Wine coolers buying guide
If you're serious about wine or love to entertain, a wine cooler is the answer to store collections of various sizes.
There are cabinets for red wine, white wine, champagne or a combination of types. Choose an appliance that suits your wine tastes and storage needs - too warm and the wine will age faster; too cool and deposits can build up. Keeping your wine in the right conditions ensures that it matures properly, so you can always enjoy a perfect glass of your favourite Chardonnay, Cabernet or bubbly.
Think about how many bottles you need to store and the space you have available. Remember that larger champagne or Burgundy bottles will take up more room and that running a wine cooler can be more expensive than running a conventional refrigerator.
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We offer both freestanding and built-in wine coolers, so you can accommodate your fridge where it's practical or to complete the look and accessibility of your kitchen.Freestanding wine coolers
Choose a compact model if you need a small-capacity appliance to easily fit your kitchen, bar or entertainment area. Taller freestanding wine coolers hold more bottles and can be accommodated with your existing appliances like a conventional tall fridge.
Built-in wine coolers
Choose a built-in wine cooler if you want an easy-access fridge that completes the look of your kitchen or entertainment area.
Depending on whether you're a keen collector or regularly serve wine, you'll want to pick a fridge that offers ideal storage conditions or maintains the right temperature for instant enjoyment.Capacity range
Smaller chillers are great for keeping choice bottles ready for serving, while you may want a larger 60-bottle model to store and mature your collection. For the serious wine enthusiast, big 120-bottle coolers are the answer.
Entry-level models often feature fixed shelving, while premium models may offer roll-out, angled shelves for easier bottle viewing and retrieval. Look for adjustable wood or chrome shelves if you want to store extra bubbly for a party.
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As with capacity, it's important to pick a wine cooler with the right conditions for perfect wine storage or perfect wine serving.Single-zone wine coolers
Single temperature wine fridges are made for long-term storage of one type of wine, with one constant temperature throughout the appliance. They are ideal for wine collectors, since all wine should be stored at 55 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity for proper ageing.
Dual-zone chillers offer two temperatures and are ideal if you regularly enjoy different wines or entertain often and want to serve wine, champagne or both at the optimum drinking temperature.
Wine coolers with two temperature zones can be set to accommodate red and white wines simultaneously, keeping them in the right conditions so they taste their best when it's time to pour.
The recommended serving temperature for white wine is between 7 to 10°C, while red is best served between 10 and 18°C. Champagne is best served chilled, between 6 and 11°C, and rose between 7 and 13°C.
Show off your Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir or Veuve Clicquot with a glass fridge door – but remember it's important to protect your wine as well as display it.
Wine coolers with UV-resistant glass doors guard against the effects of sunlight on your wine. Choose a model with a solid door for better insulation if glass isn't to your liking.
It's important to store your wine in correct humidity conditions as well as at the right temperature. Dry storage dries out corks, while excessive moisture allows mould to grow, so we offer wine coolers with features that help prevent your wine from being spoiled.Humidity controls
Many of our wine coolers offer humidity adjustment controls and air ventilation. Some models include charcoal filters, while fanned refrigeration quickly recovers interior temperatures and keeps unwanted odours at bay.
Ensure your wine fridge is placed in an area with consistent temperatures to maintain effective operation. Consider a lockable model if you want to safeguard your most prized bottles.
It's essential to keep wine still while it ages – vibrations loosen sediment in the bottles, affecting the tannins that define the wine's flavour, colour and body.
Excessive vibration or movement can ruin your wine, so consider buying a wine cooler with special anti-vibration systems incorporated in the compressor or within the structure of the fridge to protect your wine.
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