How to Select the Best in Home Wine Coolers

The temperature guidelines is tops on the list of features to consider when picking a wine cooler. Some coolers are more refined and have the ability to store different wines in varying compartments with temperature control. Humidity control is up there in priority. The storage environment should create the right chemical reactions that produce a wine that matures becoming more complex. The slower rate of chemical reactions induces better aging which depends on the temperature.

The temperature guidelines is tops on the list of features to consider when picking a wine cooler. Some coolers are more refined and have the ability to store different wines in varying compartments with temperature control. Humidity control is up there in priority. The storage environment should create the right chemical reactions that produce a wine that matures becoming more complex. The slower rate of chemical reactions induces better aging which depends on the temperature.

If the temperature of the cooler, or refrigerate cycles daily it cause thermal expansion and contraction, in turn the bottle pressure changes. The cork may move or head space venting may happen. Digital temperature control is a good idea.

A wine chiller or wine refrigerator has racks and looks like a cabinet. It is bigger than a cooler and uses plenty of electricity. Try picking an energy efficient one.

The capacity of the of the wine cooler is important. A spacious cooler is needed to store aging wines and those to be enjoyed currently. Will a 24-bottle capacity do?

Experts say to access your needed capacity and double it. Most stated capacities are founded on the standard 750ml bottle and assumes the bottles are stacked for best use of the storage area, not considering non-standard shaped bottles.

Experts say to access your needed capacity and double it. Most stated capacities are founded on the standard 750ml bottle and assumes the bottles are stacked for best use of the storage area, not considering non-standard shaped bottles.

The zero clearance coolers vent in the front letting the cooler sit flush with wall or kitchen cabinetry. The under-counter type go right into the kitchen cabinet. A counter-top can be built over it and used for regular counter space with heat protection. Free standing wine refrigerators need room at their side for breathing.

Adjustable and sturdy shelves are a must. This allows for storage of large and unusual shaped bottles. They should be able to hold 35 pounds which is the standard weight of a case. Slide out shelves that roll are the most practical for looking at your store of wine. More importantly, this feature lets a bottle be removed with the least disturbance to the other bottles. This protects the bloom and flavor of the remaining wine.

Glass doors can allow light to deteriorate the wine and the insulation might be poor resulting in oscillating temperatures. Look for UV-shielding, double panes, and gas filled low-e glass. UV rays can change the taste of wine.

Though not as damaging as light and heat, vibrations are harmful to wine. Over time it induces sediment to merge with the wine. Look for rubber mounts on the compressor and coated shelves. Thermoelectric technology in a cooler allows quiet and vibration-less wine storage. High end coolers have remote control.

Security locks are an added feature useful for those with children and for other safekeeping reasons.