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LG Wants You to Replace Your $10 Ice Sphere Tray With a $4,400 Fridge

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A built-in ice maker is a great way to be woken up in the middle of the night by your fridge when a fresh batch of frozen cubes is loudly dumped into its dispenser. But if you turn your nose up at cubes—the beverage chiller of common folk—LG will now happily sell you a $4,400 fridge that churns out an endless supply of trendy ice spheres instead.

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Outside of what you’ll find in a professional kitchen, the LG LRFVS3006S sits somewhere in the upper echelons of fancy appliances. Its most PR-worthy feature is its built-in Craft Ice maker which creates perfect spheres that are claimed to be the most effective way to quickly chill a drink by maximizing surface area while melting slower than cubes or crushed ice, which are also both available here from an in-door dispenser.

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There are already a few different ways to produce ice spheres, including heavy metal molds that squeeze an oversized ice cube until it melts down to a polished sphere. LG’s new fridge takes a faster approach with spherical molds that get filled with water and then frozen. The results aren’t as pretty, but it allows the fridge to churn them out like a factory in your kitchen.

An LCD window on the front of the fridge can switch between opaque and transparent, giving a sneak preview of what’s inside.
An LCD window on the front of the fridge can switch between opaque and transparent, giving a sneak preview of what’s inside.
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This being a fancy fridge, it’s got plenty of other features to help justify its price tag. It includes smart appliance features like wifi connectivity, so the fridge can provide access to smart assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, or diagnose what might have gone wrong when it breaks down. (“Hey, why are these ice spheres now ellipsoid shaped?!”) LG’s also included one of those LCD shutter windows on one of the doors so that with a couple of quick taps on the outside it instantly becomes transparent allowing you a peek inside without actually opening the door.

Not even Martha Stewart’s fridge looks like this inside.
Not even Martha Stewart’s fridge looks like this inside.
Photo: LG
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As The Verge points out, if there was any doubt this fridge was designed specifically for the one percent who rarely have to use their own appliances, just look at how the photoshoot’s food stylists have filled it. Pre-poured glasses of lemonade? Fancy shrimp cocktails ready to serve? Veggie shots? Broccoli just crammed into a drawer so that it can shed tiny florets everywhere?

My fridge is currently filled with four-day-old leftover french fries, celery I should eat but never will, mysterious and long-forgotten takeout containers, and more embarrassing secrets I never want revealed through a windowed door. This fridge is more like a climate-controlled museum for perfect produce and Instagram-worthy meals and cocktails—which means LG will undoubtedly have no trouble finding interested buyers.

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I’ll be interested to see what the ice spheres look like when they are shit out into the bin. It’s my understanding that making clear ice is somewhat difficult without the proper machine and even at $4400 I’m skeptical.

As for the fridge itself, they can get fucked with that drawer freezer bullshit. We have one and it is the absolute worst fucking thing ever. No space and impossible to clean. At our last holiday gathering some asshole put a bottle of prosecco in the freezer to chill it. Well they forgot about it and the next morning I find the remnants in crystalline and glass shard form scattered throughout the drawer. The freezer smelled like a hungover soccermom and took 2 hours to empty and clean. Even still there are probably random glass shards hiding in there. The Worst. But I digress.