Beverage centers and wine storages have become some of the most popular refrigerators on the market, but can be difficult products when it comes to deciding which to purchase. Today we’re going to review the differences between beverage centers, wine units and the import ance between the two of them
Freestand refrigerators have finished panels on the side and a condenser that’s located in the back now because of where the condenser is located, you’re not able to store these refrigerators and under counter tops or between cabinets.
They also tend to be made of plastic on the inside and can create more noise. Built in refrigerators can be replaced between cabinets and under counter tops because they have a condenser that is located under the front toe-kick of the refrigerator.
These tend to come with steel insides and also have nicer racks and shelving than a free-standing refrigerator
Now beverage centers are under counter refrigerators that have the ability to store wine, soda, water, beer, or even food. Their internal temperatures can range from 35 to 65 degrees and they can come in a free-standing or built in style.
Their sizes are pretty standard coming in height of about 24 to 35 inches and a width about 15 to 24 inches.
If you’re looking for an entry-level beverage center, maybe you should look at KitchenAid. Their unit has two temperature control, zones touch controls, and glass shelves and a UV protective thermal glass door.
Now if you want to see a step up from KitchenAid you should consider the Jenn Air beverage center
Depending on which model you’re looking at, these beverage centers offer two separate temperature control zones, that range from about 32 degrees to 54 degrees, they can also hold 14 to 22 bottles of wine and have a door designed with a alarm if it’s left open for too long now
A more advanced unit would be the U-line beverage center, these can maintain a temperature within one degree of its setpoint with a range from 34 to 70 degrees. This center comes with a few luxury features you wouldn’t find in a basic model, such as ramped up lighting that slowly turns on when you open a door. It also has glass shelving that can be adjusted to any height, so you can accommodate any size beverage.
They also have storage ban or wine rack options for the bottom of the refrigerator.
Now let’s talk about wine storage, these can hold many different names: wine captains, wine coolers, wine
refrigerators, wine cellars, wine centers and even wine buddies.
Maybe not that last one but the point is these are simply fancy adjectives, made by manufacturers to explain a wine refrigerator. When it comes to looking for wine storage refrigerators for your home, you have to ask yourself one very important question: “Do you store wine for exciting amounts of time or do you drink it faster you can put them in the refrigerator?”
If you are looking to store your wine, you will also have to consider if you’re gonna be storing red and whites in these same fridge. Wine refrigerators are different than beverage centers are your regular refrigerator, because they provide temperature controlled environments for your wine. It has special vibration absorption systems that reduce the impact of tremors or noise.
Now you can find single or dual zone remaining refrigerators
Single zones only have one cooling temperature zone. These refrigerators are perfect for people who are starting their collections or only drink red or white wine
Dual zone refrigerators have two temperature cooling zones and are perfect for people who are growing their collections or if they plan to keep red and white wine in one refrigerator.
If you’re about to purchase your first wine refrigerator, we would suggest that you go with the single zone refrigerator and the U-line wine captain is a great place to start.
U-line has a wide selection of models and prices that you can choose from there glass doors have a tinted design that helps protect wine from UV lighting. When you open the doors, the lights on the inside ramp up and they also ramp down when you close them and they have sliding racks, that can easily access your wine.
Do you want to step up from U-line, you should look at the marvel wine cellers. Marvel is known for their powerful compressors that provide accurate and consistent temperatures within their units. Some of their top features include roller glides shelves, vibration neutralization system, and an alarm that notifies you when your doors been left open.
Now those are the smaller more beginner wine units. If you’re a serious wine connoisseur in your wine, we would recommend that you get a dual zone wine refrigerator or a column wine refrigerator.
The Thermidor wine column refrigerator can come in two different sizes 18 inch wide and 24 inch wide, and they can be seamlessly integrated into any design in your kitchen and can be installed flush with your cabinets.
Some of its top features are its full extension racks made of exotic wood, and it is a dual temperature and humidity control unit. It also comes with a carbon air filter that keeps your air clean within the unit and has a protective glass door so UV rays can’t access your wine from the outside .
The top-of-the-line Somali a must-have is the Sub Zero wine column. These come in 18 24 and 30 inch wide units. This is a 30 some of their top professional features include sturdy rust-proof wire racks with a cherry wood front.
They are also on a roller glide system that provides a smooth flow for your wine as you pull the racks in and out.
They have soft low voltage lighting to help protect your wine and it is a dual temperature and humidity-controlled unit. When it comes to figuring out what refrigerator size, you may need a good rule of thumb is to look for a unit that has 25 percent more space the amount of bottles that you currently have. This will allow for you to grow your collection or have extra storage space for those parties.
I hope we were able to help you and your undercounter refrigerator shopping. If you have any questions, please leave the comments below.