Ever stopped to think about how your vegetables stay cool and fresh, or why your cheese doesn’t go mouldy? The refrigerator is an amazing invention. We checked out the most famous innovations in refrigerators by LG.
The story behind the name: What does ‘LG’ really stand for?
In 1947, Lak-Hui Chemical Industrial Corp was established, but most people just called it ‘Lucky’. In 1958, Lucky united with a newly-founded company, ‘Geumseong’ meaning ‘GoldStar’ in Korean.
When it was renamed ‘LG Electronics’ in 1994, the LG stood for ‘Leokki Geumseong’ or ‘Lucky GoldStar’ after its Korean parent companies. Since 2004, however, the letters have stood for their most successful marketing slogan, ‘Life’s Good’.
LG Australia was established in 1997 and LG also has branches across Europe, North and South America, Asia and even Africa.
When LG started producing refrigerators
In the 1960s, LG produced Korea’s first refrigerators, along with radios, black & white TVs, washing machines and air conditioners. They sure were busy!
Some of LG’s refrigerator innovations
2000: LG introduces the world to the first Internet capable refrigerator, paving the way to the future.
2001: LG begins releasing refrigerators that use energy-saving Linear Compressor Technology. This technology means the fridge is less noisy, lives longer, and is more energy-efficient than the conventional fridge. These days, all LG fridges use Linear Compressor Technology.
2014: Last June, LG Electronics launched its new smart appliances with HomeChat™, a messaging service available initially in South Korea only. HomeChat™ lets homeowners communicate with and control their LG smart appliances. It runs using the LINE app so all you have to do is send a text message to your fridge saying, “I’m going away for a week”, and the fridge will turn its power-saving mode on and let you know about any food groups you should take out of the fridge before you leave.
Sustainability and water/energy efficiency: LG has internal lawyers check all product efficiency claims before products are released to the public, to ensure that all their products are as energy and water efficient as they say they are.
Other refrigerator brands we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a fridge in the last three years – in this case, 776 Australians.
The other refrigerator brands in this year’s survey are:
- Fisher & Paykel
You can view the refrigerator survey results here.