FAQ – What do Smart Fridges do?

A smart fridge is one that connects to the cloud through internet access. Smart fridges usually come with various built-in features. Some models let you use your smartphone to see what’s inside, send and receive notes or display calendar events. Some smart fridges will even send alerts to your phone if the door has been left open.

Here is what smart fridges do differently to normal ones. 

What is the Difference Between a Smart Fridge and a Regular One? 

Just like your traditional fridge, a smart fridge keeps your food cool or frozen and sometimes may also dispense water or ice. Those, however, are the only similarities.

Smart fridges feature sensors as well as internet connectivity. The sensors are used to detect any changes in temperature or humidity, even the amount of food in the appliance. This information then can be accessed remotely via a smartphone. This allows you to monitor the contents of your appliance on the go. 

A smart fridge will often also have a built-in touchscreen which you can use to interact with the appliance in ways you can’t with a regular appliance. 

How do Smart Fridges Work? 

Smart fridges work by connecting to the internet, which allows them to use their unique features. For example, some models can link to your Amazon Alexa or your Google Assistant, allowing you to organise your household effortlessly. 

Other models use the internet to receive signals from your utility companies. What this means is that during peak times of power usage, the appliance will adjust its settings to use less electricity, resetting energy intensive functions for off-peak times. This allows you to achieve substantial energy savings. 

Why do Smart Fridges Have Wi-Fi? 

Wi-Fi connectivity is what allows your smart fridge to receive and install new software updates. Those often also include new features as they are developed and released. This allows your smart fridge to stay up-to-date with the latest technology over time. 

Most manufacturers schedule software updates overnight to avoid hassles for users, so updates to your smart fridge should normally feel seamless.


If you’re on the lookout for a new fridge, why not have a look at what Modern Living has to offer? While not all of our fridges connect to the cloud, we have a great range of sizes with extras like water and ice dispensers. 

For more information or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. Simply give us a call, send us an email or fill out our contact form

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