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7 Smart Refrigerators That Will Make You Excited to Grab a Handful of Carrots

Considering how often you use your fridge, it’s probably time to give yourself a way better experience.

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Ah, the often overlooked yet mighty fridge. We use it a billion times a week: Open, close, chill, store, freeze … wait, are we out of strawberry jam? It looks like those days of manually writing down that grocery list might actually be over. Enter the smart fridge — refrigerators that are connected to the internet, have built-in AI, are app-compatible, and are even more energy-efficient than your regular stock model.

Not only can smart refrigerators let you order groceries as soon as the need arises, but their slew of useful features — from connecting to your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices to having special beverage centers to keep your wine collection in primo condition (very necessary) — are all designed to make our lives so much easier. Below, we review the best on the market.

The Best Smart Refrigerators

What to Consider

Let’s start with the obvious: A snazzy smart fridge is going to cost you. State-of-the-art smart fridges can run you upwards of $3,500. And while there are some great budget-friendly finds for under $1,000, don’t expect all the powerful features of higher-end editions.

When buying a smart fridge, there are several factors to keep in mind. Obviously, the measurements of your kitchen are going to come into play, since you’ll need to ensure the dimensions of your desired fridge and your available kitchen real estate align.

These days, as more and more smart fridges enter the market, you can expect the standard high-end smart refrigerator to offer features like remote monitoring and control (temperature and brightness adjustment, notifications for doors left open, etc.), as well as compatibility with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, and other smart home devices. Some fridges even have touchscreens that let you order groceries, check your calendar, play Spotify while you cook, and more. While more basic refrigerators aren’t Wi-Fi-enabled to provide these services, they may include other higher-tech features like ice makers, LED lights, and electronic temperature control.

How We Chose

To create our list, we did everything from playing with dreamy touchscreens in appliance showrooms to spooning up our fair share of ice cream to check for ideal frozen temps (hey, someone’s gotta do it). We also reviewed countless brand spec sheets, read customer feedback on dozens of models, and even channeled our inner Ina Garten to see if the fridge drawers’ layouts were logical and user-friendly.

We also sought out models for Energy Star certifications for energy efficiency, and lastly, zoomed in on smart refrigerators that, naturally, also looked amazing, so we cherry-picked this list for aesthetic winners.

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    Best Overall
    GE Profile Smart 27.9-Cubic-Foot 4-Door French Door Refrigerator
    GE lowes.com

    Key Specs

    • Model #: PVD28BYNFS
    • Energy Star: Yes
    • Dimensions: 27.9 cubic feet
    • Standout Features: Door in Door, TwinChill evaporators

    There’s a lot to love about this GE smart fridge with an Energy Star rating (read: lower electricity bill). As one reviewer puts it, it’s “a dream appliance.” 

    As we’ll put it, yes, we’re officially obsessed. This fingerprint-resistant, stainless-steel fridge has plenty of thoughtful features to make you wonder how you ever did without: hands-free autofill for filtered water so you can simultaneously do something else, an LED light wall to make finding things a breeze, built-in Wi-Fi (and Smart Home compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant), and so much more.

    One outstanding feature we love is the “Door in Door” with a roomy, rotating bin for easy access, i.e. it’s never been easier to grab a bottle of wine from your fridge. The embedded Wi-Fi is also a blessing, alerting you if the fridge door has been left open, as are the soft-close crisper drawers, so you can grab fruits and veggies quickly. 

    Other impressive specs include an adjustable temperature drawer with bin caddy (so much storage space!) and the so-called TwinChill evaporators, which create unique climates throughout your fridge to ensure the freshness of your food. Neat freaks will also appreciate the removable white fridge liner, so the drawer doesn’t get crumbs and caked-on gunk galore that you, uh, never seem to get around to cleaning.

    Out of the 2,630 five-star reviews, we’ll summarize with this final nugget of wisdom: “Best fridge I’ve ever had! Beautiful, sleek, many convenient features!”

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    • Smart home and Wi-Fi-enabled
    • Great lighting, easy to clean
    • Ample storage space
    • Quiet

    • Expensive
    • Small ice maker
    LG Electronics 26-Cubic-Foot 3-Door Smart Refrigerator
    LG Electronics homedepot.com

    Key Specs

    • Model #: LFXS26596S
    • Energy Star: Yes
    • Dimensions: 26 cubic feet
    • Standout Features: InstaView Door in Door, SmartThinQ app, DoorCooling Technology

    With more than 1,400 five-star reviews, customers love this fancy, best-selling fridge with smart home and Wi-Fi-enabled features. First off, we love the “InstaView Door-in-Door,” in which an elegant tinted glass panel illuminates with two quick knocks so you can see what’s inside without opening and letting cold air escape. This design also allows you to open and close your fridge quicker if you just want to grab a drink or snack. The extra door bins also give you added organization and storage. 

    Even better, this Energy Star-qualified LG refrigerator actually exceeds federal standards and helps keep your energy bill and usage down — a win for you and the environment.

    The LG SmartThinQ app makes it easy to keep tabs on your fridge even from afar, so you can control the fridge and freezer temperature, and know if the door has been left open or if the water filter needs to be replaced. You can also control the fridge via voice commands with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. 

    If three ice cubes are never enough, you’re going to love the dual ice makers and extra ice storage, guaranteeing you’re never in an iced tea (or hosting) pinch. Lastly, we appreciate LG’s PrintProof fingerprint- and smudge-resistant finish, its Door Cooling technology for all those condiments, capers, and that errant lemon slice you’ve managed to wedge in, and the Smart Pull Handle for freezer ease of use.

    • Smart home- and Wi-Fi-enabled
    • Beautiful design
    • Dual ice makers

    • Expensive
    • Some say shelf placement is awkward
    Samsung 36-Inch Side-by-Side 26.7-Cubic-Foot Smart Refrigerator with Family Hub
    Samsung wayfair.com

    Key Specs

    • Part #: RS27T5561SR
    • Energy Star: Yes
    • Dimensions: 26.7 cubic feet
    • Standout features: Family Hub

    This Energy Star-certified smart fridge has some superb specs that helped secure its slot as another runner-up. First, we love the elegant LED lighting; there’s also the convenience of the adjustable top shelf, along with interior gallon door bins to squeeze in extra space. Third, the smudge-resistant finish is always a plus.

    But the pièce de résistance on this model is Samsung’s Family Hub. The touchscreen lets you both search for recipes and grocery-shop directly from your fridge via app (welcome to the future!), as well as manage schedules, leave notes for household members, stream music, and mirror your TV. 

    If you really want to get fancy, you can also get notifications from your smart oven, laundry machines, and/or dishwasher, so you can start and stop appliances with a few taps.

    “Our family enjoys this fridge... [it’s] exactly what we were looking for. Love how much space there is in the fridge and freezer,” writes one satisfied customer. “It has so many extras I didn’t know I needed or wanted on a fridge, [you’d] think a smartphone [were] attached. I can look up recipes, set a timer, get local news and weather via voice activation. Great storage too, very happy!” writes another.

    • Smart home- and Wi-Fi-enabled
    • Large capacity
    • Door lock

    • Side-by-side layout may not be for everyone
    • Ice maker may get stuck occasionally
    Best No Wi-Fi
    Hisense 26.6-Cubic-Foot French Door Refrigerator With Ice Maker
    Hisense lowes.com

    Key Specs

    • Model #: HRF266N6CSE
    • Energy Star: Yes
    • Dimensions: 26.6 cubic feet
    • Standout features: Super Cool/Super Freeze

    If you’re looking for an appliance that offers some “smart” features but don’t want or care about fancy high-tech innovations, this is for you. Ideal for larger households, this fridge has plenty of space to hold all of your fresh and frozen ingredients, including a full-width pantry drawer, a sliding glass shelf, and gallon door storage.

    Tech-wise, this Energy Star-certified fridge boasts an internal water dispenser for cold, filtered water via a button on the inside, along with a filtered ice-maker, LED lighting, “Super Cool/Super Freeze” options (to help cool your groceries with the touch of a button, so your food gets to ideal temps in a shorter amount of time), and electronic temperature control. 

    The recessed handles, anti-fingerprint stainless steel, and spillproof glass shelves keep the fridge aesthetically pleasing, and the adjustable shelves let you create your ideal personal layout.

    • High-capacity storage
    • LED lighting
    • Ice maker

    • No bells and whistles
    • No external water dispenser
    No Wi-Fi Runner-Up
    Hisense 17.2-Cubic-Foot Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator with Ice Maker
    Hisense lowes.com

    Key Specs

    • Model #: HRB171N6BSE
    • Energy Star: Yes
    • Dimensions: 17.2 cubic feet
    • Standout features: Super Cool/Super Freeze

    Another great option from Hisense, this newly released fridge may not have a nifty touchscreen, but if you’re looking for bright LED lighting to scope out your grocery haul easily, an Energy Star certification to reduce energy costs, an ice maker, and a Super Cool/Super Freeze function, you’re in luck.

    Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel keeps things looking nice on the exterior, while the counter-depth design helps the model blend seamlessly into your kitchen for that “built-in” appearance while also boasting a slimmer kitchen footprint. 

    Interior-wise, we’re fans of the full-width crisper drawer and gallon door storage bins, as well as the two full-width freezer drawers that all help make the most of your space and keep things in order. It’s also available in a variety of finishes including stainless steel, black, and white.

    • Digital touch control
    • Built-in appearance
    • LED light
    • Ice maker

    • No bells and whistles
    • Bottom freezer style not for everyone
    • Some say shelf spacing is awkward
    Splurge Buy
    Bosch 800 Series 36-Inch 21-Cubic-Foot French Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel with Refreshment Center
    Bosch homedepot.com

    Key Specs

    • Model #: B36CL81ENG
    • Energy Star: Yes
    • Dimensions: 21 cubic feet
    • Standout features: Home Connect app, UltraClarityPro filter, Refreshment Center

    Hear us out: Pyramid ice!

    Another option offering the built-in look, this elegant, Energy Star-certified smart fridge does more than just churn out pyramid-shaped ice in your freezer. Through Bosch’s Home Connect app, you can monitor and control your fridge from a smart device — all the standards, like changing brightness or receiving open-door notifications — and its UltraClarityPro water filter delivers pure, industry-leading results with more than 99.9% of sediments filtered out. 

    We also thoroughly enjoyed the Bosch Refreshment Center, which is a glass display drawer with pre-programmed beverage settings, such as one with humidity and temperature designed to mimic a wine cellar for all you vinophiles.

    Touch-control displays make it easy to change settings, while dual compressors and dual evaporators keep odors at bay and preserve your food in its best environment. Organization-wise, there are transparent door bins, a full-width drawer for produce, and a three-tiered layered freezer drawer system, so your Ben & Jerry’s and frozen pizzas are always easy to find.

    • Intuitive interface
    • Minimalist design
    • Room for wine

    • Expensive
    • No Alexa/Google Assistant compatibility
    Best Smart Wine Cooler Fridge
    Ivation 28-Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler Refrigerator With Wi-Fi Smart App Control Cooling System
    Ivation amazon.com

    Key Specs

    • Model #: ‎IVFWCC281LBW
    • Energy Star: No 
    • Dimensions: 5.73 cubic feet 
    • Standout features: Built-in fan, UV light-blocking doors, locks

    In the market for a wine fridge? It’s hard to outshine this stellar Wi-Fi-enabled wine refrigerator that lets you control your fridge from your phone. In addition to remote control via the app, the fridge features a touch panel for temperature control. 

    That said, this isn’t just any old wine fridge: Wine buffs will definitely geek out over all its neat specs, from a built-in fan to maintain a consistent temperature throughout to a strong seal and smoked glass door to block UV light and keep out moisture, preserving your wine and keeping it in tip-top shape. 

    Soft lighting inside the cooler also makes it easy to read bottle labels, and you can remove shelves for added space as needed. The fridge even comes with a built-in lock and two keys if you ever want to keep that precious collection secure.

    • Wi-Fi-enabled
    • Beautiful lighting
    • Easy to use

    • Not suitable for small kitchens
    • Doesn’t fit larger bottles
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