For anyone who enjoys wine, a wine cooler is a great investment. A good wine cooler will keep wine at the optimum temperature for any length of time. Whether the bottle will be enjoyed the night of purchase or weeks later, proper storage will ensure that the bottle is ready to go.
When money and space are no object, wine coolers can get as large as an entire room. However, most people do not have this option. For everyone else, smaller, more portable units are the best solution. But how can someone with no prior knowledge choose the best small wine coolers?
First, it is wise to determine what kind of budget is available. There is a wine cooler to suit almost any budget, with the most inexpensive ones running around 50 dollars. Of course, the more money available, the more features will be available.
The next thing to look at is how the refrigerator will cool the wine. For more long term storage, look for a wine cooler that uses ultraviolet light to protect the wine, as well as the ability to keep the wine at a steady 55 degrees. If budget allows, there are also coolers available with more temperature flexibility. The best small wine coolers will have two sections. The first keeps white wine at its ideal temperature of 47 degrees, and a second section for red wine that keeps the temperature at a steady 63 degrees.
In addition to method of cooling, it is important to figure out how many bottles will be stored at any given time. Small counter top coolers are convenient, but will only store a few bottles of wine at a time. A small cooler designed to sit on the floor is still compact, and can hold many more bottles. However, these are also more expensive.
As for type of refrigeration, there are two common types available. They are compression based and thermoelectric cooling. Compression based cooling is more inexpensive, however it can be noisy and will produce vibrations that may affect the wine quality. Thermoelectric cooling is preferable whenever possible. This method of cooling has few moving parts, usually only a small fan or two. This means it is very quiet and operates with little to no vibration.
The last factor to consider is the construction of the door to the unit. This is the part of the cooler that will take the most abuse, as it is opened and closed any time wine is added or taken out. This not only stresses the hinges, but exposes the wine to temperature fluctuations and light. In addition, many wine coolers have glass windows in the door to make the wine easily visible. Light can cause wine to degrade, so it is important to make sure that this glass is treated to block UV rays, so that the wine is protected.
A wine cooler is something every wine enthusiast needs in their home. Searching for the best small wine coolers doesn’t have to be an arduous process. With the right knowledge it will be easy to find the perfect wine cooler for any home.