Food wastage costs Aussie households $500–1000 each a year (or $4 billion in total) according to research* by LG, whose solution is better food organisation though a door-in-door fridge design that allows access to popular chilled items without impacting the temperature in the main body of the fridge.
Intended to store frequently accessed food stuffs – drinks, milk, margarine, jams – items close to their use-by date, or leftovers that need to be consumed within a short period, the outer door on LG’s three new ‘Door-in-Door’ models opens onto a cavity that, while cooled from the main fridge compartment, is sufficiently separate to keep warmer air from affecting chill levels inside the fridge.With more consistent temperatures, food stored within the main body of the fridge is less prone to spoiling.
Advancing the cause of less food wastage, the crisper section provides a plastic top plate with an ‘eggshell’ pattern that LG claims helps trap condensed moisture from fruit and veg, rather than having it – and the bacteria it accumulates – fall back into the food area. The crisper compartments also accommodate three temperature zones: -1° Celsius for meats, 1° Celsius for deli goods and 3° Celsius for vegetables.
LG’s Door-in-Door models include a 650 litre side-by-side fridge as well as 730 and 907 litre French door models. Around 100 litres larger than the current largest French door model in Oz, the latter (GR-D907SL) is one big-arse fridge.
If food was water, for example, and you could fill every cavity in the 907SL, you would be just 93 kilos short of one tonne of food. One. Tonne.
The huge capacity of it and its 730 litre brother is down to the use of a thinner, denser insulation material – which allows the fridge walls to be made up to 13mm thinner than regular 45mm walls – plus a new approach to ice-makers.
Many models integrate the these into the main body of the fridge, and supply ice via a hose to the dispensing unit on the door, but LG’s French door models cleverly integrate the ice unit into the door itself (the left door, as opposed to the right-side door-in-door). The upshot is that, while external dimensions remain a conventional 903mm (wide), interior space is enhanced.