What is a Smart Refrigerator?

Smart Refrigerator

The kitchens of today are more connected than ever before with feature-rich, futuristic appliances that are both beautiful and functional. A smart refrigerator is a great addition to any kitchen with a number of benefits above and beyond cold storage. A smart refrigerator is a refrigerator that is able to connect to the internet, usually to determine the inventory of the food items stored inside. Read on to learn everything you need to know about smart refrigerator features and benefits to help you decide if one is right for you, courtesy of the professionals at Mr. Appliance®.

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What a Smart Refrigerator Could Do for Your Kitchen

A smart refrigerator is connected to the internet, with cloud capabilities and technology. Back in early 2000, LG released the first commercially available smart refrigerator with features that included a barcode scanner that was designed to help consumers track the consumption of the items within. While the idea had merit, most users found the process of scanning to be troublesome and not worth the inflated price of the appliance. As with every technology, smart refrigerators have evolved to enhance this process, with Wi-Fi connectivity that allows users to access the unit from wherever they are using an app on their smartphone or tablet. How long can you expect your smart refrigerator to last? Mr. Appliance has the answer along with some tips to help extend the lifespan of your fridge.

What Exactly Does A Smart Refrigerator Do?

The features of a smart refrigerator can vary depending on the make and model, but here is a list of some common features and their benefits.

Touchscreen Interface

The touchscreen on your smart refrigerator may be used to access a multitude of features with the touch of a button. Newer models may have a large screen with computing power similar to that of your laptop. Built-in speakers can enhance the experience but don't expect theater-quality sound just yet.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Connect your smart refrigerator to your existing network for seamless integration with your voice-controlled smart devices and wireless access from your smartphone or tablet.

Interior Camera

Look inside your refrigerator from across the room or across town to take the guesswork out of meal preparation and shopping.

Shopping List

Use the touchscreen or voice commands to add items to your weekly list and sync them to your smartphone in real-time.

Built-In Browser

Surf the internet from the door of your refrigerator, eliminating the need to expose your phone or tablet to sticky fingers and spills while in the kitchen.

Recipe Database

Look up your favorite recipes, have the refrigerator read you the steps as you go, or watch a video on how to make the dish you want.


Stream your favorite shows, upload photos, or listen to music while you cook, eat, or clean up after your meal.


Leave messages for family members, create lists, or keep track of your family's schedule with an interactive whiteboard that can be edited as needed.

Connect to Other Smart Home Devices

Technology has helped to improve nearly every aspect of our daily lives, and a smart refrigerator can help to make your time in the kitchen even easier. Be sure to dispose of your old refrigerator responsibly using these tips, and regardless of which type you own, you can rely on the team of experienced professionals at Mr. Appliance for fast, reliable maintenance and repair. Call your local Mr. Appliance today to schedule an appointment, or contact us online and let us know how we can help.