Every once in a while, I’ll be heating up something in the microwave and wonder, “how come they haven’t invented the same thing for making stuff cold?” Well it looks like I wasn’t alone in those thoughts, as Korean appliance powerhouse LG is adding a new feature to some of their high-end fridges – the Blast Chiller.
The Blast Chiller compartment can cool a 12 ounce can of beer from room temperature to a delightfully chilly 41 degrees in just four minutes. It can do the same with two cans or a bottle of wine (or a bomber of beer) in eight minutes. The chiller blasts its target with jet-engine-level bursts of freezing air while the can is gently swirled to prevent the formation of ice crystals inside.
This is the culmination of knowledge that LG acquired across the wide variety of appliances they manufacture. The chilling power is based on their air conditioner technology, and the swirling mechanic is from their experience building washing machines. All in all, it’s a neat idea, but it this a silly gadget or a godsend?
At first blush I’d say it’s a godsend, but then I remembered I’m an adult who can manage my own beverages and who mostly prefers dark beers served at or near room temperature, so this is a feature I probably wouldn’t use much. That puts it in “gadget” territory for me. I’m also a little nutso about fridge real estate, and this little gizmo takes up enough space for 8 to 10 cans of Dale’s Pale Ale, which I’d rather have waiting for me in that spot, rather than waiting four minutes to chill just one.
All told, it’s been awhile since I’ve said, “I wish I had a microwave that can chill this beer,” so I’m gonna have to say the Blast Chiller is more novelty than must-have. But then again, I’ll be shopping for a fridge in the next few months, and knowing my nerdy self as I do, you can bet I’ll probably try to steer my wife to the LG’s.
Now if they’d only make one of these things that dispensed hot bacon on demand…
Here’s a video from LG with a nice animation about the technology. Unfortunately it’s wrapped in one of the worse “lifestyle” commercials I’ve seen in a long, long time. Unless you’re Sam Shields or a Packers fan, then you’ll probably think it’s awesome: