Wine Cooler & Wine Fridge FAQ

There are so many different types of wine coolers, all claiming to be the best. We understand how overwhelming that can be. That is why we have done all the research you need to help you pick out the best wine fridge for you. Here are some of the questions that you may not have the answer to yet:

What Is The Difference Between Freestanding And Built-In Wine Coolers?

A freestanding wine cooler is designed to stand alone and is easily portable. Whereas, a built-in wine cooler is designed to be built into an existing counter or other pieces of cabinetry.

They are also known as zero clearance or under-counter wine coolers. They have the ability to fit into compact spaces as they have a front vent that is located under the door. This channels heat forward and away from the unit.

Unlike a built-in wine cooler, a freestanding wine cooler cannot be placed in a compact area, as the vent that filters out hot air is placed in the back. If it is located in a compact area, the appliance runs the risk of overheating.

As a result of overheating, the cooler’s ability to maintain its internal temperature and chill the wine will decrease.

Added to this, you can either damage the unit’s compressor as it attempts to overcompensate for the overheating which can cause it to burn out, or you run the risk of shortening the overall lifespan of the wine cooler.

What Is The Difference Between Thermoelectric And Compressor-Based Wine Coolers?

Thermoelectric wine coolers can be extremely useful if you are looking for a compact cooler. Added to this, they are also seen as moderately efficient and are very low on noise. Moreover, they are highly energy-efficient when compared to compressor wine coolers.

This makes them cost less to operate. This type of wine cooler produces fewer vibrations. As a result, fewer disturbances of the sediments within the wine bottles are caused. However, they do have some drawbacks. One is these types of wine coolers do not provide instant chilling that is available at wide ranges. Their internal temperatures can also be affected by the ambiance. This is unlike compressor wine coolers.

On the other hand, known for their durability and power, compressor wine coolers offer the intelligence to automatically maintain the optimal temperature required to keep the wine chilled.

They are also considered as portable refrigerators and they work on the principle of refrigeration. Added to this, they offer a wide variety of temperature zones that can be optimised to store different types of wines.

What Is The Difference Between Single-Zone And Dual-Zone Wine Coolers?

A single-zone wine cooler is designed to have one temperature control as well as the storage space of the unit is undivided. Therefore, the whole cooler is set to only one temperature. This cooler is best for you if you only collect a certain kind of wine. 

Dual-zone wine coolers are featured with two different temperature controls as well as the storage space of the appliance is divided into two parts which may be set to their own temperatures.

This is best for someone that plans on storing more than one type of wine, such as red and white wines, as they do not share the same optimal temperature.

Added to this, conventional dual-zone wine coolers are larger than single-zone coolers so they can hold more wine bottles. If you are looking to store a large amount of wine, this would be the ideal pick for you.

What Is The Difference Between Wine Coolers, Beverage Coolers, And Refrigerators?

A wine cooler is designed to be set at a higher temperature than that of beverage coolers and refrigerators. Why is this? This is since wine should not typically be stored as cold as other beverages.

Generally speaking, wine coolers are not designed to be set at below 8 degrees Celcius. This is unlike beverage coolers and refrigerators that can be set below this.

However, beverage coolers do not usually offer the adjustable shelves or door storage space that refrigerators often do.

What Is The Optimal Environment When Aging Wine?

Wine ages through an extremely complex process of subtle chemical reactions that require specific conditions in order to gain the optimal results and bring out the true flavour. Ageing wine requires a variety of conditions. These conditions are:

– A stable temperature of 12 degrees Celcius.
– A relative humidity at around 70 percent.
– Protection against direct sunlight.

You should take note that even a short exposure to temperature extremes can cause unwanted chemical reactions to occur which will result in the wine ageing poorly. Due to this reason, a cellar is seen as the ideal environment to go about effectively ageing wine.

How Do I Go About In Achieving The Best Ageing Results From My Wine Cooler?

The most vital thing that you should do is to keep your wine cooler at a stable 12 degrees Celcius.

Your main focus should be on eliminating any crucial variations in temperature. It would be highly recommended to look for a wine cooler with UV-tinted glass. This will reduce the amount of light disturbance to your wine. With this, you should look to store your cooler in a dark place as well.

In order to maintain humidity control, look for a wine cooler that features heavy insulation or humidity control so that you can maintain the humidity around the wine at 70 percent constantly. If this is not possible to achieve, at a bare minimum, the humidity should be kept at least 50 percent, or else the corks will dry out.

How Do I Clean My Wine Cooler?

– Firstly, unplug the wine cooler and remove all the wine bottles and shelves from the unit.
– You should use a mild cleaner when cleaning the inside surfaces. We recommend either using warm water on its own or a baking soda solution. You can do this by mixing two tablespoons of baking soda into a quart of water.
– If you have them in your unit, clean the wire shelves and trays with a mild detergent solution.
– If you have them in your unit, clean the wooden shelves or trays with a soft cloth and wooden cleaner.
– Use a mild detergent solution again to clean the outside of the wine cooler.
– Dry any of the wet parts with a soft cloth.
– Be cautious when working with water and try to limit the exposure of liquids to any electronic or control parts.

Why Should I Clean My Wine Cooler?

Regularly cleaning your wine cooler aids in upholding the aesthetic. Added to this, routinely cleaning the parts of the cooler helps to prevent a bad smell from being produced.

Moreover, it also helps in boosting the efficiency of the wine cooler. A wine cooler that is not maintained well can lead to mould and frost growing inside the unit.

However, with regular cleaning, you will be able to prevent any performance issues that may be caused by dirt or other impurities.