Wine coolers are a must-have for any wine lover. No matter how large your wine collection is, it deserves to be stored in the best possible way.
This is exactly what wine coolers do - they keep your wine at the perfect temperature, reduce humidity, and protect your wine from sunlight.
A quality wine cooler will also display your collection too, which is always a bonus. After all, why should you hide your collection away in the dark?
Keep reading to learn more about wine coolers - specifically built-in wine coolers, and why they’re so popular.
What Is A Wine Cooler?
A wine cooler is a unit that keeps your wine cool and fresher for longer, as well as ensuring that your wine ages in the right way.
Aside from a wine cellar, a wine cooler is the best place you can store your wine.
Most quality wine coolers will protect your wine from harmful sunlight, humidity, as well as keeping your wine at the right temperature.
Wine should be kept at temperatures between 11 and 14 degrees celsius, so the majority of coolers will have this as their main setting.
However, others will give you more control over the temperature, and even allow you to use multiple temperature zones.
Wine coolers that over dual or multiple temperature zones are typically more expensive, but are almost always worth the money.
You’ll find that wine coolers are fit to accommodate standard 75cl bottles of wine, although some wine coolers will have removable or adjustable shelves to enable you to store larger bottles, such as Champagne or homemade wine.
Wine coolers come in all shapes and sizes. Today we’ll be focusing on built-in wine and integrated wine coolers, but the other main type is freestanding.
This type of wine cooler freely stands on its own and isn’t built into units or cabinet space.
This means that you can place it anywhere you like, and isn’t restricted to your kitchen or dining room.
A freestanding wine cooler is a great choice and can come in various different sizes, with some accommodating between 10 and 15 bottles, and others accommodating over a hundred.
Although it may be tempting to place a freestanding fridge in cabinet space or under a counter, you mustn’t use a freestanding wine cooler as a built-in wine cooler.
This is because of the ventilation system - the air leaves the unit through the rear where the cool air is also drawn in, so it’s important to leave at least 3 inches of space around the back and sides of the fridge to prevent overheating.
Built-In and Integrated
Built-in and integrated wine coolers are popular for a reason - they perform well and look brilliant inside your home or business.
They can fit snugly under counter space, or be integrated into other kitchen spaces, fitting seamlessly into the interior design of your kitchen.
Whether it be inside a cabinet, under a counter, or simply in an empty appliance space, a built-in or integrated cooler is sure to look brilliant in your home or business.
Built-in wine coolers require some space around the unit to prevent overheating, but fully integrated coolers don’t as they’re built to fit snugly into kitchen spaces.
The vents are typically located around the sides of built-in wine fridges, so be sure to leave a centimetre or two of space when placing the unit.
Integrated wine coolers are usually more expensive than freestanding wine fridges as they’re generally better quality and more work needs to be done to integrate the unit into the interior of your home or business.
If you want a wine cooler that offers dual or multiple temperature zones, your best bet is to opt for a built-in or integrated cooler.
This means that you can store wines in the long term uninterrupted while you have wines ready to be served, and also means that you can store your reds, whites, and sparkling wines at different temperatures in the same fridge.
You may be wondering what the differences between built-in and integrated wine coolers are.
Well, they are very similar but have a small difference - built-in units are visible in your kitchen, but fully integrated units are usually hidden by a cupboard door, offering a seamless and sleek appearance.
For more information on integrated and built-in wine coolers, click here.
Why Do People Love Built-In Wine Coolers?
More and more people are choosing built-in wine coolers to store and display their wine collection - but why?
People love the sleek and seamless design of built-in wine coolers - they are sure to fit in perfectly with your kitchen design.
They are also super convenient, making you can store them under countertops or integrate them into cabinets, saving floor space in your kitchen or dining room.
Another convenient aspect of built-in wine coolers is that you can use them as freestanding wine coolers if you’d prefer, but you can’t use a freestanding wine cooler as a built-in wine cooler due to the ventilation system.
If you’re planning on redesigning your kitchen, it’s definitely worth leaving spare cabinet space to integrate a wine cooler so you don’t have to disrupt the decor of your home further down the line.
One of the main reasons that people love built-in wine coolers so much is because they look brilliant in any home.
No matter what kind of interior decor you’ve chosen for your kitchen or dining room, you’re certain to find a built-in wine cooler that matches perfectly.
Unlike freestanding wine coolers, built-in wine coolers can seamlessly match the decor, style, and design of the room it’s placed in.
The unique design of built-in wine coolers also enables you to place the unit standing freely if you don’t want to hide it away under your counter or inside a cabinet.
Built-in wine coolers are extremely versatile, meaning you can place them pretty much anywhere near a plug socket.
This type of wine cooler comes in all different designs - you can find built-in wine coolers with glass shelves, touch-to-open handleless doors, storage drawers, in a variety of coolers and materials.
If you want to learn more about the different methods of storing your wine, then we've got you covered - click here!