What is a Thermoelectric Wine Cooler?

What is a Thermoelectric Wine Cooler?

About 280 million gallons of wine are consumed by Americans every year. If you are a wine drinker yourself and you have several unopened bottles at home, then maybe it’s time to get your own thermoelectric wine cooler. You might be asking, “What is a thermoelectric wine cooler?”

According to TechTarget, thermoelectric cooling “is a way to remove thermal energy from a medium, device or component by applying a voltage of constant polarity to a junction between dissimilar electrical conductors or semiconductors.”

Thermoelectric wine coolers chill wine by utilizing the Peltier effect which was named after the physicist who discovered it. Thermoelectric coolers are highly energy efficient; therefore, they are not expensive to operate.

Another advantage of thermoelectric wine coolers is that they are quiet and vibration-free making it a preferred storage option. Vibration may affect the flavor of the wine especially when you are trying to age them; therefore, it is imperative that they are not exposed to those.

Finally, thermoelectric wine coolers are uncomplicated, compact, and lightweight, so they are perfect if you have a small apartment or house.

One disadvantage though is its weak cooling power. While it can chill wine at temperatures ranging from 50 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it is not capable of going much lower than that.

Thermoelectric wine coolers should also not be placed in a warm room because this affects the capability of the cooler to chill wine.

How to Pick the Right Wine Cooler

Now that we have answered the question, “What is a thermoelectric wine cooler?” we can now move on to the three types of thermoelectric wine coolers. They are the single zone, the dual zone, and the built-in wine cooler.

With single zone coolers, you only have one temperature control; therefore, you cannot store both red and white wine at the same time.

On the other hand, dual zone coolers allow you to store both red and white wines at two different temperatures. They are perfect if you already have a growing collection of wine bottles.

Finally, built-in wine coolers are those that you can integrate into your kitchen cabinets. This type of wine cooler is great because they don’t require ventilation around them; however, they need to be specifically designed to the size of your cabinetry or vice versa.

Best Thermoelectric Wine Coolers

Wine Enthusiast 21-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator

 

This wine cooler is perfect if you have several bottles of red and white wine because it is dual zone. It allows you to set separate temperatures on the top and bottom portions.

There are several things I love about this particular wine cooler. First, as you can see from the picture, there is a place in the bottom to store bottles upright. This is perfect for bottles you have opened and then resealed with your Vacu Vin Wine Saver. I also love the easy to read digital temperature controls on the doors which allow you to adjust the temperature of both zones without opening the doors. Another thing I found made this wine cooler attractive was the nice blue led lights.

Its design is also great for stylish homes; and remember, it uses thermoelectric technology, so it has a whisper quiet operation.

PROS
  • 21-bottle capacity-6 pull out chrome shelves, and stand up bottle area
  • A thermoelectric, energy-efficient, CFC-free wine cooler. ETL approved
  • Top zone adjustable temperature range: 46-65 DegreeF provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites
  • Bottom zone adjustable temperature range: 52-65 DegreeF provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites, and optimum serving conditions for most whites
  • Stand up area lets you store bottles that you have opened without the worry of them leaking
CONS
  • It does not accommodate large bottles (champagne sized) of 750ml lying down. Although, you can stand them up in the bottom.
  • Somewhat crowded makes it hard to see the labels on the bottles. Especially, the ones standing up in the bottom

New Air Dual-Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

 

This wine cooler has a 32-bottle storage capacity giving you plenty of space to store bottles of both red and white wine. Since it is a thermoelectric cooler, you can be sure that it’s quiet and vibration-free to protect the flavor of your wine. In addition, this wine cooler has a compact yet elegant design, so it can fit even in the smallest of spaces and still look very nice.

 

 

Furthermore, it is one of the most stylish wine coolers I have ever reviewed. It looks like it should cost way more than its very reasonable price. You will be the envy of all your guests who will have to have their own once they see yours.

PROS
  • Its 32 bottle capacity allows it to store a large collection of wines.
  • Cooling System: The quiet and vibration free dual zone thermoelectric cooling system allows you to set the temperature as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 66 degrees Fahrenheit while protecting sediment.
  • Digital Display: Quickly monitor and set temperatures in both temperature zones with ease using the push button controls mounted on the door frame.
  • Interior LED Lighting: Cool blue LED lighting is included to better illuminate your collection.The tempered glass doors insulate the interior to protect your valuable wines
  • Adjustable Shelves: 14 chrome plated wire shelves pull out to make for easy bottle loading when needed and convenient accessibility.
  • AW-320ED wine cooler works without chemicals or coolants, so it’s safer for the environment.
CONS
  • It does not accommodate large bottles (champagne sized) of 750ml
  • The wire shelves don’t pull out as easily as they should

AKDY Single Zone Thermoelectric 18 Bottle Wine Cooler.

 

This wine cooler is perfect if you don’t have a lot of bottles to store because it can house eighteen bottles of wine only. Moreover, this wine cooler is awesome for small homes because it can be easily tucked away due to its compact size.

Like all thermoelectric coolers, this one is also vibration-free and silent; furthermore, it has a LED light and push button temperature control.

PROS
  • Electronic touchpad for precise temperature control with LED display
  • Adjustable temperature control provides the perfect environment for your wine
  • Thermoelectric fan cooling system reduces noise and vibration
  • Low energy consumption and efficient advanced heat dissipation
CONS
  • It does not accommodate large bottles (champagne sized) of 750ml
  • Somewhat crowded makes it hard to see the labels on the bottles.
  • Shelves are somewhat hard to pull out

Avanti 12-Bottle Thermoelectric Countertop Wine Cooler

 

This wine cooler is big enough to store 12 bottles and has both horizontal and vertical storage. It features a LED display where you can easily control its temperature.

Furthermore, this wine cooler is vibration-free and silent so it can preserve wine flavor really well. However, since it uses a thermoelectric technology, it must be placed in a room where the temperature is controlled.

PROS
  • Electronic touchpad for precise temperature control with LED display
  • Adjustable temperature control provides the perfect environment for your wine
  • Thermoelectric fan cooling system reduces noise and vibration
  • Low energy consumption and efficient advanced heat dissipation
  • Curved Glass Door
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Can store bottles that have already been opened and sealed with a Vacu Vin Wine Saver upright
CONS
  • It does not accommodate large bottles (champagne sized) of 750ml
  • Somewhat crowded makes it hard to see the labels on the bottles.
  • Shelves are somewhat hard to pull out

Cuisinart 16-Bottle Private Reserve Single Zone Wine Cooler

 

Although this wine cooler can house 16 bottles of wine, it still has a compact design that it will fit on your countertop. This Cuisinart wine cooler is thermoelectric and has a digital touchpad for easy temperature control.

However, it is a single zone cooler so you can only set one temperature. If you plan to store both red and white wine bottles, you’ll want to buy a dual zone wine cooler.

PROS
  • 16-Bottle capacity
  • Thermoelectric cooling system – reduces noise and vibration while using low power consumption
  • Electronic touchpad for precise temperature control with blue LED display. Soft interior lighting with on/off control
  • 4-Chrome contoured wine racks designed to hold 750ml or the option to remove a rack to hold 1500ml bottles
  • Double-pane tinted viewing window
CONS
  • Somewhat crowded makes it hard to see the labels on the bottles.
  • Shelves are somewhat hard to pull out
  • It does not accommodate large bottles (champagne sized) of 750ml

 

Summary

Now that we have answered your question “what is a thermoelectric wine cooler?”, we are confident that you can already choose the best product for your needs. Just always remember that storing wine at the proper temperature is important especially if you want to age them.

Moreover, fine wine or expensive wine needs to be stored properly, because as they age, their value increases.

Light, vibration, temperature, and humidity can greatly affect the flavor of the wine. Red and white wine cannot be stored at the same temperature because the red wine requires a higher temperature, while the white wine needs lower.

Therefore, wine enthusiasts need thermoelectric wine coolers because they are the ideal tool for preserving wine whether you want to finish a bottle right away or you want to store them longer.

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