What Size Wine Fridge Do You Need
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What Size Wine Fridge Do You Need?

David J Sharp
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In this article, we’re going to be discussing what size wine cooler you’ll be needing.

The specific sized unit will heavily depend on the type of wine fridge that you decide to choose, alongside the amount of physical space that you have, and the amount of wine bottles that you’re looking to store.

Therefore, without further ado, let’s talk more about the factors you’ll need to consider when choosing one.

What Sized Wine Fridge Should You Get?

As we’ve briefly explained above, it will depend on a few different factors:

1) Type of Wine Fridge

There are several different types of wine cooler, these include built-in/undercounter, freestanding, countertop, compressor, thermoelectric, single-zone, and dual-zone wine coolers.

Each type has different positional requirements and performance-related limitations. Therefore, because of this, it means that certain types are larger than others.

Let’s delve into talking about each type and what you can expect:

Built in wine coolers (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.

2) Physical Size & Available Space

The physical size, including height, width and depth will also be a factor in which wine refrigerator you’ll want to purchase. This is especially true if you’re considering purchasing a built-in unit, which is to be placed within an enclosed space, like under your kitchen counter.

With that being said, we recommend measuring the space before choosing a particular wine fridge, and double-checking the measurements.

Now for those people who are storing such a unit in their cellar (wine cellar), the size of the unit might not necessarily be an issue. But you’ll need to transport the wine fridge down there, which means that you’ll need to consider the route, and how to logistically manage it.

3) Bottle Capacity / Size of Wine Collection

The bottle capacity of a wine cooler will arguably have the most prominent impact on whether you choose it. For example, wine collectors will require space to store more bottles than someone who’s merely a casual wine drinker.

We have plenty of buyer guides available to read on our website, everything suitable for those looking to purchase small wine coolers, through to large wine coolers.

4) Costs

In general, the larger the wine fridge, the more expensive the price tag. Therefore, you’ll want to write down your budget before looking at any of the products, to make sure that you don’t end up trying to reach for a product that’s well out of your price range.

After all, we always advise that our readers live within their means.

Feel free to look through our wine fridges under $1000 or wine fridges under $500 buyers guides, as we’ve included only the highest quality products, with the most favored, positive customer reviews.

5) Future Plans

It’s always good to think ahead, and if you’re considering the possibility of becoming a wine collector, it may be useful to purchase a large capacity unit to begin with.

Otherwise, it would mean that you’d either have to replace your unit with a bigger one, or purchase another unit in addition to your current wine cooler.

Either way, it doesn’t take much to consider your current situation and which type of wine cooler you can grow into, in the near to mid future.

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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