Reaching in the refrigerator only to find that you've forgotten to refill the water pitcher is a nuisance of the past, with the introduction of an ingenious new accessory that's now available on select GE refrigerators.

Autofill technology fills the unit's built-in pitcher as needed, making a large quantity of chilled, filtered water always available in the kitchen—perfect after a long run or for summertime parties, the company says. It's sure to be a hit with busy homeowners who like to have fresh, filtered water available in lieu of relying on expensive, wasteful water bottles that take up space in the frig.

With a 74-ounce capacity, the Pitcher operates through a magnetic sensing system. A first magnet switch indicates when the pitcher is in its designated space for refilling; a second, floating switch indicates when the pitcher has reached capacity, stopping water flow. The Autofill Pitcher technology is now offered in GAS18PGJWW and GAS18PSJSS refrigerators with an MSRP ranging from $899 to $999.

“The development of the original Autofill Pitcher as a DIY add-on aftermarket accessory allowed us to perfect the design on a small scale, before scaling it to mass manufacturing,” says Jason May, top freezer product manager for GE Appliances. “We discovered that many top freezer owners were already pitcher users, but with frustration points of inadequate filtration, and having to constantly fill the pitcher. Creating a solution to these problems is why we advanced the technology and added it to our lineup.”