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Knock on LG's 'InstaView' fridge and it'll show you your groceriesWant to see what's inside the LG LFXC24796D French door refrigerator? Just give that window a double knock.
[MUSIC] Hey guys, I'm here with one of LG's new InstaView door in door refrigerators, specifically the LFXC24796D. And this is [INAUDIBLE] model and a nice black stainless steel finish. And the InstaView feature is this dark panel here. It's actually a windows into the door in door compartment. Now, door in door, you can open the door like normal or you can open the door by pressing this button, just to get into the indoor shelves, but with InstaView I've got this window that I can knock on To get the lights on and see what's inside. Now LG pitches this as sort of a more efficient way to raid your fridge with this window that lets you look inside without opening anything. But the thing about door to door compartments is that they typically make the temperatures go up to begin with. This entire door and door compartment if you look at the hit map is licensed bright orange on the difficult setting there. All those temp above 40 degrees warmer than the rest of the fridge. Not exactly what you want although it's somehow forgivable given that your probably on the storing drinks and preservative heavy condiments on the shelf. Now we've tested door in door out pretty extensively over the past few years and it really doesn't have any appreciable effect on the actual amount of cold air that leaves your fridge. If you open that door in door compartment you're gonna let cold air out. If you open the whole fridge you'll let cold air out. We've tested both ways, the graphs look the same. It's not gonna save you any energy. And as counter-depth fridges go, it's pretty good. The storage space is pretty flexible. You've got a lot of shelf space. You've got this drawer that slides back. You've got room for tall items. One tiny qualm is that I couldn't find a good spot for this two liter bottle of soda. There were no shelves that would. Sit it upright and even when I push that moveable shelf back there wasn't that much space to sit the bottle on, it kind of sat there awkwardly. So not the most flexible fridge I've ever tested. All of LG's instaview fridges are pretty expensive and this one is no different coming in at $4,400. That's a lot, probably too much for me for that door-and-door feature that I don't think is that much convenience, but if you like it and think it's a cool way to check inside, then go ahead and put it on your dream kitchen wishlist. [BLANK_AUDIO]