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Consider performance and features when buying a wine refrigerator.
BY: Jessica Tolliver
Most people don’t have the room -- or the budget -- for a dedicated wine cellar, but anyone who likes to keep a supply of wine on hand should consider buying a wine refrigerator. These specialized refrigerators carefully control elements such as temperature, humidity and light to ensure the ideal environment for storing wine. Before buying a wine refrigerator, consider the following:
Types of Wine Refrigerators
Wine refrigerators are available in both under-counter and freestanding models.
Temperature in Wine Refrigerators
One of the most important considerations you will face when buying a wine refrigerator is finding a model with good temperature control. Ideally, wines should be stored between 45 F and 60 F, depending on the variety. A wine refrigerator that maintains a consistent -- and proper -- temperature will ensure that the wine ages well and tastes its best. Look for the following:
Vibration in Wine Refrigerators
The compressors that produce the cool air in all refrigerators typically vibrate slightly, and wine enthusiasts claim that this vibration can harm wine over time. Look for units that include features to stabilize the compressor and prevent vibration. A stabilized compressor will also make less noise than one that is not.
Shelving in Wine Refrigerators
Well-designed shelving will make viewing and accessing your wine collection easier. Some considerations include:
Features of Wine Refrigerators
Beyond the basics, some wine refrigerators include additional features that improve convenience, design or efficiency. Look for the following options:
When shopping for a wine refrigerator, look at the options available and determine the ones you consider the most important to identify which model will be right for you.
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Jessica Tolliver is a writer and editor with 15 years of experience in covering home improvement and decorating topics for variety of publications, including House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens and Consumer Reports. She is also the author of two books on design.