Wine Coolers

How to choose the right Wine Cooler or Wine Fridge?

A strong burgundy, a refreshing Riesling or a bottle of sparkling champagne: A well-stocked supply of fine wine is the dream of every wine lover. For these treasures to last a long time and not lose their quality, they must be specially stored. To do this, wine coolers and wine fridges are the ideal places to store wine and guarantee the perfect temperature, humidity and light, as not everyone can afford a wine cellar at home.

In these cases, the solution is to use a wine fridge or wine cooler designed specifically for wine and other drinks, including a wine fridge cabinet or wine bottle cooler. But how to make the right choice? On Klarstein we offer a wide range of wine cooler fridges, from small-sized models to professional set-ups to use in restaurants and bars. All our wine fridges and wine coolers ensure perfect storage conditions, protecting your precious bottles from light, maintaining a medium-low temperature between 10 and 16 C° and constant humidity, allowing you to store your wines in horizontal positions.

How does a Wine Fridge work?

Before buying a wine fridge or wine cooler you need to ask yourself: what will be its context of use? One thing is to keep a wine cooler fridge at home, for your family and some guests, another is to use this appliance for a restaurant or a wine bar. A wine cooler differs significantly from conventional fridges that are found in every kitchen. It allows the dark storage of the bottles because the sunlight, UV radiation and even neon light damage the wine. The most important aspects of storage are temperature and climate.

With a wine fridge, this can be optimally adjusted. It also provides the required humidity of about 70%, which prevents wine corks from drying out and protects the wine from evaporation. Similarly, a wine cooler must provide the necessary ventilation of its precious contents. Wines should not be stored with other foods because the wine must be able to breathe and can also absorb the flavours of other substances through the cork which may eventually spoil it. Thus, the wine cooler fridge, wine fridge cabinet or wine chiller should not be used for storing open food.

A wine fridge or wine bottle cooler is therefore equipped with special shelves in which the wine bottles are stored in a constant fixed position. The many wine cooler models on the market differ in size, price and functionality. Additionally, there is also a so-called wine tempering cabinet. While the wine cooler is used for the permanent or long-term storage of wines and usually has several temperature zones, the tempering wine fridge is for quickly reaching an optimal serving temperature shortly before consumption.

What is a dual zone Wine Cooler?

Depending on the grape variety, the requirements for optimal storage and drinking temperature differ. Red wines, white wines, rosé wines, and champagne must be stored at different temperatures in a wine cooler. Strong and full-bodied red wines develop their aromas between 15°C - 18°C. Whilst, white wines require a slightly lower storage temperature between 11°C - 14°C. Rosé wines are stored optimally in a wine fridge at a temperature between 7°C - 12°C. Champagne is also stored along with the wine supply, and sparkling wines require a temperature between 5°C - 7°C. To enable the storage of different wines in a wine cooler or wine fridge, many models have several temperature zones. The most common is the dual-zone wine cooler. Here, red and white wine can be stored in the same fridge due to separate temperature zones within the wine fridge cabinets.

Benefits when buying a Wine Cooler on Klarstein

All our Klarstein products come with a two-year warranty and free return of orders within the first 60 days. Before purchasing a wine fridge or wine cooler on Klarstein, it is important to decide how and to what extent it will be used. The following points give some better insights:

  • Placement and size: Consider how many bottles you want to accommodate and where the wine cooler will ultimately be placed. You can get a wine cooler with 6 bottles, but capacities of 12 to 24 bottles are the most popular for a wine fridge or wine cooler. For professional places like restaurants, you’ll probably need a bigger wine fridge. In terms of size, there are 4 main categories: mini wine fridge (4-8 bottles), small wine fridge (8-20 bottles), medium-sized wine fridge (20-30 bottles), tall wine fridge (30-50 bottles) and professional wine cooler (50+ bottles).

  • Climate class: To ensure that the wine cooler always cools reliably, the ambient temperature is also important. The climate class of a wine cooler indicates in which ambient temperature the appliance can optimally cool its contents.

  • Functionality: Do you usually drink only one type of wine or do you drink different kinds of wines? For example, the dual zone wine cooler includes two adjustable cooling zones to store different types of wines. Make also sure the wine fridge protects its precious contents from the effects of UV radiation and shocks. You must be able to adjust the humidity and temperature according to your needs. The air-conditioned wine coolers are not limited to cooling but ensure that all storage parameters (including humidity) are in place. Additionally, the wine cooler fridge should have a thermometer for temperature regulation and a hygrometer for measuring the internal level of humidity.

  • Consumption: There are ongoing costs for the energy consumption of the wine cooler. The better the energy efficiency class, the lower is the energy consumption per year: A and A+ classes should be preferred, even if a little more expensive. Energy efficiency classes B are also fine, whilst the purchase of wine fridges with energy efficiency classes C - G should be carefully evaluated, especially for annual consumption.

Wine Cooler & Wine Fridge FAQs:


Do I need a single or dual zone wine cooler?

Depending on your needs, e.g. variety of wine and purpose of use, the single zone wine cooler can only be set to the same temperature, so it’s best to keep only one kind of wine (red wine or white wine only). Whilst, the dual zone wine cooler can be set to two temperatures, so you can store different kinds of wine in the same wine cooler fridge.

What should I choose? Wine fridge, beverage cooler or mini fridge?

A wine cooler is for wine only because wine should not be stored as cold as other beverages. A beverage cooler and mini fridge are similar to each other, but beverage coolers often have a glass door and do not have door storage that a fridge often has.

What do I need to consider when buying a wine fridge?

The best storage temperature for wines is around 13 degrees. These storage conditions are actually only possible in a wine cellar or a wine cabinet. The temperature should be between 10 - 15 °C. A humidity of at least 50% is also necessary so that the corks do not start to crumble.

How to clean a wine cooler properly?

First, make sure to plug off the wine cooler. In the next step, remove everything inside the wine fridge. Then you can start to clean the inside surfaces with a mild cleaner and warm water with two different soft cloths or sponges - clean the outside surfaces the same way. After all, you can start to dry any wet parts with another dry a soft cloth.

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