You will also find that many of our large, narrow and tall wine coolers can be used as built in wine fridges. This can be extremely beneficial for those with extensive wine collections who are looking to store various types of wine.
We stock 600mm, 500mm wide, 400mm wide, 300mm wide and 150mm wide built in wine fridges too. If you want a fridge that's flush against other cabinets, or one that matches existing cabinetry, then see our integrated wine fridge range.
Built In Wine Fridges & Coolers
Find the right built in wine cooler for your home or business. You can find more information about built in and integrated wine coolers in our guide below. Our built in wine cooler brands are Swisscave, Dometic, Dunavox,Avintage, Liebherr and Pevino.
Alternatively, read our buyer's guide to learn more about which wine cooler is most suited to your requirements. The most popular built in wine fridges we offer are 30cm wide, 40cm wide, 50cm wide, 600mm wine coolers and tall built in wine coolers
Choose from the wide selection of built In wine coolers above to find the perfect wine cooler for your home or business.
In contrast to a freestanding wine cooler, built In wine coolers are designed to be fitted into a cupboard or cabinet. This being said a built in unit can also be used as a freestanding wine cooler.
What Is a Built In Wine Fridge?
A built in wine cooler has a ventilation grille which allows cool air to flow into the unit which maintains it's cooling function.
You will find our entire collection of built in wine coolers on this page. We offer an extensive range of built in wine coolers that are available in various sizes and styles from under counter to tall built in wine coolers.
Whether you are looking for a tempered glass wine cooler to seamlessly integrate into your kitchen cabinets or a handleless wooden wine cooler to incorporate into your lounge, we will have a model to suit your needs. You can refine your search by entering your preferences below or alternatively, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Built in wine fridges are engineered to be ‘built’ into any counter, cabinet or space within your kitchen.
They are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes to accommodate all sorts of cabinetry setups and can also be positioned independently if preferred. As built in wine cooler fans emit warm air from the front of the unit rather than the back, they can be installed into virtually any kitchen space.
Built In vs Integrated vs Fully Integrated
Built-in, integrated, and fully integrated wine coolers are very similar, in that they are all designed to be installed into cabinetry or a countertop, unlike freestanding units.
However, there are some subtle differences between the three types:
- Built-in wine coolers are designed to be installed into a pre-existing space in cabinetry or a countertop. They may stick out slightly from the surrounding surfaces, but they are still designed to blend in with the surrounding cabinetry. They are the lowest price option.
- Integrated wine coolers are similar to built-in wine coolers, but they are designed to be even more seamlessly integrated into the surrounding cabinetry. They may have a slightly shallower depth or a different design to help them blend in better. They are more expensive than built-in models, but cheaper than fully integrated.
- Fully integrated wine coolers are the most seamlessly integrated type. They are designed to be flush with the surrounding cabinetry or countertop, and can also have a cabinet door that matches the surrounding cabinetry, so that they are virtually invisible when not in use. They are however the most expensive type.
What Sizes are Available?
We offer a wide selection of built in wine coolers that are designed to suit a range of different spaces, rooms, and bottle capacities. You will find wine coolers available from anything between 15cm wide to 68cm wide and capacities between 6 to 200+ bottles of wine.
The most popular sized for built-in wine fridges are 300mm/30cm wide, and 600mm/60cm wide.
Can They Be Used Freestanding?
Yes, as built in coolers are designed to dissipate heat from the front of the unit, they are therefore able to be used as a freestanding unit.
Using a built in wine cooler as freestanding, you will have more freedom in terms of how compactly it can be placed.
The opposite is not true, however, so you can't use a freestanding wine fridge as a built-in one. Freestanding wine coolers are engineered to dissipate heat from the back of the unit, so if they were to be enclosed under countertops or in close proximity to a wall, they run the risk of overheating and breaking.
Also, if you were to install a freestanding cooler under your counter, you would invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty which puts you at risk of substantial repair fees. Learn more about the differences here.
Also make sure you don’t use a fridge freezer to store wine, as it will be too cold, and could damage the quality of the wine.
Built In Wine Fridge Features
Wine coolers are designed to create the most ideal conditions for the storage of wine. With either a thermoelectric or compressor technology, they work to keep the wine at a constant, cool temperature ensuring your wine is preserved to it's fullest.
To ensure that the wine is stored as adequately as possible, wine coolers are often equipped with features such as humidity controls, special UV resistant glass doors, and charcoal filters. This helps to recreate the conditions of a traditional wine cellar, to keep your wine collections at the perfect temperature for storage, or for serving guests drinks as the host at a party.
You will also find wine coolers that are equipped with multiple temperature zones to allow for sufficient storage of many different wine types. Here at Expert Wine Storage, we stock single zone, dual zone, and multiple zone wine coolers - ideal for storing red wine, rose wine, champagne, and white wine in one chiller.
Several fridges, like the Swisscave WLB450F - Single Zone - Built In - 210 Bottles - 600mm, have a digital display panel and LED lighting, helping you to properly manage and monitor the temperature ranges in your wine fridge.
For those concerned about energy ratings, we list the energy efficiency of each fridge on the product page.
Wine refrigeration is critical to long term storage of wine, as well as drinking it at the proper temperature. Learn more about wine storage here.
A good alternative to these is a wine cabinet.
Built In Wine Cooler Colours
When it comes to choosing your wine cooler, you will not only need to consider its size and technical features but how you would like it to look in your home.
The classic wine cooler finishes are stainless steel or black with tempered glass, we offer both black and stainless steel here at Expert Wine Storage.
Whilst these are the most common kinds of wine coolers you will see on the market, several manufacturers do offer different coloured wine coolers that you can choose from to suit your home.
Where Do I Position My Built In Wine Cooler?
Built in wine coolers are designed to blend seamlessly within the design and aesthetic of your kitchen. Providing you have adequate space, you could install your wine cooler underneath a kitchen counter in existing cabinetry unlike integrated wine coolers, built in wine coolers should be placed directly on the floor or can be built on platform.
Additionally, you could opt for a slimline model to install alongside your cupboards and other appliances. With this being said, you will want to ensure that the cooler isn’t positioned in direct proximity to a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher, as this will make the wine susceptible to vibrations which can harm the wine.
They are also popular in a commercial setting, with the fridges built in underneath the bar area, perfect for large entertaining spaces.
How To Install a Built In Wine Cooler?
- To install your built in wine cooler, you'll need a tape measure, a screwdriver, a spirit level and if your model does not have adjustable feet, scrap wood. Firstly, you will need to check your power supply and ensure that the cooler is placed within adequate reach of the source.
- You should avoid using extension leads if possible as their use is discouraged by the majority of wine cooler manufacturers. Next, you will need your tape measure to measure the space or cabinet in which your wine cooler will be positioned.
- You will need to ensure that there is enough room for the door to open properly and that no vents will be blocked. You will then need to position your wine cooler in the prepared space.
- You should plug it into the power source but without switching it on. You can then use your screwdriver to fasten your wine cooler’s mounting place to the back surface (if your unit has them).
- This will help to secure the cooler and ensure it is completely stable. Next and possibly the most crucial part of the installation process is to ensure that the cooler is level. As wine can spoil when moved around too much, you will want to make sure that they are not going to be rolling around within the cabinet.
- You should then leave your built in wine cooler for 2 hours. This will ensure that the coolant and other substances within the wine cooler have completely settled and the cooler is safe to switch on. Before installing any wine cooler, you should always consult with your model’s instruction manual.
- The following installation diagram may help you achieve the best result when choosing and then installing your new built in wine fridge:
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Top View Diagram for Install
Best Built In Wine Fridge In Stock
Expert Wine Storage is your go to source for the finest in wine storage solutions. Enjoy fast and complimentary 2-person delivery on a wide array of models, all assembled and ready to install. Store your favourite wines safely and securely with expert help from our knowledgeable professionals. Here our the best built in wine coolers we have to offer:
Swisscave WLB160DF - Dual Zone - Built In Wine Fridge
Presenting the Swisscave WLB160DF: a top-of-the-line cooling unit suitable for built in or freestanding use. Boasting a sleek design from Swisscave's Black Edition Series, this medium capacity storage solution accommodates up to 50 Bordeaux style bottles (or 40 with all shelves installed), creating an optimal environment for preserving your most prized and prized labels.
Let this sophisticated cooler help you show off your collection in style!
Dunavox DAUF-32.78DB - Dual Zone - Built In Wine Cooler
The Dunavox DAUF-32.78DB, is a 400mm wine cooler from Dunavox, is offered as an built in or under counter model. Two independent compartments maintain temperatures of 10°C - 18°C and 5°C - 10°C, respectively, providing optimal storage space for up to 32 Bordeaux bottles. This wine fridge is an ideal way to preserve and enjoy your preferred vintages.
Swisscave WL455DF - Dual Zone - Built In Wine Fridge
The Swisscave WL455DF Classic Edition offers a sleek and modern aesthetic perfect for use as a built-in or freestanding appliance. This wine cooler is available with or without a door handle to suit your preferences and can store up to 200 bottles with some shelves removed and 166 bottles with all shelves fitted (standard Bordeaux bottle size).
Whether it's in the kitchen cabinetry or standing alone, this product looks great in any home or restaurant space.
Built In Wine Cooler FAQ's
Do I Need to Leave Space either Side of My Built In Wine Cooler?
Unlike freestanding wine coolers, which require 3-5 inches of space around each side, built in wine coolers only require 0.25cm of space on either side.
This is to ensure that their door can be opened properly without obstruction.
Can I cover the grille at the bottom of the wine cooler?
No. It is extremely important that the grille is left completely free of obstruction.
This is because the grille is where cool air is drawn in and heat is dissipated. If blocked, the cabinet will not be able to adequately cool down and will, therefore, become susceptible to overheating. You can however
Can I cover the Built In Wine Fridge?
Yes. Although if you do wish to do this, you will need to install a grille within the plinth so that the cabinet can still draw in cool air.
Do Built In Wine Fridges Need a Charcoal Filter?
Activated charcoal filters are used to remove bad odours from wine coolers. Therefore, they are only really necessary for long term storage. The majority of short-term, built in wine coolers will not require a charcoal filter.
Are The Wine Fridge Doors Reversible?
Whilst not every wine cooler will feature a reversible door, the majority of built in wine coolers will. Reversible doors can be hinged from either side of the wine cooler, meaning they are guaranteed to seamlessly fit the design and layout of your kitchen.
Can I Store Large Wine Bottles in These Fridges?
Yes, these coolers are designed to have removable shelves, allowing you to fit different-sized bottles in them.
This will enable you to store particularly large bottles of wine such as champagne or port. However, we recommend you check the individual model specifications to make sure they will definitely fit your bottles before making your purchase.
Get In Touch With Our UK Built In Wine Cooler Experts
If you have any questions about built in wine fridges, please get in touch via our email email@example.com or call us on 0330 133 2327 and one of expert UK sales team will be very happy to help. Find everything you need to enjoy and preserve your wine collection to its fullest with our extensive range of wine fridges online.