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Wine Cabinets can get technical and sometimes confusing, so if you are looking for a new one and don't know where to start, you can relax. Our wine fridge buying guide will point you in the right direction as we explain the benefits, features, types and, walk you through choosing the best wine fr...
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
+ 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.
+ Flexible storage
+ More value
+ Larger sizes available
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.
+ 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.
+ Environmentally friendly
+ Minimal vibration
+ Cost less
+ Higher energy ratings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.