What Should You Look for When Buying a Wine Fridge?
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What Should You Look for When Buying a Wine Fridge?

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In this article we’re going to be discussing what exactly you should look for and consider when purchasing a wine fridge.

There are a number of different aspects and factors that you’ll need to consider, and we’ll be delving into these, one-by-one.

Therefore, without further ado, let’s dive into it!


What should you look for when buying a wine cooler?

Before talking about specific details regarding how to choose a wine cooler, it’s important to firstly consider what requirements you have, from a general, overall perspective.

I.E Are you looking to store a large number of wine bottles, of different types, in an enclosed space in your kitchen? Well, you’d probably want to choose a larger sized wine cooler, which not only has dual zones, but also is suitable for built-in usage.

The point is, your overall requirements will dictate the type of wine cooler that you’ll look to buy.

Therefore, as we’ve briefly showed above, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How many wine bottles do I want to store?
  • How many types of wine do I want to store at any one time?
  • Where do I want to position this wine fridge?
  • What environment will this wine fridge be in?
  • What is your overall budget?

Let’s discuss each question, and talk about which types of wine fridge would be suited to a partcular answer.


How many wine bottles do I want to store?

Quite simply, the more wine bottles you want to store, the larger a wine refrigerator you’ll be looking to purchase.

Each wine cooler will have a different bottle capacity, and this number is readily available to see when looking at a unit.


How many types of wine do I want to store at any one time?

Different types of wine can require different storage temperatures. Therefore, if you’re looking to store a few different types of wine within one wine fridge, a dual zone wine cooler is necessary.

However, if you’re just looking to store one type of wine (I.E white wine), then a single zone wine refrigerator will suffice.


Where do I want to position this wine fridge?

Wine coolers come in type different types (regarding their positional capability), these are freestanding and built-in.

Freestanding wine fridges usually have their vent positioned at the back of the unit, meaning that the cooler cannot be placed in an enclosed space which would totally reduce airflow. This is unlike a built-in wine cooler, which has it’s vent located at the front of the unit, and therefore it can be placed either in an enclosed or open environemnt.

Additionally, you could even want to position you wine cooler on a countertop, and therefore you’d want to consider a much smaller-sized wine fridge.


What environment will this wine fridge be in?

Considering the environment that the wine cooler will be used in, is also an important factor.

Those who want to purchase a wine cooler for commercial usage, in restaurants and bars, will obviosuly have different requirements than someone looking to get one for their countertop at home.


What s your overall budget?

It should be no surprise that your monetary budget will also play a large role in dertermining the ideal wine refrigerator for you.

Larger units are more expensive, but you can definitely find some great priced units, regardless of the size.

We recommend taking a look at our recommended wine coolers, which you can find here:

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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