I have been shopping for a new refrigerator for quite awhile now and despite looking at many over the past couple years, none have been quite right until I met Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator with Touchscreen at CES. I ogled this beauty at the press conference when it was rolled on to the screen and talked about in front of a packed audience and had a chance to see it close up in the Samsung booth on the show floor but it wasn’t until I attended Mom 2.0 in Laguna Nigel, California that I got up close and personal with what I know will be my next refrigerator.
The Best Buy suite showcased all the latest and greatest appliances from Samsung, appliances that help you spend less time on laundry, improve the daily task of preparing meals, and make chores like washing dishes less so. I appreciated seeing how convenient it is to use the ActiveWash Washer with its built in sink for easy washing of delicate exercise clothes and how AddWash lets me pause the front loading washer and throw in items that always get left behind when I start a new load of laundry. I swooned over the gorgeous fingerprint resistant Black Stainless Steel finishes but honestly, the Family Hub Refrigerator had me at hello.
The kitchen is the hub of our house. It’s where we spend the bulk of our time as a connecting before the school day during breakfast and sitting down to recap our day during family dinner. It’s where we unplug for conversation but still feel the need to be connected.
With its 21.5” Full HD LCD glass touch screen, the Family Hub Refrigerator would allow us to put down our phones and focus on each other at dinner while knowing we could connect to the things and people we care about most in a split second. There’s also the endless convenience by having a 21.5” LCD glass touch screen as the surface of your fridge. A tech savvy family like ours could manage our family calendar, leave digital notes for each other, use it as a dynamic photo wall where ever-changing photos could always provide fun memories and things to talk about, and have it serve as a new hub, proving us with headline news, the day’s weather, and other information that is relevant to our day directly from the surface of our refrigerator.
I love thinking about being able to send a text to my kids with a message about me running late and to help themselves to a snack or convey a change in after school sports practice and have it pop on the fridge for them to see when they walk in the door. Our family calendar has always lived in the kitchen but I this dynamic digital one is displayed through such a bright and vibrant screen that might reduce the frequency of schedule-related questions. I also appreciate that friends and relatives can send photos that can pop up directly on the Family Hub Refrigerator for us to immediately swoon over without having to pick up another device. Music has always played in the background in our kitchen whether I’m cooking or reading the paper at the kitchen table on the weekend and now we can stream favorite stations directly from our fridge.
My grocery lists that currently live tacked to the fridge with a magnet can also go digital! I can make my grocery list directly on the Family Hub Refrigerator or place a grocery order right from the screen! Not only that but each time I close my refrigerator, three internal cameras snap a photo of what’s inside so when I get to the store and can’t remember if I’m out of eggs or not, I can just pull up the latest image of what’s inside to know what I need.
I was impressed by the Family Hub Refrigerator when I first got a glimpse of it at CES in January but after spending more time interacting with it thanks to to Best Buy, I know this is going to be our next fridge.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. All opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Best Buy and Samsung.