The Difference between Wine Coolers and Cabinets

The kitchen has evolved so much that it has become more than just the place to prepare food today. As the centre for family life, for entertaining and for living and working, installing a drinks fridge in the kitchen has become the new norm. It ensures drinks are readily available at exactly the right temperature and to hand.

Investing in a refrigerated wine cabinet has its advantages but then the question pops – Aren’t coolers and refrigerated cabinets the same? Though both control the temperature of wine, refrigerated cabinets and wine coolers are more different than one might think.

To help you decide whether a cabinet or a cooler is the right choice, we’ve broken down some of the key ways they usually differ.

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1.Temperature Control

Wine ages and develops best in the narrow temperature range between 55°F to 60°F, with minimal fluctuations. Only a small percentage of the wine produced each year is intended to be aged. When storing wines that don’t require aging, the temperature shifts inside a cooler is not a concern. However, if you plan on investing in valuable fine wines that mature over time, then the Cabinets with sophisticated cooling units that tightly control temperature, is the answer.


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  1. Humidity Control

When corks dry out due to prolonged low humidity, they don’t seal bottles as effectively. Air can seep in, causing oxidization and damaging the taste and aroma of wines. The ideal wine storage humidity, is of around 60%. Designed to support wine aging over a period of years, wine cabinets keep humidity inside the recommended range with digital precision, as opposed to the cooler.


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  1. Replacement Concerns

Wine coolers have built-in refrigeration systems, integrated into the construction of the cooler. When the parts that control the temperature stop working properly, the entire cooler is of no use and needs to be replaced. This increases your environmental footprint. Most wine cabinets have refrigeration systems that can be replaced without much fuss.


  1. Style Factor

Wine coolers exist to serve a basic function and consequently, function is prioritised over looks. Well-built refrigerated wine cabinets work both as fine furniture and a storage solution. They tend to blend more with the overall look and décor of the space.

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  1. Racking Versatility


Wine coolers usually has metal racking designed to fit Bordeaux-size wine bottles. They are not designed to hold large size bottles like Champagne and Burgundy bottles. Even if you do manage to stuff these bottles into the racks, without scratching the labels and bottles, its bottle capacity decreases. Cabinet brands offer different racking configurations, some more flexible than others.

Although they generally cost less, coolers are for short term storages and offer fewer style possibilities and racking options than wine cabinets. We at The Kitchen Shoppe can help you in your choice of the ideal Wine cabinet.

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