Wine coolers are finding their way into the homes of more and more Canadians. Whether you are a true connoisseur or just a casual consumer of wines, you have probably at least considered purchasing one of these handy appliances. And who could blame you? If you invest in wine, it makes sense to invest in a wine cooler too. The only problem is that, with so many options on the market at such a broad range of prices, it can be hard to determine which one is the best choice for you.
Let’s take a look at the 4 things you need to consider before making your decision:
- The types of wine you own: If you are someone who enjoys more than one type of wine, this may impact your wine cooler purchase decision. Red, white, and sparkling wines are optimally stored and served at different temperature ranges and are best accommodated by a two-zone wine cooler. Two-zone coolers, as opposed to standard one zone coolers, are better able to accommodate those who plan to store and serve multiple wine varieties on a regular basis.
- Where you want to put the cooler: Are you planning on having your cooler adorn high traffic areas of your home, or storing it in your basement? There are a number of aesthetic and design considerations that come into play with the former, but you also need to carefully assess how much noise the cooler makes. Certain types of wine coolers (those that have a compressor) are generally louder than other types of coolers, and you don’t want to realize that after it is too late.
- The amount of wine you need to store: Most experts agree that, when it comes to choosing the size of your wine cooler, it is better to go too big than too small. Assuming you have the space to accommodate it and it is within budget, a larger wine cooler offers you greater longevity and utility as your collection continues to expand. You should not choose a wine cooler solely on suggested bottle capacity, as those values are calculated using a standard bottle size that not all of your bottles will meet.
- The bells and whistles you actually need: Just like with any other consumer appliance, the higher price point coolers come with all sorts of additional features such as locks, lighting and digital displays. If you are on a budget, you will want to closely consider which of these features you actually need. Sure, it would be nice to have a wine cooler with LED lit racks, but if your cooler is placed in a well-lit area, ask yourself you really need to spend the extra money.
If you are inching closer to that wine cooler purchase, make sure you keep these four points in mind in order to help ensure you get the cooler that is the perfect fit for your needs.
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