The washer is so quiet that there are times I don't believe it's running. I can hear the zipper on the pillow in the dryer hitting the inside, but nothing else. The new appliances are just enough bigger that I can't keep the buckets I use to carry water in there anymore, they'll have to go into the guest bathroom tub, but it's not used often, so that shouldn't be too bad.
Spirit, who I noticed has a nice layer of fat now, hid behind the water heater while the guys were working next to her. O cat of little brain. They'd been gone about 45 minutes before she came out and when I put a pillow in the washer, she stood in the hallway, mesmerized by seeing it going around in the cat-level window.