Noisy vacuum cleaners will bite the dust under new EU rules

From next month new models must be below 80 decibels – but there are doubts about what will happen after Brexit

A ban on the sale of deafening vacuum cleaners, with a noise level above 80 decibels, will come into force at the start of next month in the UK (and other EU countries) under new European rules designed to boost energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

When Which? tested most new vacuums, it found that noise levels varied dramatically from 65 up to 90 decibels – that’s the difference between the sound of a conversation a metre away to the sound of a busy main road.

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Author: Rebecca Smithers,
Puslished Date: August 13, 2017,
Published Time: 9:00 am