Wine coolers come in three main designs - freestanding wine coolers, built-in wine coolers, and fully integrated wine coolers. Built-in wine coolers are designed to be built into kitchen spaces, whether it be under counters or in cabinet space.
You can find built-in wine coolers in all shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find the perfect built-in wine cooler to accommodate your wine collection no matter how large or small. Before choosing a built-in wine cooler, it’s best to assess the space available in your kitchen so you can choose an appropriately sized unit. It’s also best to consider the bottle capacity of the wine cooler - whether the wine fridge will accommodate your wine collection.
If you have a large collection but only have a small space available in your kitchen cabinet or under your kitchen counter, you could always install a wine cooler to store your wine for serving while having a freestanding unit storing the rest of your wine in the longer term.
Common Features of Built-In Wine Coolers
There are several features to look out for in built-in wine coolers. Charcoal filters are an important feature - they are designed to absorb any bad odours within the interior of the wine cooler.
If you’re a wine collector, charcoal filters are particularly important as bad odours can cause the wine to decrease in quality and ultimately in value.
Temperature zones are another important feature. Many wine coolers will have a single temperature zone that can be set at your desired temperature, but you can also find wine coolers that feature dual temperature zones and multi-temperature zones. These are often referred to as dual-zone, single-zone and multi-zone.
This is ideal if you have a varied wine collection as you can store your reds, whites, and sparkling wines at separate temperatures within the unit. You can also store wine in the long term for ageing at one temperature while having wine ready to be served at another temperature.
Another common feature of built-in wine coolers is humidity regulation. Humidity is an important factor in wine storage - too much humidity can damage the bottle, and too little humidity can misplace the cork leading to oxidation.
If you’re storing wine in the long term, it’s recommended to choose a wine cooler that regulates the humidity levels to ensure the wine doesn’t decrease in quality or value.
Built-in wine coolers also offer UV protection. The UV rays in sunlight can irreversibly damage your wine, so wine coolers will either have blackout doors or UV-treated glass doors to ensure no UV light harms your wine collection.
Built-In Wine Cooler Installation
There are certain installation requirements for built-in wine coolers - the main being leaving 2 or 3mm of space around the unit to allow optimal airflow (depending on the unit). The fans ensure the air inside the wine cooler is kept cool, and eliminate any warm air through the ventilation system at the bottom of the wine fridge.
However, built-in wine coolers can be built into kitchens with minimal space without issues as the fans are located at the bottom of the unit, meaning not much space is needed around the unit during installation. Before installing a built-in unit, be sure to check the manufacturer's guidance - misplacing the unit or failing to follow instructions could void the warranty.
Key Benefits of Built-In Wine Coolers
One of the main benefits of built-in wine coolers is their versatility. As well as being able to fit into kitchen spaces, you can use built-in wine coolers as freestanding units, giving you plenty of freedom in terms of placement. Built-in wine coolers are versatile as they have the correct components and features that allow them to be - meaning they can be placed in a variety of spaces within your home or business.
Many people will opt for built-in wine coolers instead of freestanding wine coolers as they can also be installed as freestanding units. This means that if space becomes available in your kitchen, you can install the unit in the kitchen space. Likewise, if you need to free up space in your kitchen, you could remove the built-in wine cooler and place it as a freestanding unit.
Wine coolers are the ideal way to store your wine collection, regardless of whether it’s in the short term for serving, or the long term for ageing or investing. Storing your wine in a wine cooler will ensure it remains fresher for longer and ages in the best possible way, so your wine collection is sure to increase in value and taste better than ever.
Built-In Wine Coolers FAQ
If you have any questions about wine coolers, we may be able to answer them for you in this section. Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions regarding built-in wine coolers.
How Many Bottles Can Built-In Wine Coolers Store?
Regarding how many bottles can built-in wine coolers store, similar to built-in wine fridges, they can vary in size and are often chosen depending on the kitchen space available. This means that you can find the perfect built-in wine cooler for you regardless of the size of your wine collection.
However, most built-in wine coolers store between 30 and 50 bottles, which is ideal for medium-sized wine collections, or storing wine for serving.
When you check how many bottles a wine cooler can store, it almost always means 750cl standard Bordeaux bottles - if you have larger bottles (e.g Champagne), then the overall bottle capacity may decrease.
Can’t I Just Install A Freestanding Wine Cooler Under My Kitchen Counter?
Before installing a wine cooler under your kitchen counter or in small spaces, it’s important to check the installation requirements.
Some freestanding wine coolers can be installed in kitchen space, but the majority are designed solely for freestanding use. This means that they need a few inches of space around the rear and sides of the unit for ventilation, as well as around 12 inches of space above the unit.
This means that they can’t be installed in small spaces such as under kitchen counters or inside kitchen cabinets. Doing so will void the warranty and prevent the wine cooler from working effectively, causing the unit to overheat.