Whats the Difference Between a Fridge and a Wine Fridge?
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What’s the Difference Between a Fridge and a Wine Fridge?

David J Sharp
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In this article we’re going to be discussing the key differences between a wine fridge and a regular refrigerator.

Even though the purpose of each type of unit is to refrigerate, they both serve very different purposes, as we’ll be finding out.

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

What is the difference between wine cooler and a regular refrigerator


Wine Coolers vs Regular fridges

Wine fridges are refrigeration units which are specifically designed to store wine bottles. Therefore they have shelves which are large enough to hold a certain number of bottles, without any risk of them falling and breaking. A traditional fridge is designed for general usage, to store food and liquids.

The majority of wine storage coolers, including single and dual zone units can store both red wine and white wine (unless you’ve purchased a very cheap thermoelectric wine cooler), and therefore the average temperature range is 45-68°F. This is extremely important, as wine needs to be kept in a cool environment for it age properly. Otherwise, it will simply go-off and become foul-tasting. Regular fridges simply cannot provide the same level of cooling, with the average unit only having a range from 60-100°F, which is simply not cold enough to house the likes of your white wines.

Another aspect of a wine cooler which makes it unique and better suited for storing wine bottles, unlike a normal fridge, is that these units will usually have UV-reflective glass door. UV radiation is harmful to wine, as it breaks down the chemicals and molecules that allow wine to age well. Instead, the UV light causes wine to age at an accellerated rate, which then leaves it tasting bad.

Some wine coolers also come with additional features which make them more suited for wine storage, over a standard refrigerator. These include the fact that some come with a lockable door; Extremely useful when you’re looking to protect your wine collection from any unwanted visitors. Not to mention, a number of premium-priced units have a lovely wine display shelf, used to showcase your finest few wines which are part of your collection.


We hope that you can now see the benefits of a wine cooler over a conventional refrigerator; Not only do they provide a more ideal temperature for you to store your wine at, but they environment is better suited for storing your wine collection for a longer period of time, and it helps to ensure that your collection is in perfect condition, and is great-tasting when it comes to eventually opening the bottles.

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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