LG InstaView Refrigerator Review

The LG InstaView Door-in-Door Counter-Depth refrigerator offers something other consumer home models don’t: a glance at what’s in the fridge — well, part of it, at least. While other fridges have the door-in-door design, LG doubles down on helping you keep food cold with the InstaView feature. When you knock, one door turns from tinted to see-through. While the door-in-door feature may seem like a gimmick rather than a purposeful design element, this is one trend we hope is here to stay. The design lets you place food and beverage items that you want to easily access on one of the door shelves, so presumably you’ll never have to dig deep into the fridge to get a soda or cheese stick again. Unless of course, you like to do that kind of thing. Keep reading our Energy-Star rated LG InstaView Door-in-Door fridge review to see if the rest of the appliance is as cool as the door.

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LG InstaView Refrigerator Review

Fridge with a view

The first thing you’ll notice about this refrigerator is that it’s a pretty appliance. The French door-style fridge comes in at about 69 inches high and almost 31 inches deep with the handle included. The finish is an attractive smudge- and fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel.

The tinted glass is the second thing you’ll notice because it takes up most of the space on the right door. Simply knock twice almost anywhere on the glass and the tint dissolves on command, like the high-tech windows on a 787 Dreamliner. You’ll be able to see inside for about 10 seconds before the glass darkens again. It’s a handy feature if you simply need to know, for instance, whether to buy milk. Sure, you could get the same effect with plain glass doors, but then you need to be vigilant about keeping things inside orderly. The tint helps conceal the clutter that will inevitably pile up inside.

See something you like in the right door? Press the button directly on the door handle, and the shelves open while the rest of the refrigerator stays closed, letting you grab an item quickly. A ColdSaver panel between the shelves and main compartment prevents cold air from escaping. It works, but it’s a little cumbersome when you open the full door and try to get something off the door’s shelf. The shelves aren’t adjustable, but you can easily fit as many as 12 beers or a gallon of milk on the large middle shelf, and the compartment is tall enough to fit an unopened bottle of wine standing upright.

The left French door has three narrow condiment shelves, but also houses the water and ice dispenser. An LED display on the outside of the left door shows the temperature of the fridge and freezer, the condition of the water filter, and the setting of the dispenser. The temperature displayed is the thermostat’s setting, not the actual temperature. Simply press the button to adjust the temperature to a lower setting. Unfortunately, there are no up-down arrows on this feature, which means you need to keep pressing the button to cycle through lower and higher temperatures. We did appreciate that there was plenty of room under the dispenser to fit a 16-ounce pint glass, and even a standard pitcher, at an angle.


  • 24 Cu.Ft.
  • InstaView Door-in-Door With Adjustable Bin
  • Dual Ice Maker With Craft Ice
  • Tall Ice & Water Dispenser With Measured Fill
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