How Heavy is a Wine Fridge?

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When shopping for wine fridges you’ve probably wondered, how heavy is a wine fridge? The obvious follow-up question to that would be, how big is the wine fridge?

Depending on their size, wine fridges can weigh anywhere from 20 pounds to hundreds of pounds. A small, 8 bottle wine fridge that can fit on your counter will usually weigh in the 20 to 30-pound range. This is on the low end when it comes to how much a wine fridge weighs.

The Antarctic Star Wine Fridge pictured above is a good example of a countertop wine fridge that fits perfectly under most kitchen cabinets. This wine fridge weighs 36 pounds and represents the typical size and weight of most countertop wine fridges.

Obviously the larger you go up in size and storage capacity the more a wine fridge will weigh. When you start moving away from the countertop models to freestanding wine fridges you will have a vast range of sizes to choose from.

In this article, I will explore what you can expect a wine fridge to weigh depending on its storage capacity and size.

What is the Standard Size of a Wine Fridge?

Wine fridges come in standard sizes, typically increasing in size by 4 bottles at a time. Standard wine fridge sizes are 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, and 48 bottles, all the way into the hundreds of bottles.

There are generally standard wine fridge dimensions for under-counter and countertop wine fridge models.

A typical under-counter wine fridge is designed to fit under a standard 36-inch countertop and is typically 24 inches wide and 25 inches deep. They are basically the size of a typical dishwasher.

A typical countertop wine fridge will be under 20 inches tall so it can fit underneath most kitchen cabinets.

So what is the average size of a wine fridge? It depends on each individual wine owner’s needs and wants. If you like having a few good bottles around for company and special occasions then a 12 to 18 bottle wine fridge will probably fit your needs perfectly.

It is generally in the 20 to 30 bottle range when you have to decide if this is becoming more than a passing hobby and look into a larger storage solution.

Generally, a wine fridge in the 30 to 40 bottle range will be large enough for most people’s wine collections. Again, all of this is depending on the preferences of the wine collector.

The one thing you do want to avoid is purchasing a massive wine cooler that you only fill partially in the hopes of one day expanding your collection. Not only is that a waste of money spent on energy, but it will also be taking up a large amount of space.

So, the first thing you need to decide is how much wine you envision yourself collecting in the years to come.

How Big is a Wine Fridge?

Now that we’ve established the standard sizes and holding capacity of wine fridges, you’re probably wondering how big is a wine fridge in terms of dimensions? Again, it’s all dependent on how big you want to go.

Countertop wine fridges will usually be less than 20 inches or so in height. A good example is the KUPPET 19 Bottle Wine Cooler pictured below. It’s 18.5 inches wide, 17 inches deep, and a little over 20 inches tall. Not bad for holding 19 bottles of wine on your countertop.

KUPPET 19 Bottles Wine Cooler, KUPPET Compressor Freestanding Chiller-Counter Top Red/White Wine, Beer and Champagne Wine Cellar-Digital Temperature Display-Double-layer Glass Door-Quiet Operation View on Amazon

Once you move away from the countertop models you move into freestanding and built-in wine fridge models. The difference between freestanding and built-in wine fridges is that built-in wine fridges are designed to go under counters.

Due to the lack of airflow under a counter, built-in wine coolers will have their air venting in the front and not the back. An easy way to tell the difference between the two is that you can see the vents of a built-in wine fridge on the bottom of the front, beneath the fridge door.

A typical built-in wine fridge will be around 24 inches tall, which allows it to fit under most counters. A good example of a built-in wine fridge that fits perfectly under most counters is the Kalamera 46 Bottle Wine Cooler.

Kalamera 24'' Wine refrigerator 46 Bottle Dual Zone Built-in or Freestanding Fridge with Stainless Steel & Triple-Layer Tempered Reversible Glass Door and Temperature Memory Function Wine CoolerView on Amazon

The Kalamera 46 Bottle Built-In Wine Fridge weighs 104 pounds, which is pretty typical for a wine fridge of this size and holding capacity. Conversely, if you don’t need to have your wine fridge built-in under your counter, then a freestanding wine fridge would be a great option.

Freestanding wine fridges on average cost less than the built-in models, and they will typically weigh less. Here is a similarly-sized wine fridge from Kalamera that is a freestanding model.

Not only does the Kalamera 50 Bottle Wine Cooler cost a lot less, but it also holds 4 more bottles of wine and weighs 21 pounds less.

So, if you don’t need your wine cooler to be built-in, you can save yourself a bit of cash, to spend on, you guessed it, more wine!

How Much Does a Large Wine Fridge Weigh?

When you start getting into the 100+ bottle wine cooler territory you will probably need multiple people to help you install it in your house. Generally, a wine cooler with 100 bottles or more storage capacity will weigh 200 lbs or more.

Here are a couple of examples of wine coolers with 100+ wine bottle storage capacity.

This 166 Bottle Wine Cooler from Whynter weighs 278 pounds! If that is a little too much in terms of size then the 99 Bottle Wine Cooler from Allavino (pictured below) might be more manageable.

Weighing in considerably less at 167 pounds, it has dual-zone temperature capabilities and is about 5 inches shorter and not as deep as the Whynter model. These are just two of the larger-sized wine fridges on the market, but they both give you a good idea of what you’ll encounter in terms of size and weight.

Final Thoughts

When shopping for a wine fridge it is important to take into account not only the size and storage capacity but also how much it weighs. If you live in an apartment or condo this is definitely an important piece of information.

If you’re looking to store 30 to 40 bottles of wine or less, you will find most wine fridges somewhat manageable in terms of installation and moving them around. These wine fridges will generally weigh under 100 lbs. The larger the size, the heavier they will be, that’s just common sense.

Generally, freestanding wine fridges will weigh a little less than their built-in counterparts, as well as cost you less. So if you are flexible with where you want to put your wine fridge, a freestanding model might be your best choice. Less money and less weight to have to move sounds good to me!









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