Which Wine Fridge To Buy?
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Which Wine Fridge To Buy?

David J Sharp
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In this article, we’re going to be discussing which wine refrigerator is best to buy, and why?

There are many wine fridge manufacturers/brands, and each have multiple models on the market. So how do you choose which brand and model is most ideal for your needs?

Well, there are really 6 key questions that can help determine this, and we’ll talk about this in the section below.

What Wine Cooler to Buy – Considerations

These are the most important considerations that you should keep in mind when deciding on the type of wine fridge which is suitable for your needs:

What is your budget?

When it comes to choosing any kind of product, it’s important to determine the monetary budget which you have to spend. This way, you’ll narrow down your focus of the products within that budget, immediately from the outset.

This will also mean that you’re not going to make any decisions that you may regret, and purchase a wine cooler that is vastly too expensive.

If you’re choosing a wine fridge for your business, such as a restaurant or bar, or you’re a wine collector or wine connoisseur, then we’d highly recommend approaching this purchase as an investment, because this unit will ultimately house your wine bottle collection, so that your wines remain fresh.

Where do you plan to position your wine fridge?

The positioning of your wine fridge will ultimately determine the type that you choose. For example, if you’re looking to position it on a kitchen worktop, the most suitable one would be a countertop wine cooler.

However, if you’re looking to position the wine fridge under your kitchen/bar worktop, then a built in wine cooler is ideal. This is because they have front-facing vents, so airflow isn’t restricted.

For those who want to position the unit in more of an open environment, a freestanding wine cooler is fine.

It should also be noted that a built-in wine fridge can be used in a freestanding position, but a freestanding wine fridge (without a front-facing vent) cannot be used in a built-in/undercounter position.

Additionally, for those who are considering storing a unit in their wine cellar, the logistics of transporting it down there are important to consider.

How much physical space do you have for the wine refrigerator?

The amount of physical room that you have dedicated to positioning your wine fridge will obviously be a large factor in which model you choose.

Therefore, it’s crucial that you’re aware of where exactly you’re looking to position your wine cooler, and the specific measurements.

This ties in with the previous question, as to where you plan to store the appliance.

How much wine do you plan to store in this fridge?

The number of wine bottles that you’re looking at storing will determine the wine bottle capacity which you require, this is also referred to as the unit’s wine storage capacity.

As a rule of thumb, it’s always useful to overestimate your required bottle capacity, so that you have additional space, instead of not having enough space for your wine collection.

If you’re a keen wine collector, or have a restaurant/bar/hotel, then it’s advisable to get a large wine cooler, with some of these having bottle capacities from 100 through to 300 bottles.

However, for more casual wine drinkers, a small capacity wine cooler is more suitable.

Are you looking to store different varieties of wine within this wine fridge?

Different types of red wine, white and rose wine will have a varying ideal storage temperature. This needs to be met for adequate wine preservation.

Because of this, many people choose to purchase a dual zone wine cooler, which has 2 separate cooling zones.

These zones can have their temperature independently adjusted, so that you can program one zone to reach the temperature requirements for storing your red wine, and the other zone can store your white wine and rose wine.

The use of multiple zones may also be helpful for those who want to store different types of a single variety of wine, for example, as referred to in our red wine storage temperature and white wine storage temperature guides, there are multiple types of red and white wines available:

These include full-bodied, medium-bodied and light-bodied wines.

In the case of red wines, a full-bodied red wine (Syrah, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon) should be stored at approximately 64 degrees, whilst a medium-bodied red wine (Merlot, Chianti, Pinot Noir) should be stored at 60 degrees, and a light-bodied red wine (Beaujolais, Port)should be stored at 57 degrees.

Then there are these wines from different regions and countries, for example, an Australian wine may have different storage temperature requirements to an equivalent french wine or california wine.

It’s even the case now where wine fridge manufacturers have created triple zone wine coolers to fulfil the growing demand for storing many different varieties in one physical unit.

Are there any specific features of aesthetic requirements that you have?

We understand that a wine fridge is often the centrepiece of your kitchen or bar, so it’s important that it not only operates well, but also looks the part.

Therefore, you’ll want to consider the specific colour that you’re looking to get, including the outer chassis material. We actually like the stainless steel outer, as it can look extremely eye-catching when kept clean and polished.

Although more of a functional aspect, you’ll also want to consider whether you want a reversible door, so you can decide which way it swings, as well as the glass type, for example so you wanted tinted glass which is UV resistant (highly advised). We always advise choosing a wine cooler with a tempered glass door, as this is 4x stronger than normal (annealed) glass and thermal resistant, so any temperature changes will not cause issues.


Once you’ve decided on the ideal type of wine refrigerator for you, then we recommend reading as many reviews as possible, to determine the ideal model for you.

We’ve just written a post on the best wine fridge brands that exist on the market, so take a read of that to get some inspiration.

Otherwise, view our range of buyers guides below:


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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