Chances are that you’ve never heard of Sorbothane rubber. But this innovative polymer has been around for decades and it has been leading a quiet revolution. Sorbothane is also known as the world’s softest visco-elastic polyurethane polymer. While that sounds like a lot of technical jargon it actually amounts to something very simple and very effective at absorbing washing machine vibration.
Sorbothane is an ultra-soft polymer. It’s about as soft as bubble gum, which allows it to do some pretty cool things. First off, it’s so soft that it behaves like a fluid. When vibration energy touches it, it flows through it like a wave, quickly dissipating and being absorbed away. Second, it retains its shape like a solid so that it will last for years and years before it begins to break down. In fact it will retain its properties for millions and millions of cycles, which is far more than you will ever be able to put it through.
When Sorbothane is molded into the bottom layer of our Silent Feet anti-vibration pads for washing machines, it forms a vibration-absorbing barrier between your appliance and your home, apartment or condominium. The fluid-like Sorbothane continuously converts vibration energy from your noisy, shaking washing machine during its spin cycle and turns that energy into heat. That heat energy is rapidly transferred to the air and gone are most of those annoying vibrations and noises that used to spread throughout your home. The secret to our best in class anti-vibration pads is the Sorbothane.