GE is busy showing of their new line of french door refrigerators, and these new refrigerators are packed with several industry-first technologies. For starters, the the 29 cubic foot GE Profile model packs in a Hands-Free Autofill system that is able to fill a glass, pot, pitcher or bottle all on its own. That means that you can just set down a glass and walk away while the glass fills up with water. The system actually uses sound waves from ultrasonic sensors and proximity detectors, and it is intelligent enough to understand when to stop filling, so that the container doesn’t overflow. This leaves you with more time to multi-task around your kitchen.
The new 29 cubic foot GE Café model is also sporting a new innovative technology, which is a hot water dispenser. We had never considered the possibility of using our fridge to make hot water, but after seeing a demo of the hot water dispenser in action, we can see why such a feature would be so convenient to have on a fridge. To that effect, the GE Café model is able to heat up to 12 ounces of water in two minutes. You can even choose the exact temperature, making it perfect for quickly heating up water to use in everything from tea to baby formula.
GE has also done extensive research into what consumers are looking for in a fridge, and it turns out that water quality is a major concern. In response to that data they have worked hard to integrate what they consider to be the most advanced water filtration system in the industry. This filtration system is able to remove 98% of five trace pharmaceuticals from drinking water and ice. They have also designed the filter inside the GE Profile model to be conveniently located in the door for easy filter replacement.
GE also claims that these new refrigerator models can keep your food fresher for longer, effectively saving you from more trips to the supermarket. The refrigerators accomplish this by using TwinChill evaporators, which separate airflow and climates in the fresh food and freezer sections to help maintain temperature and humidity levels which help keep food fresh. This system also helps reduce freezer burn and helps keep freezer odors from mixing with refrigerator odors. Both models also sport a neat drawer that can be used to set specific foods at a specific temperatures. This drawer actually packs in colored LED lights that change from red, green, blue, aqua and purple, as you change temperature settings for the entire refrigerator.
Both new models also pack in GE’s Brillion connected home technology. This tech lets users receive maintenance and service alerts, monitor energy consumption, all via an iPhone app or from a web browser. Lastly, these models also aim to be as green as can be by exceeding ENERGY STAR standards.
The GE Profile refrigerators will be available in June, and the GE Café models will be available in the fourth quarter of 2012. Pricing will range from $1,699 to $2,999.