If it’s been a while since you bought a refrigerator it’s highly likely that a lot of new features would have come since you bought your refrigerator. Manufactures pushout new features as soon as possible to create competition in the market and provide the latest features to all the customers. This is also done by the manufacturers to create a unique selling point for their refrigerators which their competition doesn’t have.
Not all of these features are worth your money. Some of these features are actually useful and a must have but most of these features are just plain marketing strategy and doesn’t provide any useful functions other than blowing a hole in your wallet.
If you are planning to buy a new refrigerator or just curious about the new technologies introduced in the refrigerator industry then this article is a must read for you.
In this article, we have listed 5 cool refrigerator features that we should look forward to while buying a new refrigerator.
Hot water dispenser –
Mostly all the new refrigerator models provide water and that is not a new thing. But some of the new refrigerator models have also included a feature for a hot water dispenser. Just like getting a glass of cold water you can also get hot water on demand, say, for a cup of coffee. Such refrigerators have different modes for the hot water dispenser generally ranging from three to four different modes. With these programmable modes, you can either set the temperature for each mode or you can just use the default settings.
Ranging from temperature suitable to warm a baby’s bottle to hot enough for instant soup, these 4 modes can provide all the temperature ranges that you can possibly need in day to day life.
Speed chilling –
This is one of the most commonly required features, yet absent from many of refrigerators. You might have noticed that adding anything hot to the refrigerator, say, a bowl of hot soup will mess up the internal temperature of the refrigerator causing fluctuations in the temperature.
To reduce such temperature fluctuations, speed chilling is very useful. Speed chilling helps to quickly cool down any items kept in the refrigerators which otherwise would take at least 30-40 minutes in other cases.
Convertible compartments –
With the arrival of multi-compartment refrigerators, different compartments were designed to operate with different purposes. A top-freezer refrigerator would have a freezer compartment at the top of the fridge and would only be useful to freeze things and keep your perishables safe for a longer time.
While the fridge will help to keep other food items fresh and healthy. This style of compartmentalization doesn’t prove to be very useful when for some reasons you don’t need to keep the whole refrigerator running but only need a small space to keep your eatables fresh but you have to use the whole refrigerator. Convertible compartments solve this problem as you can just convert your freezer to a normal fridge and switch off the main fridge compartment and decrease your energy consumption significantly.
Smart features –
When every gadget is becoming smart how can the refrigerator be left behind? With the arrival of the smart home concept, refrigerators have been getting pretty smart too. Most of the new refrigerators nowadays come with smart features and a touchscreen control panel that you can use to control all the features of your refrigerator. Most major refrigerator manufacturing companies have started including touchscreen controls in their refrigerators. These control panels are very easy to use,unlike their traditional button and knob control systems.
You can easily view the statistics of your refrigerator and all the required information with the touch of a button. Companies like samsung have introduced some advanced smart features which allow you to listen to music, play videos and check weather simultaneously from the refrigerator itself.
Self-filling pitcher –
A self-filling pitcher is the kind of feature that people generally don’t value much until they experience how important it is. If you are tired of waiting every time you need to take some water out from your refrigerator, then this feature will surely help you a lot. Companies have started including a self-filling glass pitcher with the refrigerator which essentially is a part of the refrigerator itself.
The pitcher resides in a cavity on one side of the refrigerator where it is automatically filled with water whenever it gets empty. This way, every time you take the pitcher out, you will find it filled with cold water. This is best for family dinners and get-togethers where cold water is high in demand.