The 7 Best Smart Fridges to Buy in 2018

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Most Family-Friendly: GE Cafe Smart French Door Refrigerator

Parents will unite behind GE’s Cafe French Door Refrigerator as it's a true game-changer. Often when parents get up in the morning, coffee is the first thing on their mind, so GE built a Keurig single-serve brewer right into their refrigerator. If mornings start with tea instead, no worries — GE added a hot water dispenser with temperature selection. Family members can even add a preset time to have hot water waiting throughout the day.

Wi-Fi connectivity adds another family-friendly aspect to the design as Amazon Alexa is integrated into the smart fridge. Users of all ages can ask Alexa to heat up water or turn on the icemaker and they can also access a downloadable app with more options for controlling the fridge's settings. It can also ping you alerts when the inside temperature is too high, the door isn't shut completely, or the water filter needs replacing.

With 27.8 cubic feet, there’s plenty of storage for three family-sized meals a day. TwinChill evaporators help food stay fresh in both the fresh food and freezer sections. Storage is plentiful with drop-down trays, full-width drawers, and spacious bins. 

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: LG LFXS30766S French Door Refrigerator

The last thing a serious chef wants to worry about is a faulty fridge compromising the quality of their food. That’s where LG’s LFXS30766S French Door Refrigerator comes in. LG has integrated its Smart Cooling Plus technology to help maintain desired conditions within the fridge. Utilizing a linear compressor and dual evaporators — as well as strategically placed vents that ensure cool air circulate into every inch — the refrigerator aptly reacts to varying humidity and temperature levels. The result? Fresher food that lasts longer.

As for storage, 30 cubic feet of state-of-the-art interior space means you can make space for everything that catches your eye at the grocery store. Inside the refrigerator are two humidity-controlled crisper drawers, one full-width glide and serve, and one drawer for fruits/vegetables. Nine adjustable door bins offer easy-to-reach storage. The freezer's design features a three-tier system for organization and accessibility.

On top of its terrific storage and class-leading reliability, built-in Wi-Fi adds even more features. Push a button your smartphone or use voice commands to activate IcePlus. Have a problem with the fridge? LG can “dial in” over Wi-Fi dramatically reducing time spent troubleshooting. 

Best for Busy Families: Samsung RF28JBEDBSG

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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: LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator

If you’re a tech-savvy individual with an appreciation for smart appliances, the LG InstaView refrigerator is going to thrill. Adopting the SmartThinQ technology that works in the company’s televisions, this fridge is plenty smart. With the downloadable app, smart functions can be utilized to control different settings. Leave the door open accidentally? The app will notify you. Want to monitor the contents of your fridge? You can do that too. There’s also voice support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so you can order new food from Peapod or add to a shopping list you've already got going.

Tech-savvy touches aren’t the only highlight of this refrigerator. It’s beautiful stainless steel design fits in well with any stylish kitchen. Once it’s in place, drawer dividers make it easy to organize contents. Inside you'll find four SpillProtector tempered glass shelves, three fixed shelves, and four split shelves.

The real highlight of this fridge isn’t its smarts or its storage, though. Without a doubt, it's the LG's the InstaView feature. The door-in-door panel provides quick access to contents without letting cold air out. Just knock twice and store your favorite items in this space for quick access. 

Most User-Friendly: Kenmore Smart 75043 Refrigerator

Whirlpool - 32 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator - Stainless steel
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Not every refrigerator needs a fancy touchscreen to be considered smart, and the Kenmore Smart 75043 proves just that. First and foremost, the mission of a fridge is to keep ingredients and food fresh. The Kenmore does this in spades. The focus on precise temperature controls combines with innovative filtration tech to expand the life of your food.

On the exterior of the refrigerator, an unusually large ice dispenser fits tall pitchers. Inside the fridge, there is plenty of storage. A variety of compartments will help store food of all shapes and sizes. Superb airflow ensures that food will stay fresh longer. The high-tech filtration system keeps air moving which in turn helps extend the life of fruits and vegetables.

When it comes to smart tech, the Kenmore focuses on the essentials, like monitoring fridge functions. Downloading the Kenmore app means you can receive push notifications if a door is left open. Similarly, support for Amazon Alexa means you can check the fridge's door status, activate the ice maker, or adjust the temperature.