We can not talk about Luxury kitchens and not mention wine and beverage coolers. Wine and beverage coolers are becoming much more common and for many builders offer them as an add on.
Dual Zone versus Single Zone
Wine and beverage coolers come in dual or single zone coolers. The single zone means exactly what it sounds like, there is one main area and all beverages are kept at the same temperature. Dual zone coolers have two separate compartments that allow you to keep different kinds of wine at different temperatures. For instance White wine is usually keep at cooler temperature than Red wine.
How Big Do I Need?
Before spending the money, take the time to think about how big you need. How many bottles of wine would you likely want to have on hand cooled? If not wine, or if in addition to wine, how many cans or bottles do you want to have on hand cooled? There is no point spending more than you need and taking up more space than you would ever need. That being said, if you think you want more space or will want more space and you can afford it, get it. There is no point spending the money on a cooler only to decide it really isn’t meeting your needs.
Built in or Free Standing
Beverage coolers come as freestanding or built in options. Some can be purchased either way, some styles or only available in one style or the other. Do you have room in your kitchen to give up some cupboard space for an under the counter built in cooler. Do you have a place in your home for a freestanding cooler? Take that into account when selecting your cooler. If you are going the built in route, you need to make sure it vents in the front or you need to allow space above or around the side for proper ventilation. If you do not have proper ventilation the cooler probably will not keep the temperature where you want it consistently and it may not last as long.
Wine, Beverage, or Combination
When looking at spending the money on a cooler take in account your family needs. Does it make sense in your home to have just a wine cooler? Does it make sense to have a cooler that primarily works for cans? Do you need one of each or do you need a versatile cooler that can hold wine, cans, and beer bottles? Do I Need a Combination Wine and Beverage Cooler or Separate Coolers for Each or Only One or the Other? There are many options out there. You want to make sure that you get something that will actually meet your needs if you are going to spend the money a beverage cooler.
Some Wine Only Dual Zone Options
This Vinotemp wine cooler and dispenser is an 88 bottle dual zone wine cooler and dispenser. This is the limousine of wine coolers, and is much more than most people would need but for the wine connoisseur or those that entertain frequently it might be the best option. This cooler can hold up to 88 wine bottles. It is dual zone and will hold 54 bottles in one zone and 34 bottles in the other. It also has a 4 bottle wine dispenser. This cooler uses Argon and Nitrogen gases to keep open wine bottle fresh for weeks.
This U-Line wine cooler can hold up to 43 wine bottles. It comes as a built in or a freestanding. This is a high end cooler of very good quality and a beautiful design. It is a dual zone cooler so each zone can be customized to the perfect temperature. U-line does have a few different sizes coolers like this one that hold different number of bottles, for instance 64 bottle, 31 bottle, etc.
This Edgestar wine cooler can hold up to 34 bottles. It is freestanding and dual zoned. Edgestar does have similar cooler in different sizes that hold larger and smaller number of bottles.
This Koolatron wine cooler can hold up to 24 wine bottles. It is dual zone so you can keep different wines at different temperatures. Koolatron offers similar coolers that hold larger and smaller number of bottles.
Some Wine Only Single Zone Options
This Vinotemp wine cooler can hold up to 28 bottles. It is a single zone. This one is freestanding. It is designed to run very quietly so if noise is a concern, this is a good choice.
This Danby wine cooler can hold up to 36 wine bottles. In it freestanding and is a single zone cooler.
This U-Line wine cooler can hold up to 48 wine bottles. It is a single zone cooler. U-line has many similar coolers that hold a larger number or smaller number of wine bottles.
This Avanti wine cooler can hold up to 165 wine bottles. It is a single zone cooler and freestanding.
If you are just needing a small cooler this Koolatron wine cooler can hold up to 8 wine bottles. It is a single zone cooler.
If portability is something you would like, this Vinotemp open wine cooler might be the perfect option. It can cool up to 8 bottles and can sit on a table-top or counter top.
This Fagor 15 beverage cooler can be freestanding or built in. It can hold a combination 3 bottles of wine, 48 cans and 28 bottles of beer at the same time. This can be a great option if you want variety.
This Danby Silhouette beverage cooler can be freestanding or built in. It can hold a combination of 66 beverage cans and 8 wine bottles.
Edgestar Beverage coolers can come in a side by side option with 2 separate coolers. They can hold up to 206 cans or 10 bottles of wine cool.
This Edgestar Beverage cooler can hold up to 148 cans. It can be freestanding or built in.
As you can see there are many factors to take into account when shopping for a wine cooler for you luxury kitchen. Take your time to figure out what will best meet your needs and then shop around for the right product.