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best new product – Major Domestic Appliances
Monolith EKB 9471 refrigerator and EGN 9171 freezer, Liebherr
For more than 60 years Liebherr has set the benchmark in refrigeration, specializing in the art of cooling in the kitchen, producing products with outstanding quality, timeless design and state-of-the-art innovation. In 2019, Liebherr challenged the status quo once again with the launch of Monolith, a groundbreaking new refrigerator, a tower of achievement in cooling technology.
Standing at 2.1 metres tall, Monolith is the next generation of home refrigeration, engineered to make unique design statements and bring new dimensions to the world of built-in appliances.
Featuring superior energy efficiency, a whisper quiet operation, new food preservation advancements and sleek design that will integrate seamlessly into the kitchen.
Expertly designed and engineered in Germany, Monolith is built for the future. Liebherr’s Smart Device Box, which is housed in Monolith, allows users to connect and control their food storage with precision and to their preference from the convenience of their smart phone, tablet or Alexa-enabled devices. The owner can activate the refrigerator’s SuperCool and SuperFrost technologies that help consumers preserve the cold chain by temporarily drastically lowering the temperature within the refrigerator or freezer compartments. Monolith continues Liebherr’s commitment to the premium refrigeration industry. Superior energy efficiency for a climate-conscious user and intelligent features such as BioFresh Plus takes Monolith advanced food preservation to new heights.
Monolith BioFresh Plus drawers add another dimension of climate control to the BioFresh system by allowing you to set temperatures inside the third drawer to as low as -2°C. When food is stored in these drawers, the precision technology kicks in to ensure the temperature is consistently maintained, which has proven to extend the freshness and flavors of exotic fruits and delicate seafood. Every Monolith refrigerator is fitted with FlexSystem, a simple-to-use flexible organisation system for sorting and separating items stored in whichever BioFresh bin you prefer. Overhead InfinityBeam lighting shines a brilliant column of light in front of all of your BioFresh drawers, making it easy to see everything inside while closed, and brilliantly illuminating them when opened.
While Monolith features the most advanced technology the industry has ever seen, everything about it is designed to be simple and effortless to use. So effortless, in fact, that you barely have to lift a finger to control every function. Monolith’s intuitive electronic touch-control panel, InfinitySwipe, features a full-colour 2.4-inch touch and swipe screen that’s bright, clean and wonderfully user-friendly. Like all good design, it’s a beautiful testament to the idea that less is, indeed, more. Monolith is a showcase the Liebherr high-performance PowerCooling system. In addition to including the exclusive SuperCool and SuperFrost rapid cooldown features, Liebherr have reinvented the interior of the Monolith to allow cold air to circulate behind the door. Which means items stored in the door stay just as cold as everything else in the refrigerator. The FreshAir activated charcoal filter system eliminates odours and purifies incoming air, so everything smells as fresh as it looks.
Monolith’s controllable InfinityLight casts beautiful and even side lighting that can be fine-tuned according to personal taste, including a soft brightening effect upon opening the doors and a pleasing night dimming feature. InfinityLight doesn’t just add drama and flair, it also emits less heat, preserving food quality and because LEDs are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting, Monolith will help you save you money while preserving the environment.
Monolith is fitted with InfinitySpring, a seamlessly integrated, flush-mounted internal water dispenser that’s there when you need it, and virtually invisible when you don’t. Better still, it’s designed to accommodate glassware of any size. Liebherr’s filtration system eliminates harmful contaminates, resulting in crisp, clear, fresh tasting water. Monolith’s automatic IceMaker is a crowd pleaser in itself, producing 1.6 kg of filtered ice in 24 hours. Activate the SuperFrost function for an even greater production capability. With a 1.8 kg storage capacity, you’ll never be without.
Monolith’s automatic IceMaker is a crowd pleaser in itself, producing 1.6 kg of filtered ice in 24 hours. Activate the SuperFrost function for an even greater production capability. With a 1.8 kg storage capacity, you’ll never be without.
The feedback worldwide has been phenomenal with Monolith receiving many industry awards and accolades such as the much coveted iF Design Awards, where Monolith was evaluated by internationally recognized design experts. It was proudly displayed as the focal point of the “Monolith Inception Kitchen” at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Miami.
In London Monolith was introduced to the trade at an invite-only launch event in West London, where industry professionals were treated to a first look at Liebherr’s latest advancement in cooling technology.
The reception has been fantastic and the ultra-premium product is now on display across the UK with participating “display” retailers supported with product training and marketing from Liebherr including a digital advertising campaign geo-targeted to the their location. Looking Ahead Next year brings the launch of Monolith Wine columns which add all the quality and premium refrigeration technology of Monolith to Liebherr’s market-leading range of wine cabinets.