An under-counter wine fridge is a refrigerator dedicated to wine storage located under the counter. These types of wine coolers save space and offer a sleek way for people to store their wine.
In this article, we’ll share some helpful tips on finding the right under counter wine fridge.
The Under Counter Wine Fridge
Making the decision to purchase an under-counter wine refrigerator is an easy step. Finding the one that meets your needs takes a bit more work. After all, there are so many types to choose from. The important thing to remember is that you want a wine fridge that is going to match your kitchen’s design and style. It must also be functional and convenient. And, of course, it must be durable and well-designed.
We are going to go over a few of the options that you have for your choice in under counter wine refrigerator storage. With any luck, the questions you now have will be answered and you will be well on your way to enjoying an under-counter wine fridge for years to come.
But first, you must find the right one.
Why You Need One
Why do you need a wine fridge sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? What the question should ask is why don’t you need a wine fridge?
Wine is a special beverage. Whether you drink it often or occasionally, you want it to taste good. Unfortunately, when it is not cared for properly, the result can taste very, well, foul. And nobody wants to open a fresh bottle of wine for guests at dinner and watch the faces as everyone drinks your wine that got a little too overheated and soured.
Don’t let this happen to you.
With a wine refrigerator, you are able to protect your wine by storing it at the optimal temperature for your wine. Keep in mind, though, that the temperatures vary depending on whether it is white or red wine. In addition to the temperature, storing wine at a healthy humid level (say, 50%-70% humidity) can keep the cork from drying out and oxygen getting in.
All in all, having a wine refrigerator means that your wine is cared for and ready to drink when you want it. Plus, because it is small and the perfect size for your kitchen, it is handy and convenient. If you are lucky enough to have a home with a built-in cellar, you can still take advantage of the convenience of having a wine fridge, too.
Single, Dual, or Triple Zones
So, what happens if you like white and red wine? And, what if you want to store your liquor, juice, and soda in the wine fridge, too?
Simple: you are going to need more than one zone.
Breaking these wine coolers up into multiple zones allows you to store each beverage at its appropriate temperature without affecting the other drinks. In other words, your red wine can be stored at its optimal 55-degrees and your white wine can be stored at its optimal 40- to 45-degrees. And, thanks to the different zones, each wine won’t be affected by this change in temperature.
Features to Look For in Your Wine Fridge
As you head out to purchase your new wine refrigerator, there are a few features you may want to consider. For instance, you want to make sure that the fridge you consider purchasing has enough spots to hold your bottle count.
- An aesthetically pleasing design that will fit your kitchen
- A size that will meet your need and fit your kitchen space
- A “no frost” guarantee
- A temperature control panel that is easy to understand and use
- A security lock
- Minimal vibrations (a rough compressor can vibrate your wine and, sadly, these vibrations can cause great damage to a wine collection)
- Look for a unit with wood or metal shelves – and avoid plastic
Finally, you want a wine refrigerator that is going to be durable and continue to look nice despite potentially heavy use. Purchasing a wine fridge in stainless steel can give you the durability you are seeking.
Thor Kitchen’s Single Zone Wine Refrigerator
This single zone wine cooler by Thor Kitchen offers everything you could want from an under-counter wine cooler – all wrapped up in a delightful package. This wine refrigerator holds up to 40 bottles of wine. Of course, the amount varies if you choose to use it for beer, liquor, or other beverages.
You will find the following features with this Thor Kitchen wine refrigerator:
- 6 wood shelves
- Stainless Steel Exterior Finish
- 41db Noise Level
- Compressor Powered Cooling
- No Frost Air Circulating Design
- White LED Interior Light
- Double Tempered Glass Window with Stainless Steel Door Frame
Designed with a stainless steel outer shell, this wine refrigerator works well with kitchens of all design styles.
As your collection grows, you may find it necessary to move your collection to a larger wine cooler. The following are not for built-in or under-counter installation, but they will allow you to add more wine to your collection over time.
Thor Kitchen’s Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator
Thor Kitchen’s dual zone wine refrigerator, Model Number TWC2401DO, offers you space for 46 bottles of wine! Again, this is dependent on what you truly intend to store in the wine fridge. This model comes in stainless steel with easy-glide wood shelving. And it also comes with a plethora of features, such as:
- Security Lock
- 46 Bottles Capacity (5.43 Cubic Feet)
- Indoor or Outdoor Use Wine Cooler
- Independent Dual Zone (5-18°C / 41-65°F)
- Fan Assisted Cooling
- Seamless Stainless Steel Door Frame
- Dual Pane Glass With Low-e For UV Protection
- 304 Stainless Steel Exterior Housing And Rear Plate
- Stainless Steel Vent Kickplate
- Full Extension Beech Wood Rolling Shelves
- LCD Display
- Blue LED Interior Lighting
- Door Opening Alarm
- Temperature Alarm
- Charcoal Filters (2-pcs)
- Heating Elements For Winter Weather
- 4 pcs Adjustable Feet
- No Frost Design
Thor Kitchen’s Triple Zone Wine Refrigerator
Looking for even more space? Want to go all-in with your wine fridge? If so, then a triple-zone is what you are in need of. Thor Kitchen’s, Model Number HWC2404U, offers you three different cooling zones. With the ability to hold up to 128 wine bottles, you have a great amount of flexibility.
This unit features durable stainless steel and glass doors. But that’s not all. You will also find these features:
- Freestanding Unit
- Upper Zone 47-56°F
- Lower Zone 56-65°F
- Drawers 34-50°F
- Capacity Wine storage: 128 bottles
- Beer storage: 80 bottles
- Stainless Steel Exterior Finish
- Noise Level 41db
- Cooling System Compressor Powered Cooling
- No Frost Air Circulating Design
- Lighting Blue LED Interior Light
A wine fridge is a great addition to any kitchen, thanks to their beautiful design and added convenience. Take the time, do your research, and discover the wine refrigerator that will meet your wine chilling needs.