What to look for in built-in wine coolers?

Make no mistake about it. If you are a big fan of wine, your guest will know that you are such a huge fan when they see your built-in wine cooler. Just one look at your built-in cooler and they would be impressed. In their minds, they would be saying this guy is serious. This guy would go to great lengths to take care of this wine. They probably would also think that you have an amazing taste in wine, and you would only serve the very best.

Well, this and other impressions are what you would like to create in their minds and thankfully, a built-in wine cooler would do that and more. It is easy to think that any built-in wine cooler will do the job. For the most part, this is true. Generally, there are certain basic parameters pretty much even the worst designed and built-in wine cooler would have a tough time screwing up.

With that said, if you really want to get the most value out of this very important investment, you need to look for the right type of wine cooler. There are many different types out there. You need to make sure that you need to pick the type that fits your particular set of circumstances. There are many different subtypes, but they can all basically be reduced to two major types: compressor and thermoelectric.

Thermoelectric Wine Coolers

A built-in wine cooler that is thermoelectric uses refrigeration technology that is very quiet. You have to understand that compressor based built-in wine coolers are pretty much designed like your refrigerator. They use a compressor to cool down the wine. If you have ever stood behind your refrigerator, or you have listened to your refrigerator, you probably know firsthand that they can make quite a noise.

While it is not an unbearable noise that you cannot live with, it is still noise, and this is the big benefit the thermoelectric built-in wine cooler brings to the table. It is very quiet. It is also more energy-efficient than compressor-based wine coolers. Finally, given its design, it does not vibrate or shake like a typical compressor wine cooler.

Compressor Wine Cooler

If you are looking for power and a great cooling ability, you really cannot mess around with thermoelectric wine coolers. They may look awesome; they may look modernistic; however, at the end of the day, they do not have the power that you need, not by a long shot. You need to go big time. You need to whip out the big guns and go with the compressor-based built-in wine cooler. They bring a lot of power to the table, and they produce their own temperature zone.

In other words, unlike a thermoelectric cooler that can be affected by the climate outside, a compressor-based wine cooler has its particular climate zone within its unit. As long as it is properly powered by electricity, it is a standalone unit. In addition, these types of coolers tend to be bigger in capacity. They can store a lot more wine bottles. Their downside, as I have mentioned above, is that they do tend to be loud. Furthermore, they tend to shake a little. There is some vibration there. Finally, you can expect to pay a larger electricity bill every single month for your compressor unit.

Now that You have Selected the Basic Type of Built-in Wine Cooler, how do You Select among the Different Models?

Here are just some fundamental factors that you need to weigh when trying to make the right choice of built-in wine cooler. In many cases, these factors do a good job in filtering out coolers that may look great in theory, but may not be realistic options.


The first thing that you need to pay attention to is the location that you are going to put the cooler in. Would it be safe to put that cooler in that location? Are there going to be issues if you open the door of the cooler? Make no mistake about it. When there are going to be people walking around an area, this might cause all sorts of accidents.

Moreover, understand that there are bottles stored in the cooler. You do not want people slipping or slamming against the door and knocking loose these bottles. It is bad enough that the bottles are fragile; the wine is even worse because chances are the wine is expensive. Do yourself a big favor and make sure that you pay close attention to the location of the cooler.

Storage Issues

The reason why you are buying a built-in cooler is, of course, to store your wine. Storage is a big deal. The unit has to have the right capacity. This is where things get a bit hazy. For some people, standard capacity is fine. For other people, they can do with less, while other people would need a tremendous amount of storage.

The problem is that there is no right or wrong answer because you are the only person who knows your particular set of circumstances. Nobody can step into your mind and figure out what you are thinking. Nobody can look at you and with that one look get an accurate impression of what your needs are. That is simply not going to happen.

You have to sit down and ask yourself what is the existing capacity that I need? How many bottles do I normally store currently? Now, do not stop there. You also have to project into the future. How many bottles would you be storing one to two years hereafter? If you get promoted or if you retire or come across some money, how many bottles would you be storing five years henceforth?

This is a big deal because a lot of people continuously make the mistake that their situation will not change. Maybe they will not get laid off; perhaps their business would continue to be successful, so on down the line. As a result, they often overbuy capacity or they underbuy capacity. Be realistic in your projection so you ensure that you buy the right unit.

You have to understand that built-in wine coolers are not cheap. At the very least, they would set you back several hundred dollars. It is your responsibility to yourself to make sure that you guard and maximize the full value of those hundreds of dollars. Make sure that the unit that you buy does a great job now and will continue to do an awesome job for the foreseeable future.


I put pricing last because most people put pricing first. Let me tell you. If pricing is the first and only consideration you have when buying anything, chances are you are selling yourself short. You really are; and in many cases, you worry about the price, and you end up buying something that you had no business buying in the first place. You end up buying something that may not fit your needs. You might end up buying a unit that would simply disappoint you in the future. The saddest part to all of this is that you only have yourself to blame

Do not fixate on price. Instead focus on the value that you are getting. As long as your perception of value is realistic, and you responsibly project your needs sensibly into the future, you can subsequently make the proper value appraisal. If you are unclear about these factors, then it is anybody’s guess what the right price is. I hope you understand how this works.

Do not get so obsessed with price because you may be overly concerned that you are paying too much or paying very little that you end up making the wrong move. Do yourself a big favor and look at pricing as the last factor after you have done a thorough job identifying what your needs are and ensuring that the model you buy has the features which adequately address those needs.

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