Freestanding Wine Fridges
A freestanding wine fridge is designed to stand independently and should not be built into any form of cabinet or cupboard. You can find more information about freestanding wine coolers in our guide below. Our freestanding wine cooler brands are Climadiff, Swisscave, La Sommeliere, Avintage, Dometic and Dunavox. If you're looking for a wine fridge to build into cabinetry take a look at our built in wine coolers.
Alternatively, read our buyer's guide to learn more about which wine cooler is most suited to your requirements.
Choose from the wide selection of wine cabinets above to find the perfect Freestanding wine cooler for your home or business. A Freestanding wine cooler is designed to stand independently and should not be built into any form of cabinet or cupboard.
Freestanding wine fridges require ventilation at all times. It's highly recommended that there is a minimum gap of 3-5 inches from the side and rear of the unit to any other surface. It's important to note Freestanding wine cooler units should not be installed under a countertop.
You can find our entire collection of freestanding wine coolers below. We offer a wide range of models varying in size, style and storage capacities that are designed to suit not only homes but businesses especially bars and restaurants. If you would like to narrow down your search, you can simply enter in your preferences below and browse through the options. Alternatively, you can contact us for more information or with any specific inquiries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I buy a freestanding wine cooler?
Freestanding wine coolers are a wonderful option if you are looking for an immediate and effortless solution to store your collection of wine. You may not have any space in your kitchen to accommodate a built-in wine cooler and will, therefore, benefit from a freestanding model that will allow you to position it in several alternative locations. The beauty of the freestanding wine cooler is that it is low-maintenance, relatively cheaper than built-in models, and completely versatile in terms of where it can be installed.
If you're looking for more reason why a wine cooler is worth the money take a look at our article here.
What is a freestanding wine cooler?
Unlike built-in wine coolers that are designed to be installed within cabinets, under countertops or amongst appliances, freestanding wine coolers must be placed somewhere with adequate space around their back and sides. Due to the placement of their compressor systems, freestanding units will require a minimum of 3-5 inches around each of its sides in order to allow for sufficient air circulation. As freestanding coolers are engineered to dissipate heat from the back, they will overheat and burn out if enclosed or installed underneath a countertop.
How do thermoelectric models work?
We also offer a number of wine coolers that employ thermoelectric cooling. These models function via a process called the ‘Peltier effect’. The ‘Peltier effect’ was designed to transfer heat from one side of a device to another. When a thermoelectric wine cooler is switched on, an electrical current is applied across the appliance which forms a cool temperature within the unit. Thermoelectric coolers are typically a lot smaller or shallower than standard coolers as they do not require as many parts within their construction.
Can I use a built-in wine cooler as 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. Can I use a freestanding wine cooler under counter? No. As previously mentioned, 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 essentially, 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.
What is the difference between a freestanding wine cooler and built-in?
The difference is that built-in wine coolers are designed to be installed within cabinets or under counters, whilst freestanding wine coolers are designed to stand independently. Additionally, whereas built-in wine coolers emit heat from a vent at the front of the unit, freestanding wine coolers emit heat from a vent at the back of the unit. This means that when installing your freestanding wine cooler, you will need to ensure that the vent is not blocked to allow sufficient air circulation. Other features to consider.
Before purchasing your freestanding wine cooler, there are several additional features that you will need to consider. You will not only need to think about where you would like your wine cooler to live and how many bottles you would like it to store, but you will also need to think about its energy consumption and whether you will require more than one cooling zone.
Compressor or thermoelectric
There are two different types of freestanding wine coolers: compressor and thermoelectric. Before buying your wine cooler, you should consider which cooling technology would work best for you. If you are looking for an energy-efficient, smaller unit with low noise output, then a thermoelectric wine cooler might be the best option for you.
This is because there are no moving parts in a thermoelectric cooling system and therefore, require less energy. On the other hand, if you are looking for a larger cooler that will be able to maintain a much more precise, stable temperature, then a compressor model may be a better option. Compressor wine coolers are much more powerful and are able to resist fluctuations to ambient temperatures, unlike thermoelectric models.
You will find that many wine coolers feature polyvalent technology. This technology works to provide multi-temperature zones within the unit. This happens when the internal operating fans are turned off (which normally function to distribute cool air evenly throughout the unit). By doing this, the wine unit cools from the bottom, allowing warmer air to rise towards the top. It is a feature commonly found in larger coolers and is a great option for anyone hoping to store several types of wine in one place.
Are you storing multiple types of wine?
If you are looking to store more than one type of wine in your wine cooler, you will need to ensure that you choose a model that is able to accommodate several different temperature ranges. This can be achieved by choosing a wine cooler that either features polyvalent technology or is split into two individual sections. Choose the right style for your home We offer a wide range of styles when it comes to freestanding wine coolers.
Whether you prefer stainless steel, tempered glass or a solid wooden finish, we will have the perfect wine cooler to complement your home, restaurant or bar. We offer handle-less units, coolers with reversible doors, and UV protected models. Whatever your preference may be, we will have something for you.
Can I put a freestanding wine cooler in a cabinet?
No. Freestanding wine coolers are not suitable to be installed within a tight space such as a cabinet. As briefly mentioned above, this is because they emit heat from the back of the unit and therefore if they were to be placed in a cabinet, the heat would not be able to dissipate. If this was to happen, the heat from the wine cooler would likely build-up to the point where it would begin to impact the temperature inside the unit. It could also cause the cooler to stop working altogether and eventually result in some unwanted repair bills.
Where should I locate my freestanding wine cooler?
Freestanding wine coolers are extremely versatile in terms of where they can be positioned. They can essentially be installed anywhere within the home providing the correct ventilation requirements are met. Some popular locations for freestanding wine coolers include the kitchen, the utility room and the garage. With this being said, you will want to ensure that your freestanding cooler is positioned away from the door, free from vibrations and out of direct sunlight in order to sufficiently protect the wine.