Are Wine Fridges Expensive? Do They Consume A Lot Of Electricity?
To cut to the chase, if you look at wine fridges only in terms of the money you’re spending upfront, they are expensive. If you consider a wine cooler as an investment just as you would a piece of premium furniture or appliance, however, the price justifies itself and then some. Here are some of the reasons why wine fridges are worth the cost:
Any wine cooler worth its value will let you control the environment you want to store your liquor in. The discerning wine appreciator knows that fluctuations in temperature can spoil entire batches of wine. Wine coolers come with thermostats that keep the wine just the way it should be; pristine. Allowing for ranges of at least 20 degrees, wine coolers permit flexibility and personal preference for preserving wine in the long-term. As an added benefit, some high-end wine fridges come with dual zone technology, letting users store different wines at varying temperatures, all in the same fridge.
This temperature control is complemented by humidity control features as well. Dried corks can result in spillage and contaminate your whole collection. By controlling the humidity, wine coolers ensure that your corks stay dry no matter the climate you’re in.
UV light can completely destroy both white and red wine. Even though wine bottles generally come coated in a material that blocks UV, wine coolers add extra protection with specialized coating that allows customers to store and forget. High-end coolers will have LED lighting that lets you appreciate your collection without risking the dispersal of UV rays into the wine.
Moving away from the functional benefits for a second, wine coolers are seeing increasing use both as showpieces and as subtle complements to interior design. High-end wine coolers blend form and function in a way that lets both businesses and homeowners use them to grab attention and start a conversation. Portable wine coolers tend to be the cheapest and also the toughest to style around, as they generally don’t embody the sleek aesthetic that high-end coolers have. Built-in coolers, on the other hand, are expensive and built with furniture in mind.
Do Wine Fridges Consume A Lot Of Electricity?
Surprisingly, no. Depending on the wine fridge you choose and its efficiency, wine fridges can consume either just as much or even less electricity than a normal fridge. On an average, a normal refrigerator will consume around 200W, while an 18 bottle wine cooler consumes only 83W or less. MarketWatch pegs the growth rate for the wine cooler industry at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of around 6.2%. As a rapidly growing industry, advancements in wine fridges are steadily being made to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency. Customers can pick from two main types of high-end wine fridges:
Compressor Wine Coolers: These fridges are incredibly powerful and capable of cooling wines rapidly in an emergency so that you don’t have to wait hours for it to be ready. The major downside here is that due to the compressor, wines can be susceptible to vibrations and shaking. These are generally not enough to endanger the wine significantly, but they do have the potential to reduce the life of the wine slightly.
Thermoelectric Coolers: Thermoelectric wine coolers obviate the main disadvantage of compressor coolers, they can chill the wine without vibrations by using electricity for cooling. On the other hand, for lack of a compressor, they are better off used in mild conditions instead of punishingly hot environments. It’s also worth mentioning that cooling here does take more time than it would in a compressor wine cooler.
The Choice Is Yours
Wine fridges are an investment in both comfort and luxury. With the right choice, a high-end wine fridge can either be the centerpiece of a room or blend in smoothly with the furniture. Looking at a wine cooler as an investment and picking the right one for you can help save on spoiled wine and energy in the long term.
About the Creator
Carolyn Mitchell is a freelance writer with a passion for home décor and maintenance. She can often be found re-painting & updating the furnishings in her home, and she is also a dedicated cat mom to two adorable kitties.