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Do You Need a Single Zone or Dual Zone Wine Fridge?

There is a big misconception in the wine world that white and red varietals should be stored at different temperatures. The fact of the matter is that all wine (red, white, sparkling, fortified, etc.) should be stored and aged at temperatures between 53°- 57° Fahrenheit. What varies between them all is their serving temperatures.

White wines should be served between 45°-52° Fahrenheit—depending on the varietal—and reds, between 58°-65° Fahrenheit. The rule of thumb is the lighter the wine, the colder it should be served. The bigger the wine, the warmer it should be served.

So which type of wine refrigerator is right for you? It really boils down to this question: Are you using your wine cooler for service, storage or both? Let’s look at the difference between single zone and dual zone wine cooler cabinets to help you determine your best option.

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What Is a Single Zone Wine Refrigerator?

A single-zone wine refrigerator is a unit with only one temperature-controlled storage compartment. This means the entire cabinet is kept at the same temperature. Single-temperature coolers are intended for one type of wine. If you are serving reds and whites simultaneously, you will need a second unit to serve both types of wine at their ideal temperatures.

What Is a Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator?

A dual zone wine refrigerator is designed with two compartments that are independently temperature-controlled. This means that you can store white and red wines in the same unit, each at their ideal serving temperatures. Dual zone coolers allow you to have a section for white wine service, plus an additional section you can use for storing or serving red wines. Dual zone wine refrigerators are also popular for simultaneously storing and aging wine. Collectors can use one part of the unit for serving, and another for long-term storage.

What Is a Dual Zone MAX Wine Refrigerator?

This exclusive Wine Enthusiast technology is uniquely engineered for storage and service and can be used as either a dual zone or single zone wine refrigerator. It features two storage compartments that can independently be set to different temperatures (like a standard dual zone unit) or if desired, to the same exact temperature. This offers wine drinkers and collectors the unique ability to change the cooler’s capabilities as their collections, tastes and needs change.

Which Is the Best Type of Wine Fridge for Me?

If you have a robust wine collection (or anticipate having one), a dual zone wine fridge is an ideal choice. Dual zone units are much more versatile, with the ability to accommodate and serve both red and white wines simultaneously. With a dual zone cooler, you can also store sparkling wines in the same unit. Wine drinkers who enjoy hosting wine tastings or who entertain guests regularly will benefit from the added versatility of a dual zone unit.

On the other hand, single temperature units offer their own share of benefits. Some casual wine drinkers only enjoy either red or white wines and don’t need a split zone. And serious collectors will benefit from having a dedicated cellar for aging their wines. If you are only interested in primarily reds or whites, a single-temperature cooler will work just fine.

Finding the Best Wine Cooler Cabinet

Once you’ve determined if you need a single zone or dual zone wine fridge, you’ll want to start looking at size, capacity, and special features that fit your style, collection and budget. Wine Enthusiast offers one of the largest selections of single and dual zone wine fridges to suit a wide range of needs and tastes. Here are our top recommendations to help you get started.

Best Dual Zone Wine Fridges

Wine Enthusiast Classic 70 Dual Zone Wine Cellar

With two cooling zones, the Wine Enthusiast Classic 70 is the ideal budget-friendly wine-serving solution. Named “Best Wine Cooler” by The New York Times and Forbes, this wine fridge has a generous 70-bottle capacity, making it perfect for serving the most diverse wine collections. It also features elegant, modern construction and blue LED lighting that makes it a fantastic showpiece. The tinted triplepane glass door also means great energy-efficiency and optimal thermal performance. 

$849 Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast Latitude L 26” Smart Wi-Fi Dual Zone MAX Wine Cellar With Luxury Spacing

The Latitude L 26” Dual Zone MAX is one of the most advanced wine refrigerators available today. For especially robust, diverse collections, this unit has a massive storage capacity of 168 bottles as well generously spaced shelves that comfortably store a variety of bottle types and sizes. The unique Dual Zone MAX design provides great flexibility, and features a larger compartment for storing and aging, and a top compartment for serving wines. This unit is also versatile when it comes to installation and can be either free-standing or built into a wall or cabinets. Combined with its beautiful design, two-color full cabinet lighting and library-quiet operation, the Latitude L 26” is perfectly suited for any room in your home.

$1,999 Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast Latitude S 24” Smart Wi-Fi Undercounter Dual Zone Wine Cellar

The Latitude S Dual Zone wine cellar is an elegant, modern solution for storing and serving your favorite wines. Equal parts function and form, the S Dual Zone is as much a showpiece as it is a high-performing cooling unit. With a 46-bottle capacity, it’s ideal for growing collections. It comes equipped with high-performance compressor cooling technology, and boasts numerous amenities like smooth-rolling wood shelves, modern touchscreen controls, and built-in Wi-Fi so you can remotely control your cooler from your smart phone using the Wine Enthusiast Smart Remote App.

$799 Wine Enthusiast

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Best Single Zone Wine Refrigerators

Wine Enthusiast 24-Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler With Upright Bottle Storage

Compact and budget-friendly, this 24-bottle cooler fits easily in busy kitchens and space-conscious home bars and is ideal for small-but-growing collections. With its efficient compressor cooling technology, it provides great temperature stability and lasts two times longer than comparable thermoelectric models. That makes this powerful cooler an ideal option for discerning collectors who keep only a small selection of bottles on hand. The upright storage rack is a favorite with customers who love the convenience of storing and accessing four opened bottles without leakage.

$349 Wine Enthusiast

EuroCave Inspiration S Wine Cellar

The EuroCave Inspiration S Wine Cellar is a beautiful unit that is specially made to complement any modern kitchen. This elegantly designed, high-performance wine cooler is available in three different sizes with customizable glass, door and shelving options. The EuroCave S can store anywhere from 30 to 89 bottles depending on its configuration, making it one of the most customizable wine coolers available today. Because the EuroCave Inspiration is just as much a showpiece as it is a functional appliance, special care has been given to the aesthetics of the unit. Soft amber lights illuminate your bottles, while a backlit touchscreen gives your kitchen a modern, techy flair. This wine cooler is the ideal solution for collectors who are looking to showcase their wine right in the kitchen.  

$4,199 Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast VinoView 28-Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler

This compact wine fridge is a favorite of wine connoisseurs for its exceptional style and performance. The unique VinoView matrix shelves store bottles label-forward, which are beautifully illuminated by softly dramatic LED lighting. The sleek black cabinet features double-pane glass with UV protection and black stainless steel trim. In addition to its luxurious look, it’s built with durable, long-lasting compressor cooling technology that will last twice as long as standard thermoelectric units that’s typically found in this size unit.

$359 Wine Enthusiast

For more options, explore our full range of wine cellar cabinets or call one of our expert Wine Storage Consultants at 844.895.4020 who can help you find your perfect buy.