7 smart fridge bets of 2022, according to experts

✔️Smart Home Compatibility: While all smart fridges have built-in Wi-Fi, they won’t always support your existing voice assistant or smart home ecosystem. So if you want to be able to ask Alexa or Google Assistant to make more ice or change the fridge temperature, make sure the fridge you buy has an assistant built in or is compatible.

✔️Maintenance: Most smart fridges can alert you to maintenance issues and general troubleshooting, such as when a door has been accidentally left open or a filter needs to be changed. Such alerts can help prevent serious problems from occurring while keeping your refrigerator in top condition.

✔️Cameras and sensors: According to Petrino, “some smart fridges let you see the inside from your smartphone or tablet. That way, if you forget to make a shopping list, you have a real-time view of the items in your fridge.” While a built-in camera isn’t a necessary feature for everyone, it saves you from having to accidentally forget a key ingredient while shopping.

✔️Display features: Petrino also shares that “some smart fridges can also double as a home media center. Your fridge can be the new place for family photos, calendars, recipes and media, reducing the clutter in your beautiful new kitchen.” . Some even offer a personalized user experience, such as the ability to “recommend recipes that incorporate soon-to-expire groceries, reduce food waste and save money.” And with some models, “you can manage automatic food deliveries with third-party delivery services like Fresh Direct or Amazon Prime.”

✔️ Styling: Modern smart refrigerators come in a variety of styles, but the most popular you’ll see today are top- or bottom-freezer refrigerators, French door refrigerators, and side-by-side refrigerators. Top or bottom freezer refrigerators have a freezer located at the top or bottom of the refrigerator, while the main contents are at eye level. French door refrigerators feature two doors that meet in the middle, as well as a bottom freezer and often a center compartment for additional beverage or snack storage. A side-by-side refrigerator, on the other hand, has a freezer on one side and a refrigerator on the other. These often require less space for the doors to open, but you will have to bend to reach certain objects.

✔️Size: Consider the size of your family and the right refrigerator capacity for your home. Does the interior of the fridge provide enough storage for the amount of food you regularly keep on hand? Are there convertible sections so you can organize your food so regularly reached so that items are easily accessible? Does the ice maker take up a lot of space? Always triple check the dimensions of the fridge to make sure it will fit between your cabinets, there will be enough air circulation around the sides and enough room to open the doors.

Karl M. Bailey