On summer evenings there are few things better than sitting back and sipping a chilled glass of wine. We tested 8 wine fridges and measured how well they keep your wine chilled.
Snapshot: The DeLonghi DEWC166S wine fridge is 181cm tall and has a door lock. It has a reversible door and can store up to 166 bottles. Is it a cool performer?
Snapshot: The DeLonghi DEWC54S wine fridge is 86cm tall and has a door lock. It has a reversible door and can store up to 54 bottles. Is it a cool performer?
Snapshot: The Haier JC110GD wine fridge is 98cm tall and can store up to 36 bottles. Is it a cool performer?
Snapshot: The Haier JC160GD wine fridge is 129cm tall and can store up to 51 bottles. Is it a cool performer?
Snapshot: The Vintec V110SGeS3 wine fridge is 139cm tall and has a door lock. It has a reversible door and can store up to 121 bottles. Is it a cool performer?
Snapshot: The Vintec V30SGeS3 wine fridge is 83cm tall and has a door lock. It has a reversible door and can store up to 32 bottles. Is it a cool performer?
Snapshot: The Liebherr WKb 1712 wine fridge is 85cm tall and has a lock and a door alarm. It can store up to 57 bottles. Is it a cool performer?
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If you have a special bottle of wine you’re saving, or you regularly buy wine, you may want to think about how you store it. Storing wine in the back of the cupboard may not protect it as well as a wine fridge.
A wine fridge differs from a normal fridge in that its aim is to keep the temperature as stable as possible. The optimum temperature for storing wine is around 14°C, but between 12°C and 16°C is fine. The more stable the temperature a wine is exposed to, the better it will taste and last.
If you simply don’t have room or don’t want to take up the space – or, heaven forbid, you have too much wine to store in your home – there are alternatives such as off-site storage.
The ideal storage temperatures for wine (those found in a cellar) are generally around 12°C –16°C. Wine should ideally be stored in the dark, with a humidity level around 70% (so the cork doesn’t dry out). Temperatures should never become so hot as to spoil the wine or reduce its quality as it matures, and it’s always better to go too cold (but not freezing) than too hot.
If your house gets hotter than about 25°C and you’re keen to cultivate a collection of fine wine, a wine fridge is certainly an option.
A bar fridge isn’t a good alternative for wine storage. They’re usually too cold and you can’t adjust them to be warmer. They tend to have very large temperature fluctuations and they don’t control humidity like some wine fridges.
They also don’t have purpose-built shelves to protect the bottles, or other safety features such as a door lock or door alarm.
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