WINE REFRIGERATOR BUYING GUIDE

Built-In Or Recessed Wine Cellars: What's The Difference?

One of the most common and important questions we are asked is the difference between a recessed and a built-in wine cellar. People want to be sure that the cellar will fit in the space they have allocated for it, but of course it needs to function properly. If a unit is built-in and it's unable to exhaust the warm air, it may cause excess heat to be trapped behind the unit. If this happens, the unit won't be able to maintain proper temperature and your wine may be effectively, ruined. Therefore, it is just as important to determine the correct size and features, of your cellar, as it is to decide on the right application. This is where these terms come in handy:

Recessed/Under Counter: A wine cellar that does not fit flush within a space is considered "recessed". It cannot be flushed because the warm air produced by the unit will have no way to escape since there are no front venting fans. Depending on which model you choose, each will have requirements to properly breathe and expel warm air. For example, a lot of my clients want to "build in" some of the full size EuroCave cellars. Because this unit is rear venting, it cannot be built-in as it needs space behind it. I recommend that they recess the unit by placing it in a cabinet with enough empty clearance on each side. By providing air circulation on the top, bottom and back, you are allowing the unit to breathe and operate normally. Recessed units are essentially "free-standing" units that are placed inside cabinets with extra space, rather than built into them.

Built-In: Built-In units are built into a cabinet or enclosed space. Built-Ins typically have front venting fans so they may slide directly into the space without having any clearance around the entire unit. The front exhaust at the bottom is unobstructed. These are flush mounted and are typically seen in kitchens and home bars. Built-Ins can have a more custom look with many models providing stainless trim around the glass door or even a wood overlay to match existing appliances. with many models providing stainless trim around the glass door or even a wood overlay to match existing appliances.

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