Samsung launches new smart appliances at CES 2023

Samsung first launched their Bespoke line-up of design-forward appliances at CES 2021, and it immediately turned heads. Bespoke appliances have some of the best aesthetic customization options available outside of getting something custom-manufactured, for a much lower price.

Last year saw the line expanding beyond kitchen appliances into the laundry room.

For 2023, the focus has mainly shifted back to the kitchen, with several refrigerator models and an oven, all of which sport upgrades to both their hardware and software. There’s also a brand new endeavor under the Bespoke brand that goes beyond appliances: household energy management.

What’s new for Samsung’s 2023 Bespoke refrigerators?

A woman stands in front of a Samsung 4-door fridge, using its touch display to check her home's energy usage.

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The larger Family Hub display can allow for picture-in-picture playback of Samsung TV Plus.

Three new fridge models are joining Samsung’s Bespoke line this year. The new 4-Door French-dooriterates on their design, while the side-by-side and top-freezer represent two new styles of fridge now available for a Bespoke glow-up.

While not Samsung’s first Bespoke 4-door French-door fridge, this will be the first to feature a built-in smart display backed by the Family Hub smart platform. This 32-inch, FHD touch display is twice as large as previous implementations of the technology.

But what can you use all that extra screen real estate for? Well, if you’re in the US or Korean markets, your Family Hub suite will include Samsung TV Plus, which has over 190 free channels. The new Family Hub also supports a picture-in-picture mode, so you can keep a show on while you cook, or manage other smart appliances connected via Family Hub.

The side-by-side and top-freezer fridges are more plain, as they’re the first time either style has been available for the Bespoke treatment, but that doesn’t mean they’re otherwise devoid of innovation.

One of the cool new Family Hub features, SmartThings Energy’s AI Energy Mode, will allow the fridge to sense usage patterns and the fridge’s environment, then use that data to dynamically optimize settings such as the compressor speed and the frequency of the defrost cycle.

These adjustments can allow users to save on their utility bills and keep their carbon footprints small. They’re also not the only way Samsung may be able to help you manage your home’s energy usage.

One of Samsung’s flagship features this year is SmartThings Energy. The industry-first recipient of ENERGY STAR’s Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Certification, this software provides information on energy usage for any connected appliance, allowing users to make informed decisions about how they want to budget their energy usage.

This software allows users to manually reduce usage, or they can use the automatic AI Energy Mode to dynamically adjust energy consumption to make sure you don’t exceed your carbon budget. If a connected appliance uses more power than usual, you’ll receive a notification of the irregular activity. This can be great as both a diagnostic tool and also lets you know when you forget to close the fridge door, or leave the stove on.

Samsung’s new Bespoke wall oven leverages AI for food prep

Samsung's new smart wall oven, installed in a modern kitchen.

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Samsung’s new Bespoke wall oven can livestream a feed of your food as it cooks.

The last stop on Samsung’s new Bespoke appliance line-up is their new smart wall oven.

For starters, this oven is jam-packed with just about every feature you could ask for. It’s capable of air sous vide, air frying, steam cooking, and their Flex Duo split oven system.

Where things get interesting is the oven’s new AI Pro Cooking feature. This leverages the oven’s internal camera to recognize up to 80 foods or ingredients and offer suggestions for optimal cooking settings. It can even detect when your food is burning, and send a live video feed of your food straight to your phone for easy monitoring anywhere.

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