WHAT'S REALLY new in refrigerators? The built-in, filtered hot-water dispenser in the 29-cubic-foot GE Cafe French door model. It has custom settings from 90 to 185 degrees, the better to steep tea, prep baby formula, make cocoa or soup. List price $2,999.

Also new is the sparkling-water dispenser on Samsung's newest 31-cubic-foot four-door fridge. The bubbly stuff is served through the same dispenser that delivers water and ice. (A SodaStream CO2 cylinder is concealed inside a door). That innovation will cost you $3,695.