaller sized kitchens can be designed to accommodate a selection of up-to-the-minute full-size and compact appliances. “The advantage of a streamlined built-in kitchen is that cleverly configured cabinetry combines with a kitchen island as the demarcation between living and cooking in an on-trend open-plan layout. This is where space 16


Hotpoint’s Ultima SIUF 22111 K slimline dishwasher offers 10 place settings in a 45cm footprint

is effectively borrowed from the living area to create a more capacious food preparation, cooking and entertaining environment in many of today’s urban flats and apartments. Therefore, appliances with sympathetic minimalist design, ultimate functionality and most of all, quiet noise levels are a must. They should be a pleasure to be seen, but not heard.” “Open-plan living areas and the trend for cooking for friends and family at home have resulted in the noise level of an appliance factoring highly in the decision-making process. No-one wants to have to shout above the noise of a washing machine spinning while entertaining guests,” adds Hotpoint’s Moverley.

 Hotpoint’s new Ultima S-Line washing machine incorporates a brushless inverter motor and special sound insulating panels which are claimed to reduce sound levels by up to 50%, but Whirlpool lays claim to the lowest noise level on the market with its new Supreme Care washing machines with ZEN Technology – 67dB(A) for loads up to 10kg spinning at 1400rpm.  In fridge freezers, Liebherr’s ColourLine models operate at 39dB(A), as does Smeg’s 311-litre CR330AP combi. Hotpoint’s Ultima XUL85 T3U WOJH fridge freezer incorporates a Good Night Option that brings the noise level down to 36dB(A).

VISICOOK HALOGEN OVEN 2015 The new VisiCook halogen oven 2015 (item code CR 3TR 2015) uses efficient heating and high airflow to replicate traditional cooking methods, providing superb results in a fraction of the time and economically too. The appliance roasts, bakes, grills and defrosts using halogen heating and fan technology to thoroughly and efficiently cook foodstuffs in half to two-thirds of the time taken in a traditional oven. The 12-litre glass bowl caters for a family sized meal and is easily removed for cleaning. Its deep sides and flat base also make it useful for other cooking tasks.

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