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We have been happy owners of a KitchenAid top freezer refrigerator for the past 10 years.  We recently decided to upgrade to a Side-by-Side model, and relocate our top freezer to the basement as a second refrigerator.  We initially looked at KitchenAid models, because we were so happy with our previous model.  However, we purchased a Whirlpool Side-by-Side model ED2KHAXVT  because it looked identical to the comparable KitchenAid, but cost much less.  It was delivered approx 2 weeks ago.  We had a few complaints with it, but most of all, it was LOUD, compare to our old one.  Whenever it ran it was quite noticeable.  I guess we were spoiled by the quiet of our KitchenAid top freezer model. 

I did some research on-line about refrigerator noise levels.  I learned that even though the Whirlpool and KitchenAid models “look” identical, one key differentiator is that KitchenAid claims to have, is a “WhisperQuiet” refrigeration system.  To quote from their website:

“Use your indoor voiceEnjoy your conversation because our WhisperQuiet® refrigeration system operates at a speed that runs quietly”

I thought, well that explains why our previous KitchenAid was so quiet, and why the KitchenAid costs more than the similar Whirlpool.  As reluctant as we were to pay an additional $400 to get what appears to be the same refrigerator, we decided it was worth the additional $$$ to have a quiet kitchen again.  We purchased the KitchenAid Architect Series II Side-by-Side model KSRV22FVBT.

So we upgraded.  We paid the additional $400, and the Whirlpool was removed and the KitchenAid was brought in a few days ago.  I cannot tell you how disappointed we were to discover that the KitchenAid is noisy also.  The noise is different than the Whirlpool, but in no way can we  consider it to be “whisper quiet”.  There’s a considerable humming sound, a slight vibration, which can be heard in adjacent rooms.  Again, my point of reference is our 10-year-old top freezer, which always ran quietly and continues to run very quietly.

I’m trying to figure out if we have a faulty refrigerator, or if current KitchenAid refrigerators are simply now noisier than their predecessors, or I’m just being overly sensitive to the noise.

We’re about to return this one also, and will have to look at other brands for something quieter, but this is turning  into a game of hit-or-miss.  Our old KitchenAid ran fine, but we wanted easier access to the contents, and the in-door ice and water was a plus also.  We do have a height limitation due to overhead cabinets.  The height opening is 67.5”H, so most bottom freezers won’t fit, and we don’t want another top freezer.

Any suggestions/comments on our dilemma, or recommendations for a “quiet” Side-by-Side?  Or viewpoints on acceptable noise levels?

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What's the model number of the 10yr old ?



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Tom K wrote: KTRS22MGAL
Electrically, it doesn't look very special... it doesn't have the "Variable Capacity Compressor" that some WP / KA fridges have...

It may be various brands of Compressors that are in even the same model fridges ..

 


 



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Thanks very much for checking. I believe our new KitchenAid does have the variable capacity compressor, which is why we upgraded to it. I guess it leads me to these general questions:
1) Are Side-by-Sides noiser than top freezers?
2) Are newer models in general noisier than old ones? Or do the latest technologies allow them to run quieter?

I have a friend who is going to see if he can borrow a sound (dB) meter from work. From what I've read, a typical refrigerator should run between 40-45dB, and a very quiet one would be less than 40dB. Do those numbers sound about right? It's too bad the manufacturers don't publish this data.

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Tom K wrote:  I believe our new KitchenAid does have the variable capacity compressor...
I don't think so ...

KSRV22FVBT00 Wiring Sheet

KTRS22MGAL01 Wiring Sheet



115v Fridge, but notice the Inverter used with the "230v 3PH Compressor"
KSFS25FKBL00 Wiring Sheet w/Variable Compressor (2001)

I don't know about the sound db ratings ..

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I read that here: http://www.us-appliance.com/ksrg22ftbt.html

"Whisper Quiet® Compressor System has an insulated, variable-speed compressor and provides quiet efficient operation"

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I couldn't find it mentioned for that model on any other site ..



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Thanks again for all the research and help with this. The schematics do support your viewpoint. So I guess I was misled by my own research. I thought I was getting something quieter by upgrading to KitchenAid, when in fact there's no difference between it and its corresponding Whirlpool model that we had initially? Visually they certainly are twins.
Trying to figure out where to go from here. Any suggestions for a very quiet side-by-side under $2K?

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Final update - we settled on a GE Profile side-by-side and we are very happy with it. Much quieter than the Whirlpool/KitchenAid family. Thanks again for the support!

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