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Avoid these five overrated fridge featuresRefrigerators come with all sort of bells and whistles these days, but these five just aren't worth it.
[MUSIC] We've shown you our five favorite fridge features. Now let's take a look at five that just aren't worth it. Here we go, starting with door in a door compartments. LG made the feature popular over the past few years and Samsung quickly followed suit. But I still just don't get it. It's not any more convenient to open the front panel of the fridge and access the shelves than it is to just open the door of the fridge like normal and access those shelves. And in some cases, it's even less convenient, because you've got a plastic barrier blocking those shelves off from the inside. First of all, none of these compartments ever help the fridge stay cold. They actually tend to make them warmer. Number two, excessively spill proof shelves. Now, don't me wrong, I'm a big fan of shelves that have spill proof rims around the edges, but some fridges take the idea too far. I'm thinking specifically of Electrolux models like this one that have these curved spill proof glass shelves that bend upwards at the rim. They look fancy, I guess, but it eats up so much space Because you can't put any items on that curved part of the shelf. Number three, in fridge temperature zones. Now if you watched our favorite fridge features, you know that I like zones in the fridge that have their own dedicated temperature presets. I just prefer compartments and drawers that are outside of the body of the fridge, and kept separate from that cold environment. They tend to perform a lot better. Drawers like this one that sit inside the body of the fridge, are often ineffective. Number four, king size ice makers. Now you might disagree with me if you throw a lot of parties or you have some other needs for excess ice But, I much prefer a smaller ice maker that's more compact, and takes up less space in the body of the fridge. At the end of the day those big ice makers that sit up at the top shelf are eating up space, and if you're asking me to choose between space for groceries, and space for ice, I'm gonna choose groceries every day of the week. Finally, smart fridges. Now, I know I put smart fridges on my list of the favorite Fridge features, but that doesn't mean they're worth buying into right now. We've only seen one or two models we actually like and prices are still prohibitively high. It wouldn't surprise me if someday soon we see every manufacturer offer some sort of flagship smart fridge. But until we see better options born out of that kind of competition, I'd say wait. Well, there you have it, five fridge features that we say are not worth it. For more check us out at CNET. COM/appliances and check out our list of our favorite food features as well. [SOUND]