Whilst these wine fridges are typically able to hold approximately 40 Bordeaux style bottles, they are still relatively compact in size and look excellent installed under counter in both private and commercial spaces.
We offer fast, free delivery on all of our 500mm / 50cm under counter wine fridges.
500mm / 50cm Built In Wine Coolers & Fridges
In this buyers guide for 50cm wide wine fridges, we'll look at:
- Installation of a 50cm wine fridge
- Features to look out for
- Bottle capacity for a 500mm wine cooler
- Frequently asked questions
- Our best picks
If you still have any questions, just get in touch with us by phone, email or live chat and one of our expert team will be very happy to help.
What is a 50cm Wine Cooler?
500mm built in wine coolers are available for every kind of wine lover. Whether you’re looking for a small wine fridge, single-zone cooling unit to integrate into your kitchen, an under counter wine fridge or a large wine cooler, dual zone wine cooler to keep in your garage, there will be a 500mm wine cooler suitable for you. We stock the finest brands such as Swisscave, Dometic and Avintage.
500mm wine fridges are ideal for those who are looking for a storage solution that isn’t quite as wide as a 600mm wide but offers a slightly higher storage capacity than a 150mm wide, 300mm wide or 400mm wide.
These wine coolers are typically designed to have an actual width of 495mm so that they can be easily installed into 50cm wine coolers if they are front venting built in products.
Whilst 500mm wine coolers are generally designed to be situated underneath countertops (providing they are built in products) and within kitchen cabinets as they are built in wine coolers, they can also be installed as stand-alone units if preferred.
Here at Expert Wine Storage UK, we have a fantastic range of 500mm wide with both black and stainless steel on offer, available in a variety of styles to suit all sorts of preferences.
500mm Wide Wine Fridge Temperature Zones
When it comes to choosing a wine cooler, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is how many temperature zones you would like it to have. Our 500mm wine coolers are available as dual zone units as 2 temperature zones provides more flexibility than a single zone.
A dual zone wine cooler will allow you to store all your favourite reds and whites in optimal conditions. The type of 500mm cooler you choose will depend entirely on the type of wine you are going to be storing and ageing.
How Do I Install My 500mm Built In Wine Fridge?
To ensure your under counter 500mm wine cooler works efficiently and effectively, you will need to ensure that it is properly installed.
The majority of 50cm wine coolers are equipped with front-facing ventilation systems which allows them to be built under countertops and integrated into cabinets.
Whilst built in units do not require as much surrounding space as freestanding units, you should always ensure there is a slight gap of approximately 2cm between the cooler and its nearest surface to allow for air to be properly expelled.
Additionally, when it comes to installing your 500mm wine cooler, there are several factors you will need to keep in mind.
You should ensure the cooler is out of direct sunlight, completely level and that it is installed away from appliances such as tumble dryers and dishwashers that are known for emitting vibrations. This will prevent your wine from experiencing any unwanted chemical reactions or sediment disruption.
Due to their front-facing ventilation systems, they can be installed almost anywhere, providing there are approximately 0.25 inches of space left around their sides.
Features of 500mm Wine Fridges
Our 500mm wine coolers are equipped with various technological features that are designed to keep your precious bottles as protected as possible. These features include UV-resistant glass doors, anti-vibration systems, door alarms and winter functions.
You will also find that many of our models are equipped with several design features that help to showcase your collection in its most elegant form. These features include interior LED lighting, reversible doors and touch-screen control panels.
50cm wine coolers and fridges are available as single zone wine fridgesor dual zone coolers. This refers to the number of temperature zones within the cabinet.
Whilst single-zone units work to keep your wine at a stable, precise temperature, dual zone wine cooler units work to chill two types of wines at their ideal individual serving or storage temperatures.
If your bottle collection solely consists of red wine, a single zone wine cooler should be able to provide you with everything you need.
On the other hand, if your bottle collection consists of red wine, white wine and champagne, you will need to consider purchasing a dual zone.
All of our 500mm wide wine coolers are fitted with UV protected glass doors so you don't need to worry about sunlight damaging your wine collection.
Although the doors provide 98-99% protection its still wise to position the door of the unit away from direct sunlight.
The under counter 50cm wine fridges available from Expert Wine Storage are very quiet. That being said, some models are almost silent at 37dB, while others are slightly less quiet at around 40dB. If you're planning to fit your wine fridge into cabinetry much of the noise of the wine cooler will be dampened by the carpentry.
Our selection of 500mm wine fridges are perfectly suited for use in kitchen, dining or living spaces where you need your wine fridge sound out put to be barely noticeable!
Other Features To Look For
Alarm systems - notifying you of temperature drops or if the door is left open
Lighting modes - such as the colour (white, warm white, blue) and whether you can switch the lights off
Handleless design - with push to open technology for a sleek, flush look in your cabinets.
Carbon filters - installed for ageing wines and filtering odours from the air in the environment (cooking smells etc).
Shelving - sliding shelves or fixed shelves for easy access to your bottles
Display shelves - fitted in the wine fridge to enhance the look of the wine bottles for presentation in your kitchen or dining space.
Fully Integrated - we do offer a few built in 500mm wine fridges which are able to have a door fitted over the top of the glass door if required.
How Many Wine Bottles Can a 50cm Wine Fridge Hold?
Here at Expert Wine Storage we offer 500mm wide wine fridges with heights suitable for under counter use, you can see a guide to the bottle capacities below.
Please note that the vast majority of wine fridges on the market have bottle capacities measured in 750ml Bordeaux bottles so filling your wine fridge with larger bottles will reduce the capacity somewhat.
Under Counter 500mm Wide Bottle Capacity
The under counter 500mm wide wine fridges on offer at Expert Wine Storage come with bottle capacities of 38 Bordeaux bottles (750ml).
Is a 500mm Wine Cooler Right For Me?
To determine whether a 500mm wine cooler is the best option for you, there are several questions you will need to ask yourself. You will need to consider the size of your wine collection and whether a 500mm wine cooler will provide you with enough space.
You will need to think about the kinds of features you will want your cooler to have, and you will need to consider the amount of space in your home and whether you have the sufficient room to install a 50cm wine fridge unit.
If you are someone who has recently accumulated a varied collection of wines, a 500mm wine cooler may be the perfect option for you. It will allow you to store approximately 30-40 wine bottles which is usually more than enough for the average wine lover.
On the other hand, if you are a regular entertainer or someone that is particularly dedicated to the practice of collecting, you may require a slightly larger unit that will allow you to store between 60-200 bottles.
In terms of installation, you will need to ensure that you have enough room in your home for the 500mm wine cooler to be fitted and that you can provide it with the correct environmental conditions.
500mm Wide Wine Fridge FAQs
Can You Reverse The Door of a 50cm Built In Wine Fridge?
Yes, you can reverse the hinge of the door on most 500mm built in wine coolers.
As a general rule these wine fridges come with doors which open from left to right (right hand side hinge).
However the doors on these products can be switched to left hand hinge quite easily with a few basic tools (screwdriver, spanner, spirit level).
We also offer a door reversal service so doors can be switched prior to delivery to you - get in touch if you would like to add a door reversal to your order and we'll be happy to help.
How Much Ventilation Does a 500mm Wine Cooler Need?
Most 600mm wine fridges are designed to be built in to cabinetry and are fitted with air vents at the front so they don't require ventilation around the sides or top.
However 60cm width models do require 1-2cm of free space at the rear of the unit in order to house the power cable.
Can I Store Champagne / Magnums In This Size of Wine Fridge?
Yes, the majority of 50cm wide wine fridges can accommodate larger size wine bottles like Champagnes, Prosecco and Magnums.
Just note you may need to remove or adjust the positioning of shelving to fit these larger bottles in the unit comfortably.
Does a 500mm Wine Fridge Use a Lot of Electricity?
Most 500mm wide wine fridges are rated either F or G energy rating.
Although F or G energy ratings may not sound very efficient, the rating scale for appliances changed in 2021 when most units would have been rated A+, A or B.
On average these size of wine fridge use between 130kW/annum and 150kW/annum depending on their overall size and type.
Best 500mm Wine Fridges In Stock
Expert Wine Storage are the UK's leading wine fridge specialists, we offer fast, free 2 person UK delivery on the below models:
Under Counter 500mm Wine Fridge - Dunavox DAUF-38.100DB, Dual Zone, Built In, 38 Bottles
The DAUF-38.100DB wine cooler is suitable for use as a built in wine or under counter wine cooler. The unit features front ventilation and can be installed into cabinetry as air is pulled in from the front vent to cool the compressor and ensure the unit does not overheat.
The unit is designed to be installed within a cavity of 50cm / 500mm width. The appliance is lit with a beautiful blue LED light and is fitted with stunning silver door providing a seamless look.
500mm Duanvox Wine Cooler installed Built In Under Counter in a Kitchen
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