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5 Features to Look for in Your Next Fridge
If you are in the market for a fridge and currently have a growing family, you need a fridge that can support the needs of your family. New fridges these days come with lots of nifty features; the key is to identify the fridge features your family could actually use.
1. Smart Fridge
It seems like everything is becoming smart in homes, including the fridge. Smart fridges can connect to the Wi-Fi in your home, and many smart fridges can communicate with other devices via Bluetooth.
Smart fridges feature a touchscreen interface on the fridge door. The touchscreen interface allows you to create grocery lists, look up and display recipes, and set notifications that let you know when specific foods will expire.
The touchscreen interface can be used to coordinate with your family. Many refrigerator touchscreens allow you to share notes and to-do lists with individual profiles. You can use a whiteboard option to leave notes for your family. You can display and input scheduling information for your family. Some fridges even allow you to display photos.
The exact features of each smart fridge may vary by manufacturer, but the primary purpose is to have a place where your family can share information, not just about food but about your busy lives.
2. Built-in Speakers
Your fridge holds a central location in your kitchen. Some fridge manufacturers are taking advantage of this central location by adding speakers to their fridges. These fridges also feature Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to sync up your smartphone, tablet, or MP3 players so you can enjoy great music in your kitchen.
Speakers in your fridge may seem like a novel idea, but if your family loves music, it’s a great way to play and enjoy music in your kitchen.
3. Adjustable Shelves
Adjustable shelves may not be a new feature, but they are still a really useful feature. A fridge with set shelving is limiting.
Look for a fridge where you can adjust the shelving not just inside the fridge but on the door as well. For even more flexibility, look for a fridge that offers different types of shelves for the fridge door and interior.
Every family’s food needs are unique, and a refrigerator that allows you to choose the type of shelving you have and adjust that shelving can help make your fridge more functional and useful for your family.
4. Temperature-Controlled Drawers
Not all of your food should be stored at the same temperature. Your fruits and vegetables, for example, have different temperature and humidity needs than a gallon of milk or a carton of juice.
With temperature-controlled drawers, you can adjust the temperature and humidity so the settings works best with whatever you have inside of the drawer. Many people use temperature-controlled drawers for storing fruits, vegetables, cheeses, or meats. Temperature-controlled drawers can help you keep your family fridge well-organized and your food fresh.
If you don’t want to splurge on a fridge with temperature-controlled drawers, look for a fridge with airtight crisper drawers. Airtight crisper drawers will help keep your produce fresh for longer periods of time.
5. Speed Chilling
When you add a hot or room temperature item to your fridge, the temperature inside of your fridge rises as well. It can take hours for the temperature in your fridge to stabilize after you add a non-chilled item to your fridge.
The temperature inside of your fridge needs to stay between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit to keep all the food inside your fridge safe. Fridges with a speed-chilling feature quickly bring your fridge back within a safe temperature range.
With a speed -hilling fridge, you don’t have to worry about dinner cooling off before you put the leftovers in the fridge. You can just clean up and put the leftovers away immediate.