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Wine Fridge Buying Guide

What are wine fridges?

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Wine cabinets, also known as wine coolers or wine fridges, are a type of fridge designed to store your wine collection at the ideal temperatures for cellaring and drinking. With mild temperatures, high humidity levels, anti-vibration and ultraviolet protection wine fridges create the optimum conditions for wine drinking and storage. 

Wine cabinet vs. wine fridge

Wine cabinets are ideal for long-term cellaring, with features like anti-vibration, insulation, UV protection, timber shelves and carbon filter systems. Wine fridges provide the look of a wine cabinet but not the benefits. They usually come with limited features, ideal for cooling wine to a drinking temperature but they are not suited for cellaring. 

Why get a wine cabinet?

Wine cabinets keep wine stored at controlled temperatures for long periods of time, so when you pull out an expensive bottle after years of aging, you will know that your wine is ready for drinking. Aside from their intricate functionality, they look impressive and stylish with stainless steel and matte black designs that complement modern homes. And If you enjoy entertaining then you and your guests will appreciate the convenience of opening your wine cabinet and selecting a ready-to-drink favourite stored at the perfect drinking temperature. 

Benefits of a wine cabinet

Temperature and Humidity control:

The optimum temperature for wine storage is between 12°C and 14°C, wine cabinets are designed to maintain these temperatures throughout the change of the season and for years on end. The stable temperature control helps to protect the quality and taste of wine as it matures over time. Wine cabinets are set at relatively high humidity levels, around 70%, this keeps wine corks securely in place and prevents unwanted odours and air from penetrating the bottle.

Protection:

Wine cabinets have a number of features which protect wine from prematurely aging and losing flavour including, tinted glass to block UV rays, carbon filters to remove odours and motor padding to reduce vibrations.

Style:

Wine cabinets generally look stylish, with black and stainless steel finishes they fit nicely in living rooms and underneath the counters. They provide a great way to showcase wine collections, with wooden shelving and LED lighting, bottles are visible and conveniently accessed. 

Storage:

If you have more than a few bottles you are going to need some place to store them, and your fridge isn't always going to have space. That’s where wine cabinets come in handy, they have dedicated space for your growing collection, some units can store up to 200 bottles of wine. 

Choosing a Wine Cabinet

For a wine cabinet, the most important factors to consider are the number of temperature zones, its size (physical dimensions) and the number of bottles it can hold. If you’re not sure how wine cabinets differ from model to model, then keep reading on to find out everything you need to know.

Single zone vs dual zone

Single temperature (zone) wine cabinets have only one temperature zone, meaning everything inside will be kept at the one temperature. Single zone fridges are great for those who have a specific wine preference, red or white, but can also be used to store all different types. The temperatures inside the fridge can also be easily adjusted to suit its contents.

      Pros:

         + Wide range to choose from

         + Cellaring unit for all wines

         + Benchtop units

 

Dual and multi-temperature (zone) wine cabinets have separate temperature zones which can be adjusted to suit a combination of wine varieties. Convenient for storing red and white wine at separate temperatures or even separating drinking wine from wine you want to age. Some multi-zone wine cabinets even have additional space for beer bottles and cans.

      Pros:

        + Flexible storage

        + More value

        + Larger sizes available

Compressor vs thermoelectric

Compressor wine cabinets operate like traditional refrigerators with a compressor system that produces and circulates cool air. The design of a compressor system is optimised to create colder temperatures that can be maintained for long periods of time. This makes them a great option for white and sparkling wine drinkers. Wine cabinets with compressor systems are generally more expensive than ones with thermoelectric systems, and they tend to vibrate slightly more as well. On the other hand, they are very consistent in providing reliable and stable temperatures making them a favoured option for long-term cellaring.

         Pros:

            + Consistent temperatures

            + Large capacity units

            + Can reach cooler temperatures

 

Thermoelectric wine cabinets are for the most part vibration free, they are generally quieter, cheaper, and more energy efficient than wine cabinets with compressor systems. Yet, due to the cooling technology they are not capable of maintaining large capacities, so, they often come in smaller sizes. If you are in an apartment or are looking for something that fits on your bench - thermoelectric fridges are a good pick.

         Pros:

           + Environmentally friendly

           + Minimal vibration

           + Quiet

           + Cost less

           + Higher energy ratings

 

Freestanding vs Built-in

Freestanding wine cabinets offer greater flexibility in terms of placement as they can be placed wherever there is enough room. You will need to leave at least 50mm either side of the unit and 25mm at the back for proper air circulation, yet there are some models that cannot be placed underneath bench tops. Without proper clearance the unit can overheat and won't be able to maintain stable temperatures inside the fridge.

Built-in and under-counter wine cabinets do not require as much clearance as freestanding wine cabinets. Since they vent from the front of the unit they can be placed in tighter spaces. If you are planning to renovate your home, a built-in wine cabinet might make a stylish addition. 

Wine Cabinet Features

1. Vibration

While wine cabinets vibrate less than traditional fridges their small tremors can agitate the wine stored in the fridge, over long periods of time this can harm wine quality. For those storing wine for extended periods of time, look for a cabinet that has vibration-minimising features like motor padding, rubber feet and wooden shelves. 

2. Wooden Shelving

When it comes to long-term cellaring wine cabinets equipped with wooden shelves are always recommended, as they tend to do a better job at absorbing vibrations and showcasing wine. Metal shelving will do the job for quick storage, but when aging your collection, wooden shelves will provide the best care.

3. Multi-Zone

Multi-zone and dual zone wine cabinets are ideal for storing multiple blends of chilled wine ready-to-drink. If you would like an entertainment unit then a multi-zone wine cabinet will do the trick as you can store red wine, chilled wine, and even beer and soft drinks.

4. Tinted Glass

Tinted glass protects against UV rays which are harmful to wine so this added layer of protection is a necessary precaution if your fridge is going to be exposed to sunlight.

5. Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is significantly stronger than standard glass and provides extra protection from any hard bumps that can occur when accessed.

 6. Power Reset

The power reset function where the wine cabinet will reset itself to the programmed settings isn’t necessary but does add a level of assurance in the case that a blackout occurs or power is interrupted especially in Zimbabwe where this can happen at any time.

6.Reversible Doors

Most wine cabinets will come reversible doors which are handy for flexible installation and under-counter placement. 

 7. LED Lighting

Soft LED lighting is prefered in wine cabinets, stay clear of fridges that emit bright light as this can agitate wine. Purple and blue lighting is often recommended as it showcases wine well while emitting no harmful rays.

 

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Beverage Centre Buying Guide

Why Buy a Beverage Centre?

Have you ever entertained at home and had to run back and forth between the backyard and the kitchen to fetch drinks for guests from an overflowing fridge?

Have you ever bought a 24-pack of soft drinks and had little room for the rest of your groceries?

Have you ever had to slot in your work lunch between the stacks of energy drinks, bottles of milk, and water bottles?

If you love to entertain at home, like to be well-stocked with your favourite drinks, or you simply keep running out of room in your main fridge, then a beverage centre may be an ideal upgrade for you.

A beverage centre is a compact and convenient appliance that gives you a separate space to store your drinks. It can be placed away from the kitchen and in another part of the house where access to ice-cold drinks is handy, such as a patio, a home office or in a gazeebo outside.

Best Placement

Kitchen

For a small-to-medium household, a small capacity beverage centre provides plenty of room to store everyone’s favourite drinks. If you have children in your household, a fridge with a lockable door can help keep your beers and wine securely stored. For wine connoisseurs or craft beer enthusiasts, a multi-zone or dedicated beer or wine beverage centre is a great way to keep your collection preserved in ideal conditions. A model with a glass door and uniform LED lights will attractively display your curated stock to impress guests at your next dinner party.

 

Workplace

A beverage centre for the office or lunch room helps to separate drinks from a refrigerator that is overflowing with work lunches. Consider getting a model with a lock system if you have a shared office space, so the beverages end up in the right hands. For work break rooms that are tight on space, a model with a sliding door may be the best choice. Noise may be an issue if the beverage centre is going to be located near work desks. Models below a decibel range of 45 is ideal, while anything below 40 decibels is considered a quiet model.

Best Features and Placements By Fridge Door Style

Single Door

Multi-Door

Sliding Door

Self-Closing Door

Kitchens, garages, under counters or rumpus rooms

Garages, rumpus rooms, alfresco, offices or workplaces

Alfresco areas, offices or workplaces

Anywhere

Easy to clean and organise

Plenty of room for large families and small-to-medium offices

Easy access to your beverages

Ensures your beverages never go warm when a door is left ajar

Suitable for most families and households

Can be organised by alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Reduced risk of bumping someone when opening the door

Ideal for busy entertainers and multitasking chefs

The compact size means the beverage centre can fit in small areas at home

Cans and bottles can be separated for easy organisation

Suitable for locations with space restrictions

Allows you to grab and go with your drinks

Optimal Serving Temperatures

One of the benefits of owning a dedicated beverage centre is being able to set the ideal temperature for serving your drinks. Your main refrigerator needs to be set at a lower temperature than what is suitable for certain beverages. This helps to keep perishables such as vegetables, meat, and dairy products from going off. With a separate beverage centre, you can adjust the temperature to give you the optimal drinking experience.

Soft Drinks 

The carbonation in fizzy drinks is refreshing and thirst-quenching. Low temperatures of 3°C to 5°C helps to enhance the effervescence.

Juices 

A cold temperature helps to keep the juice fresh. A temperature range of 8°C to 10°C lets you relish the fruity flavours.

Beer & Cider 

Carbonated Cider & Lighter Beers at 3°C to 8°C

Standard Lagers & Pale Ales at 5°C to 10°C

Cloudy Ciders & Darker Beers at 10°C to 13°C 

The general rule of thumb for beer is that lighter beers are best served at lower temperatures while darker, more complex beers are best served at a warmer temperature to better appreciate their flavours.

Wines

Champagne and Sparkling Wines at 4°C to 10°C

White Wines and Rosé at 6°C to 12°C

Red Wines at 15°C to 18°C

The complexity of wines makes them more susceptible to quality changes due to temperature. Some wine labels state the best drinking temperature but, in general, bubbly wines and champagne are best served chilled. White wines, rosé, and lighter red wines are suitable to serve around 10°C, while full-bodied red wines are best served just under room temperature.

Volume & Capacity

Important features to consider when purchasing a beverage centre are volume and capacity. The suitable capacity depends on the size of your household or workplace, and how many guests you usually entertain for dinner parties and workplace gatherings.

Small: 46L - 170L / 38 - 150 cans

Small Capacity 

  • For small-to-medium families, a small beverage centre can keep just over 150 cans. This gives you plenty of room to keep your family’s favourite variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. This lets you free up more space in your main refrigerator for food.
Medium: 171L - 250L / 150 - 240 cans

Medium Capacity

  • For medium-to-large families, a beverage centre with around 200L of capacity may be suitable. At this volume range, you can store just over 200 cans and beer bottles. This also makes it a great option for households who love to entertain, providing ample room for drinks to serve to your guests. So whether you are a serious entertainer or a serious craft beer collector, a beverage centre with a medium capacity will provide plenty of room for your thirst-quenching needs.
Large: 251L - 330L / 250 - 350 cans

Large Capacity

  • This range provides the most generous capacity, with a selection of beverage centres that can store around 300 cans. This is an excellent option for very large families or households who like to keep plenty of beverages stocked up. You will not run out of drinks at your next big barbecue or dinner party because this range is designed for those who love to regularly entertain. 
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