Common Wine Fridge Sizes: Which Size is Best for Your Home?

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When a traditional wine cellar is out of budget, or you do not have enough space, a great alternative is purchasing a wine fridge.

Wine refrigerators are available in various styles, from sleek stainless steel, black, mirrored, panel-ready, and more. Wine coolers are also designed in various sizes, holding as little as one to six bottles to three hundred. With such a wide selection to shop from, you may be wondering which size wine fridge is the best match for your home. Here are some helpful tips to help you select the best wine cooler for your unique collection.

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Make a Plan to Shop

First, answer a few important questions before you purchase to make shopping a little easier.

1. How much money can you budget for a wine refrigerator?
2. How much space do you have for your wine refrigerator? You should select a level location that can withstand the weight of the wine refrigerator when loaded and has a designated electrical outlet where you can plug in your new appliance.
3. Is a freestanding or built-in wine refrigerator more practical for my storage needs? A freestanding wine refrigerator is easy to install because you can plug it in and use it. A built-in wine refrigerator is designed to be installed into existing cabinetry.
4. What are your wine purchasing and drinking habits? If your current collection only has twelve bottles of wine and you drink wine faster than you can buy it, then a large capacity wine cooler may not be useful at this time.
5. Is there a specific style or color that appeals to you? Would you like your new wine cooler to match existing appliances or cabinetry?
6. Do you need more than one temperature zone? Wine refrigerators are available as single-zone or dual-zone. One temperature zone can be assigned to white and another for reds, or you may use one zone for serving temperature and the other for storage temperature.

Now that you have a plan for your budget, style, and how much wine you plan to store, it is time to shop.

Common Wine Fridge Sizes

Wine refrigerators are available in a wide variety of sizes. Since wine fridges are modular, you can always install multiple units side-by-side to accommodate your growing wine collection. Here are the most common wine fridge sizes.

Tiny (Countertop):

• 4 to 6-Bottle Wine Coolers: 4 to 6 bottle wine fridges are compact, freestanding wine refrigerators that can be placed on top of a countertop, bar, or table. They are an ideal size if you have a small wine collection or if you need a cooler to bring your favorite wines to serving temperature before your next dinner party.
• 7 to 8-Bottle Wine Fridges: Vinotemp's 7-bottle wine coolers have become increasingly popular as their slim shape makes them easy to blend in with existing cabinetry. 7-Bottle wine coolers are also unique because they can be installed on the floor, unlike other small capacity wine fridges. Eight bottle wine coolers are also available for use on a countertop.
• 12 to 16 Bottle Wine Coolers: Wine fridges that hold between twelve to twenty wine bottles are still considered compact and are usually placed on a table or countertop. The majority of them are freestanding, making them very easy to use.

Small (15-Inch and 18-inch Wine Coolers):

The small category of wine coolers includes units with capacities between 28 to 40 bottles of wine. The 15-inch (width) category of wine coolers became popular because these models were designed to fit in the space once used for trash compactors.18-inch wine coolers are also popular because they can hold even more wine. The majority of 15-inch and 18-inch wine fridges are made with front exhaust and can be built into existing cabinetry.

Medium to Large (24-Inch Wine Fridges):

The most popular category of wine fridges, medium to large capacity wine coolers are approximately 24-inches in width and house 40 to 100+ bottles of wine. Undercounter wine units that are 24-inches wide can easily be installed in a space that was once used by a dishwasher. This category of wine cooler often has a matching beverage cooler that can be installed side-by-side, making it perfect for those who enjoy both wine and beer. Medium to large capacity wine coolers are also great if you have a rapidly growing wine collection. They offer plenty of storage capacity and are often designed with luxury features such as charcoal filters, a wider variety of colors, and LED lighting.

XL (30-inch Wine Coolers)

If you are serious about collecting wine, a 30-inch wine cooler is a wise investment. Housing 188 to 300 bottles of wine, there will be ample room for a rapidly growing collection. Multiple units can be installed side-by-side to maximize space. Large wine refrigerators have stylish, functional, and durable features such as adjustable telescopic racking, LED lighting, bulk storage, and more.

Pick the Best Wine Fridge for You

There are multiple ways to maintain humidity inside your wine room or cabinet. First, the space should be air-tight with proper insulation and/or vapor barrier. Next, consider adding a cellar cooling system to your space that can maintain both temperature and humidity. There are a few ways that you can create humidity inside a room. One method is to add a portable humidifier to the cellar and fill it with distilled water. A bowl or bucket filled with water can also be placed inside the space, somewhere where it cannot be tipped or kicked over. Another idea is to add a decorative fountain inside the room. As the fountain runs, water is gradually evaporated into the air, creating humidity.

The right size of wine refrigerator that will meet the needs of your collection is determined by your budget, space available, and the size of your collection. The best part about wine refrigerators is that you can always purchase an additional unit as your wine collection continues to grow. If you need additional assistance selecting the best wine cooler, please get in touch with our cellar experts at 1-800-777-8466 or email