How many bottles does a wine fridge hold?
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How Many Bottles Does a Wine Fridge Hold?

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In this article, we’re going to be discussing how many bottles a wine refrigerator can hold, and subsequently, the different types of wine cooler which are available on the market.

Before getting into what the common bottle capacity is for a wine fridge, it’s important to understand the basics behind wine fridges, and how they differ from each other in terms of sizing and cooling capability.

What is a wine fridge?

A wine refrigerator is an appliance used to cool and store wine bottle collections at an ideal temperature.

These units are commonly used in residential applications, with many people having them installed within their kitchen or wine cellar; And they’re often seen in commercial environments, for example, in a nightclub, bar or restaurant.

The size and type of wine cooler that you choose will very much depend on your usage requirements. For example, wine connoisseurs, sommeliers and collectors will have a greater demand on the size and type of wine fridge they have, as opposed to an occasional wine drinker.

However, we’ll explain the different types of wine fridge in the next section.

What are the different types of wine refrigerator?

There are several types of wine cooler that exist, all of which are below:

Thermoelectric wine cooler

A thermoelectric cooler is one that uses the Peltier effect to provide cooling to the inside of the unit. The main advantage of such a cooler is that it operates extremely quietly, due to having near to no moving parts.

However, the main disadvantage here is that they are less powerful than compressor-powered wine coolers, and because of this, the mechanics are limited to smaller sized wine fridges.

Read our best thermoelectric wine coolers buyers guide.

Compressor Wine Cooler

A compressor wine fridge is powered by a compressor, and because of this, they’re substantially more powerful than a thermoelectric unit.

This ultimately means they’re used in larger sized wine fridges, and hence best suited for someone with a larger bottle collection.

Dual Zone Wine Cooler

These units have a dual temperature zone, which means that they have 2 sections within the cooler that can store wine at different temperatures.

If you’re looking to store both red wine and white wine within one physical unit, then getting a dual zone cooler is the perfect option.

For example, you’ll want to separate your Pinot Noir from your Sauvignon Blanc or Pino Grigio, as they have a different cooling and serving temperature.

Read our best dual zone wine coolers buyers guide.

Single Zone Wine Cooler

A single zone wine fridge has one cooling zone. And therefore, these units are often used to store one type of wine.

Undercounter/Built in Wine Cooler

Undercounter wine fridges are ones that are designed to be built into a kitchen worktop, bar worktop and under countertops.

They usually have front-facing ventilation so that the cooler can breathe and emit airflow without any issues.

Read our best built in wine coolers buyers guide.

Freestanding Wine Cooler

A freestanding wine fridge is one that is designed to be operated on its own, without being integrated or put under a countertop. They usually have back or side facing ventilation, which means that they can only be placed in positions whereby their airflow is not compromised, I.E. standing alone.

Read our best freestanding wine coolers buyers guide.

How many bottles can a wine fridge hold?

There are several types of wine refrigerators that exist, and all of them have different bottle capacities. The bottle capacities range anywhere from 4 bottles to 600 bottles.

We’ve included links below to a variety of our buyers guides, all of which are written with certain bottle capacity wine coolers in mind:

Which size wine refrigerator should you pick?

When it comes to wine storage, choosing the ideal wine cooler is very much dependant on your requirements for the utility of the unit. For example, someone purchasing a wine fridge for their bar/restaurant will need to have a unit with a bottle capacity of more than 50 bottles. And then, they may want a dual zone unit, due to them having to house multiple varieties of wine.

However, a regular wine drinker might only need a 20 bottle wine fridge to house their modest wine collection. And they may only need a single zone unit.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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