Have you hit that point? You know, the point where your passion for wine has grown beyond owning one bottle at a time? Do you love to regularly entertain guests and need your wine to be ready to serve on-demand? Do you enjoy having a selection of great wines always available in your home? Taking your passion for great wines seriously and investing in a wine cooler could be in your near future. In this article you will find the 5 most important features in a wine refrigerator that satisfy your storage needs.
#5- The door to your collection:
The vast majority of wine fridges come with glass doors. Glass does a great job of showing off your collection but make sure the type of glass will also protect it from heat and UV rays. Many models achieve this by offering some combination of dual-paned glass, thermal-treated glass, and window tinting.
#4- Honey, where’s the Merlot?:
Don’t let your bottles disappear into oblivion. If you have children (or unruly In-Laws) you may want to keep your collection safe under lock-and-key. Many wine lovers, like fine art collectors, enjoy cultivating a great wine collection worth guarding. Even if you aren’t a “hard-core” collector, the time and money that goes into building your collection can easily be wasted if it isn’t locked up.
#3- Don’t get confused on temperature ranges:
If you see ambient temperature range listed in the wine cooler description, the manufacturer is usually trying to tell you this model will do well in extreme conditions. Ambient simply means the outside temperature that the cooler can withstand while keeping its internal temperature steady; This is important for garage and basement installations. Most cooler models will list the internal temperature range the cooler can sustain under normal conditions, such as being in a house.
#2- Does it matter how it vents?:
Wine cooler vents play a very important role in your decision. If your wine cooler vents in the back you won’t be able to use it as a built-in unit, such as under a counter. Front-venting units are vital for all built-in installations. Thermoelectric coolers, which don’t use the same type of ventilation system, also cannot be used as built-in coolers since they need to vent from all sides. If you are using your wine refrigerator as a stand-alone or counter-top unit you don’t need to worry about where it vents. But. I prefer the under-counter most. Though choosing the best under counter wine cooler is not so easy task at all.
#1- Thermoelectric or Compression Cooling?:
If you’ve owned a fridge anytime in the last few decades you have had experience with a compression based cooling system. You know the type- They click on and off with each cycle, they vibrate (some more, some less), and can be a little noisy. The amount of noise and vibration varies with the quality of refrigerator you buy. The compression based models are also the only ones that can be used for built-in and under-counter installations.
Thermoelectric wine coolers utilize a relatively new technology that has gained in popularity for in-home use. They have virtually silent operation, don’t click on and off like compression coolers, and don’t vibrate. Thermoelectric fridges are popular among collectors who don’t want to subject their wine to vibrations, which is known to degrade wine quality over time.
So that’s it- The Top 5 most important features to consider when shopping for the best wine fridge. Are your top 5 the same? Feel free to chime in with the comments section below!