Smart Refrigerators – What They Are And Why Get One

Smart Refrigerators – What They Are And Why Get One
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    We started with the smart phone, and then went to smart TVs, smart consoles and smart watches, and eventually entire smart houses.

    Why shouldn’t we also have smart refrigeration technologies in our kitchen?

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As technology become more and more present in our lives, most of the appliances and devices we use are turning into “smart” devices. We started with the smart phone, and then went to smart TVs, smart consoles and smart watches, and eventually entire smart houses.

In the world of smart kitchens, we can now see smart stoves, smart sinks and smart coffee makers, all part of the new “internet of things” trend.

Why shouldn’t we also have smart refrigeration technologies in our kitchen?

When did smart refrigeration appear?

In recent tech shows, more and more companies presented the idea of a smart refrigerator. It is by no means a new development – LG started it first in 2000 and despite abysmal sale numbers, other companies tried the market too, like Panasonic and Samsung.

More and more people decided to satisfy their tech curiosity and buy such a refrigerator as years passed, and thus the offers on the market also became more viable.

Samsung released its latest model with quite a hefty price tag – over $5,000, but it still attracted buyers who wanted to have their home as connected as possible.

Samsung goes big with its smartest fridge yet:

What makes a refrigerator “smart”?

A smart refrigerator offers some nice functions, which can be controlled either using a touchscreen found on the fridge itself or via another smart device, like your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Sadly, it doesn’t yet do your shopping when you run out of food, but it does tell you when the water filter needs replacing, when a power outage occurred and you can also control its temperature and freezing cycles from anywhere you are.

Other producers tried different approaches for their smart fridges. For example, LG focused on making the physical interaction with the fridge more advanced in their latest model. You can now double-tap the glass door to see what’s inside without having to open it.

Other producers offer different cool features like voice recognition software or screens that can control your entire house.

What are the drawbacks of smart refrigerators?

Although they are very cool appliances full of new features, smart refrigeration is not something the average consumer needs on a day-to-day basis. These devices often come with a large price tag which is sometimes not justified for the tiny amount of benefits they provide.

Also, you do need permanent connectivity in order to take full advantage of the characteristics of the new product. If not, you just bought a normal refrigerator with some features you never use.

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One clear downside that even the manufacturers reluctantly agreed to is that the smart appliances market is growing at a very quick rate. A smart refrigerator as we know today can become obsolete in a few years, so investing a large sum of money in one can be a risk.

Conclusion

All in all, a smart refrigerator is a good purchase if you can afford it and are passionate about the newest technologies available on the market. Carefully analyze your choices if you really want one, and also share this article with your friends – you can quickly see which models are better than others from a first-hand experience point of view, and also start a debate whether or not smart refrigeration is something truly needed.

Gather all the information you need, and then make the best choice for you!

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