When you talk appliances and tech, all roads lead to LG which is why I visited their showroom in Abu Dhabi for an in-depth look at their InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator. While the fridge is a standard must-have in every kitchen, an infusion of innovative features can take the appliance from good to great. LG has outfitted InstaView with everything from a built-in water filtration system to onboard Wi-Fi, making it more useful than standard models.
See it to believe it
Just like it’s name suggests, InstaView gives you an instant view of what’s inside. Just knock twice on the tinted glass door panel and a light comes on, revealing the contents of the fridge. The point here, is to minimize the amount of times that the door is opened which consequently allows cold air to escape. We are a family of browsers. Want some juice? Let’s open the door and stand there a while looking at the choice of flavors. Meanwhile, cold air escapes which raises the temperature inside and comprises safety standards for food storage. That behavior also increases energy consumption but trying to change it is an uphill battle. According to LG, InstaView cuts cold air loss by 41% without compromising the ability to browse. And, I must admit that while this feature is very practical in nature, it’s fun to use. I got a kick out of it and would probably invite people over just offer them a drink with the knock-knock and reveal, if I owned this refrigerator.
Fill it up
InstaView is a self contained appliance with a built-in water filtration system. It has a refillable tank that supplies water to a dispenser on the freezer door. This eliminates the need to run a water line to the fridge which can be costly and quite a headache especially for renters.
Food storage is the fundamental function of a refrigerator and InstaView doesn’t sacrifice function for bells and whistles. The inside is outfitted with a bottle rack that holds up to 4 bottles of sparkling water or wine, a FreshBalancer drawer which allows you to control humidity for fruits and vegetables, an air filter called HygieneFRESH and a slim, door mounted ice maker that can be removed to save space. I simply grabbed the handle and slid out the container with ease.
s/n: Fitting large bottles inside the fridge is ALWAYS an issue for me so the built-in bottle rack is a simple solution yet, major feature to have. Now worries if you don’t need it as it can be removed.
InstaView features a digital control panel on the freezer door that allows you to manage temperatures, HygieneFRESH, Wi-Fi and the lock. The panel is stainless steel and blends into the door seamlessly. InstaView is part of LG’s suite of connected home products and can be managed using the LG SmartThinQ app. Now, you might be thinking, why do I need a refrigerator with Wi-Fi? Well, if you’ve ever forgotten to make ice or failed to close the refrigerator door properly, you understand how this feature comes in handy. You can receive smartphone notifications alerting you to things like this even while you’re on-the-go. It even works with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can operate smart features via voice commands. The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms and requires an LG account to login.
Function meets style
InstaView is striking and does not detract from the aesthetics of your home. I live in an open floor plan whereby all of the common areas are visible and I am very conscientious about taking photos inside. I often snap photos of my kids around the house to send to their grandparents and I loathe seeing my stove or fridge in the background. InstaView has a sleek, modern design and get this – it’s virtually smudge-free. I touched all over the door handles and the control panel without leaving fingerprints on the surface. LG’s PrintProof fingerprint and smudge resistant finish is responsible for this magic, making this appliance picture perfect at all times.
InstaView comes in two finishes – Stainless and Black Stainless – and several size and feature variations. For more information, visit the LG website.
August 11, 2018