If you like a peaceful home, choosing a quiet fridge freezer is important. Your appliance will be running all the time, and the last thing you want is to hear the compressor clicking on and off at night.
Silent fridge freezers don’t really exist yet, but you can find models that are super quiet. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the common sounds these appliances make and why, to help you pick the right model for your home.
WHAT SOUNDS TO EXPECT
Most fridge freezers emit a continuous noise, which is usually described as a humming sound. This comes from the running compressor, circulating coolant around the appliance.
In older models, you’ll occasionally hear a noise as the compressor turns on and off. However, some newer fridge freezers have compressors that work at different rates to suit the required temperature. This is to make the appliance more efficient by using less energy, and these models are often quieter.
Aside from humming, fridge freezers can make other normal running noises, such as cracking, ticking, creaking and groaning. This is often caused by panels inside the appliance expanding and contracting due to changes in temperature.
Noises can also be caused by certain features of the appliance. For instance, some Beko fridge freezers have a defrost timer that clicks when it starts.
NOISY OR QUIET?
What’s quiet to some may be noisy to others – so, to help compare models more objectively, it can be useful to look at the noise level on the specification. This is given in decibels (dB).
The normal noise range for modern fridge freezers is 32 to 47 dB. Anything quieter than 40 dB is considered a quiet model, as this is the noise level of a library.
Occasionally, the stated sound level may be higher or lower than the reality. This could be because the appliance is working harder to keep everything cool, in which case improving its efficiency could help. Similarly, if the appliance is running very efficiently, it may be quieter than stated. In either case, the difference in sound is usually only a few decibels, so you’re unlikely to notice it.
The normal noise range for modern fridge freezers is 32 to 47 dB.
Some models have a useful acoustic alarm that sounds should the door be left open too long.
This serves as a handy reminder to shut the door and is often loud enough to hear in another room – making sure your food stays fresh.
Other models have an alarm if the internal temperature gets too high.