The Quiet Revolution

With busy, modern lifestyles and the trend for open plan living, loud appliances can really disrupt the quality of a calm home environment. Quiet Mark makes it easier to find quieter technology and ways to reduce unwanted noise. Quiet Mark research 2019 found that 71% of consumers agree that it matters how loud an appliance is when used at home and, given the choice, 76% of consumers would opt for the appliance that is labelled quiet Plus, if you prefer to use your appliances at night when energy tariffs can be reduced, noise will be a major consideration when looking for a new dishwasher or washing machine.

Through scientific testing and assessment, we can identify the quietest products in a given category, making purchase decisions quicker and easier. The more successful the scheme becomes, the more designers and manufacturers will be driven to reduce sound levels in their next generation of product.

Why do we need Quiet Mark?

There can be huge differences in sound levels between products that perform the same function to the same quality. The Quiet Mark approval allows consumers to make informed choices, based on independent, expert assessment of sound levels across the category. Quiet Mark give you the option to choose.

How are Quiet Mark products assessed?

Working with Anderson Acoustics, and in partnership with Good Housekeeping Institute, sound levels on a range of products at varying price points are tested where possible in an environment that reflects real life conditions. Alternatively, sound test reports from manufacturers will be reviewed and validated or Energy Label schemes can also be used.

How loud are Quiet Mark products?

Every category is different and decibel levels are very complex to understand so products are selected from a range of brands, that are at the quiet end of the spectrum for that product type. The presence of the mark on a product gives the consumer confidence that it has been independently and expertly assessed.

Why was Quiet Mark established?

Quiet Mark came as response to public complaints received by the Noise Abatement Society’s 24/7 national noise helpline which was set up over concerns about the volume and excessive noise made by household tools and appliances. Quiet Mark was established to provide a credible, independent scheme that would help consumers easily identify quieter products.

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Delay Payments for 12 months with Buy Now Pay Later when you spend £50 or more

Interest is calculated and compounded daily at a typical rate of 44.9% per annum for the delayed payment period and repayment period and is charged to your account at date of order as a lump sum.

Remember, avoid paying all interest by paying the cash price before the end of the delayed payment period. This can be done in one full payment or multiple partial payments.

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What is Buy Now Pay Later?
Buy Now Pay Later is an interest bearing option that allows you to delay payments on your purchases for up to 12 months. The delayed payment period starts from the date of order (including pre-ordered items and those not ready for immediate dispatch).

You can choose:
A delayed payment period of 12 months and then a repayment period of 104 weeks when you spend £50 or more.
A delayed payment period of 12 months and then a repayment period of 156 weeks when you spend £99 or more.

How interest is calculated?
Interest will be charged for the delayed payment period and the chosen repayment period.

Interest is calculated and compounded daily at a typical rate of 44.9% per annum for the delayed payment period and repayment period and is charged to your account at date of order as a lump sum. This calculation factors in the planned payments that are requested during the repayment period. Your interest rate is personal to you and will be detailed in checkout.

How to avoid paying interest?
You can avoid paying all interest for both periods by paying the cash price before the end of the delayed payment period. This can be done in one full payment or multiple partial payments.

Making partial payments may result in a portion of the lump sum of compound interest being refunded at the end of the delayed payment period.

Remember if you choose not to pay the full cash price before the end of the delayed payment period any outstanding balance plus the lump sum of compound interest applied at the date of order will become payable.

How do I make a Buy Now Pay Later payment?
To make a full or partial payment simply log into My Account, choose "Make a payment", select "Pay Buy Now Pay Later" and allocate your payment to the specific item(s) you wish to pay off. Alternatively, you can call us.

What happens after the delayed payment period?
If you have not made any payments towards your Buy Now Pay Later, the outstanding balance plus the lump sum of compound interest will be payable across your chosen repayment period. This will now be included in your account minimum payment request each month.

If you have made partial payments, but not cleared the full cash price before the end of the delayed payment period, the outstanding balance plus a reduced lump sum of compound interest will become payable. The repayment amount agreed for the repayment period will remain the same, meaning the repayment period may be shorter than originally agreed.
If you have paid the cash price in full before the end of the delayed payment period, you will not pay any interest.

What is excluded from Buy Now Pay Later?
The costs for delivery, installation services and any warranty and insurance products cannot be placed on Buy Now Pay Later. Buy Now Pay Later availability is subject to your credit and account status.

Do I still have to pay my minimum payment?
Yes, allocating payments to Buy Now Pay Later will not cover the minimum payment for your Littlewoods account. If you have a non-Buy Now Pay Later balance on your Littlewoods account, you will still need to make at least your minimum payment as shown on your statement.