The time has come – you’ve decided to buy a wine fridge. Congratulations – we’re just as excited as you are! An essential accessory for a discerning grape juice devotee like yourself, a wine fridge will allow you to safely store and display your growing collection. Like wines themselves, however, the fridges that hold them come in a variety of different blends and flavors – each with their own style, size, and features. Trust us – it’s a real jungle out there. A full bodied, oaky jungle, but a jungle nonetheless. However, do not fear! Grab some cheese and crackers, get comfy, and pour yourself a glass of the good stuff. Here are a few things to consider before buying a wine refrigerator.
What Is It?
Before even beginning to shop, you have to first decide what you would like your wine fridge to be. Is it simply an appliance – akin to a closet for your wines? Or is it something more – perhaps a piece of furniture or focal point in a room? There is no right or wrong answer – it all just comes down to preference. If you see your wine chiller as a pure utility tucked away neatly in your basement or storage area, efficiency should be your first and foremost concern. However, if you imagine your wine fridge proudly displayed at the center of a formal cocktail party, efficiency is only one piece of the puzzle. Aside from styles of appliances (stainless steel, glass, etc.), potential noise or vibrations are red flags that should be on your radar. Our recommendation: If you plan on housing your wine fridge in a living area, go thermoelectric. Thermoelectric coolers are much quieter than traditional compressor units.
There are a whole slew of different styles for the wine rack plans inside your wine fridge. They include chrome wire racks, built in plastic racks, and slide out wood panels. One style is not necessarily better than another – in fact, there are benefits associated with each. If you’re looking for ease of accessibility, anything that slides out is probably going to tickle your fancy. Are you looking to jam as many bottles as possible into your refrigerator? In that case, we recommend built in racks. Take a few moments to decide which style is right for you.
Lock – If you ever plan on storing an expensive bottle (or perhaps many expensive bottles) of wine, a lock is without a doubt a worthwhile add-on. Most locks come in either key or touchpad options.
Door Styling – If you imagine your wine fridge on display in the center of some elegant extravaganza, door styling is probably high on your hit list. On one end of the spectrum, a traditional solid door will provide the most protection for your wine. On the other, a glass door will allow you to show off your collection. The compromise: Consider a tempered glass door. It protects against UV rays and looks far sleeker than your standard solid door.
Reversible Hinges – Here’s something folks rarely think of when shopping for wine fridges, but can prove to be invaluable in years to come. Reversible hinges allow you to change the direction the door on your appliance opens. It may sound trivial now, but who knows where you’ll end up putting your favorite wine chiller down the line.
Armed with the knowledge above, you are now ready to pick of the perfect wine fridge for your lifestyle and tastes. Here’s to a lifetime of romantic dinners, celebratory toasts, and relaxing nights in. Cheers!