With Father’s Day just around the corner, Sunday 19th June, here are Quiet Mark’s Top 10 tips for gifts for father’s day, for the Dad who needs a bit of peace! Every gift has been certified by Quiet Mark, which means it’s one of the quietest available on the market; reducing noise in your home, increasing well-being and helping to create a calmer sanctuary.
With a premium design and stainless steel finish, the Nespresso Creatista™ Pro gives you more freedom to create your personalised café-style quality coffees at home. The intuitive touch screen display allows you to chose from 8 barista-quality espresso and milk recipes.
All Nespresso machines are extract each capsule with great precision to ensure all the aromas from each capsule can be extracted to give the coffee body and create an exceptionally thick and smooth crema.
With a fully-automatic milk steam wand, you can make your very own latté art. Choose between 11 temperature settings and 8 textures to perfect your micro-foam. Each machine comes supplied with a stainless steel milk jug. Thanks to the ThermoJet® heating system and 3-second heat up time, simultaneously extract coffee and texture your milk. Enjoy 2 cappuccinos in 75 seconds.
Enlighten your brushing routine with the X Pro Elite’s dedication to premium oral care. With its colour touchscreen, you can tailor your oral health routine to achieve that bolder smile. Simply touch the screen to activate its auto-wake feature, and from there, you can set brush duration, intensity, mode, and more. A post-brushing dental report will show exactly how to improve technique and spots missed with its built-in sensor.
Utilizing these options, alongside the oscillating and rotating action of Dupont Diamond Bristles, the X Pro Elite aims to reduce plaque by up to 99% whilst strengthening teeth and gums. Bring it all to life with its wireless quick-charging, where its impressive battery can support consistent daily use for up to 35 days.
With its sleek design, the X Pro Elite really is the whole package. So, embrace innovation. Embrace the next generation toothbrush.
Wherever there are people, there is music. And wherever musicians are, their music is always with them, waiting to get out. Yamaha’s Silent Guitar now means that wherever you are, and whenever you want to play, your guitar can be right there with you. Cutting edge design and master-luthier craftsmanship are uniquely combined to create a guitar that offers outstanding playability matched with incredible practicality – all with the same attention to detail as the guitars that have been played by some of the biggest names in music, players such as Jimmy Page, Brian May, John Lennon, Paul Simon and Joe Bonamassa.
At home or on the road, with headphones or direct into a recording console, in the rehearsal studio or on stage in front of 20,000 people Silent Guitar performs perfectly and gives you something new. The ability to really have your music with you, wherever you are.
Bodyclock Glow 150 is an alarm clock that mimics the light and colour of a real sunrise so when you open your eyes you feel properly awake and refreshed. Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 features the option to adjust the sunrise and sunset duration to 20, 30 or 45 minutes; a choice of nine sleep/wake sounds* including white noise; fully adjustable bedroom lighting, bright for reading or a relaxing soft glow; the light-sensitive display; tap -control snooze.
Lakeland Personal Blender
This personal sized blender is a great-tasting way to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. Simply twist the blade unit onto either the glass blending jug with lid, or the tritan easy-go bottle for a smoothie on the go.
The HSA 45 is STIHL’s lightest cordless hedge trimmer – perfect for trimming branches in small to medium-sized gardens. It has an integrated battery with an indicator to show the current charge level. Single-sided cutter blade with 24 mm tooth spacing, integrated cut protection, screw-on tip protector, integrated battery with charge level indicator. Weight: 2.3 kg. Battery charging time: 145 min/210 min (80%/100%).Approximate working time up to 40 minutes.
With its easy-grip lift-off lid and 360° rotational base for use with either hand, the Breville Curve VKT117 Jug Kettle is a practical kitchen companion.
In addition to being functional, the VKT117 Jug Kettle looks good on any kitchen counter with its bold textured gloss white finish and polished chrome accents.
The 3000 W concealed element lets you boil water in a flash while its 1.7-litre capacity makes it suitable for a busy household.
Designed to help restore your living space’s humidity level to optimum comfort, Tag helps combat and ease stinging eyes, headaches or fatigue or static electricity caused by dry air.
Using innovative ultrasonic technology, Tag uses 80% less energy than traditional humidifiers to discreetly produce an ultrafine cold mist. Additionally, the humidifier’s virtually silent operation helps create a space that prioritises health and wellbeing.
Lightweight enough to be moved from room to room, Tag features a large 2.5 litre capacity, which even at maximum mist output offers up to 10 hours continuous operation.
Tag’s replaceable filter cartridge, conveniently stored on the inside of the water tank, keeps bacteria out whilst preventing limescale deposits both in the device and in the mist.
Available in black or white, Tag is distinguishable by its brown leather tag, which aids easy opening and efficient tank changing. Tag’s subtle Scandi style is complemented by wood effect legs and LED mood lights to ensure it fits seamlessly within your interior design.
The elegant humidifier is also compatible with Duux’s Lavender, Citronella and Eucalyptus aromatherapy oils, that stimulate the senses and aid relaxation. The hardworking Eucalyptus oil relieves colds and opens airways whilst also killing 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses in the air.
The new Arete range of dehumidifiers is the result of five years of development by Meaco’s British design team, using feedback from more than 2000 customers who contributed to the design process. The end result is their quietest, most energy efficient dehumidifier range yet, with a host of special features to make living with Arete a pleasure. Arete is the perfect solution to dealing with condensation, mould and damp problems either in the home, in a garage, on a boat or in a caravan.
Meaco discovered that lots of people site their dehumidifier close to the bedroom. So it became obvious that noise is a very important factor. It took 18 months of testing to produce the quietest large dehumidifiers they have ever made. This dehumidifier is twice as quiet as the industry average. It comes with a medical grade H13 HEPA filter which is 75% larger than the filter on their popular Low Energy models. It can be used to clean the air during dehumidification and as a stand-alone air purifier.
For juice-lovers everywhere. Make juices, smoothies, plant-based milks and freshly squeezed citrus juices with ease. Using cold press technology, the Juice Expert 3 has shown to retain more vitamins and minerals alongside extracting higher yield with lower oxidation. The Magimix Juice Expert 3 is the ultimate juicer taking up little worktop space but containing a powerful and versatile machine.
What is Quiet Mark?
Quiet Mark is the international certification programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation (est. 1959). Conducting expert acoustic testing and verification of products Quiet Mark has over the past 10 years driven change in manufacturing worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines, appliances, technologies and house build materials, creating the first one-stop platform for third-party approved noise reduction solutions for every living space to health and well-being.
Through specialist acoustic measurement and product assessment, Quiet Mark identifies the quietest products in over 80 product categories giving consumers and trade buyers a more informed choice about the sound levels of the products they buy. The Quiet Mark scheme drives designers and manufacturers to reduce sound levels of their products enabling households and workplaces to rebalance the soundscape reducing stressful unwanted noise.
Why Quiet Mark?
“I couldn’t hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer”
The damaging effect of excessive noise on health, productivity and social cohesion is seriously underestimated. World Health Organisation research shows that environmental noise pollution affects mental and physical health and is now second only to air pollution as the world’s largest killer pollutant. Across an estimated population of 340 million people, at least 1 million years of healthy living are lost each year due to noise pollution in Western Europe.
In our fast-paced lives, vibrancy is exciting and necessary. But this heightened state can only be valued if there is also the opportunity to choose the alternatives of calm, quiet and the chance to switch off. Quiet Mark was established to provide a credible, independent scheme that would help consumers easily identify quieter products for the home, at work and for public spaces.
Acoustics Academy for the Building Sector
In February 2020, in a move to further expand its service to tackle noise-related problems in building design Quiet Mark launched its Acoustics Academy to include third-party verification of specialist acoustic materials for the building sector including – walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows etc.
This brand-new online platform further equips and empowers architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area.
Quiet Mark has established a unique alliance of partnerships with leading retailers who are helping shoppers to find the quietest appliance technology available on the market including John Lewis & Partners, Argos Sainsburys, Currys Dixons, ASDA, Lakeland and British Independent Retailers Association.
Quiet Mark has announced a new partnership with NBS, a leading construction data and specification platform, to empower architects to specify ‘acoustics first’, by providing a short-cut for specifiers to source responsible products. The new partnership will enable the 3,600+ practices that use NBS to create specifications to easily source and find Quiet Mark certified products and materials.
Quiet Mark is working in partnership with the US Good Housekeeping Institute, one of the most trusted and respected names in America, acoustically testing and reviewing products for the benefit of its readers and raising the bar for quality acoustic design to support consumers health.
By highlighting the distinctive purple Quiet Mark as a trusted symbol, our retail partners are enabling consumers to make a more informed choice about quieter high-performance products they share their homes with. This is a powerful example of collective customer care to combat stress-related noise; an important health and environmental issue.
The Quiet Mark Podcast
In April ‘20, Quiet Mark launched The Quiet Mark Podcast to explore the human relationship with sound, and:
Highlight the health and well-being benefits of improved acoustics in the built environment, both in and outdoors.
Establish Quiet Mark’s Acoustics Academy online platform as a key tool for Architects, Acousticians and The Building Sector, seeking expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area.
Raise awareness to the health risks of noise pollution, the 2nd biggest killing natural pollutant after air pollution, according to WHO
Explore solutions to unwanted noise through Quiet Mark certified appliances and building materials; helping to improve domestic WFH soundscapes and increase productivity.
Learn lessons from the quietening of the planet during lockdown, to how calmer soundscapes can foster healthier cities.
Listen to The Quiet Mark Podcast HERE.
The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) was founded in 1959 by the entrepreneurial businessman John Connell OBE who believed that being exposed to excessive noise profoundly affected health, children’s learning, productivity, and general quality of life – he called noise ‘the forgotten pollutant’.
John almost single-handedly lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament, when in 1960, noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. His practical problem-solving included introducing rubber dustbin lids and plastic milk crates to reduce urban disturbance, stopping night flights, and in the early 70’s he commissioned detailed planning for a revolutionary Thames Estuary Airport directing flight paths out to sea.
Today the internationally respected NAS seeks to accelerate change to protect future generations from a worsening aural environment by disseminating new methods of sound management, running an awareness programme for schools, incentivising industry to design low-noise technology and providing the only national helpline dedicated solely to the problems of noise. NAS cannot change the human condition, but it can offer practical ways to support those who wish to exercise choice in an otherwise noisy world.