Wine fridges ensure that drinks are kept at optimal conditions making wine storage easy and convenient. If you are thinking of buying a wine fridge for your home, consider the tips below to know what to look for when purchasing wine coolers.
Ideal features of a wine fridge
The size which you will buy depends largely on your needs. If you are serious about wine, is an avid collector, entertains a lot, then a bigger sized wine fridge is what you need. Typically, large fridges will hold 120 bottles of 0.75 litre wines with a total net capacity of 360 litres.
If you are just looking for a wine fridge to complement you bar, under counter wine fridges are good choices. They are space savers and fit most counter tops. Fridges of this size will hold 43 bottles of 0.75 litre wines with a total net capacity of 140 litres.
White wines, sparkling wines, champagnes and certain spirits (vodka, gin) need to be chilled at temperatures between 8°C to 10 °C. Red wine, on the other hand, should be stored from 16°C to 18°C.
Fridges which have variable settings suit this purpose to be able to keep all types of wine, liquor and spirits at the right temperatures. Unless you have wine cellars to store red wine separately, a multi- temperature drinks fridge is your best option.
Adjustable wine racks Storage racks should be sturdy, slide smoothly, and easily removed to fit different sizes and shapes of bottles. Quiet compressor Fridges with quiet or noiseless compressors are desirable because they reduce shocks from vibrations and ensure that the bottles are stored in the best conditions. Glass doors Glass doors look elegant, are easy to clean, and provide good visibility of your stocks. However, they cost more and allow sunlight to enter. Consider a wine cabinet with UV filter glass doors to protect the wine.
Energy saver Look for A, A+, A++ drinks coolers which are certified to use lesser energy and are therefore, economical Humidity Low or high humidity levels make corks on wine bottles either dry out or mouldy. A fridge cooler which checks and keeps humidity levels constant is a desirable feature when buying fridges. .
Where to buy them
Specialised shops which only sell wine supplies are typically your best bet in finding quality and functional wine chillers. Fridges UK offer reputable brands of bottle fridges such as Liebherr wine fridges, ArteVino, Transtherm and Tastvin. Alternatively, you can also check out individual company websites to find a retailer in your location. Bosch, AEG, Electrolux are trusted brands and offer high quality wine fridges.