Wine coolers provide the optimal conditions for you to store your wine effectively, considering temperature, humidity, sunlight, and sometimes even vibrations.
Wine coolers will either have a single temperature zone, dual temperature zones, or multi-temperature zones.
Single zone wine coolers have just one temperature zone that is maintained throughout the interior of the wine cooler. Dual-zone wine coolers have two separate temperature zones throughout the unit, which enables you to store your reds and whites at separate temperatures - or store some wine bottles for serving and other bottles in the long term for ageing.
You have more control over the temperature with dual-zone wine coolers because instead of just controlling one single temperature, you can control two separate ones within the same unit.
Common Features of Dual Zone Wine Coolers
You’re sure to find a variety of features when you’re looking for dual zone wine coolers. One of the main features of this type of wine cooler is acoustic door alarms.
Have you ever left your freezer door open and only realised after half your food has defrosted? Well, if you choose a wine cooler that has an acoustic door alarm, you’ll know whenever you leave the door open or it hasn’t shut properly before the wine gets damaged or loses its ideal temperature.
You can also find dual zone wine coolers that sound an alarm whenever the temperature falls out of the desired range, or when the interior temperature gets warmer than it should.
Another feature to look out for when looking for a dual-zone wine cooler is shelving. If you have larger bottles in your collection (e.g Champagne), then you may want to purchase a wine cooler that has display shelves or adjustable shelves.
This is because most wine coolers are designed to accommodate standard 75cl Bordeaux bottles, and not all wine coolers can easily accommodate larger bottles.
If you want to display your favourite bottles or you want to display wine accessories such as decanters or glasses, then you may want to opt for a wine cooler that features display shelves.
Some wine coolers feature interior LED lighting, which is also great when it comes to displaying your wine. You can find wine coolers with automatic lighting (lights turn on whenever the door opens), wine coolers with an interior or exterior light switch, and wine coolers that have a remote.
Many wine coolers allow you to adjust the lighting, changing from white to red to blue etc. This is particularly common in wine coolers with glass doors, as you have a constant view of your wine collection.
Dual Zone Wine Cooler Installation
The way a dual-zone wine cooler is installed depends on the design - is it freestanding, built-in, or integrated?
Regardless of the design, it’s important that you always follow the manufacturer installation instructions. Failing to do so could result in the cooler getting damaged and the warranty being voided.
The installation for freestanding wine coolers is typically easier than built-in wine coolers and integrated wine coolers as it’s simply a matter of placing the wine cooler in your desired location.
However, freestanding wine coolers require a fair amount of ventilation space as the vents are located at the rear of the unit. Be sure to leave a few inches of space around the rear and sides of the unit to allow the cool air to enter and the warm air to exit.
You should also leave around 12 inches of space above the unit, so freestanding wine coolers are usually unsuitable for built-in and integrated use. Before installing a freestanding wine cooler as a built-in cooler, check with the manufacturer.
Key Benefits of Dual Zone Wine Coolers
You’re sure to benefit from owning a dual-zone wine cooler if you have a varied collection of both reds and whites, or if you plan on storing wine in the long term while also preparing wine for serving within the same unit.
This is ideal if you’re a wine drinker as well as collector or investor - you can simply move bottles from the long-term storage section to the serving section to prepare the bottle to be served.
Reds and whites are best stored at different temperatures for serving. A huge benefit of a dual-zone wine fridge is that you can store your reds and whites at their own optimal temperatures without having to fork out for a second unit.
Dual Zone Wine Coolers FAQ
Read on for the answers to some frequently asked questions about dual-zone wine coolers.
What Are The Best Dual-Zone Wine Cooler Brands?
There are a variety of wine cooler brands that provide quality dual zone wine coolers. At Enofaber, we only work with the best of the best wine cooler brands.
Dunavox is a quality wine cooler brand that offers a mixture of single-zone and dual-zone wine coolers, with capacities ranging from just 33 bottles to over 180 Bordeaux bottles.
Another great option for dual zone wine coolers is Avintage. With Avintage, you can find a dual-zone wine cooler with a capacity of just 17 bottles, or as many as 79 bottles.
La Sommelier also provides quality dual-zone wine coolers with a freestanding design. Some other brands that sell quality dual zone wine coolers include Dometic, Climadiff, and Swisscave.
Can I Store Other Things In My Wine Cooler?
Wine coolers don’t have to just store wine - you can store all sorts in your wine cooler. Wine and cheese pair well together, so why not store them together? Cheese may dry out when stored in your regular fridge, whereas wine coolers can provide the perfect humidity for storing cheese.
Many wine fridges also feature a charcoal filter which works to eliminate any unwanted aromas. This means that you can also store cigars in your wine cooler without having to worry about your wine smelling like tobacco or cheese!
Many people choose to store their facemasks, face creams, and other skincare products in wine coolers alongside their wine collection, as well as certain medication that requires cool storage.
This is much better than storing your face cream in your regular fridge - after all, you won’t feel very pampered if your new face mask starts to smell like Brussels sprouts and onions, will you?