Wine is something which gets rotten easily if not stored right. Some wine connoisseurs and collectors have basements in their houses which are kept at ideal temperature and humidity conditions for wine storage. But everyone may not have such facilities, and in such cases, wine coolers or wine refrigerators are the best means to store wine at the ideal temperature. I am one among the latter lot and my under counter wine cooler is my best friend when it comes to wine storage.
This article is meant to give you some help while shopping for wine coolers. You can also have a look at the buyer’s guide at www.consumerreports.org/cro/wine-chillers/buying-guide for some extra info.
Here are the features which you must consider while buying a wine cooler.
Size of the wine cooler
Wine coolers come in varying sizes and in order to choose the size you should have an idea about how big your wine collection is. The capacity of wine coolers ranges from 6 or 10 bottles to even 70 or 80 bottles. Your collection is not going to be of the same size always; the number of bottles may be sometimes less and sometimes more. In order to ensure that your cooler can accommodate the extra bottles when your collection gets bigger, it is always recommended to go for a size which has some additional capacity. At the same time, you must also make sure that the cooler fits in the space available in your kitchen or any other room.
Quality and features
The features and quality of all wine coolers would not be the same. Some models come with the basic feature, that is storage of your wine at the right temperature and humidity. But there are different models available with a lot of additional features such as remote controllers, digital temperature displays, and control, pull-out shelves, etc. Extra features come at a greater price compared to the basic model. If you have different types of wine in your collection, they may require different temperature conditions. In this case, your cooler must support different temperatures. Likewise, there would be other extra features which you may require. Pay attention to what you need and select your cooler accordingly. Double check the quality and the make before purchasing so that it does not start giving trouble to you as soon as you start using it.
Even the basic model of a good quality wine cooler is not very cheap. As already mentioned, the price increases further with extra features. But as your wine collection is precious and it has to be stored without getting spoiled, you should not take a risk by buying a cheap, low-quality cooler. Good quality wine coolers are very durable and hence once you invest some money and buy an excellent quality wine cooler, then you can use it for long without any issues.
So, first think about your requirements, then consider your budget and choose the best option which fits your budget and serves all your requirements at the same time. Also, make sure that you do not compromise on the quality while focusing on the price!