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The thread https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/one-time-purchases-that-permanently-fix-an-annoyance/ has wandered into a discussion of products that operate quietlyósoft-close drawers and toilet seats, microwaves with settings to turn off the beepóand products that don't, like stoves with fans that run constantly.

A few products, such as dishwashers, are sold with noise ratings. Most product specifications and reviews make no mention of the sound.

If you know of a product that deserves to be included in this list, or a tip to reduce noise, please post it here. If you're looking for a quieter solution, request that here, too.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2020, 12:11:12 AM »
The Panasonic Inverter microwaves series NN-SN9* and NN-SN7* have a setting to turn off the beep by pressing a certain sequence of buttons right when the microwave is first plugged in. Possibly other versions of the product do, too. My code seems to go plug in, start, start, timer. The manual describes this process.

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2020, 07:43:40 AM »
Not really a product recommendation, but a thing that I found I *really* enjoyed having quiet was my bathroom vent fan. These things are normally a giant whirring noise machine in the ceiling; when I remodeled our bathroom I looked for one that was rated either the quietest or second-quietest, and boy is it so nice to poop and/or shower in peace. 10/10 recommend spending the extra to get a quiet bathroom fan.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2020, 10:55:42 AM »
We love our Bosch dishwasher, it cleans well and runs quietly, but it comes with an extremely annoying factory setting to beep every few minutes when itís done... and this will go on for at least 12 hours! It caused our little dog to have a serious aversion to beeping noises.

I finally wised up and googled it and thereís a series of button combos to turn it off. Back when I did this, the internet only had listed two methods, which didnít work for mine (and the owners manual had the incorrect button combo listed) but through a brute force trial and error I found the correct button combo after a minute. When are manufacturers going to learn to set quiet as the default?!

https://removeandreplace.com/2018/03/25/how-to-turn-off-beeping-on-bosch-dishwasher-when-cycle-complete/

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2020, 11:36:44 AM »
Is there such a thing as a quieter vacuum cleaner, or do manufacturers still believe that consumers think that more noise means more power?

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2020, 01:29:49 PM »
There are lots of quiet non-electric methods of making coffee, but as I prefer drip coffee best, my very unmustachian Technivorm Moccamaster is fantastically quiet (and makes fantastic coffee.) There are no beeps, no screens, no clocks, nothing. Just a manual switch to turn on to brew, and then it clicks off when the hotplate times out. Ahhhh.

I just purchased an ultralight weight LG stick vacuum from Costco, and it is much quieter than I expected for the amount of power it packs.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2020, 07:41:58 PM »
Ack! I hate keyboard clatter. Is there such a thing as a silent keyboard?

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2020, 07:46:16 PM »
I sometimes wear my Bose noise cancelling over the ear headphones just because life is too loud, not because I am actually listening to anything.

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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2020, 07:51:48 PM »
Ack! I hate keyboard clatter. Is there such a thing as a silent keyboard?

The Apple Magic Keyboard. Itís not for everyone, but I love love love how quiet it is, and I like the action.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2020, 07:54:38 PM »
Ack! I hate keyboard clatter. Is there such a thing as a silent keyboard?

The Apple Magic Keyboard. Itís not for everyone, but I love love love how quiet it is, and I like the action.

We have flat wipable keyboards at my work. They are a bit more difficult to type on but they make no noise.

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2020, 08:05:54 PM »
Can we make a smoke detector that knows not to start beeping low batteries at 2am? Like maybe have a little light sensor in there, and only beep if the light is on? I got woken up last night so I'm rambling.

Thank you for this thread!!!!!  High pitched noises are painful to me. The worst is old television sets when they turn on and off, I am very grateful for led TVs. I really hate the truck backing up noise too. Can it be a lower pitch so it doesn't hurt? Please?

Any way to turn off the beep on the instant pot?

Public toilets with powered flush mechanisms scare my autistic son. Any way to make those quieter?  Also my Dyson vacuum is ridiculously loud and scares him t and the dog as well, I second the idea to make vacuums quieter. Sump pump is loud too but we are used to it, and it's a low pitch so not bothersome.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2020, 12:59:25 AM »
Can we make a smoke detector that knows not to start beeping low batteries at 2am? Like maybe have a little light sensor in there, and only beep if the light is on? I got woken up last night so I'm rambling.

Thank you for this thread!!!!!  High pitched noises are painful to me. The worst is old television sets when they turn on and off, I am very grateful for led TVs. I really hate the truck backing up noise too. Can it be a lower pitch so it doesn't hurt? Please?

Any way to turn off the beep on the instant pot?

Public toilets with powered flush mechanisms scare my autistic son. Any way to make those quieter?  Also my Dyson vacuum is ridiculously loud and scares him t and the dog as well, I second the idea to make vacuums quieter. Sump pump is loud too but we are used to it, and it's a low pitch so not bothersome.

For smoke detectors, the solution is not to let the battery get low. Replace it when you spring forward for daylight saving time, or put a reminder in your phone for next September. If you think there's life left in the battery you remove, use it up in some non-critical thing, like your clock radio or a flashlight, or just don't worry about it.

I'm not the only one who could hear old CRTs! I can remember sprinting past TV displays in stores while everyone else carried on as though nothing was wrong. If you'd like to be able to silence all the noises TVs still make, this is the gadget: https://www.tvbgone.com. (In the somewhat unlikely event you still have a smartphone with an IR LED, there's also an app for that.)

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2020, 01:05:50 AM »
The LED shop lights from Feit Electric, as sold and occasionally discounted by Costco, do not hum, buzz, or flicker like their florescent counterparts, and so far they haven't needed bulbs replaced. They do a little bit of quiet ticking or creaking with thermal expansion, which I find vastly less irritating than the fluorescent ballast buzz.

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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2020, 01:13:44 AM »

Any way to turn off the beep on the instant pot?


I just searched, haven't tried it yet, but apparently there is. Maybe you can report back.
https://pressureluckcooking.com/how-to-turn-the-sound-off-on-your-instant-pot/

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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2020, 06:48:25 AM »
Ack! I hate keyboard clatter. Is there such a thing as a silent keyboard?

The Apple Magic Keyboard. Itís not for everyone, but I love love love how quiet it is, and I like the action.

We have flat wipable keyboards at my work. They are a bit more difficult to type on but they make no noise.

Ugh, I hate those. Iím a very fast typist and I find them impossible ó the action isnít fast enough.

The Apple Magic keyboard on the other hand, I find faster to type on than a normal keyboard.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2020, 07:54:33 AM »

Any way to turn off the beep on the instant pot?


I just searched, haven't tried it yet, but apparently there is. Maybe you can report back.
https://pressureluckcooking.com/how-to-turn-the-sound-off-on-your-instant-pot/

Thank you for this! I will need to try it. The dog is terrified of the Instantpot beeping noise and will be very grateful to never hear it again.

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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2020, 07:56:37 AM »

Any way to turn off the beep on the instant pot?


I just searched, haven't tried it yet, but apparently there is. Maybe you can report back.
https://pressureluckcooking.com/how-to-turn-the-sound-off-on-your-instant-pot/

Thank you for this! I will need to try it. The dog is terrified of the Instantpot beeping noise and will be very grateful to never hear it again.

I need to look for this for our microwave! Why does it beep every time you touch a button?!

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2020, 08:07:42 AM »

Any way to turn off the beep on the instant pot?


I just searched, haven't tried it yet, but apparently there is. Maybe you can report back.
https://pressureluckcooking.com/how-to-turn-the-sound-off-on-your-instant-pot/

Thank you for this! I will need to try it. The dog is terrified of the Instantpot beeping noise and will be very grateful to never hear it again.

I need to look for this for our microwave! Why does it beep every time you touch a button?!
I would love it if it didn't beep for buttons, but I still need it to beep when the food is done. I'll have to do some research. We're moving in a couple of months and won't be taking our current OTR microwave so this will definitely be something to look for in a replacement

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2020, 08:14:16 AM »
I debeeped my microwave by opening it up and removing the beeper.  Then I found a slightly less invasive method online that involves putting a piece of tape over the beeper to muffle it or removing the diaphram, so it is easily rebeeped if needed.  Video is good for a laugh as well!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZ-w5XYVZ8
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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2020, 08:21:46 AM »
Is there such a thing as a quieter vacuum cleaner, or do manufacturers still believe that consumers think that more noise means more power?

Some of the commercial units are much quieter.  You see them being used at airports.  Pricey, but perhaps you can find one used.

Just as guess, but I believe it comes down to the type of motor they use.  "Universal" motors are light, small, cheap, and powerful, but very loud.  "Induction" motors are the opposite.

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« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2020, 08:28:51 AM »
Is there such a thing as a quieter vacuum cleaner, or do manufacturers still believe that consumers think that more noise means more power?

Some of the commercial units are much quieter.  You see them being used at airports.  Pricey, but perhaps you can find one used.

Just as guess, but I believe it comes down to the type of motor they use.  "Universal" motors are light, small, cheap, and powerful, but very loud.  "Induction" motors are the opposite.

Pitch matters, too. We bought a stinger shop vac when we bought our boat and I cannot stand the sound. DH tried to sneak it in when I am not around, but there were occasions when I could hear it walking down the dock and would turn around and go back to shore. Now we have a Dyson boat & car to use on regular cleaning. It might be quieter, but it has a completely different pitch that doesn't hurt my brain.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2020, 08:37:19 AM »
Can we make a smoke detector that knows not to start beeping low batteries at 2am? Like maybe have a little light sensor in there, and only beep if the light is on? I got woken up last night so I'm rambling.

Thank you for this thread!!!!!  High pitched noises are painful to me. The worst is old television sets when they turn on and off, I am very grateful for led TVs. I really hate the truck backing up noise too. Can it be a lower pitch so it doesn't hurt? Please?

Any way to turn off the beep on the instant pot?

Public toilets with powered flush mechanisms scare my autistic son. Any way to make those quieter
?  Also my Dyson vacuum is ridiculously loud and scares him t and the dog as well, I second the idea to make vacuums quieter. Sump pump is loud too but we are used to it, and it's a low pitch so not bothersome.

It doesn't make them quieter, but I have a friend who always has a pack of small post-it notes in her purse.  She puts on over the sensor and only removes it once said child is off the toilet, dressed, and well-prepared for the sound.  Still loud, but not a surprise, especially not when the kiddo is still seated and attempting to do business. 

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2020, 08:49:10 AM »
Then I found a slightly less invasive method online that involves putting a piece of tape over the beeper to muffle it

A couple I knew with little kids used to put clear packing tape over the speaker grill of any toy that made sounds. It tones things down a notch.

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Re: Silence is Golden: A thread to recommend and request quieter products
« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2020, 09:41:47 AM »
Not exactly a product, but the last time we replaced carpet, between tearing out the old and having someone install the new, we went foot by foot over the plywood underneath and put another screw in anywhere it squeaked or creaked when we stepped on it. Ten years later there are a couple new spots, but mostly there's no noise when we walk there.

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« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2020, 09:57:27 AM »
Oh look at that...silencing the IP too, huh. I've wrestled with that idea because I do want to know right when it's done, as opposed to the microwave that I really only use for small, quick (but vital) operations. Hmm. But does the IP REALLY have to beep so many times on both ends of things?? Sigh. I can't always get to it fast enough to shut it up at the end.

However, I keep my Dyson quiet effortlessly: I only use it twice a year, whether my place needs it or not! (OK I'm mostly joking)

ETA in case anyone cares, my easily unbeepable microwave is a Toshiba EM925A-BS. Unbeeping is binary though...all on or all off, no choice to just allow "ding fries are done" beeps.
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« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2020, 05:58:40 PM »
My microwave is similarly all-or-nothing. It silences the end of cook beep and even the timer. It would be nice if it were a little more context specific, but I'm not going far in the next couple minutes, and I can hear the whirring stop.

For the instant pot, you could set a phone timer to come close, starting with cook time plus 5 or 10 minutes, and then notice how much to adjust next time. At least with the phone timer, you can set the volume and choose a sound that doesn't drive everybody and the dog up the wall.
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« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2020, 10:01:31 AM »
my two alarm panels are extremely loud and they're set right at ear level.  I like the keypad to beep and I like the beeps when doors open/close.  But I don't need to be deafened!  One of the alarm panels is right next to the door to the garage.  So you can imagine every time I go in/out, the beep in my ear was starting to concern me.  There's no way to partially turn the chimes off.  The features are very limited.  I finally took the panel off and places packaging tape over the speaker in the circuit board.  It makes the noise bearable without me worrying about my loss of hearing.

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« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2020, 08:23:47 PM »
my two alarm panels are extremely loud and they're set right at ear level.  I like the keypad to beep and I like the beeps when doors open/close.  But I don't need to be deafened!  One of the alarm panels is right next to the door to the garage.  So you can imagine every time I go in/out, the beep in my ear was starting to concern me.  There's no way to partially turn the chimes off.  The features are very limited.  I finally took the panel off and places packaging tape over the speaker in the circuit board.  It makes the noise bearable without me worrying about my loss of hearing.

If they're relatively recent, could you name the source, so others can steer clear or at least ask the question before buying? And have you considered posting a review or complaining to the manufacturer so they know it's bothering people?

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« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2020, 11:01:37 PM »
Is there such a thing as a quieter vacuum cleaner, or do manufacturers still believe that consumers think that more noise means more power?
I have a built in vaccuum.  The motor unit is 30ft + away from where I am and in the garage or utility room.  I only hear the hose sucking noises.

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« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2020, 05:58:18 AM »
Is there such a thing as a quieter vacuum cleaner, or do manufacturers still believe that consumers think that more noise means more power?
I have a built in vaccuum.  The motor unit is 30ft + away from where I am and in the garage or utility room.  I only hear the hose sucking noises.
Ditto, but if you're in the garage when someone else is vacuuming, the racket is gawdawful.

Our doors all had chime alarms. The noise was piercing, but it was absolutely necessary when my MIL w/Alzheimer's lived with us. Now that she is in a care facility, it is a sweet relief every time I open a door and nothing happens.

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« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2020, 03:23:03 PM »
Is there such a thing as a quieter vacuum cleaner, or do manufacturers still believe that consumers think that more noise means more power?
I have a built in vaccuum.  The motor unit is 30ft + away from where I am and in the garage or utility room.  I only hear the hose sucking noises.
Ditto, but if you're in the garage when someone else is vacuuming, the racket is gawdawful.

Our doors all had chime alarms. The noise was piercing, but it was absolutely necessary when my MIL w/Alzheimer's lived with us. Now that she is in a care facility, it is a sweet relief every time I open a door and nothing happens.
BWHAHAHA

I guess there actually are benefits if no one else in the house vacuums but you.

More realistically, I am likely so happy someone else is using the vacuum that the noise in the garage doesn't bother me.   It's just an excuse to stop working in the garage and go sit down with a drink.
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« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2020, 05:15:10 PM »
Is there such a thing as a quieter vacuum cleaner, or do manufacturers still believe that consumers think that more noise means more power?
I have a built in vaccuum.  The motor unit is 30ft + away from where I am and in the garage or utility room.  I only hear the hose sucking noises.
Ditto, but if you're in the garage when someone else is vacuuming, the racket is gawdawful.

Our doors all had chime alarms. The noise was piercing, but it was absolutely necessary when my MIL w/Alzheimer's lived with us. Now that she is in a care facility, it is a sweet relief every time I open a door and nothing happens.
BWHAHAHA

I guess there actually are benefits if no one else in the house vacuums but you.

More realistically, I am likely so happy someone else is using the vacuum that the noise in the garage doesn't bother me.   It's just an excuse to stop working in the garage and go sit down with a drink.
BWAHAHAHA right back! Today, our cleaning team returned for the first time since March. We live in the Bay Area, where the air is wicked terrible today. DH is home from work this week, because he's trying to get the prep done before painting the house. I have demanded that no outdoor work be done today, even with his professional respirator on. We hatched a plan for the two of us and the bonus kid to work in the garage while the cleaning people are here. So there we three were, hanging out in the garage when the damn central vacuum started. And ran and ran and ran. Argh! I confess, I retreated to the laundry room, where I washed a batch of ziploc bags in preparation for re-use. Delicious irony, no?

PS - We're FI and I'm RE we can spend our money on having someone clean the house for us every damn day if we want to and it won't have a significant financial impact. I do a lot of volunteer work in my community and I'd much rather do that than clean this house. Mind you, they don't make three scratch meals a day, nor do they do laundry or make beds, but I adore having everything clean all at the same moment. Bliss!

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« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2020, 06:58:19 PM »
I debeeped my microwave by opening it up and removing the beeper. 
This. I have yet to find a device that will resist my screwdriver, wrench, and pliers.

Industrial designers who don't have sound settings on their devices all deserve to be hung upside down in a pit of malfunctioning children's electronic toys.

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« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2020, 05:32:23 PM »
We love our Bosch dishwasher, it cleans well and runs quietly, but it comes with an extremely annoying factory setting to beep every few minutes when itís done... and this will go on for at least 12 hours! It caused our little dog to have a serious aversion to beeping noises.

I finally wised up and googled it and thereís a series of button combos to turn it off. Back when I did this, the internet only had listed two methods, which didnít work for mine (and the owners manual had the incorrect button combo listed) but through a brute force trial and error I found the correct button combo after a minute. When are manufacturers going to learn to set quiet as the default?!

https://removeandreplace.com/2018/03/25/how-to-turn-off-beeping-on-bosch-dishwasher-when-cycle-complete/

Thanks for this! We're on the verge of getting a new Bosch dishwasher, but we also frequently time the dishwasher to run in the middle of the night (for cheapest and furthest off-peak electricity) so a ton of "I'm done!" beeping at 3am would be horrible.

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« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2020, 05:21:50 PM »
No recommendations, but I love this thread idea! Why does modern life have to be so gol-darn noisy?? (shakes fist at kids on my lawn)


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« Reply #35 on: October 01, 2020, 12:22:33 PM »
We have very quiet dishwashers, bathroom fans (which I replaced myself) and cars.  Miele vacuums are quiet. Our house had hot water circulation pumps which made  noise in the plumbing so I disconnected them.