Freestanding or built-in wine coolers- which is the best option to meet your needs? There are several things to consider before making a decision.
1. Temperature Zones: Single, Dual, and Multiple Zone
This may be the single most important feature to determine which option is best for you. The most common wine cooler units are single zone units, which means the entire unit maintains the same temperature. This type of unit is available in freestanding or built-in and is perfect if you prefer one kind of wine.
However, if you collect different types of wines, then you’ll need a cooler with more options. There are dual zone and multiple zone options available.
Dual zone coolers offer two different temperatures. You can store one type of wine on the top and a different kind on the bottom. These units are also available in both freestanding and built-in options. However, multiple zone units allow you to store different wines at different temperatures. These units also come in many sizes to accommodate your growing collection.
Built-in coolers are usually made on a small scale and will easily fit into your kitchen island or pantry. The limitation is that they are usually only offered in single or dual zone temperatures.
Freestanding units can be almost any size, which allows for more temperature zones to better meet your needs. However, they probably aren’t the best option if you're limited on space.
2. Size Matters
How much wine do you really need your cooler to hold? If you only have a small collection, the built-in cooler is perfect. It can fit almost anywhere and won’t take up much space. But, if you have a large collection a freestanding unit is probably best.
Freestanding units are typically lower in price. You can find them anywhere and are almost guaranteed to find one you love that also meets your needs. You can also take them with you if you decide to move.
Built-ins typically cost more since you have to find one in a particular size to fit the dimensions of your cabinet.
Choosing a built-in or freestanding cooler all depends on your wants and needs. Which one will you choose?