Noico vs Dynamat: The Faceoff
There are many car enthusiasts out there, but not every single one of us wants to deal with loud noises all the time.
One of the best ways to quiet the interior of a car cabin is to make use of sound deadeners, but with so many products in the market, how do you actually make the right decision?
And what are the key features that makes the most impact on your choice?
Today we take a closer look at Noico and Dynamat, 2 of the best known brands out there.
How do they stack against each other? That’s what we will find out today.
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Ah, so you need sound-proof material? Well I’ve got news for you pal… you aren’t alone.
It’s a loud world outside…and inside your car’s too! Not everyone wants to listen to the roar of a loud engine as they drive (apparently neither might their neighbours).
At first it can seem like something that only a garage or some other professional can help you with, and that comes with an expensive price tag.
Turning to the internet doesn’t always help, where every product is jumping to get your attention. It can lead anyone to feel at their wits-end when it comes to what solutions there are available, so lucky you are here.
Sound-proofing your vehicle probably isn’t something you have given much thought to until a problem that required a solution presented itself but there are tonnes of benefits you can reap from installing sound-deadening material in your vehicle.
Sound-deadening materials, such as Dynamat and Noico, are great for a variety of people, like those who have issues in older cars, or small cars, which can be poorly insulated, have thinner doors, or leaky car hoods.
Fitting a sound-deadening material can really help reduce the sound of the road, wind and vehicle rattle (which can cause a bit of a headache to say the least).
It isn’t just those people who need soundproofing measures in their vehicles, it can help people with audio quality issues in their vehicle, particularly in your doors or trunk/boot where you might have in-car stereo-speakers or sub-woofers fitted.
Fitting a sound-deadening material will absorb vibrations from the speakers fitted in the vehicle that distort the acoustic quality; fitting these materials can really improve the sound of your speakers and reduce the sound bouncing off the internal of the vehicle, bonus if you a music lover!
Isn’t sound-deadening material just foam?
You could try all kinds of different materials, some from around the house or easily bought at the nearest department or home store.
What you need to do is figure out what you are trying to suppress, whether it is mainly vibration to improve the overall feel and experience of the ride, or whether you are trying to suppress sound.
It might even be just solely improving the audio quality, but it really is worth discovering what extent you intend to take this to.
Did you know that the average noise level within a car is 70 db? That’s equivalent to the noise in a typical office!
If you are looking to soundproof the whole car, then you are going to need to figure out how much coverage you are going to need and what uses the material is mainly for; is it strictly for sound-blocking the volume of your audio system from the public or are you looking to improve the quality of your audio?
Perhaps the goal is to reduce the noise of debris hitting the car but you can’t seem to find a solution that ends up less effective once you’ve turned the heating on – not ideal when you live in a cold climate!
But we have two great brands here that can solve your sound-deadening needs and the what and why’s of who’s your guy!
Noico vs Dynamat comparison
I wanted to help shine a light on two of the big dogs on the market, and in this article, I have explored the benefits and negatives of two market treasures in terms of sound-deadening materials, Dynamat, which has been popular on the market of sound-deadening materials for some time, and a steadily increasing in popularity rival Noico.
Both products have won the confidence of customers as the best in show due to their merits in effectiveness when it comes to being sound choices of sound-deadening materials, Let’s get stuck in:
More about Noico
Noico is a newer alternative sound-deadening material that has crept up in popularity on the market for fair reason. Noico have created their sound-deadening matt in a thick, butyl-asphalt based material which is effective for providing heat-resistance so your heating the car won’t affect its effectiveness but it does emit a slight, but unpleasant, smell upon being heated.
Noico have also built in a vibro-dampening layer that is particularly efficient at reducing vibrations within the vehicle, which makes it great for reducing wind rush and road noise.
When it comes to installation Noico have the edge by being very beginner friendly so there isn’t much stress involved and most people don’t struggle to install the sound-deadening material without a tutorial.
Noico have used a self-adhesive which mean’s no additional kit needed for fitting but it can leave a residue when miss-placed. However, the sheets are flexible enough to be adhered to a multiple of useful places within the vehicle like wheel arches and floors etc.
In the interests of a fair review, it wouldn’t be right to omit that even Noico themselves self-confess that their Noico sound-deadening matts are not 100% effective at reducing sound and vibration when used as a sound-proofing material alone.
This is a pretty massive point to consider if you need that high, premium, coverage around the entire vehicle. They recommend using it as a compliment with their other range of automotive sound-deadening items and materials if you are looking for a high-level of sound-reduction.
Noico does redeem their sound-deadening material in other areas though as this sound-deadening material was manufactured with automotive use at the forefront of design and use which is apparent in the small detail of the product; such as the sound deadening sheets only weighing in at around 0.7 pounds per square foot, which is particularly good to know if you are trying to keep your vehicle lightweight.
Noico haven’t explicitly expressed that you cannot use the sound-deadening matt anywhere else like some other alternatives on the market and it is unlikely that they would when you consider that the matt needs additional accessories to provide a premium level of coverage.
At this point they haven’t recommended to use the product outside of automotive uses explicitly either.
- Versatile and flexible lightweight sheets
- Beginner friendly installation, tutorial free
- Not 100% effective as a stand-alone product, recommended with add-ons
- Unsuitable for hot climates due to the rubbery smell of the asphalt-base
More about Dynamat
For a long time Dynamat was the original sound deadening matt, becoming a solid, reputable, choice because of the aluminium front & butyl back combination which lends itself to the product having outstanding performance in three separate areas. Providing optimum sound and vibration reduction, Dynamat is also superbly heat resistant to extremely high temperatures remaining odourless and retaining its effectiveness.
Dynamat is a bit trickier to install than some alternatives that have appeared on the market and because of the sheet dimensions you are likely to require the use of some cutting tools.
Because of the thickness and density of the matt they are remarkably effective even if fiddlier to cut but you can find easy-to-follow videos on Youtube. That said, it is incredibly easy to get the hang of it and once you have you won’t be there for long. You could have the car sound-proofed in as little as two days.
Dynamat gained popularity and stayed popular as time went by because of the premium quality that has gone into the sound-deadening material to make it a single source solution to reducing your noise levels. For the average joe this can be a heck of a lot more convenient than trying to pair or mix and match different methods. It’s worth considering as well that if you are trying to sound-deaden your vehicle on a budget that could end up costly.
As well as being perfect for automotive performance Dynamat is also useful at sound-proofing the home such as rear decks, doors and floors and if you are into restoring old trucks, vans or cars then it is perfect for fortifying the bodywork and making them sound, and feel, more reliable. Which is great news because then if you do end up with some left-over material then it can have some super handy additional uses!
- Perfect for hot climates with it’s completely odorless base
- Extremely good sound reduction qualities
- It can be fiddlier to master the hang of installing this sound-deadening material
- It requires cutting tools for installation, so not ideal for everyone
The showdown: Noico vs Dynamat
Both Dynamat and Noico sound-deadening matts are both very well thought out automotive sound deadening products, especially in terms of manufacturing terms and when you compare the two it is easy to see why consumers are so hung up on which brand to go for. It isn’t hard to see why consumers would be drawn to the Noico over the Dynamat if they are working on a budget, when it seems to be an excellent all-singing-all-dancing alternative. But literally, at what cost?
This was a slam dunk for me when I compared the two products on which came out stronger than the other, and the Dynamat came out as the champion down to the wholesome and frank truth that in terms of automotive sound deadening it is superior to Noico when it comes to performance.
Dynamat is a complete solution to your problems; whether they are reducing noise from the engine, a rattling car or improving the sound quality of your audio system, the Dynamat is the only product that you need. So, Read it out to me if you are just looking to secure your ill-fitting speakers, you don’t need to faff around adding more sound-deadening measures.
With this comparison Noico falls short on the key responsibility of soundproofing in one simple step. Even the company advises that you need to use it in conjunction with some of their other materials and this isn’t something consumers want to have the headache of having to deal with. It
The winner: Dynamat
We’ve seen that Dynamat have the lead when it comes to performance out of the two sound deadening materials, but another feature to consider when deciding which brand is better to spend your hard-earned cash on is coverage which puts Dynamat firmly in the lead once again.
Both products provide 9 sheets of sound-deadening material – so at first glance it seems like they are neck and neck when it comes to how many packets you are going to need to order if you intend to sound-proof the entire vehicle. But, further inspections show’s Noico has a dimension per sheet of 18×32 inch vs. Dynamat’s 29.5×19.5 inch – for those of you who find dimensions just as boggling as me, that means that Dynamat’s sheets are long and rectangular.
This sounds petty, right up until you consider installing these sheets is going to be a lot more convenient with longer, rectangular sheets even if the installation might seem trickier to master in the first place, it does quickly become a piece of cake and it is going to mean a lot less wasted material when you are cutting sheet’s to size. So that’s Dynamat 2 – 0 Noico.
The winner: Dynamat
In this factor, there is a clear distinction between the 2 brands.
Noice clearly stands out in this department as they have a much better thickness than Dynamat, which is directly related to its effectiveness in soundproofing.
That said, both brands are solid in terms of thickness, so do not put down Dynamat simply because of this.
The winner: Noico
The idea of sound-deadening your vehicle is that you are attempting to make your experience more comfortable; and that is universal no matter what your extent of coverage is, whether it is for vibration control or sound-muting and so it doesn’t make sense to sound-proof your vehicle only for it to smell like a tyre yard.
It really isn’t that bad, but we are being honest about the smell that Noico has being reported for making by certain customers. Although the smell is only slight and is manageable, it is something that is completely non-existent with Dynamat.
It’s is totally odorless, meaning you can feel secure in installing it throughout your entire vehicle (doors, hood, boot and all four-wheel arches!) without gagging.
The winner: Dynamat
Noico vs Dynamat: Conclusion
For this comparison, Dynamat leads in 3 of 4 categories when it comes to being effective, with full or half coverage, thickness and you don’t suffer any stench from your attempts, so they are the clear winner for me.
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