Refrigerators might not look like they’ve undergone a revolution in recent years, but in fact technology has truly brought these essential appliances up to par. From interior tech that offers precise temperature control to appliances that can act as a whole home control hub, refrigerators are officially part of the smart home universe.
- Samsung French Door Family Hub Refrigerator
Now with Alexa built in, Samsung’s Family Hub combines the practicality of an efficient and powerful refrigerator with today’s technology. The Family Hub refrigerator ultimately acts as a control panel for Samsung smart appliances and devices, as well as a smart panel for sharing pictures and content, leaving notes and syncing calendars. This new 3-Door French Door model is redesigned with a nearly 27 cu. ft. interior and a large capacity ice maker that holds up to 4.2 lbs. of ice. Family Hub now boasts connectivity with Samsung’s SmartThings devices, more music and language content from Alexa and Samsung TV Plus in select Family Hub refrigerators. A recently announced feature is the art mode, which is accessed through an app called Art Gallery that turns the refrigerator’s screen into a work of art. Samsung also upgraded the fridge’s internal camera technology of the fridge, which can scan food labels to keep track of food and drink quantities and suggest recipes based on the ingredients available. This update not only enhances the camera coverage, but it also improves on the food recognition algorithm and food catalog to identify more items. The refrigerator begins at an MSRP of $3,059.
- Dometic DrawBar
Loved by those with small kitchens or bars, the Dometic DrawBar is a refrigerated drawer that fits five wine bottles, including those with larger bodies or longer necks, and includes a user-friendly control panel offering five preset temperatures for red, white and sparkling wines. The DrawBar can be installed as a single element or in multiples and is designed to integrate with standard, 24-in. wide cabinets. This smart cooling drawer is also equipped with a humidity tray that maintains optimal humidity level inside the cabinet. The cooler also includes slide-out access with soft LED illumination, which fades in and out as the drawer is opened and closed. Recently made available in the U.S., the DrawBar is available for an MSRP of $900.
- Signature Kitchen Suite 24-in. Undercounter Wine Refrigerator
Signature Kitchen Suite’s new undercounter wine refrigerator is unique because of its Wine Cave technology, which minimizes vibration and temperature fluctuations, limits light exposure and optimizes humidity to better protect wines. With Signature Kitchen Suite‘s Signature Sommelier app, wine collectors can manage their personal wine collections with photos of labels. The app allows wine collectors to even note the shelf placement of a bottle in the new undercounter and full-sized wine column models. Powered by Wine Ring’s patented machine learning, this mobile app is the first smart software that learns preferences and makes recommendations, including food and wine pairings, for individuals and groups based on the wines stored in the user’s cellar. UMRP starts at $3,499.
- Sub-Zero Designer Undercounter Refrigeration
The newly expanded Sub-Zero Designer Undercounter Refrigeration Collection offers advanced preservation technology to perfectly preserve items at their optimal temperatures with precise control that keeps the interior temperature within one degree of its set-point. Wi-Fi enabled features allow for remote temperature control, door-ajar notifications and service diagnostics assistance – all from a mobile device. The recently expanded collection — now available in 15-in. width and ADA height models — includes a beverage center, wine storage, refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, an indoor refrigerator and outdoor refrigerator. Intuitive touch controls offer ergonomic access and match the full-size Designer Series of Refrigeration for a consistent look. The MSRP starts at $2,690.
- True Residential’s 36-in. Refrigerator with Bottom Freezer
True Residential now offers a 36-in. refrigerator with a bottom freezer, in both solid and glass door options and an interior made from 300-series stainless steel. With 22.6 cubic feet of interior space, the new units can accommodate a full 18-in.-by-26-in. commercial sheet pan. There are four adjustable half-width glass shelves and one adjustable full-width glass shelf and one fixed full-width glass shelf, each framed with stainless steel. Three soft-close produce bins allow for more usable space, and the Intuitive True Precision Control and readout provides for digital accuracy. Dual compressors and evaporators provide dedicated systems for the refrigerator and freezer, and the more efficient and eco-friendly R600a refrigerant for consistent temperatures. In addition, the freezer’s built-in ice maker can produce up to three pound of prism-shaped ice per day with a storage capacity of more than five pounds. MSRP starts at $19,499.