I've moved into a new house, and the refrigerator in it is positioned in a fairly exposed area of the kitchen. It is an Amana 25 and it is loud. The noise drives me nuts, even upstairs, so I'm looking to buy a replacement refrigerator. And my main criteria for the purchase is that it is quiet.
The problem: I can't seem to find anything with any comprehensive listing of noise levels for different refrigerator models. (There was a Consumer Reports refrigerator survey, but that was only for a limited number of models.) Does anyone know of any resource for this type of information, or anything advice they can pass along? Thanks. -Ty
I'm looking to buy a new refrigerator which is freezerless around 15 to 19 cu ft capacity though I might consider a typical refrigerator with freezer if I knew it was especially quiet. I'm considering the Frigidaire FRU17B2JW ($548 at Lowes) or Frigidaire FRU17G4JW ($ 598 at Lowes) which are both freezerless. If anyone has any input on these especially about how quiet they are or aren't please let me know.
I had a Whirlpool top freezer refrigerator that was a bit bigger than I needed but I replaced it with a Hotpoint HTS15 back in the summer of 2001 because it had a good energy rating and I thought I might save a decent amount of money on electricity. I was mistaken. Noticed practically zero difference in electricity expenditure with everything else being kept the same. The Hotpoint I soon realized was noticeably noisier than my old Whirlpool that I had bought used from a private party a few years before. The Whirlpool was quite quiet and I wasn't even thinking about the issue of noise when I bought the Hotpoint but was only thinking about energy efficiency. Don't forget to consider both of these issues when buying.
Interested in quiet freezerless refrigerators or typical refrigerators with freezers if they are especially quiet. Something 15 to 19 cu ft cap.
I found this web site http://wize.com/refrigerators/t50753-noise-level that has info on quiet refreigerators. There are only 10 listed unfortunately. What is interesting is if you read the reviews some people will say certain refrigerators are quiet and then others will say the very same refrigerator is noisy. I think each refrigerator is an individual so I don't think because some particular refrigerator is good or bad, noisy or quiet or whatever you should necessarily generalize and say that every refrigerator of that model or manufacturer is the same.
When people have problems you usually hear about them because people like to complain. If some model works well you may not hear about it. If a lot of people say that some model is bad the question is how many units of that model are out there and how many of those are working well. Maybe the bad units are a small percentage but there are a large number of the units out there. On the other hand maybe the percentage of bad units is large for some particular make and model and if that 's the case then you obviously want to avoid that make and model.
Richard you said, " As to "quiet operation" in a refrigerator, you are correct that some think one model is quiet while another finds it noisy." That's another consideration being the subjective experience of different people but what I was talking about was the possibility that not every model of a particular manufacturer will perform identically. You might have some lemons mixed in with the "average" units for a particular make and model. If someone gets one of those lemons the likelihood that they will write a review about it will be higher than if they got a properly working unit.
Then as you said there are factors like acoustics which you might be able to do something about. I put some carpeting under and around the sides and back of my Hotpoint to try to make it a little more quiet.
Richard was saying that his Samsung is quiet so I was looking at Samsung at BestBuy. I like the way they have it set up
That shows the Samsung refrigerators being sold by BestBuy. I like that they show how many reviews have been given for each model and the average reviewer rating out of a possible 5 stars. I was noticing that the pricier models tend to have higher average review ratings. Model RF267ABBP which is selling for $ 2,099 got an average reviewer rating of 4.5 stars with 27 reviews. At the other extreme was Model RS2530BWP which is selling for under $ 900 (I think, not remembering exact amount) with an average reviewer rating of 1.1 stars with 14 reviews. Most of the reviews for Samsung refrigerators though are closer to a 5 than a 1.
Paul -- I fully agree with you that each of us has differing audio acuity -- and this, together with background noise, may mask to some degree whether we find a particular refrigerator to be "noisy". Also, you are correct that there will be some variation in noise between "identical units/same model units". Finally, the surrroundings can also make a difference -- witness your use of carpeting.
So, what are we to do? The only comparative tests involve laboratory-based tests where one could measure equivalence between brands and models -- and perhaps measure the differences when new and a few years later. Given the expense of doing this, and the fact that consumers are unlikely to personally contribute to have the tests done, I doubt we will see tests such as these in the near future. Unfortunately, that leaves us listening mainly to the "complainers" who do not like the way "their purchase" is behaving. They are venting frustration -- and probably only the manufacturer knows how many complaints they receive, and they are not about to disclose this information. Further thoughts?
Although quietness is a concern, my biggest concern is how much ice this Samsung 29 ft. (28.5) makes. I have heard that it only makes two loads a day. I really want this large refrigerator and would appreciate any advice that anyone can give me on this model, the 297.
Would you mind providing a little more information about the kitchen aid refrigerator, as this was the one of the brands that I was considering as I was told by the salesman that it was quiet?
Thanks in advance