How to Buy a Wine Cooler

Steve Sheinkopf  |  June 28, 2011  |  3 Min. Read

Sub-Zero  |  U-Line  |  Wine Coolers

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Somewhere in the 1990s, wine coolers became hugely popular. You can now buy wine coolers from Sub-Zero, Viking, Electrolux, U-Line, Marvel, Miele and Thermador in a plethora of sizes like this:

Miele

KWT1601VI miele wine cooler

Or this Sub-Zero

subzero tall wine cooler

But 90% plus are sold under the counter. An undercounter wine cooler has the same dimensions as a dishwasher, and most are cheaper than custom cabinets.

Wine, however, is the hardest product to store properly. Everything effects the taste of wine. Too much light, heat, humidity and vibration will alter the wines complexion.

Most under counter wine units are basically refrigerators with racks, which is ok for immediate consumption. Below are the two best for long term storage.

U-Line 2275WC: I like this U-Line piece. It has a low-E door to protect against UV light and two distinct temperature zones for reds and whites.

uline 2275WC wine cooler

Sub-Zero 424: SubZero is clearly the best product in the category. They actually designed the product to store wine long term.

Features:

  • Compressor is on grommits. It does not vibrate the refrigerator when it turns on.
  • The racks glide out and produce less vibration
  • Low-E door to protect against UV light
  • Best temperature control. Two separate zones with a gasket eliminating any temperature crossover.

subzero 424 wine cooler

Remember when buying a wine cooler, first identify your needs. If you are just buying for the short term, then you can really buy any decent brand. For longer term storage consider a U-Line and especially Sub-Zero.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.

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