Samsung Family Hub: How It Manages Your Home From the Kitchen

Your family's at the fridge anyway, might as well keep 'em in the loop

Samsung Family Hub Fridge

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Samsung's Family Hub 3.0 is the backbone of what turns their excellent fridge into something more. Instead of a fridge that just holds your food, you can leave memos, get weather updates and more thanks to the 21-inch touch screen that connects you to the important things in your life.

What is Samsung Family Hub?

Samsung Family Hub app collection
 Samsung

Samsung is betting that the center of every family, is the kitchen. After all it's where you're all going to wander through to grab something to eat during the day right? By adding a 21-inch touchscreen display to the right door of your fridge, they've given you a method to stay in touch with everyone and everything going on in your life.

The Family Hub is basically, that touchscreen and everything that it can do. While the ability to use a touchscreen and have access to apps has been available in earlier models of Samsung Smart Fridges, Family Hub 3.0 has added full Bixby voice integration.

The Family Hub lets you access entertainment like music apps, leave memos for family members, access Samsung SmartThings located in your home, and even look inside the fridge without ever having to physically open it.

Does It Have Access to Apps?

Since Samsung's Smart Fridge runs on Tizen OS, it has access to all sorts of things you never thought that your fridge would take advantage of. With Tizen, there are dozens of different apps that you can opt in to. This includes turning on Bixby, accessing Pandora, leaving memos on the fridge and plenty more.
It also means that once you connect your fridge to the Wi-Fi network in your home, you'll get access to new apps as they become available. There's no real way of knowing what might pop up as available since it all depends on what developers are doing with Tizen.

What Are the Features on a Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge?

The Samsung Smart Fridge is practically overflowing with features. Not all of them live solely on your Fridge either. To that end, we've broken down the many, many things that this fridge can do into a list. This still doesn't cover absolutely everything, because Samsung has gone out of their way to think of anything you'd want your fridge to do. However, it is a good primer on what you'll be getting if you invest in this Smart Fridge in your home.

  • Cameras: The Samsung Smart Fridge includes 3 cameras on the inside of the fridge. Using the touchscreen, Bixby, or your SmartThings app, you can look inside the fridge to see what food you actually have hidden in there.
  • Food Management: The most important aspect of a Fridge is the food inside it. You can order groceries through a delivery service, plan meals based on what food you have in stock, use Bixby to add groceries to your shopping list, enable automatic expiration dates that let you know when something has gone bad. You can even order from GrubHub if you don't have what you need but have to feed the family ASAP.
  • Staying Connected: Family Hub aims to help keep your family more connected to one another than ever before. You can personalize the widgets that always appear on the touchscreen, sync everyone's calendar, leave memos and notes for one another, remotely send photos and plenty more depending on what you need from Family Hub.
  • Entertain Yourself: Cooking and spending time in the kitchen takes time, but it doesn't have to be boring. Using Family Hub you can listen to Pandora or iHeartRadio to dance around while you bake, see what's going on in the rest of the house using the SmartThings app, and even watch TV using your Samsung phone to mirror screens.
  • Even More Features: Aside from the connected features, your Samsung Smart Fridge does even more stuff. You can readjust your shelves for weirdly sized items, take advantage of a wine rack in the fridge with specifical temperature controls, and even turn your whole fridge into a freezer with the touch of a button. Considering the 28 cubic feet of space this gigantic fridge has, it's nothing to scoff at.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Not every Fridge will work for every person, and Samsung definitely knew that when they delivered three different models of the Samsung Smart Fridge. There are three different models for you to choose from, each with their own perks. Of course, all three models come with Family Hub 3.0 and everything it has to offer to elevate your kitchen from a room to the center of your family.