Smart Refrigerator Features
While exact features included will vary by brand and model, here is an overview of some of the many things you never knew a fridge could do. Keep in mind, not all smart refrigerators have the same features.
Use the touchscreen interface to:
- Coordinate schedules for every member of the family.
- Look up recipes and have your fridge read the steps while you cook.
- Create grocery lists that sync to your smartphone in real-time.
- Set expiration dates and receive notifications to use food while its fresh.
- Upload photos for display.
- Create individual profiles for each family member to send them personal notes and to-do lists.
- Use a whiteboard option to leave messages for your family.
- Transparent touchscreens allow you to look inside the fridge without opening the door.
- Cast from a smart TV in another room to watch from the kitchen.
The touchscreen is not the only novel thing a smart fridge can do. You can also use your smart fridge features to:
- Customize temperature by drawer or compartment.
- Use interior cameras while at the store to double-check if you’re low on milk or eggs.
- Alert you when the water filter needs to be changed.
- Turn the ice maker on or off from your smartphone.
More Ways Smart Refrigerators Wonders
Some models of smart refrigerators provide both cold and hot water. You select a temperature and amount of water you want to be heated and your smart refrigerator sends a notification to your smartphone when your heated water is ready. A few even come with a Keurig single-cup coffee maker built in, saving counter space and making your morning routine just a bit simpler.
Smart refrigerators have also incorporated sensors to make opening the door with your hands full no trouble at all. Sensors in the door respond to a gentle bump by opening the door for you. Some models have sensors at the bottom of the unit that respond to foot gestures to open the fridge door for you. And if the door isn’t closed securely, the sensors respond and automatically pull the door shut to keep your food fresh and prevent cool air from getting out and running up your energy bills.
Common Concerns About Smart Refrigerators
With all of the features and connectivity, many people have concerns about whether a smart refrigerator is a smart decision. Let's go over some of the common concerns many people have when it comes to making the investment in a smart fridge.
Aren't smart refrigerators much more expensive than regular refrigerators?
While they started out quite a bit more expensive, the prices have come down significantly as more brands and models have become available. Choosing a smart fridge over (non-smart) ones with a bottom-drawer freezer or a french-door style could cost as little a couple hundred bucks more or as much as a couple thousand dollars more. It all depends on the model and brand you choose.