New LG fridge greets you with open doors

Konstantin Sheiko
January 17, 2018

CES continues to be the never-ending source of inspiration for the high tech, high-end gadgets. We can only hope that with a constant snowballing of smart technologies this show will start taking place twice a year at some point in the near future. This time we will glance over the range of luxury household appliances, designed to drastically improve the quality of your lifestyle and, in general, make our lives easier. LG’s premium fridge is a part of the high-end Signature line. 

It is a slick, silver T-type fridge, with a French-Door fridge on top and two doors for the freezer on the bottom. It has thirty-one cubic feet of space and a scratch resistant stainless finish. The fridge features the hands-free door opening and window-knocking features, the stainless steel finish and four-door design, and the stainless steel interior with bright LED lights under almost every shelf gives off a strong professional vibe. The shelves and drawers slide easily and the doors - including the door-in-door close with a reassuring, satisfying thud.

It looks like the fridge is equipped with its own touchscreen, but it is actually an upgrade to its previous door-in-door model. Knocking on the opaque glass panel dominating the exterior of the fridge’s right-side door will momentarily turn the lights behind the panel on, illuminating the inside of the fridge letting you browse the contents on that side of the fridge without opening the door, and simultaneously displaying the cavity’s temperature.

Being able to see inside the fridge without opening it is a minor convenience, as well as a time and energy saver, but that is not the only feature that compels the buyers to spend seven thousand dollars on this piece of household hardware. The auto-door feature, which opens the door just a tad when you pass your foot over a hologram at the bottom of the fridge, is the true highlight of the Signature fridge. The point of this feature is to allow users to open the door when their hands are full.

When you trip the sensor with your foot, the door does not open all the way, but it opens far enough for you to nudge it open with your elbow. According to the LG, the sensor is smart enough and it won’t open the door for pets or kids. However, the LG is reluctant to explain exactly how the fridge is able to tell the difference. Even so, the door will close on its own after three seconds if it was triggered but was not opened entirely. That means there is no risk that it will stay open all day if you accidentally trigger it to open.

The Signature fridge is also equipped with some less unique - but no less appreciated premium features. The micro-LED display on the external ice dispenser is completely invisible when unlit, preserving a clean, unblemished look. And the bottom freezer’s shelves slide out on their own when the door is opened past a certain point, as well as automatically retracting when you close the door. Overall, it is a beautiful, elegant fridge, with stainless steel exterior and an enormous amount of capacity.

Admittedly, none of these features feel necessary to the basic refrigerator experience. The vast majority of consumers just want their iceboxes to keep their food cold. But the point of premium appliances is to push the experience of the appliance beyond ordinary function, which the LG Signature appliances, including the fridges, television sets, and washing machines certainly do.