The 7 Best Smart Fridges to Buy in 2018

Keep your food and drinks cold the intelligent way

Fridges have come a long way in recent years. Now you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to purchase a smart fridge that will transform your regular, plain old kitchen into a souped-up one. Smart fridges now come equipped with Wi-Fi capability, remote and voice controls (we're looking at you, Bixby and Alexa), as well as food-preserving temperature monitoring, to name a few. But with so many cool, new features and brands to consider, it can be hard to find the best fridge that will work for you. To help, we've put together a list of the best smart fridges to buy today.

Most Family-Friendly: Samsung Family Hub French Door Refrigerator

In many families, the kitchen is the center of the home where kids and parents gather, hang out, prepare food and share life together. With Samsung’s new Family Hub French Door smart refrigerator, you can update this family hub with today’s amazing technology. Create avatars for each family member to make custom to-do lists or schedules. Use your fridge to play music to dance along to while you cook or set the mood for a romantic dinner with iHeartRadio or Spotify. Catch up on news headlines while you wait for your coffee to brew. Make shopping lists and see the inside of your fridge from anywhere with three built-in cameras. Best of all, you can control it all from the 21.5-inch Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen on the front of the fridge. You can even add a personal touch to your kitchen by leaving notes or displaying favorite family photos.

In the 2018 model, Family Hub can connect to and control third-party devices that are part of the SmartThings smart home ecosystem such as lights, thermostats, home video cameras, and more. So from this fridge’s screen, you can adjust a SmartThings-compatible thermostat or view what’s happening outside your front door or in another room of the house with a SmartThings-compatible camera. Use Samsung’s Bixby voice-activated assistant to get personalized updates about your schedule – straight from your fridge.

Best for Alexa Lovers: Kenmore Smart 75043

Stainless steel, French doors, extra-large capacity and the Kenmore Smart app  –  what’s not to love about the Kenmore Smart 75043? With this Energy Star-qualified appliance, you can always make sure your food stays at the correct and safe temperature thanks to the convenience of the Kenmore Smart app and GeniusCool™ technology that creates the ideal temperature and humidity levels for your cuisine. Control your fridge remotely with Alexa or use voice commands to activate the ice maker or air filter or to adjust and monitor your fridge’s temperature. Recessed LED interior lighting brightly illuminates your fridge’s contents, helping to ensure nothing goes to waste in a forgotten corner. As a bonus, the extra-large dispenser area on the front of the fridge is big enough to accommodate not just glasses but coffee pots, water bottles and even large pitchers, too, making it convenient to access fresh, clean water anytime.

Best for Coffee Lovers: GE Profile PFE28PBLTS

Huge capacity, black stainless steel and a built-in Keurig K-Cup with instant hot water makes this fridge one of the coolest on our list. It comes with two evaporators to create separate, optimized climates in the fresh food compartment and in the freezer to ensure ideal humidity, making your food taste better and last longer. This Energy Star-qualified fridge allows you to schedule hot water for your use at any time of day using the GE Kitchen app, so your refreshing cup of hot chocolate or tea is only seconds away.

Showcase LED lighting makes it easy to see everything in the fridge so you can work efficiently in the kitchen and waste less food, too. Choose from four stylish color and finish options for a look that brings out the best in your kitchen. You can even use Amazon’s Alexa to control your fridge simply using your voice. Just ask Alexa to heat up water for your favorite hot beverage or turn on GE’s TurboCool function to restore the ideal temperature after putting away groceries or when a door was accidentally left open.

Best for Serious Chefs: DCS RS36A80JC1

Transform your kitchen into a restaurant chef’s personal oasis with the DCS RS36A80JC1. DCS is a high-performance cooking brand that creates cooking products for professional chefs who want the same kind of equipment that they use at work in their own kitchens or for people who want to use professional grade cooking products at home.

This built-in refrigerator has a smooth, streamlined look and a high-polish stainless steel finish. The integrated series minimizes gaps through heavy-duty inline hinges and adjustable doors, creating consistent lines throughout your kitchen. The series fits flush with cabinetry to reduce disruption and deliver design freedom through stainless or custom panel options.

DCS’ custom ActiveSmart technology helps keep food fresher longer and the easy-to-use SmartTouch controls make it simple to customize your fridge’s settings to optimize its performance depending on what you are storing. These ActiveSmart refrigerators intelligently adapt to daily use to help save energy, cooling and defrosting only when they need to without compromising on food care. As a bonus, removable, spill-safe cantilevered glass shelves in the refrigerator wipe clean to help prevent foodborne illnesses or other messes.

Best for Busy Families: Samsung RF28JBEDBSG

If you have multiple kids and a hectic schedule, the Samsung RF29JBEDBSG may be the right choice for you. This Samsung FoodShowcase refrigerator provides easy access to on-the-go items that can be organized by food type or by a family member. With FoodShowcase, the exterior showcase gives you instant access to drinks and condiments, while the InnerCase lets you store large, fresh food items. Great for kids who can grab their own lunches or for homes where there are food allergies, this fridge gives you instant access to frequently used items, while keeping the large inner case at just the right temperature for larger fresh items. The FlexZone™ Drawer uses metal cooling technology to cool food faster and is an ideal place for milk, butter, snacks or other drinks. Plus, you can stay organized with the adjustable smart dividers. Space-saving, energy-efficient LED lighting illuminates every corner of your refrigerator, making it easy to get all your ingredients ready for meal prep.

Most Versatile: Samsung RF28HMEDBBC

The Samsung RF28HMEDBBC is optimized for convenience and flexibility with its counter-height, temperature-controlled storage drawer and multiple temperature options. The FlexZone drawer lets you adjust four temperature options and comes with a smart divider, so you can store everything from frozen foods to your favorite snacks. This Energy Star-qualified fridge also comes with Samsung’s Twin Cooling Plus system that ensures both fresh and frozen foods are stored at the correct humidity. The 28-cubic-foot, ultra-high capacity refrigerator gives you room to store an amazing 28 bags of groceries. Plus, you’ll always be party-ready with the Ice Master icemaker that can create up to 10 pounds of ice each day with room to store over four pounds.

Easiest to Use: Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Smart French Door Refrigerator

Update your kitchen with this Whirlpool smart French door refrigerator. It includes Wi-Fi connectivity so that it can connect to your home automation system of choice, but the real advantage of this fridge is that it includes a smart learning process that adapts to your schedule and can readjust for parties or other events where the door is frequently opened or closed.  With a whopping 32 feet of storage space, this Whirlpool fridge also holds more than many of the other fridges on our list. The in-door ice system is cleverly designed to provide even more space so that you get an extra shelf. In the easy-to-access freezer, one shelf, two drawers, and even a basket help you stay organized. It even has a handy alert that sounds if the door is accidentally left open for more than two minutes, so you know your food will stay at a safe temperature, keeping it fresher longer.

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