Are Outdoor Refrigerators Worth It?

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Owning an outdoor refrigerator is a must-have luxury appliance, especially during the spring and summer.

If you entertain or cook regularly outdoors, you know it is inconvenient to go in and out of the house with drinks and food. Save yourself the hassle by installing an outdoor refrigerator in your backyard.

Benefits of Owning an Outdoor Refrigerator

There are clear advantages to owning an outdoor refrigerator. First, you won’t have to make tedious trips in and out of your home to grab drinks. Second, it is an extra storage space that allows you to stock up for guests and will free up space in your indoor fridge. Third, if you have a pool, it keeps wet house guests and family members from wetting your floors as they head inside to find snacks. Fourth, outdoor refrigerators are beautiful and stylish appliances that add a sense of luxury to your backyard. Lastly, a well-made outdoor fridge will be a worthwhile investment that lasts many years with proper care.

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Do You Need a Special Refrigerator for Outdoors?

stainless fridge installed outside

As we enter the warmer months, you may be planning a beautiful outdoor entertaining space where you can host future dinner guests

Adding an outdoor refrigerator would certainly be very convenient, granting you easy access to your favorite beverages and delicious treats. Is it safe to install a refrigerator outside?

What to Look for When Shopping for an Outdoor Refrigerator

Not just any refrigerator is suitable for outdoor use. Whether for drinks or food, most refrigerators are designed for use within an indoor space that maintains a consistent temperature below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When a refrigerator is installed outdoors, it is subject to temperature fluctuations, harsh sun, etc. When shopping for an outdoor refrigerator, select one designed for outdoor use. Refrigerators made for the outdoors are well insulated and, when properly installed and maintained, can stand up to temperature fluctuations and more.

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Does a Wine Fridge Need Ventilation?

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Buying a wine cooler is a serious investment of your time and money.

Once you commit to purchasing a wine cooler, you want to ensure it fits perfectly into your home and functions properly. Wine coolers are available with many options, including multiple temperature zones, different finishes, and freestanding or built-in installation. Does a wine fridge require ventilation? Read on to find out more.

Freestanding vs. Built-in Installation

Freestanding wine coolers are units that should not be recessed into existing cabinetry. Some wine lovers prefer freestanding wine coolers because they are easy to install. The exhaust of the freestanding wine fridge is located at the back of the unit.

Built-in wine coolers are units that can be recessed into existing cabinetry or underneath a counter. Wine collectors love the seamless look of wine coolers blending into cabinetry and matching other appliances. The exhaust of the built-in wine cooler is located at the front of the wine fridge.

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Do Wine Fridges Control Humidity?

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You have invested in your wine collection, and now you want to protect it, but is a wine cooler the best storage solution?

Wine prefers a space that maintains a consistently cool temperature of around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity of 50 to 70% RH. The storage space should be dark and free from unnecessary movement or heavy foot traffic. Let’s talk about how you can add humidity to your wine cooler.

What is the Ideal Humidity Level for Wine?

Humidity is important for wine storage because it prevents the corks from drying out. When storing wine, the bottles should be placed on their side so that the liquid inside the bottle keeps the cork wet. While the liquid inside the bottle maintains the cork’s seal, the right humidity will help the cork maintain its seal from the outside. The preferred humidity level is between 50 to 70% RH. When humidity dips below 50% RH, there is a risk of oxidization. If the humidity is above 70% RH, mold may begin to form.

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What is the Capacity of a Wine Fridge?

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The bottle capacity of a wine refrigerator is an important feature that should not be overlooked, especially when shopping for a wine fridge.

How do you know how many bottles a wine cooler will hold? Will a wine cooler be able to accommodate your collection? Here are a few tips to ensure you are buying a wine cooler that will be functional and stylish.

What is Bottle Capacity?

The bottle capacity of a wine refrigerator is an estimate of how many wine bottles will fit inside the fridge. Unless otherwise stated, the wine racking inside a wine cooler is designed for standard Bordeaux-sized wine bottles (see image below). For example, if a wine cooler has a bottle capacity of 155, 155 Bordeaux bottles will fit perfectly. Still, if you must adjust the shelving to accommodate other bottle sizes, the actual bottle capacity may differ. Check out Vinotemp’s downloadable bottle capacity chart for more details on bottle capacity (PDF).

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How Does a Wall-Mounted Wine Rack Work?

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Modern wine racks create the illusion of wine bottles floating on a wall or from a ceiling.

These stylish and space-saving wine racks are practical for both new and serious wine collectors because you can hang one rack or many depending on the needs of the wine collection. How do these wall-mounted wine racks work? Where should they be installed? Here are some tips and tricks for installing a hanging wine rack.

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