Compared to my old washer it's wash cycles are much longer. It's generally quieter, but has some "clicks and bangs" I've never heard from any washing machine built into the cycles. The bottom line for me is that my clothing, towels and even sweats have never been cleaner. They come out of the rinse cycle smelling fresh, not like a laundry product. The washer (and the dryer) are different from any I've owned before ... in some ways quieter, in some ways a little noisier, but the bottom line is I have much cleaner laundry than I got from my old machines.