Wine coolers are essentially small fridges specifically made to store your wine in at an optimal temperature to keep it chilled until ready to drink.
Wine Coolers are not essential in a home, nor are they very common in households, although they are nice to have. Wine Coolers are mainly for avid wine lovers, those that work with wine in cooking up fancy meals or as a profession such as Sommeliers; and sometimes they are just for aesthetic purposes to add the finishing touch on modern designs.
There are three types of wine coolers, the first is Single Zone Cooling, second is Dual Zone Cooling and last but not least, Built-In Wine Coolers.
The explanation is all in the name really. It only has one cooling area and one temperature control. A cooling system located at the back of the wine cooler supplies cold air and keeps the temperature constant; this ensures that your wine does become a waste and expire before the given date. This type of wine cooler is the most cost effective and is perfect for those who are in the early stages of their collection.
For those who are a little more knowledgeable about their wines and what the best temperature for each is. Every wine will have its own ideal temperature, what you do not want is to store your wine at the wrong temperature lest it starts aging faster or ruining the aromas and tastes before it ever reaches your glass. The Dual Zone Cooling is a huge benefit if you have a taste for both Red wines and White wines due to the fact that there are two separate compartments which can be kept at different temperatures. This allows you to keep one area for service purposes and the other for storage.
An absolute blessing for those with minimal space or would like to add a bit of class and glam to their bar or kitchen area. These Integrated Wine Coolers have a front vent allowing it to be built in and not over heat, other Coolers that are not made to be built in will have a vent on the side. The Built-in models are designed to be the same depth as that of the kitchen countertops or cabinets to ensure a snug fit and a seamless finish; this type of Wine Cooler also has the luxury of being free standing.
Types of Wine Coolers are not the only thing you should be looking at when deciding on the perfect fit for you, but the style of the Cooler also plays an important role. For Modern design, Wine Coolers with metal shelves and a clean cut, silver or black outer appearance will work well. For those with a country or traditional theme, a Wine Cooler with wooden shelves and a classic frame made from wood with either a four-window door or a single pane would suit wonderfully.
A fridge freezer is the combination of both a fridge and a freezer but in separate compartments. Fridges are for the items you use everyday such as milk, butter, etc and freezers are for the items in storage or that cannot be kept unfrozen for an extended period of time such as meat and vegetables. The purpose of a combined Fridge and Freezer is mainly to use the least amount of space possible and to keep everything at arms reach to avoid aimless wandering around the kitchen to get the required items.
Integrated Fridge Freezers are one of the main types of Fridge Freezers. Integrated Fridge Freezers are essentially built in Fridge Freezers, they are made to seamlessly blend into a kitchen design and are most commonly found in Modern styled homes.
Being aware of the exact dimensions of where the appliance will be installed is very important, especially with an integrated product as it will need to fit perfectly inside the confines of your kitchen unit. These integrated Fridge Freezer models are usually made to fit into a standard 600 or 650mm wide cabinet, therefore are made to either be 600 or 650mm in depth and are usually 1780mm in height. Extra space of about 20mm will need to be left above and behind the product to ensure effective ventilation. Should there be no or very little ventilation, the appliance may end up using more electricity and could potential damage the compressor or motor.
There are two types of doors when it comes to Integrated Fridge Freezers, the first is the Sliding door and the second is a Fixed door. In regard to the Sliding door, a rail is fitted along the inside of the cabinet door which the fridge door then slots into. As you open the outside door, the door of the fridge slides along the rail and opens with it. The second type, the Fixed door is when the fridge door is fixed to the cabinet door with special hinges to ensure the cabinet can take the full weight of the fridge door. It is to be noted that the decision made on the style of door for the Fridge Freezer is to be made right the first time, as once it has been installed, it cannot be switched.
The advantage of having an integrated Fridge Freezer instead of a Freestanding Fridge Freezer is that it will not disrupt the theme or style of your kitchen as it will be ‘hidden.’ Integrated Fridge Freezers are also usually slimmer and more compact compared to other types, therefore it allows you the use of much needed space and ensures the appliance does not stand out as much. The disadvantage of this model is that there are minimal options to make your selection from and are generally not very cost effective. The installation can unfortunately not be a DIY project as the installation process is quite confusing and very specific, therefore a qualified electrician will be needed.
As mentioned on the Integrated Fridge Freezers page; a Fridge Freezer is the combination of both a fridge and freezer in one singular unit. Its main purpose, other than keeping food fresh for as long as possible, is to take up as little space as possible and to keep all your grocery items in order and together.
The Freestanding Fridge Freezer is the counterpart of the Integrated Fridge Freezer, as instead of being built into your kitchen it is not attached to anything. It either stands against a wall or slides into place next to some cabinets. It is also the more common of the two types of Fridge Freezers.
Fridge Freezers come in a variety of different configurations, with the freezer either being at the top or bottom of the appliance or with the fridge and freezer side by side, or even one with French doors and the freezer placed at the bottom. For optimal space saving, the stack design of having the freezer either on top or placed at the bottom of the fridge is best. For those who need or want a roomy fridge freezer, the side-by-side doors would be the top option.
The Freestanding refrigerators come in full-depth models that will extend past that of your kitchen units, or in 24-inch models that have been made to not exceed your cabinets.
The style of the Integrated Fridge Freezers only suite a select few themes and designs of kitchens whereas the Freestanding Fridge Freezer fits many. The tall larder Fridge Freezers – usually with a water dispenser – match well for modern homes, especially with a silver or black shell. Some Fridge Freezers even come with the option of touch screen controls to optimise the effectiveness of the cooling system by displaying the temperature of the fridge and the freezer and having the option to change it as well as showing the time. Smeg offers a couple Fridge Freezers that come in an array of different colours such as pink, cream, blue, orange, red, etc. This Fridge Freezer has rounded corners and the handle has a hinge; this falls into the Retro theme category as well as into eclectic design. Short, under the counter Fridge Freezers are ideal for bar areas and for smaller rooms where less space is available.
Freestanding Fridge Freezers can be looked at as an investment item due to the fact that it can move with you and be placed anywhere it can fit in, provided there is an electric outlet of course. They are also more cost effective than the Integrated Fridge Freezers and can be a DIY project as no electrician or specialist is needed for the job.
The disadvantage of having a Freestanding Fridge Freezer is that they tend to have shorter life spans than that of their counterparts, although they can last a long time with the proper maintenance and correct care. If your home is not designed with the space of Fridge Freezer in mind, it might also have to be placed far from the cooking area.
AEG 178cm Integrated Wine Cooler Available in Stainless Steel & White AEG 178cm Integrated Wine Cooler...