Perhaps you’ve heard of the term the “Internet of things”; it’s technology that was once only conceivable in our minds. The Internet is no longer relegated to iPhones and laptops – advancements in technology have made it possible to breathe technological life into nontraditional devices. Smart refrigerators, most notably those offered by Samsung, have adopted this technology, which allows consumers to order groceries online through an app on the touchscreen panel. In addition, these refrigerators will also be equipped with cameras that can send pictures to your phone, showing you the contents of your fridge while you’re out shopping. There is software in development that will purportedly even tell you what you should eat based on whatever groceries you have leftover at the end of the week!
THE COST OF A SMART FRIDGE
With an estimated cost of $5,800, it’s hard to justify purchasing a smart refrigerator over a traditional refrigerator. According to a Consumer Reports article, the Samsung Hub Refrigerator (Samsung’s contribution to the smart fridge market), was no better than its traditional brethren: The Samsung T9000 (priced at $3,500). The lab test conducted on the Samsung Hub Refrigerator showed that the advancements that were intended to differentiate it from traditional refrigerators were lackluster, and predicted that the technology that is ostensibly pioneering and innovative will ultimately become obsolete.
So are the seemingly superfluous features of a smart fridge worth the additional cost? That’s up for debate, but it’s hard to argue against the necessity of having a refrigerator in one’s home. Whether you choose a smart fridge or a traditional one, in time something will invariably go wrong. It's murphy’s law: if something can go wrong, it will. As a consumer, it’s highly recommended that you do your due diligence when hiring a technician. A licensed and trained technician – such as those at Toronto Refrigeration – will ensure that problems are properly diagnosed, and repairs are completed in accordance with manufacturer specifications. A smart fridge and a traditional fridge may, at some point, have problems cooling, become unusually noisy, or leak water. Diagnosing a refrigerator requires a discerning ear and a watchful eye; your refrigerator uses a number of parts in order for it to work, and all of these parts must work in concert with one another. If any of those parts begin to malfunction, you may find it necessary to seek out a reputable repair service.
As a consumer, if you choose to purchase a smart fridge, you should acknowledge that most appliance repair companies are not trained to work on problems related to its technology. Appliance repair services are, however, experts at repairing the traditional parts of your refrigerator that can cause problems. The purpose of this article is not to dissuade consumers from purchasing a smart fridge, but to encourage them to make an informed decision. As previously stated, the “Internet of things” is becoming more and more pervasive in modern-day society; at some point, there may be a genuine need to have a smart fridge, but for now, it’s more of a novelty than an absolute necessity.