Smart refrigerators, Internet refrigerators, Wifi fridges, whatever you want to call them, they're one of the hottest new things to come to smart homes. But are they something that you should consider for your next kitchen remodel? Spoiler alert: DEFINITELY. Keep reading to find out more about them, and what options you should consider for your own home.
Why You Should Consider Smart Refrigerators
- Two reasons: How much it could save you with time/effort and…well…the nerd factor of it. These new smart refrigerators are sleek and run the gamut when it comes to options.
Saving You Money – Keep an eye on what food you've got (how much milk is REALLY left?), make sure that your fridge isn't on the fritz thanks to all of the smart sensors (saving you moolah on spoiled food), and let you know when the sell by date is coming up, also preventing you from wasting food!
Nerd Factor – if the Jetson's have taught us anything, it's that we need these (and also a tube that sends fully cooked meals to your home. When is THAT going to happen?)
What You'll Need To Rehab Your Current Fridge
If you're not ready to make the leap to a new fridge just yet, there are ways you can rehab your current refrigerator to turn it into an internet-ready appliance. A few of these products are affiliate links, where I receive a little kickback for sending you their way, but I only recommend stuff I love:MINOTAUR ENGINEERING IRF2 FRIDGE FAILURE SENSOR
This cable may look boring and unsexy, but the money it could save you in the long run more than makes up for it. This sensor will let you know if your fridge temperature drops below a certain number so that you can prevent having food from spoiling and may be helpful for troubleshooting any problems that may have led to the decrease in temperature. Click here to buy
Wanna have access to your favorite recipes, or get a quick order going on Amazon Pantry? Install your tablet directly onto the face of your fridge and get to it! I like this model the best because of the swivel arms…because I am DEFINITELY not staring directly at my fridge while I'm trying to make dinner, you know? I like that I can position it to come out further than just the wall or the face of my fridge.
Whether you're going to hack your way to a smart fridge or want to invest in an out-of-the-box model, it wouldn't hurt to make sure your WIFI has a strong signal in your kitchen. These WIFI range extenders are super easy to use, and is something we plan to use around the home where we notice a slower connection (basically, at the furthest points from the router)
A Few Examples of Smart Refrigerators
If you're ready to invest in a smart fridge, here are a few options for you to check out, but make sure to do your due diligence to make sure it fits your needs, as these fridges are definitely a pretty penny.