Choosing the Right Chiller
Choosing the right level of capacity is important, as it will dictate how many wine bottles you can hold. Depending on whether you are an individual, family or a business, your capacity needs will vary. Small wine coolers may hold only 7-10 bottles, whereas in larger wine coolers you can store 100-200. That’s quite the collection!
It’s worth remembering that because champagne and burgundy bottles are larger, they may need more space in the wine coolers than a standard bottle of wine. Look for a wine cabinet that offers the ideal conditions for the variety of wine you prefer to buy.
Even though often you will be keeping wine chilled, the right level of insulation is very important when selecting your cooler. It improves the efficiency of wine coolers and helps to keep running costs down, as well as ensuring that the overall temperature inside remains consistent – which is important for good wine storage. Seek out a cooler that is well insulated when making your choice.
The Ideal Temperatures for Wine
This is one of the most important considerations to have when purchasing your wine coolers. The correct temperature to store wine can obviously vary depending on what type of wine you choose. The recommended serving temperatures for wine are as follows:
- Red: Between 10 and 18°C
- White: Between 7 and 10°C
- Rosé: Between 7 and 13°C
- Champagne: Between 6 and 11°C
If what you are looking for is a cooler to store only one type of wine – perhaps for a long period until the time comes to drink it – then a wine fridge with a single temperature is fine for you. However, if you enjoy a range of wines and wine colours, then it may be beneficial for you to opt for dual or triple temperature zones. Dual zone coolers are usually preferred by people who like to entertain regularly and have a few varieties of wine on offer, as you can set the temperature of each zone accordingly.
It is fairly straightforward really – the bigger your wine cooler, the more shelves it’s going to have. For more flexibility when storing your range of wines, you may want to consider going for wine coolers with adjustable shelves, so that you can take shelves out to make extra room if needed. Strong, durable materials are preferable – often they are made from wood or wire for maximum sturdiness. On large wine coolers, there is quite often a ‘display’ shelf for showing off your most impressive wines. The more premium models sometimes tilt their shelves so they are angled for easy retrieval. This is a nice feature if you can afford it, but it’s not essential.
There are no two ways about it, wine coolers have reputation for being noisier than their standard fridge cousins. This can be irritating, especially if it’s in a communal area. The louder coolers tend to be those that vibrate more, so check the specifications for anti-vibrate features. When in doubt, look for a model with a noise level of 45 dB or less for a quieter cooler.
Unfortunately, wine coolers are often less efficient than a lot of other appliances are nowadays. The focus tends to be on improving efficiency for larger items like fridges and washing machines, while smaller products like this tend to slip by unnoticed. Naturally, the colder you need coolers to go, the more energy they will use. Where possible, try to opt for coolers with a higher energy rating or A or B. It may save you slightly more money in the long run.
We hope this guide has been useful in helping you to make a decision about which wine coolers are the perfect option for you.