The wine cooler is a machine that cools your wine to the perfect drinking temperature. There are many different types of wine coolers on the market, but not all will provide you with the best cooling experience for your type of wine. This blog post reviews some of these options and recommends which one may be best for you depending on what type of wine you drink regularly.
What is a Wine Cooler
A wine cooler is a device used to maintain the temperature of a single bottle of wine or multiple bottles at a specified range. Wine coolers come in different types for different purposes, such as storing one bottle, dual units for two wines, multi-zone units with varying temperatures throughout.
Some require installation and others are freestanding units. Most have electronic controls and digital displays which allow for ease of use.
Type of Wine Cooler
There are many types of wine cooling systems available on the market today: Single unit / Bottle Coolers / Freestanding Units
– These keep one standard sized/shaped bottle of wine at a set temperature just below room temperature anywhere from 36 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The main advantage is that it’s OK if you don’t finish the bottle, since you can set it and forget it. The main disadvantage is that if you want different temperature options then you need to buy more than one.
Dual units / Dual Zone Wine Coolers
These wine coolers keep two bottles at their optimal storage temperature (usually between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit) in the upper zone while keeping another couple of bottles at a slightly lower temperature (usually between 40 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit) in the bottom section. This allows full flexibility when storing wines, because sometimes white wines are best when stored warmer (or colder for bubbly) than reds . It also saves counter space because you only need one unit instead of two or more single units to store all your wines.
Multi-zone Wine Coolers
These wine cooling units have separate compartments to allow storage of different temperatures in each compartment. This allows the best flexibility because the unit can be set to a different temperature for reds, whites or sparkling wines . The downside is that you need more space on your countertop (or wherever you plan to put it).
Single zone Wine Cooler
Basically, all these do is cool one bottle of wine at a time. Often these are used by people who only drink 1 glass of wine every night or two – some companies even include them with their ‘welcome pack’. However they work best when put into situations where the user wants to keep the wine for an extended period of time (i.e. vacation homes). Single zone wine coolers are also popular for restaurants that want to offer their patrons the luxury of having a great bottle of wine with dinner that is just perfect.
Dual zone Wine Cooler
Amazingly, even though dual zone wine cooling units cost more than single zone ones, they continue to be very popular among homeowners. This probably has to do with how many different wines people keep in their homes and wanting to be able to store them at two different temperatures or ranges. Restaurants also love these because it allows them to serve both reds and whites at their optimum serving temp.
How do Wine Cooler Work?
To use a wine cooler you must first remove the cork and insert the cooling unit between the top of the wine bottle and the cork. A vacuum is created which halts the aging process by lowering the temperature to refridgerator levels (32-38 F).
Some units require that you freeze a cooling canister before inserting it into each bottle, while others come with enough gel packs for several bottles. One drawback of these units is that if you want to chill your wines quickly – there’s no way around waiting at least 2 hours per bottle since they only cool one standard sized/shaped bottle at a time.
How to clean Wine Cooler?
Wine coolers are designed to be easily taken apart in order to be thoroughly cleaned. The process of cleaning is simple, but it must be done regularly in order for your wine cooler to continue operating at peak performance. Steps on how to clean your wine cooler include:
Remove the cooling canisters or gel packs
Thoroughly rinse all parts in warm water with a mild detergent
Dry each individual piece completely before reassembling
Do not submerge the unit if it is still plugged into an electrical outlet
Replace cooling canister/s or gel pack(s) inside of the unit
Plug unit back into electrical outlet and turn on. This will ensure that all internal parts are dry and any excess moisture has been removed.
Wine Cooler Tips and Tricks:
Here are some simple things to remember when using a wine cooler
– These tips will ensure you get the most from your unit:
– For best results, store wines at a constant temperature that is cool but not cold (between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit)
– To save energy, do not leave your unit on for longer than needed. Turn off the unit when it’s not in use. If you’re going away for more than two weeks , turn off the wine cooler and unplug it.
– Cleaning regularly will help maintain peak efficiency of your unit. In addition to cleaning after each use, be sure to clean the gasket around the door on a regular basis to prevent rusting .
Wine Cooler Problems – Troubleshooting:
One of the most common complaints about wine coolers is that they are noisy. There are some things you can do if this becomes an issue for you, including relocating unit away from your living space or adjusting how often it turns on and off. Another common problem is ice forming inside of some units, which is typically caused by overfilling the ice reservoir .
Another noise related concern some users have with wine coolers has to do with vibrations during operation. For some people this results in the sound of bottles clinking together, while others notice their entire counter vibrating. These problems are generally due to airflow issues within the unit. To resolve this, make sure that the area around your unit is clear and free from any obstructions.
Inadequate lighting is also a common complaint with some wine coolers. Many people want their units to have more than just a small light on the front of the cooler, but there are options if you really feel strongly about it. You can buy a separate under counter or in cabinet lighting kit, purchase a model with an external adjustable light, or simply move your unit to another location.
If you are considering what type of wine cooler to purchase, it is important that you consider the size and capacity. There are many different models on the market with capacities ranging from 10 to 600 bottles. Some coolers have shelves for displaying wines while others do not provide this option.
Another thing to think about when purchasing a wine cooler is whether or not there will be enough space in your kitchen for storage. We offer articles on our blog that cover all sorts of topics related to home appliances including wine coolers so make sure you check them out if you need more information before making an investment!