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Types of Wine Fridge – Ultimate Guide

In this article, we’re going to be discussing the different types of wine fridge which are available, and the benefits/drawbacks of each specific type.

Therefore, after reading this post you’ll fully understand the differences between each wine cooler type, and have more information to decide which wine storage system is best for storing your red and white wine collection, and which suits your needs and requirements better.

Therefore, without further ado, let’s talk about the different types of wine refrigerators.

Types of Wine Fridges

There are approximately 12 different types of wine fridge, these include:

  • Compressor
  • Thermoelectric
  • Freestanding
  • Built-in
  • Countertop
  • Single zone
  • Dual zone
  • Tri zone
  • Quad zone
  • Small
  • Large
  • Commercial

Compressor Wine Cooler

Compressor wine coolers are units that have compressor-based cooling systems. With these systems being more powerful, they are most often these are used in larger-sized wine coolers. Additionally, they’re often better suited to housing bottles of aging wine, because they’re less prone to temperature fluctuations.

Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

Thermoelectric wine fridges are units that have thermoelectric cooling systems. As suggested above, these systems are less powerful when compared to compressor-powered systems, and therefore they’re usually used in smaller-sized systems. Additionally, due to the fact they have fewer moving parts, they’re very quiet in operation and experience fewer vibrations.

Freestanding Wine Cooler

Freestanding wine fridges are suitable for placement in a freestanding position. This in other words means that the wine fridge should be placed slightly away from other appliances/walls/surfaces, so as to not prevent it from getting adequate airflow. This is because they usually have rear-facing vents.

Built-in Wine Cooler

A built-in wine refrigerator most commonly has its vents located on the front. Because of these front-facing vents, the unit is able to be placed in a location without much room, where a conventional freestanding unit cannot be placed… For example, it can be integrated into a kitchen worktop as an under counter wine cooler, to store your favorite wine bottles.

Countertop Wine Cooler

As the name suggests, these wine chiller units are small enough in size that they can be placed on a kitchen/bar countertop. Countertop wine fridges usually have a wine bottle capacity of around 4-15 Bordeaux-sized bottles.

Single Zone Wine Cooler

This unit type has 1 wine storage zone, where all of your wine collection is kept. The disadvantage of this is that you can’t store each type of wine at its ideal temperature, but instead, come to a temperature that is mutually beneficial.

Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Dual zone wine fridges are units that have 2 wine storage zones, each of which can have its temperature thermostats controlled separately. This makes such a unit perfect for wine lovers, wine collectors and/or a wine enthusiast who wants to store their collection of white and red wine within one physical unit, but at different temperature settings.

Triple Zone Wine Cooler

Similar to a dual zone unit, a triple-zone wine fridge has 3 wine storage zones that have their temperature settings independently controlled. This means you can store your collection of sparkling wine, red wine and white wine in the same unit.

Therefore, these are fantastic wine cooling systems for a commercial setting, or even for a serious wine collector. These are usually large in size and are therefore placed in a wine cellar or restaurant/bar environment.

Quad Zone Wine Cooler

Although quite rare to find, these units have four separate cooling zones, which in turn means that your can store multiple varieties of wine within a single unit. This kind of wine fridge is ideal for commercial usage, and would simply be too much for a casual wine lover, in both size and capacity.

Having such a wine storage facility means that you have the ability to independently store your collection of sparkling wine, rose wine, red and white wine within one unit, whilst ensuring all of the bottles are stored at their optimal temperature settings.

Small Wine Cooler

A small wine fridge can be considered one that has less than an 18 bottle capacity.

Large Wine Cooler

A large wine fridge can be one that has more than a 50 bottle capacity.

Commercial Wine Cooler

A commercial wine fridge is usually one that has a larger bottle capacity when compared to a traditional wine fridge which could be used within someone’s kitchen. Instead, these units are often more expensive, and are made from better-quality materials, as they’re depended on by businesses (bars and restaurants) that hold a lot of stock in them.

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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