There’s no getting around it – vacuum cleaners can be loud. In fact, they are some of the loudest appliances in your home.
But why is that? Are vacuum cleaner manufacturers trying to annoy us? Are all vacuum cleaners noisy? Or is there a way to make them quieter?
We’ll take a closer look at the loud and annoying truth about vacuum cleaners and what you can do about it.
Are Vacuum Cleaners Intentionally Loud?
It’s a common misunderstanding that vacuum cleaners are made intentionally loud. The truth is that many vacuums are designed to be as quiet as possible.
In fact, many manufacturers go to great lengths to reduce the noise levels of their vacuums and their motors.
So if vacuum cleaners aren’t intentionally loud, what makes them so noisy?
There are a few things that contribute to the noise level of a vacuum cleaner. First, the type of motor can have an impact on how loud the vacuum is.
Second, the design of the vacuum itself can make it louder or quieter. And finally, the way you use your vacuum can also affect how much noise it makes.
Make Your Vacuum Cleaner Quieter
There are a few things you can do to reduce the noise of your vacuum cleaner.
If you’re looking for a new vacuum, pay attention to the type of motor and wattage rating. Some vacuums have powerful motors that can make them quite loud, the greater the wattage the more sucking power but the louder it often is.
Other vacuums have more subdued motors that won’t be as noisy. You can also look for a vacuum with sound-dampening materials that will help to reduce the noise level.
Finally, make sure you’re using your vacuum properly. If you’re not, it can actually end up being louder than it needs to be.
One example of why your vacuum cleaner gets loud is because it’s not being serviced enough. The filter is clogged, the roller brushes have a bunch of stuff wrapped around them, or the motor has debris blocking its vents making it work harder and thus be louder.
Air Makes Vacuums Loud
There are a few factors that contribute to the noise level of a vacuum cleaner. First, the type of motor can have an impact on how loud the vacuum is.
Second, the design of the vacuum itself can make it louder or quieter. A shop vacuum will tend to be louder than your home vacuum, but then again the shop vacuum tend to have more power.
Third, it’s just simply the vacuum cleaner’s fan hitting air makes the noise. There is no good way to get around the motor’s fan blades hitting air and making noise.
And finally, the way you use your vacuum can also affect how much noise it makes. The things you suck up can make a vacuum cleaner louder, pet hair is quieter then the cereal and so on.
You will also find the cheaper vacuum cleaners tend to be louder and the more expensive ones will be quieter. This is because the more expensive vacuum cleaners will have better filters for noise and go to greater lengths to cut down on sounds.
Loudness = More Expensive
There is some truth to this, as some people consider a loud vacuum cleaner as more powerful.
The reality is that you can still make strong and powerful vacuum cleaners that are also silent, which we see with higher-end vacuum cleaners.
What’s interesting is how vacuum cleaner manufacturers are shifting from making the motor louder to making the dirt and dust you suck up louder. They go out of their way to make the things you suck up make as much noise as possible to make you think the vacuum cleaner is really cleaning the floor.
We’re even seeing manufacturers go a step further and measuring the dirt you suck up and showing you on a screen, as Dyson has done in their the latest vacuum cleaners. To be honest, it’s a nice feature that I wish more vacuum cleaners would adopt. Visually seeing what you suck up is a huge selling point and why most canisters on vacuum cleaners are now clear instead of being hidden in a bag these days.
Will There Ever Be A Truly Silent Vacuum Cleaner?
As technology improves, it’s possible that we’ll see more and more silent vacuum cleaners on the market.
But it’s important to remember that even the quietest vacuums will still make some noise. It’s just the nature of the beast of a fan blade hitting the air and making noise.
So while we may not be able to achieve true silence with a vacuum cleaner, manufacturers are constantly working on ways to reduce the noise levels of their products.
The next best thing you can do if you must have a quiet vacuum cleaner is to get a whole house vacuum cleaner unit. The vacuum cleaner is tucked away in your basement or any room you want, and you pull the hoses out of the sockets of the room and get to cleaning. The only thing you hear is the suction from the hose, which is not 100% quiet, but still better than having the vacuum cleaner motor in the same room.