When hearing the words wine refrigerator, what usually comes to mind? Wine refrigerator is different from a wine cellar. When we talk of this kind of refrigerator, it is an apparatus for keeping or storing wine. It is a cooler to keep wines at proper serving temperatures that goes from 40 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Take note that the type of wine would also matter. On the other hand, the wine cellar is also a storage device. To keep the bottles at its best aging temperature which is 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the cellar is used. The main difference of the two is not only about the temperature but also the fact that the refrigerator is for short term only while the cellar is for long term storage. This is just an overview to fully understand the wine fridge since it will be the main focus of this review.
Storing a wine in a refrigerator takes not more than a year, mostly lesser. It’s purpose is to keep wine cool enough to drink. It is not a device for aging wines unlike what the wine cellar does. Even though this fact is given, there are still some who use wine fridges as replacement for expensive cabinets to cut down costs. That is why there are also some who cannot distinguish the difference between a wine refrigerator from a wine cellar or cabinet.
Speaking of humidity, these refrigerators do not have the capacity to control it since 40 percent is their typical relative humidity. Other manufacturers claim that their cooler has a higher humidity like 50% or more. If this is the case, effect on the wine might not be normal.
There are a lot of options when choosing a wine cooler or refrigerator. You can have the refrigerator that best suits your needs but first things you should take note first when planning of owning one is: what are the capacities of the cooler? How many bottles can it store? What type of wine is going to be stored in the cooler? Here are a few reviews of wine refrigerator models that you may be interested at.
Vinotemp VT-21 – this wine cooler can store up to 21 bottles and there are 2 temperature ranges. One is for red and the other is for white wine bottle. This wine refrigerator is quite and is environment friendly since it does not use chemical products that damage the ozone.
Danby Black 35 - Bottle Wine Cooler- can store up to 35 wine bottles. This wine refrigerator is resistant against shatter and its door is of hardened glass. It also features an interior light and an auto-cycle defrosts.
The above models are only samples of wine refrigerators. There are wine refrigerators that have doors which are double-paned and most of these devices offer some form of security from UV. To blot out or decrease vibration, leveling legs are there for that role. Other expensive wine coolers feature vibration whiner.