Refrigerators have come quite a long way since the first home fridge was developed in the early 1900s. Now, they’re outfitted with an array of smart features and screens. But what if your main concern is your refrigerator’s noise level? After all, who wants to hear the hum of the fridge running or the clank of the ice machine working at all hours of the day?
If you’re in the market for one of the quietest refrigerators available, look no further. We’ve compiled the six quietest from all the top brands in refrigeration.
Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Fridge
Before you purchase a fridge, though, you want to consider what factors are most important to you. Refrigerators can differ wildly, so what boxes do your new fridge need to tick to keep you happy in the long-run? (After all, this is an appliance that can stick around for years and years.)
You may want to consider your fridge’s noise level. For some shoppers, this won’t even be an issue. However, if you have a baby or a small child in the house, or if you’re buying a fridge for a short-term rental unit, you likely want a quiet fridge that’s not going to cause a ruckus in the middle of the night and wake up your sleeping child or your Airbnb guest.
You can find fridge’s that come in an array of designs. Black, white, stainless steel, vintage, super-modern, you name it.
Do you want a quiet fridge that will go with any kind of cabinets or kitchen aesthetic, in case you want to switch up your look over the years? Or do you want one that will really stand out and pop? Or do you just care about buying a refrigerator brand that will match your current style for the time being?
These are all questions to consider.
Generally, refrigerators come with three main layout options: side-by-side, top-freezer or bottom-freezer. The names are self-explanatory.
If you have a side-by-side fridge, you’ll have two doors that open out, with the freezer section on one side and the fridge section on the other. A top-freezer puts the smaller freezer on top of a larger fridge. A bottom-freezer puts the fridge up top, while the smaller freezer sits at the bottom of the appliance.
Top-freezer refrigerators are often preferred by those on a budget, as they’re cheaper. Top-freezer options are more expensive, but buyers like that everything in the fridge is right in reach, no bending required. However, if you need a lot of freezer space, you might prefer the side-by-side option.
Also, if a water dispenser and an ice dispenser are important to you, that will change the refrigerator layout.
You’ll also want to consider the size. Depending on how many people live in your house, a smaller refrigerator might be a headache down the road. Also consider the items you frequently store, as smaller refrigerators won’t easily fit large or multiple items, like a large pizza box, a box of beer and a defrosting turkey all at once.
Kate Diaz Co-owner and Writer for Swanky Den shares why it is important to check the energy star rating. She adds, “This rating will make a difference in terms of saving money, energy bills, and on how your appliance can help protect the climate.”
Diaz continues, “make sure to look for an energy star-certified refrigerator, which is around 9% more energy-efficient in comparison to models that meet the minimum energy efficiency standard.”
Lastly, look out for those smart home features that many fridges now come with and determine if they’ll actually be useful for you. Do you need a fridge that will savvily keep your grocery list stored? Or one that comes with a grocery app? Or one that will show you what’s inside without any need to open the door? All of these smart features can exist in a quiet refrigerator.
The LG 26.0 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Side Refrigerator ranks well with buyers thanks to its low noise level, digital temperature controls, built-in water dispenser and ice filter and energy efficiency. The fridge features a side-by-side layout.
The Samsung 28 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel 4-Door Flex French Door Refrigerator is not only quiet, but it’s also pretty tech-savvy (but what else would you expect from a fridge made by Samsung?). The huge screen on the front of the fridge posts an array of information, and not just fridge-related info either. You can check the date, the time and even the weather. Samsung is most commonly known for its smartphones, but we are big fans of their home appliances, especially this french door refrigerator!
The GE Profile Series French-Door Refrigerator is pretty tech-savvy, too, and it actually eliminates the need for a popular countertop kitchen appliance — your coffee maker. There’s a Keurig machine built right into the door. The WiFi settings allow you to use an app to tell the fridge to preheat water for your coffee, adjust fridge settings or alert you when the door opens.
This is a top pick for coffee lovers. If you are feeling really fancy, you can make your own iced coffee with the ice maker and the coffee maker.
Whirlpool takes quiet to a new level, by not only making its 36-inch side-by-side Whirlpool refrigerator itself quiet but by also making all the digital controls and features quiet, too, which is an added bonus. The quiet fridge is also eco-friendly, with Energy Star certification. The side-by-side Whirlpool refrigerator also has an in-door ice maker giving you a little more freezer space.
This is the perfect option for a big family. With frameless shelving, this energy-efficient side-by-side refrigerator provides tons of storage.
Of course, if you need something that’s on the budget-friendly side, you can still find a quiet fridge with a sleek design. This top freezer option from Frigidaire is under $900 and offers features such as humidity-controlled drawers, adjustable shelves and LED lighting. Equipped with spill-safe glass shelves, this is a top pick for families.
While Haier isn’t as well known as some of the above brands, it does still make a pretty quiet fridge, that can easily go head-to-head with the LG fridge listed above. This Haier 16.0 Cu. Ft. 4 Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator is a buyer favorite, with a counter-depth design and sleek stainless steel, minimalistic aesthetic.
How to Make Your Current Fridge Quieter for the Time Being
If you’re stuck with your current fridge, though, you might just want to make it a bit quieter for the time being. There are a few ways to do this. Identify what exactly is making your current fridge so noisy (it might be the ice maker, water dispenser, drip tray, fridge walls or compressor) and then consider:
- Leveling out the fridge
- Moving your fridge to another spot in your house
- Cleaning the condenser
- Adding soundproofing below or around your fridge
If one of these doesn’t work and you still can’t find peace and quiet, you might want to consider buying one of the quiet refrigerator options above.
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The 6 Quietest Refrigerators on the Market:
- LG 26.0 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Side Refrigerator
- Samsung 28 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel 4-Door Flex French Door Refrigerator
- GE Profile Series French-Door Refrigerator
- Whirlpool 36 Inch Side-by-Side Refrigerator
- Frigidaire 20.4 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator
- Haier 16.0 Cu. Ft. 4 Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator