What Does a Wine Fridge Do
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What Does a Wine Fridge Do?

David J Sharp
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A wine fridge is an appliance that wine drinkers use to cool their collection of wine bottles. Whether you’ve got a selection of red, white, or rose wines, a wine refrigerator is best-suited to help your keep your wine collection at a stable cooling temperature, ready to serve.

There are several types of wine fridges that exist, and so depending on the type, brand, and model, each wine fridge will provide different features. However, the core functionality is the same.

What temperature does a wine fridge cool at?

As we briefly mentioned above, each wine fridge will vary based on it’s type, brand and model.

However, a typical compressor-powered wine cooler will cool from approximately 42 – 65 degrees.

A thermoelectric wine cooler will typically have a more limited temperature range, as it simply does not have the power to cool to the low temperatures that a compressor unit can. Therefore, you can expect anything from 50 – 68 degrees from a thermoelectric-powered unit.

Does your kitchen really need a wine fridge

This is quite a subjective question, and the answer to this will be based on the amount of wine you’re looking to either consume or collect.

Additionally, you’ll want to consider the physical space that you have in your kitchen. If you potentially don’t have much space available, a cellar (wine cellar) is the perfect environment to position your wine refrigerator in.

Benefits of having a wine fridge

Owning a wine fridge has some clear benefits, and we’ve listed all of them here:

  • Specifically built to keep your wine in perfect condition, which is an assurance if you’re a wine collector who owns expensive wines.
  • You don’t have to store wines in your conventional refrigerator, which isn’t built to hold the wine bottles.
  • Looks visually appealing, especially when it’s full of wine and it has LED lights turned on.
  • Most have UV-resistant glass to help keep ultra-violet light from spoiling your wine collection
  • This means that you can have more control over the temperature, especially since you’re not considering the refrigeration of other items such as food.


What are the different types of wine fridge?

There are several types of wine fridge that you can get, including different sizes.

We’ve included all of the different types of these below:

Undercounter: These are units that have forward-facing vents, and therefore can be placed in a built-in location, such as under a kitchen counter. Because of this, you’ll need to measure the height, width, and depth of the space before purchasing such a unit.

Freestanding: These are units that don’t have front-facing vents, and therefore should be placed in a position where air can easily flow to the back and sides of the unit. Because of this, they’re not put in an enclosed environment, and therefore, don’t require as strict size requirements.

Countertop: These are units that are positioned on the countertop in a kitchen or bar. These are much smaller units because of this, and hence don’t have the same wine bottle capacity as freestanding or built-in wine coolers.

Compressor: The majority of large wine coolers are powered by a compressor-based system. This is because it’s the most powerful and effective at cooling units with larger bottle capacities.

Thermoelectric: These units are considered as small wine coolers, and they generally don’t exceed a bottle capacity of 25 bottles. This is because a thermoelectric system cannot handle the cooling of large internal spaces.

Single-Zone: These are units that have 1 cooling zone.

Dual-Zone: These are units that have 2 cooling zones, which can be independently cooled at different temperatures. Perfect for being able to cool both white and red wine.

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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