Many people know that wine needs a certain drinking temperature so that the full variety of flavours can unfold. In the best case scenario, a wine fridge masters much more than the mere cooling of wine - long-term and above all safe storage is essential for wine lovers in the selection of a device.
Before buying, you should first consider how many bottles you wish to store. Because: the greater the storage volume, the larger the wine fridge usually is. In addition, it is important to consider whether you want to have a freestanding or a built-in appliance. Another criterion is the shelves. How many levels are needed? Can they be removed for cleaning? Are the bottles stored lying or standing? In addition to the functionality, the design of the refrigerator is also an important aspect. After all, fine wines should be presented in the best possible way. As such, there are models which also feature presentation lighting or interior lighting.
Anyone who drinks primarily only one kind of wine is usually well served with a refrigerator with a single temperature zone. But if, for example, you want to store red wines over the long term, but at the same time always want to keep white wines perfectly chilled in the fridge, we recommend a wine cooler with two separately adjustable temperature zones. If you work in the catering industry, you should think about whether even more than 2 zones are necessary to be able to offer sparkling wine or champagne at the right drinking temperature.
The optimum humidity, which can be found in a wine cellar for longer storage of wine bottles, for example, can also be guaranteed by a wine fridge. Whoever leaves wines to mature should seek out a humidity of 75-85%. This is especially important for wine bottles with real corks, which can shrink at too low levels of humidity, allowing air to get into the wine and spoiling it. Fresh air supply also plays a role, which is often optimised by an activated carbon filter. Odours are thus filtered from the air and the wine taste is not affected.
Not only does a wine have to be tempered well, it also needs rest! If you buy a wine cooler, you should look for adjustable feet to ensure a secure stance and thus avoid vibrations of the device and its contents. The reason for this is that any vibration will negatively affect the maturation process. Also, the cooling unit that runs in conjunction with the compressor unit should run smoothly so as to cause as little vibration as possible. Placement is important too. For example, the appliance should not be placed next to refrigerator or a dishwasher.
When buying a wine cooler, attention must also be paid to the effects of light. If a wine is permanently exposed to UV light, quality and aroma may suffer. Well-insulated glass doors with a UV protection filter can protect against the effects of light. The equipment of wine fridges with interior lighting is harmless, since LED light does not emit UV radiation. Therefore there is no reason to avoid a great design with a pleasant lighting.
When buying, not only the look, but also the acoustics should be taken into consideration. Similar to a conventional refrigerator, the compressor in charge of cooling in the wine fridge also generates noise. If you leave the device in a pantry or in the garage, this point is less significant. However, if you want to place the device in the kitchen or living room, you should make sure that the decibel figure is around 40 dB.
Before purchasing, you should also be aware of the operating costs, i.e. the power consumption of the wine fridge. The classification of energy consumption is divided into 10 levels. The devices with the highest efficiency, or the lowest consumption, are devices with the designation A +++. The devices with the lowest efficiency have the label G. If you want to save electricity, look for devices with efficiency class A ++ to C. Energy efficiency does not indicate the exact power consumption. This means that a larger fridge with the same classification can have a higher consumption than a smaller model. If you want to calculate the annual consumption of your wine refrigerator, you simply have to multiply the consumption in kWh with the current electricity price of your provider.
Some models also offer a few special features in addition to those already mentioned. For example, parental control ensures that children have no opportunity to access alcohol and at the same time protects the valuable goods inside the fridge, which is particularly practical. This kind of security can be provided via a key lock with PIN, for example.
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