Here are six differences but it is worthwhile pointing out that both wine coolers and refrigerators come with similar functionalities but with subtle differences. Read on with some of the key differences.
- Bottles: It goes without saying that you can store more bottles in a wine refrigerator than you could with your standard-sized wine cooler. But it also depends on the size of the bottle that you plan on storing. With the standard-sized bottles, you should be able to store 36+ bottles in a standard wine refrigerator whereas you would be able to store at most 22 with a standard-sized wine cooler.
- Humidity: This is something that all refrigerators do, except that when it comes to wine refrigerators, the temperature and humidity conditions are better controlled. Humidity is an important factor that you would have to consider especially if you are considering aging your wine and letting it mature further. In that case, you would be better off with a wine refrigerator than anything else.
- Temperature: Most wine refrigerators enable you to store both your whites and reds at optimal temperatures. Granted that there are more than a few wine coolers that allow you to do the same but the difference here is that you can customize your settings and ensure that your wines are stored at optimal temperatures.
- On the side: This is one advantage that wine refrigerators have over wine coolers; in a wine refrigerator, you have to store your wine bottles on the side. This is mainly so that the corks do not dry out and in the process, shrink and allow fresh air in. This is what happens when you store your wine bottles for long in a cooler, though to be fair, there are now more than a few new wine coolers which feature shelves for storing the bottles on their side. The other reason is that you get to store your wine bottles in your refrigerator with a slight slant, so as to keep the sediments at the bottom and prevent it from affecting the overall taste.
- Technical issues: The good part about wine refrigerators is that you can always get your electrician to repair the same or to check it out and if required, get some of the parts replaced. Unfortunately, with most wine coolers – the moment they break down, you may as well turn it in for scrap and go in for a new wine cooler all over again.
- Customization: You can always customize your wine refrigerator easily, and even upgrade it to a bigger model if you want to. As it is, it provides you with the complete solution that you need for storing your white and red wines. Wine coolers are good but some of them tend to make a racket when in operation.
These are some of the six key differences between a refrigerator and a wine cooler; while both enable you to store your wines safely and securely, you may well have to choose one over the other. Yet whichever one that you go for, make sure that it is the product that meets all your current requirements. Additionally, you may also want to make sure that it comes with the requisite warranty as well.