Silence in the Kitchen

September 9, 2013

There has been a lot of buzz (no pun intended…) lately in the appliance industry about products that are virtually silent. From dishwashers to refrigerators and ventilation hoods, consumers don’t want to be interrupted in the kitchen or at the dinner table by a load humming noise. However, they still want to know that their appliance is working effectively and that it’s in fact, “on.” With the trend in open kitchens, that load of dishes running may make it hard to hear friends at a dinner party, or, for smaller spaces, the washer and dryer may not be too far from the kitchen. As a manufacturer, we’re constantly responding to these market trends and producing products that are not only powerful, energy efficient and design-savvy, but also emit the bare minimum sones. We did a little market research and rounded up a few appliances that got great reviews in the low-noise category…

Bosch: Bosch dishwashers are known across the industry for their quietness. The 800 Plus dishwashers measure a mere 39 decibels. One feature is a filtration system rather than a disposal, so there is no internal grinder to pulverize food particles. (Source: The New York Times)

LG Washer/Dryer Duo: The LG WT5070C[W] washer, $1,000, and LG DLEX5170[W] electric dryer, $900, are a dynamic duo. The washer was impressive at cleaning and gentle on fabrics. The dryer excelled at drying and of the nearly 100 models tested, only four scored excellent in our noise tests and this LG was one of them. The gas dryer isLG DLGX5171[W], $1,050. (Source: Consumer Reports)

Zephyr’s Next Gen Europa Collection with DCBL technology: This technology package has been pioneered by Zephyr engineers and certified by UL testing authorities. An on-board computer facilitates conversion from AC to DC energy, which keeps the entire system finely tuned to provide peak performance, increase CFM levels and energy efficiency and reduce the hood’s noise and by 77 percent. (Source:

Samsung Side-by-Side Refrigerators: The Samsung Side-by-Side is energy star compliant, features external digital display to easily adjust controls, even cooking with MultiFlow and external access to filtered water and ice. (Source: