Which type of wine cooler?
There are many different types of wine coolers available on the market today and it can be difficult to distinguish between the various types, particularly when there are conflicting listings across the internet.
At Elite Wine Refrigeration, we want to make your buying experience as easy and as fruitful as possible, so before beginning your search for your new wine cooler or wine cabinet, its best to know which type of wine cooler is correct for the space you have. Keep scrolling to find out!
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Built in wine coolers
This type of wine cooler are primarily undercounter units designed to sit on the floor and in most cases have kitchen cabinets built around them to created a seamless look. Built in wine coolers are available in standard sizes, with the majority designed to be used as undercounter units so they can fit neatly into kitchen cabinets. Undercounter wine coolers are available in standard widths of: 150mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm – however there are a selected few tall wine coolers that can be built in as well.
Built in wine coolers can also be utilised as freestanding wine coolers, the only difference being they have a vent at the front to allow for enough ventilation to cool the compressor and evaporator.
Read more on how to install a built-in wine cooler.
Integrated wine coolers
These are designed to sit inside a kitchen cabinet that is open at the back for ventilation. This type of wine cooler will sit along side ovens, integrated coffee machines and microwaves creating a floating, seamless look. Available in standard heights of: 455mm, 595mm, 885mm, 1234mm and 1778mm – integrated wine coolers are manufactured to match the same sizes of other kitchen appliances, such as integrated ovens and microwaves.
This type of wine cooler can also be ‘fully integrated’ with a few wine coolers allowing a kitchen cabinet door to be attached to the front of the door.
Read more on how to install an integrated wine cooler.
Freestanding wine coolers
This type of wine cooler are a great addition to any home and come in a few varieties such as ageing cabinets and multi-purpose wine cabinets which can be used to store wines whilst holding a small selection at serving temperature.
The number one misconception in the wine cooler industry is that a freestanding wine cooler is designed to be used as an undercounter wine cooler. When utilised as a built in unit, this type of wine cooler will over heat and void the manufacturers warranty as it has no way of drawing in cool air to cool the compressor and evaporator. A freestanding wine cooler should be well ventilated meaning at least 3-5 inches around the sides of ventilation space and they should never be enclosed from above.
Read more on how to install a freestanding wine cooler.
Elite Wine Refrigeration – The UK’s largest selection of premium wine coolers and wine cabinets.
We are an independent retailer based in Cheshire, specializing in wine coolers and wine cabinets. Our collection consists of built in wine coolers, freestanding wine fridges, integrated wine coolers and a small collection of thermoelectric units. Primarily supplying kitchen retailers, interior designers and architects we aim to use our website as a knowledge base for wine cooling and storage and bring something that no other retailer can in the UK.
Our small team will guide you through the wine cooler buying process, providing you with multiple options to choose from after identifying the requirements the customer needs. We have direct accounts with many suppliers so any information we don’t have to hand we will be able to find out.
Our primary market is the kitchen industry where we supply built in wine coolers and integrated wine coolers with bottle capacities ranging from 7 bottles to 200+ bottles in single, dual and three temperature zone models.
The brands we distribute are the brands we trust, over a number of years we have whittled our collection down to wine cooler specialist companies such as Dunavox, Swisscave, Pevino, Avintage and Climadiff and brands that we are confident in the quality of their products, such as Miele, Liebherr and Vestfrost. With this vast array of products, we are sure we have a wine cooler that will meet your requirements and isn’t likely to break down after a year or two. Active humidification, temperature and UV protection are all included in every product listed on our website to ensure your wines are stored correctly.
In 2017, we became the sole UK and Ireland distributor for Dunavox wine coolers and have since developed a strong retailer network. You can find a list of retailers here if you wish to include the products in kitchen designs. If your chosen retailer isn’t listed feel free to ask your kitchen retailer to source the products for you.
You will find the full range of Dunavox wine coolers listed on ARTICAD and we are a corporate member of the KBSA, its been an exciting past few years and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with you in the future.
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