If you need a refrigerator dedicated to your favorite drinks but have a limited amount of space, consider a built-in beverage refrigerator. It easily fits in a vacant area underneath your countertop, freeing up valuable surface area on your kitchen or home bar counters. Whether it’s just for your family or if you frequently accommodate guests, these convenient appliances put your soda, beer, wine, and other drinks within quick reach. Living Direct offers a great selection of beverage refrigerators for your home or office.
Designed for Undercounter Use
Built-in beverage refrigerators are intended for installation underneath a countertop. These units are designed to exhaust hot air from the compressor and out through the front ventilation of unit. This construction allows the appliance to continue running efficiently by allowing hot air to dissipate. In contrast, freestanding models cannot be installed under a counter, as they vent their heat to the back of unit. Operating a freestanding refrigerator beneath a countertop will cause the compressor to overheat and significantly reduce the life of your compressor due to insufficient ventilation. Ensure you are purchasing the correct installation type for your application to get the most of your beverage refrigerator.
Now that you know why a built-in unit is the better option for an under-the-counter application, you’ll need to think about its storage capacity. If you wish to primarily store canned beverages such as soda, beer, or juices, look at each unit’s capacity, which is usually listed in terms of the number of twelve ounce cans it can hold. If you only want to offer beverages for a few people, a smaller fridge than stores 50 to 60 cans is an excellent choice. For mid-sized families or semi-regular entertaining, choose a version that contains between 80 and 120 cans. If you often throw parties or regularly have a lot of people in your home or office on a daily basis, opt for an appliance that stores around 150 cans. Keep in mind that side-by-side under-the-counter units also provide more room to store drinks, which is useful if you have a lot of vertical room underneath your countertop.
Designed to Fit Your Needs
It’s important to think about the types of drinks you want to cool when selecting your product. Adjustable shelves are an absolute must if you plan to chill both canned and bottled liquids. Additionally, if you’re going to serve wine you need a cooler with dual-zone temperature controls. Because wine typically chills at higher temperatures, a fridge with separate cooling regions allows you to keep both wine and beverage items at optimal temperatures.
Attractive and modern in appearance, these appliances are meant to fit aesthetically with the décor of any kitchen or home bar. Many of these models are feature-rich, offering simple yet expedient options that save you time as well as ensure that your drinks are kept securely. Digital thermostats also allow you to easily read and set optimal temperatures for your cooler’s contents. Key-operated safety locks prevent unauthorized entry and keep your beverages from disappearing unexpectedly. Finally, many versions feature reversible doors that allow you to configure the door’s swing to flow perfectly with existing cabinetry.
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