Wine coolers holding between 10 and 29 bottles of wine are generally intended either or both for individual wines to be consumed in the near future or for very small collections. Generally this smallest category of wine coolers is meant to sit on the countertop, under the counter, or inconspicuously in your home. Wine coolers in this capacity range tend to favor thermoelectric cooling, which works well with smaller cooling loads and at the same time is virtually silent and vibration free. Although some of the small capacity coolers have dual zones, most are single zone coolers for simplicity and price point. If you want to cool a few bottles of wine for a small dinner party or if you live in a smaller home, these wine coolers would be ideal for you.
The next step up in capacity to wine coolers holding between 30 and 59 bottles will give you many more feature choices. In this capacity range, you are able to cool a few cases of wine. Coolers in this capacity range may either be a single zone or dual zone, but dual zone coolers tend to predominate. This, of course, gives you the ability to optimally serve both red and white wines. Thermoelectric coolers are still fairly common in this capacity range, although they tend toward the smaller end of the range and single zone wine coolers. These wine coolers are typically meant to sit on a counter or under a counter. Those with compressors tend to have a larger and faster cooling capacity, but they do produce some noise and vibration. These coolers are generally intended for moderately serious wine collectors or those doing more entertaining.
These are fairly large capacity wine coolers, and they tend to support somewhat more serious wine collectors. In this capacity range of 100-199 Bottle, virtually all of the wine coolers are refrigerated with compressors and are dual zone. These larger capacity wine coolers also generally have a richer set of features and conveniences like touch controls and more exotic lighting. In virtually all of the coolers, lighting has standardized on LEDs for styling reasons and to cut power consumption and virtually eliminate heating from the lights. Wine refrigerators in this capacity range are serious appliances which tend to be beautifully styled and are meant to be seen by you and your guests. Of course, you do need to have room in your home for these wine coolers.
Wine coolers or wine cellars in this larger capacity range of 200-299 Bottle are generally intended for serious wine collectors or aficionados. These coolers are virtually all dual zone or intended to be used with two or more coolers together for multiple zones. These wine coolers are beautifully and dramatically styled; they become a styling statement themselves for the serious wine connoisseur. They are all attractively and functionally lighted to show off your collection. They mostly come with locking doors which can be reversed either for the purpose of fitting with your other cabinets are appliances or for the purpose of putting two coolers together with the doors opening opposite one another like French doors. We also see many of these coolers coming with charcoal filters to remove odors and multiple circulating fans for even cooling. Wine coolers in this size range are often intended to be freestanding or to be built-in to cabinetry.
300+ bottle capacity wine cellars are serious products meant to serve the needs of the most demanding wine collectors. These large wine coolers deliver all of the features that you want in addition to very large capacity. They are either freestanding wine coolers or wine coolers meant to be built-in to your fine cabinetry. They are generally attractively finished on all four sides and have the advanced features of all of the other categories. The styling is super attractive as is their lighting, the controls are both attractive and easy to use. These top capacity wine coolers are often combinations of two large capacity wine coolers working together to produce four or more temperature zones. These are very large capacity wine coolers are the penultimate step preceding fully customized, architecturally constructed wine cellars.