With temperatures rising over the summer, now is the time to enjoy picnics in the park, a cool glass of whatever takes your fancy and BBQs in the garden. Whatever you might be up to this summer, this is a prime time for keeping food cool and fresh. And with many people slowly returning to the office, once again being subject to a stressful commute and the hustle and bustle of city life, there is nothing better than returning home to refrigeration filled with the things you like – without the rattle or annoying buzzing sound that we’ve come to know as “fridge noise”.
Quiet Mark’s expert team of acousticians have assessed decibel levels for hundreds of fridges, freezers and fridge freezers ranging in decibel levels from as high as 50dB to as low as 34dB, with only those at the very lowest end of the scale for their category receiving the Quiet Mark. Exclusively, only 25% of the refrigeration models on the market are eligible for the Quiet Mark certification and whilst 16dB variance may not sound like a big difference, you’d be surprised. Due to the way decibels are calculated with a logarithmic scale, if you decided to buy a 50dB appliance over the quieter 34dB version, this would sound 3½ times louder!
This piece highlights 8 Quiet Mark certified fridges and fridge freezers to suit a wide range of kitchen sizes and budgets.
Liebherr IRBd 5150 Prime BioFresh Integrated Fridge
RedDot Award winner 2021 (Best of the Best) – This Liebherr IRBD5150 fully integrated larder fridge is perfect for storing all of your favourite fruit and veg for any occasion, whether that’s a cosy family dinner or a large summer party with friends. Thanks to its 296 litre capacity, you’ll have plenty of space to store your favourite meat, fish, fruit and veg. With BioFresh technology, your food will stay fresher for longer, minimising the amount that you’re throwing away. And the intuitive Touch & Swipe display will mean that you can alter the settings on your fridge with absolute ease.
Samsung RS8000 Fridge Freezer with SpaceMax™ Technology – RS68N8230SL/EU
Big on the inside, stunning on the outside, it’s easy to see why these American Style side-by-side Fridge Freezers have become so desirable this side of the pond. Better still, they’re stacked with features like ice makers, water dispensers, individually cooled zones and frost-free technology.
Miele KFN 29233 D bb Blackboard Edition XL Fridge Freezer
XL freestanding fridge freezer in exclusive Blackboard edition with DailyFresh and Frost free. DailyFresh large capacity drawer with adjustable moisture for the highest level of economy with perfect freshness. The DynaCool function ensures an even temperature throughout the entire cooling cabinet. It no longer matters on which level your food is stored because conditions are the same throughout.
The NoFrost system distributes cold, dry air evenly so that ice cannot form in the interior cabinet, ice deposits do not form on your frozen food and drawers can always be opened and closed easily. NoFrost offers maximum convenience for freezing food and saves you the hassle of defrosting – forever.
Fisher & Paykel RF605QDUVX1 Quad Door Fridge Freezer
Featuring three separate compartments, including an independent Variable Temperature Zone, for unbelievably flexible storage. ActiveSmart™ Foodcare technology understands how you use your refrigerator and adjusts temperature, airflow and humidity inside to help keep food fresher for longer. Perfectly flat doors for a less intrusive fit in the kitchen, spill-proof glass shelving and beautiful lighting for great visibility inside. The slimline water dispenser easily fills any size jug or vessel with cool, filtered water and fresh ice is always available in a dedicated freezer bin.
Situated conveniently, the easy one-touch control panel for the refrigerator, freezer and Variable Temperature Zone compartments allows you to view and modify the features and options to suit any occasion. Flexible storage and access with large compartments, adjustable internal storage and shelving designed for your constantly changing needs. Fisher & Paykel refrigerators are designed and built using quality materials, using real stainless steel and solid glass for the interior shelving.
LG DoorCooling™ GBB92MCBAP Fridge Freezer
With LG’s GBB92MCBAP DoorCooling+™ fridge freezer in your kitchen, you can enjoy a far more refined culinary experience, one where food stays fresh for longer and even tastes better, all thanks to LG’s efficient NatureFresh™ technology.
NatureFresh™ technology keeps your food fresh for longer, and better tasting
Store more of what you love with a folding shelf and dedicated wine rack
Prolong the storage life of fruit and veg with LG’s FreshBalancer™ and adjust for your needs with FreshConverter™
LG’s Centum System boasts the latest innovations in refrigerator technology offering a 20 year warranty on the compressor
Enjoy the market’s leading eco-friendly design with efficiency to help you save every day
Hotpoint HQ9 B1L 1 Day1 Active 4-Door Fridge Freezer
This Hotpoint HQ9 B1L 1 Side-by-Side American Fridge Freezer features a NoFrost technology, that effectively prevents ice build-up in your Freezer by reducing humidity levels, as well as offering innovative technologies for long lasting freshness. At a low noise level, this fridge-freezer goes unnoticed working quietly in the background. The new Hotpoint Active 4-door Fridge-Freezer offers a large 591 litre capacity with flexible solutions for all your storage needs. At 70cm depth, this fridge-freezer sits perfectly flush alongside your worktop for a seamless look.
Lec R5517W Under Counter Refrigerator
55cm under counter refrigerator with ice box. 107L fridge and 16L freezer gross capacity. Features a manual thermostat, reversible doors, low noise output and an A+ energy rating.
Bush M5585UCFR Under Counter Freezer
Need extra freezer space? looking for something that’s not too big but not too small? This Bush 55cm under-counter freezer is just the right size for you. With 86 litres of freezer space you’ll be able to stock up and enjoy all your favourite frozen goodies. Awarded an impressive A+ in energy consumption, a little truly does go a long way with this one!
The adjustable leg and reversible door allows you to find the perfect fit to suit your kitchen.
Avoid over-frosting with the mechanical temperature control feature, you’re in charge.
Quiet Mark is the international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation (est. 1959). Conducting expert acoustic testing and verification of products Quiet Mark has over the past 9 years driven change in manufacturing worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines, appliances, technologies and house build materials, creating the first one-stop platform for third-party approved noise reduction solutions for every living space to health and well-being.
Through specialist acoustic measurement and product assessment, Quiet Mark identifies the quietest products in over 70 product categories giving consumers and trade buyers a more informed choice about the sound levels of the products they buy. The Quiet Mark scheme drives designers and manufacturers to reduce sound levels of their products enabling households and workplaces to rebalance the soundscape reducing stressful unwanted noise.