Wine Savvy on January 27, 2012 3 Comments If you are in the market for a wine refrigerator you have probably seen differences, bottle size, thermoelectric vs. compressor, but what is the real difference between freestanding and built-in and how does that affect your decision? Can you identify the difference between these units by just looking at them? vs The key difference is all about the placement of the vent: vs In order to build in any appliance under a counter you need proper ventilation to avoid over- heating. A wine cooler that has a front vent allows you to build-in, where as if it has side or rear ventilation you need adequate space on the sides and rear for the heat given off by the unit to dissipate. Another important difference is the dimensions of the wine cooler. Built-in models are built to the same depth as adjacent kitchen counters and other fixtures so that the wine cooler is flush with your cabinetry. Freestanding models may be at odd sizes, so they won’t fit perfectly under a counter top. There are pros and cons with each type of wine cooler. The biggest pro for a freestanding unit is typically it is lower in price. A big pro for the built-in unit is it gives you more options for placement as it can be installed into your cabinetry or placed freestanding. No matter which you decide is right, you will be all the merrier toasting with a wonderfully chilled glass of wine! Related Post: Can a freestanding wine cooler be installed under the counter?