Advantages of storing your wine in a dual zone wine refrigerator
Before we take a look at the features to think about when buying your next wine fridge, let’s look at some of the main reasons and advantages that might encourage you to buy one in the first place:
- Enjoy Your Wine – It’s common knowledge among wine enthusiasts that wines need to be served at certain temperatures in order to be fully enjoyed. Red wines are typically served from 62 to 68 degrees, for example, while white wines are often served around 50-55 degrees. Having a wine fridge lets you enjoy your wine that way it should be.
- Age Your Wine – If you like to have your own home collection of wines and give some of them a chance to age and improve over time, a wine cooler is absolutely essential. The conditions of wine coolers are much better-suited to helping wines age properly, while those stored in regular fridges or elsewhere simply won’t improve over time.
- Style – Just like a classy fridge or a fancy coffee maker, a stylish wine cooler like the Wine Enthusiast Silent 18 Bottle Two-Temp Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator can really add a lot of aesthetic appeal to any kitchen. It’s a real statement appliance, and wine coolers that feature elegant blue lighting and sleek designs can really enhance the overall look and flair of your home.
- Dual Zone Technology – If you’re hesitating between a single zone or a dual zone wine cooler, the dual zone should win out every time. It’s so much more versatile to be able to have two designated areas of temperature control, letting you store both red and white wines in your fridge at the same time.
- Versatile – Wine coolers don’t have to be just for the storing of wine. You can even put other drinks in there like cans of beer or bottled water, so they’re a nice extra storage and cooling solution to have in the home, in addition to your fridge and freezer.
Features to consider when choosing a dual zone wine cooler
So what sort of things should you be looking for when trying to find the ideal dual zone wine cooler for your home? Well, there are several features to think about, and some of them will be more important to you than others. The size, style, temperature, overall capacity, and unique features of each model can all play a part in helping you choose the perfect cooler.
Shelves and wine bottle capacity
A key thing to think about when buying a dual zone wine cooler is its overall capacity and the number of shelves it has, but the importance of this factor will depend on your own lifestyle. If you like to have a large collection of wine at home, capacity will be very important and you’ll want to choose a very large cooler with lots of shelves and space like the Allavino FlexCount VSWR172-2BWRN. It’s important to remember that the capacity of any wine cooler is judged in relation to standard Bordeaux-size bottles. You should also consider whether or not the shelves are removable, as this can allow you to store bigger bottles or even store bottles in upright positions too.
Temperature ranges of each zone
We’ve seen above that wines need to be kept at certain temperatures to be properly appreciated, but not all coolers are capable of the same temperatures. Some, like the EdgeStar CWR5631FD, offer much larger temperature ranges than others, giving the user more flexibility and options in terms of which wines they keep in the cooler and how cool they store them. If you really love dry white wines, for example, you’ll need a cool with very low temperatures.
Wine coolers can usually be classed as freestanding or built-in. Freestanding coolers are designed to be placed in open spaces around the kitchen or elsewhere in your home, like in a wine cellar, and they usually need some space behind them to let heat escape. Built-in wine coolers like the EdgeStar CWR263DZ are installed under the counter as part of the overall kitchen design. Freestanding are easier to install in general, but it’s important to choose the right spot when installing them. You can find highly versatile models which can be installed freestanding or built-in too, like the Kalamera 24” Wine Refrigerator.
Thermoelectric vs. compressor wine coolers
The terms ‘thermoelectric’ and ‘compressor’ might sound confusing at first, but when it comes to thermoelectric wine coolers vs compressor coolers, the simple fact of the matter is that thermoelectric options tend to be better as they’re much quieter and they have less vibrations, so are gentler and kinder to the wine and provide better conditions for ageing.
Compressor coolers are noisier and vibrate more, but they’re usually more powerful and offer larger temperature ranges.
Noise level rating
Many people don’t want noisy appliances creating irritating humming or vibrating sounds in their kitchens all the time. Some wine coolers are much more silent than others, especially thermoelectric models, so this is another key feature to consider if you tend to be easily bothered by noisy fridges.
Dimensions and weight
Perhaps the most important aspect of all to think about is the actual size and weight of your cooler. Some wine coolers, like the Allavino FlexCount VSWR172-2BWRN, can be absolutely enormous. It’s vital to ensure that you have enough space in your kitchen, cellar, or elsewhere around the home to actually install the cooler properly. If the space you want to place your unit in is not very large, consider choosing a small wine cooler. Be sure to consult the specifications of each model to get the exact weight and dimensions of the cooler and measure out the space in which you intend to install it before placing any orders.
Extras: lighting, controls and security lock
Many of the best dual zone wine coolers, like the EdgeStar CWR5631FD, come with a range of additional features and bonuses like stylish blue lighting, LED control panels, and built-in security locks. These features might be particularly important to you and could help you decide between two different models. A cooler with a lock, like the Kalamera 24” Wine Refrigerator for example, could be essential for people with children in the home.
How to store your wines in a dual zone wine cooler
To make the most of your wine cooler and help your wines age well, be sure to follow these top tips:
- Keep the wines at a consistent temperature. Don’t adjust the temperature too often.
- Try to keep the humidity levels around 60-70%.
- Avoid placing the cooler in direct sunlight, unless it has strong UV protection.
Try to avoid knocking or moving the cooler in order to avoid disturbing the wines.