Do I Get A Wine Cupboard Or A Built In Wine Cooler?

There are so many different types of wine storage solutions that it can become confusing - for example, a wine cellar, a wine rack, a wine cupboard, and of course, a wine cooler.

There are certain wine coolers for certain types of wine - however, a wine cupboard can be used to store any type of wine.

There are certain features that your wine needs in order for it to last longer and maintain its quality. This is why it is important to store your wine correctly. Storing your wine in a fridge or a cupboard is not ideal as they do not offer the correct storage features to preserve your wine.

Another thing you need to consider when storing your wine is how you position them. For example, it is recommended that you store your wine on its side to prevent the cork from drying out, therefore allowing oxygen to enter your wine.

Which method of wine storage is best for your wine collection - a wine cupboard or a wine cooler? That’s what we’ll be exploring in this blog. For more information on whether you purchase a wine cupboard or a built-in wine cooler, read on.


Wine Cupboard

Wine cupboards are quite similar to wine racks, however, wine racks have an open front, back and sides. Wine cabinets come with shelves that allow you to store different types of wine (such as white wine) on their side. You can also store wine glasses and other types of wine in a wine cupboard. But what exactly does a wine storage cabinet do? Read our blog to find out!

Wine cupboards can either be freestanding or wall-mounted depending on personal preference. Most wine cupboards are made from woods such as mahogany, solid pine and redwood.

They have the capacity to hold anywhere from one bottle up to 160 bottles or more. Wine cupboards are a much cheaper option compared to wine coolers. However, they do not provide any temperature or humidity control.

It is important that when storing your wine you keep them out of sunlight and in a dark, cool space. Wine cupboards can protect your wine from sunlight, but are not a good option for cooling your wine or maintaining humidity levels.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to store your wine, you are best opting for a wine cupboard. However, it is important to remember that wine cupboards don't offer any features to allow your wine to age slower and last longer.

With a wine cupboard, you are able to store different types of wine in one place, however, with a wine refrigerator you need a dual-zone wine cooler to store different wines.


Built-In Wine Cooler

Wine coolers are a more expensive option compared to wine cupboards because a wine cooler offers a wide range of features to preserve your wine or prepare your wine for serving. Built-in wine coolers are becoming increasingly popular and are ideal for small kitchens.

This is because built-in wine coolers don't take up any extra space. Much like a built-in fridge or freezer, built-in wine coolers are designed to be built into your home, usually in cabinet space.

There are many reasons why you should invest in a wine cooler. For example, they offer many features for your wine such as an integrated ventilated system, humidity control, vibration-free storing, UV light protection and much more.

If you have limited kitchen space but need somewhere to store your wine, then a built-in wine cooler or an integrated wine cooler is the perfect solution for you. There are many positives to investing in a wine cooler such as versatility and effectiveness.

Wine coolers are designed to limit the amount of vibration from the motor to prevent the wine from being affected or stirred up. Vibration-free storing helps with the wine's natural ageing process to allow your wine to last longer.

Completed with bottle racks, wine coolers offer the correct amount of storage space to allow your wine to lie on its side safely. Storing your wine on its side is important to keep the cork moist and prevent any oxidisation from occurring.


Which Wine Storage Solution Is Best?

Overall, wine coolers are a better option compared to sine coolers due to the features they provide. Although, it is really down to personal preference. If you are someone who plans on drinking their wines within the next few months or simply doesn't want to pay the price of a wine cooler, then a wine cupboard is a solution for you.

However, if you would like to store your wine for longer, maintain the wine's quality and don’t have a budget in mind, then we would recommend you go for a wine cooler. Wine coolers come in a range of sizes and are the perfect storage solution.

Built-in wine coolers are made to fit seamlessly into your kitchen cupboards and blend into your home's aesthetic. Available in different colours, you can rest assured that there is a wine cooler suited for you!


Correct Temperatures To Store Wine

Different types of wines need certain temperatures to maintain their quality and preserve them for longer. For example, it is recommended that you store your wine at around 12-14 degrees whereas, with white wine, you are advised to store it at a slightly warmer temperature of 8-12 degrees.

This is where a dual-temperature wine cooler comes in handy as they offer separate temperature zones in one to allow you to store different types of wine. Dual wine coolers are slightly more expensive compared to single zone coolers as they offer a storage option for red and white wine.


Built-In Wine Coolers At Elite Wine

Here at Elite Wine, we offer a wide range of wine coolers from some of the leading wine-cooler manufacturers. We have worked with numerous brands throughout Europe over the years, from Dunavox to Swisscave. Our core value is to provide our customers with a high level of service.

Explore our built-in wine cooler options today. From freestanding wine coolers to integrated wine coolers, we have it all. Due to the range of wine coolers we have available, we can guarantee you that there is a wine cooler suited for you.

If you would like more information or advice on the products we have available, contact us at 0333 577 6466. Alternatively, email us at We are more than happy to help!

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