The Difference Between a Wine Cooler and a Regular Refrigerator
If you’re thinking about buying a wine cooler for your best wines, then you’re probably wondering what exactly the difference between a wine cooler and a normal refrigerator is. They are both meant for storing beverages (and food in the case of the fridge) and keeping them cold, but there are a few key differences that make wine coolers perfect for storing wine.
First of all, the temperature range within a wine cooler is set specifically for keeping wines at their optimum temperatures. Though temperatures can still be adjusted, the range it’s capable of is based on the most common optimum temperature levels for keeping wines.
Refrigerators don’t keep their contents at a constant temperature. Wine coolers are designed for keeping the temperature as stable as possible, and are not frequently opened and closed like fridges are. Wine coolers usually stay shut most of the day if not most of the week or even the month. But if you have a full house, your refrigerator gets opened many times throughout the day, and due to this, the temperatures inside fluctuate. It’s important to try to keep wine in a temperature controlled environment as much as possible.
Wines should be kept on their sides in order to evenly distribute sediments and keep the cork moist. The cork should stay moist so it doesn’t dry out and shrink up. If it does, it can allow air into the bottle, thus compromising the integrity of your wine and potentially spoiling it altogether. It’s difficult to fit all of your wines in your refrigerator anyway, especially if they’re kept on their sides. Because of that fact that most refrigerators are not designed for beverage containers to lay on their side, it takes up more fridge space to store them upright.
If you have many bottles of wine to store, it only makes sense to get a wine cooler because they’re typically smaller, more portable and many are even more energy efficient than regular refrigerators.
Some wine coolers have two separate compartments, one for red wine and one for white wine. In a dual zone wine cooler, the temperate can be controlled separately in each compartment to keep both at their optimum temperatures. This is very convenient if you drink both red and white wine.
Normal refrigeration systems give off thousands of micro-vibrations that are harmful for your wines. If you want to preserve your wines as best you can, they should be left completely undisturbed by anything. A slight shift in temperature now and then won’t do any major damage, but constantly moving them around is not good, and that is essentially what is happening with a steady flow of vibrations passing through your wines. The vibrations disturb the sediments within your wines, and affect the overall integrity and flavor.
Thermoelectric cooling systems prevent vibrations. They’re perfect for keeping quality wines totally undisturbed. Wine coolers with compressor cooling systems usually give off fewer vibrations than a common refrigerator would, but they do have lots of moving parts, so vibrations are inevitable.
It just makes sense to get a wine cooler if you often drink wine. For space saving, efficiency, protection from vibrations, accurate temperate control and stability, wine coolers are much better than refrigerators for storing wine.