How Many Ways Can You Keep Cool?

During the sweltering days of summer in New Jersey, you know the best way to keep cool: stay indoors in an air-conditioned space. But you may not know the latest refrigerator trends and all the convenient new ways for keeping food and beverages chilled ─ in almost any room of the home.

If you want to have cold drinks, snacks and light meal choices close at hand, without the bother of heavy coolers and drippy, melting ice, here are the latest ways to chill out.

small refrigerators
Undercounter refrigerator and wine cabinet photo courtesy Jenn-Air.

Extra Cooling in the Kitchen

Head to the kitchen when you want something chilled, but there are brand new options for adding cooling power to your fridge. Refrigeration options are smaller, sleeker and smarter than ever. Undercounter or narrow column wine cabinets can hold a few bottles or dozens at the perfect temperature. Standalone icemakers keep an extra supply ready for parties or days when you just need more ice for beverages of all kinds.

Smart refrigerator trends
Smart refrigerator photo courtesy LG.

Smart fridges can connect to mobile devices with wi-fi or apps and let you check to see if you’re running low on milk…while you’re out shopping. They can include “family hub” screens with voice activation that let you sync family calendars, check the weather or leave a digital reminder for your family to keep their hands off the dessert that’s for dinner guests. Some models have “flex zones” that make entertaining simpler by changing from fridge to freezer and back again when your needs change.

Refrigeration in Any Room

Master bathroom refrigerator trends
Master suite refrigerator photos courtesy Perlick.

A fridge in the master suite? Yes! A small beverage station in the bedroom is great for late night drinks and morning coffee. Custom cabinets can blend with the look of your room and conceal an elegant mini kitchen with a small fridge and even a bar sink. If you have medications or beauty products that require refrigeration, you can even add a small refrigerated drawer under the vanity counter in the master bath. That’s the ultimate in convenience and luxury.

If you entertain in your finished basement, why run up and down the stairs with food and drinks? With all the options in smaller size refrigerators, it’s easy to put together a sophisticated wet bar, beverage center or a mini kitchen, no matter how much space you have. And this is another great place for an undercounter icemaker.

The Great Outdoors

Outdoor kitchen refrigerator trends
Outdoor kitchen photo courtesy Perlick.

Everybody loves outdoor living spaces for summer entertaining. But your deck, patio, or porch needs more than just your grill of choice and some chairs. As the sun sets and the day cools, you can entertain in an elegant outdoor kitchen complete with a mini-fridge, icemaker, sink, counter space for food prep, and storage cabinets, all specifically designed to withstand the elements.

There are so many new options to choose from when you realize you can add refrigeration wherever you might need it: upstairs, downstairs or even outside. We can help you decide. Let’s talk!


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