Some of today’s refrigerators do much more than keep chilled foods and beverages at a consistent temperature. They respond to your voice, let you check the news and weather from a front-facing screen, listen to a streaming music service and much more. Here are four of the top options to check out.
Kenmore Elite Smart Refrigerator 75043
Kenmore Elite Smart Refrigerator 75043 has special GeniusCool technology with a linear compressor and dual evaporators to maintain the ideal temperature and humidity levels needed for food freshness and taste. Plus, the appliance works with Amazon Alexa, so you can give voice commands to control the icemaker or adjust the fridge’s temperature. Moreover, a built-in filter passes air through a charcoal material to get rid of food odors.
LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator
Thanks to the 29-inch transparent touchscreen panel on the front of LG InstaView ThinQ Refrigerator that syncs with an accompanying app, people can set expiration dates for the food inside or see the contents of the fridge without opening the door. There is even a note-taking capability that lets people write notes on the screen for their family members, make grocery lists or jot down reminders.
Concealed Bluetooth speakers in the top of the appliance let people enjoy the pleasant sounds of their choosing while spending time in the kitchen, and the refrigerator’s technology includes a recipe library that helps people make the most of the cold or frozen ingredients they buy at the store.
GE Profile Series PFE28PBLTS
Energy efficiency is one of the most common features in today’s smart fridges, and in general, the appliances have come a long way. To put things in perspective, consider a 1980s-era refrigerator consumed approximately 1,278 kilowatt hours every year. Now, refrigerators use less than 500.
People who choose this GE Profile Series appliance should expect extraordinarily low electricity bills, since the model is an ENERGY STAR recognized option. Interestingly, GE Profile Series PFE28PBLTS is a multi-tasker. It has a Keurig single-serve coffee maker built into the front, making it easy for users to get their morning brews. Inside, there are temperature-controlled drawers that adjust to one of three settings. Then, a color-coded system shows individuals at a glance which temperature level is currently active.
Due to the Alexa compatibility, you can make the appliance start dispensing hot water for coffee or change the fridge temperature with voice commands.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
There are three refrigerators in this brand family, and they’re all extremely advanced. As a start, one of the compartments inside switches between a refrigerator or a freezer at the touch of a button. The fingerprint-proof stainless steel looks upscale in any kitchen, and there is the option to set the refrigerator to support the needs of specific contents, such as bottles of wine or ice cream.
Also, Alexa isn’t the only virtual assistant that works with many of today’s smart fridges. Bixby, one of the top artificial intelligence apps for Android, is Samsung’s version of a helper, and you can get acquainted with it by purchasing one of the Family Hub refrigerators.
When Samsung showed off this product line at CES 2018, it announced the availability of Bixby for the smart fridges instead of just smartphones.
The Smart Hub simplifies making grocery lists and even ordering more food just by interacting with the screen on the refrigerator door. So, to go back to the Bixby example, you could say “Bixby, add skim milk to my shopping list,” and it would appear on the screen as part of your list.
High-Tech Fridges to Check out Today
This list of techie refrigerators proves you don’t have to settle for a boring appliance that does little more than keep your food cold and perhaps make ice cubes. Let this assortment serve as inspiration, and invest in one of these options to make your kitchen more intelligent and well-equipped than ever before.
*Contributed by Kayla Matthews
Kayla Matthews is a technology journalist and productivity-obsessed writer whose work has been published on MakeUseOf, VentureBeat, Motherboard and more. To see more of her work, visit ProductivityBytes.com.
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