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LG gets an A+ for most quite refrigerator YAY! (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: thunderfoot on 05.22.2010 at 01:57 am in Appliances Forum

I am exceedingly satisfied with how quiet my LG 22 Cu. Ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - is (LBC22520TT).

I probably care more about how quiet my (open floor plan) kitchen and living room are than anyone else on this forum. I shopped for two weeks to find the most quiet fridge. I brought my decibel meter to seven different stores to help judge the sound. I told the salespeople I *only* care that the fridge is quiet, that keeping the food cold was a distant second, and nothing else mattered.

After installing it in the, essentially, open-faced box with sound-absorbing acoustic tile (Auralex) which helps a little, I can still hear the LG run, but the ticking of my wall clock seems louder. Very peaceful.

Here are my tips:

1) Extensive listening in the showrooms, and testing with my decibel meter consistently showed *most* of the LGs to be significantly quieter than other brands. Literally every showroom except one was impossible to really know because the stores are loud, averaging about 78 dB or more, for background noise. But, if you press your ear to the door of most fridges, check with the dB meter under the fridge where most of the sound comes out from the cmopressor, and check inside the freezer with the dB meter you can get a decent idea.

2) The sound that will trouble you the most is the deeper bass huming tones, because they will carry farther. Make sure to check for these. Higher-picthed sounds are easier to stop with sound-absorbing material. All the LGs that I rough-tested in the stores had very little bass sound.

3) If you care about sound, buy a dB meter from Radio Shack. It will be a great investment. It will be almost impossible to determine which fridges are quiet without one, because (a) the showrooms are so noisy (b) for some reason the manufacturers have some sort of conspiracy it seems to not provide any real noise information.(c) trying to get objective information from most people is difficult because "quiet" is relative: one person's 80 dB fridge seems quiet because they have the T.V. running at 85 dB all day long, another person's fridge at 75dB is noisy because they are trying to relax and study in an otherwise quiet environment.

4) You should run your own tests if possible because (a) see above re. personal taste, and (b) I am guessing that the parts in these fridges come from various sub-vendors so you are never going to be certain you have the same makeup as someone else with the same model number.

5) 45 dB is extremely quiet, and not realistic. My LG runs at about 62 dB measured under the door by the floor -- the loudest accessible point. To put this in perspective, when I measure my wall clock at an inch away it ticks at about 50 dB.

6) My dB meter might measure levels differently than another -- so use my readings only relative to one another.

7) When I first plugged in the LG the compressor bell-housing was ringing like a bell (not too loud, but a distinct high pitch around 830 hz (A-flat)). I took the back off and when I placed my hand on the bell housing of the compressor the ringing stopped. O.K. easy to fix this with say a little clay damping. But, when the compressor heated up the sound went away so I didn't bother.

8) I have Auralex (http://www.auralex.com/dealers/) sound panels behind the fridge and underneath it, and acoustic ceiling tiles on the walls in a box I made for the fridge to slide into. These certainly help, but the truth is the fridge was very quiet even when it was sitting out in the middle of the kitchen. (If you put yours in a box, make sure to leave plenty of room for venting of the heat from the compressor, and take into account the fire dangers of your material.) With the LG, the box is not really necessary.

9) Make sure that your fridge is not using your floor as a sounding board (like in a piano). I poured concrete to sit my fridge on (with pads under the wheels), but if you have a wooden floor you should use thick pads to dampen the sound.

10) I do not have the ice-maker turned on, and I do not have a water dispenser, both of these on purpose, so I cannot comment on the sound of models that have those.

11) I have only had the LG for a little while, so I specifically cannot comment on reliability, and continued quiet operation.

Good luck. There is all sorts of literature about the detrimental brain effects, and the changes in social environments, when there is constant noise like that that comes from refrigerators. In my case, I have studied music most every day for 45 years, and I just prefer to have peace in the acoustic landscape in my house for my highly-developed ears.

Especially now with open floor plans (no kitchen walls) I think it is just goofy when people spend many hundreds of thousands of dollars on their house and do not seem to realize that they have built a place that sounds like a lawn-mower tuning factory because of their grossly-loud refrigerator.

Hats off to LG for making a really quiet, and highly compatible appliance. Good job LG!

Here is a link that might be useful: Really quiet LG refrigerator


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RE: backsplash in process ... looking good? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rufinorox on 06.05.2010 at 03:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

thank you! eastbay mom - our "friend contractor" is a neat freak.

amity - believe me the BS is the toughest decision, but I wanted simplicy with a little color. I got alot of my ideas from this site and thanks to everyone! I loved the glass tile, but knew I didn't want it all over. I decided to add all glass to the back of the stove, its not much but it will give it a sparkle.... and YES I would consider it a compliment if anyone used my idea, though there are alot of great kitchen out there.

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and the stove is next

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RE: Behind the Scenes at The Photoshoot - Pic Heavy (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 06.02.2010 at 08:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

It was very fun.

catkin, the color is a Valspar color, Coastal Villa, and the darker color behind the hood and fireplace is on the same strip, Italian Leather. I had the BM dealer mix the colors for me. I just love the Aura paint.


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clipped on: 06.04.2010 at 10:25 pm    last updated on: 06.04.2010 at 10:26 pm

RE: 24''deep counters meet 30'' deep 'counter-depth' fridge... (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: kmsparty on 05.10.2010 at 09:41 am in Kitchens Forum

Does Fisher and Paykel make refridgerators in black? I want a black fridge. Has anyone found a fridge that is 30" deep or less for under $2K?


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RE: Dishwasher comments from salesman - BS or fact? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: texaskitchentoo on 02.20.2010 at 11:55 pm in Appliances Forum

Here is a tip... when I installed my E'lux dishwasher I had some sound deadening left over from a car project. It is a butyl - rubber compound with a water proof silver foil top layer. I put it on the inside of the cabinets and on the underside of the countertop (which is currently particle wood which REALLY does not like mositure). I really did it to make the DW as quiet as possible but it has the added benefit of protecting the wood from possible moisture. This place sells it by the square foot and you can cut it with any utility knife. It sticks well. It is only $1/sq foot. Good peace of mind. They make three thicknesses, the thinest will do well since you really want the waterproofing more than the silencing. BTW we absolutley cannot hear the DW from even a few feet away. Our living room is right next to the DW so we really wanted silence. The only noise you hear is the water being pumped out down the drain. Maybe I'll try some pipe insulation on that one day.

Here is a link that might be useful: eDead 45


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RE: Help, please! I hate my kitchen! (pic) (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: lukkiirish on 04.20.2010 at 06:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Susan, in regards to the slate, if you want light, you may want to consider quartzite instead. We have the same oak cabinets as well as dark verde peacock granite in our kitchen. We plan on installing the 4x4 tiles along w/some mosaic pieces for embellishment. It's perfect with the oak and dark granite. Also Quartzite is a lot harder than slate, it doesn't shale and it's not so porous. You can get the 4x4 tiles in tumbled or untumbled. Enhancing the stone will make them more brilliant but not darker. We bought ours at The Tile Shop and they call it Baoding Creme.

Here's what it looks like installed with unenhanced and untumbled stone: tileshop.com
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clipped on: 04.22.2010 at 08:46 am    last updated on: 04.22.2010 at 08:47 am

RE: outlet for recessed frig (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: marcy96 on 04.21.2010 at 09:51 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine with the outlet on the side. Worked great!
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