Choosing a Built-In Refrigerator

Built-In Refrigerators at Arizona Wholesale

Types, Styles, and Look

In the early days of built-in refrigerators there were very few choices. Sub-Zero gets credit for creating this category in the mid-late fifties. It took a while for the category to grow into what it is today. At one point Sub-Zero was synonymous for built-in refrigerator, and even today they are clearly a market leader. However, many other brands now offer a variety of choices in built-in refrigeration. Here are a few:

Bosch, Dacor, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Miele, Monogram, and Thermador

Sub-Zero pioneered the traditional built-in refrigerator which, for our purposes, is a refrigerator with a cabinet depth no more than 24″. Early on the brand offered a choice of stainless steel fronts or models that would accept slide-in cabinet panel fronts to match adjacent cabinetry (overlay models).

Eventually, built-in refrigerators were developed that had hidden hinges and accepted cabinet panel fronts that were flush with adjacent cabinets. These refrigerators were fully-flush “integrated” refrigerators.


Sub-Zero Fronts

Click below for a short discussion on integrated appliances from Houzz:


Today, column refrigerators with cabinet panels have doors that go from bottom to top (no horizontal panel at the top), and when the doors are closed are truly not discernible from the adacent cabinets.



Configurations of built-ins includes side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, bottom freezer refrigrator/freezers, and separate column refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers. In addition, some brands offer built-in under counter refrigerators and wine coolers; as well as under counter refrigerator and freezer drawers. The configurations for your kitchen are endless.

Click on the link below to review some of the choices in built-in refrigerators on our Houzz page:

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Choosing a new wine storage unit

We've already discussed proper wine storage temperatures, but what we haven't covered is the wine storage units available. There are several criteria for selection, and several classes of wine units that you might consider.

Wine storage criteria:

  1. Wine storage quantity. How many bottles of wine will you be storing? You need to purchase a wine cooler adequate for your present and future storage needs.
  2. Quality of wine being stored. Are you a wine connoisseur who will be storing wine worth $50 – $100 or more per bottle? If so, you're probably going to want a premium wine storage unit to protect your investment.
  3. Wine storage location. Will this be a showcase? Is the unit for wine display as well as storage, or will the storage be in a utility room?
  4. What is your budget? Wine storage units run the gamut from very low cost economy units that to hold a few bottles, to luxurious custom made wine cellars.

Wine storage unit classifications:



Sub Zero



  1. Small, economy units. This category would include the compact Avanti EWC1201 which provides wine storage for up to 12 bottles of wine.
  2. Undercounter, upscale brands. KitchenAid KBCS24LSBS has dual temperature zones, UV protected glass door and stainless steel cabinet. It's a great choice for a deluxe wine chiller and priced well below the luxury brands.
  3. Premium undercounter brands. If you need a super premium undercounter wine chiller, you might choose from brands like Miele or Sub-Zero. The Sub-Zero shown here is a luxury wine unit that fits in a small space, but can store up to 46 bottles of wine.
  4. Full height wine cabinets. The Miele KWT1611FS is a German-built full height wine storage unit that can hold 102 bottles. The unit has three unique cooling zones with independent controls.
  5. Specialty models. Maytag brand MBCM24FWBS is a nice stainless steel undercounter wine chiller/beverage center that will do a very good job of storing 12 bottles of wine and a couple of 6 packs of cold beverages. The True family of wine coolers is a unique product line with a wide selection of wine storage units including wine coolers rated for outdoor use. You owe it to yourself to take a good look at the offerings from this brand.



True Refrigeration

Spending some time to choose wisely will bring you rewards in your wine enjoyment for years to come. Contact the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply for the best selection and the best prices:

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Wine Storage Temperatures

Wine is one of very few consumables that can improve with age. However, wine can also degrade considerably over time. Proper storage will largely determine whether your wine improves or deteriorates. Humidity, light, and temperature are the primary controllable factors in wine storage. We'll be discussing temperature in this particular blog.

While wine experts often disagree over many of the finer points of wine storage, it's generally accepted that most wines need to be stored at a temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Wine expert Jancis Robinson stated that wine should be stored at a continuous temperature between 50-59 degrees F. 52 degrees is the ideal temperature for wine according to wine authority Tom Stevenson, and Karen MacNeil publisher of The Wine Bible states that wine should be stored at a constant temperature of 55 degrees F.

Coincidentally, this temperature range which translates to about 10 to 15 degrees Centigrade is the same temperature range that exists in most of the natural caves in France which have been used for ages to store fine wine.

There is some evidence that wine storage as high as 69 degrees F. will not impair wine, and short term temperatures as high as 120 degrees can be tolerated depending on the wine. Madeira, for example which is processed at a high temperature is thought to be able to withstand storage at higher temperatures.
In Arizona, it is probably a good idea for wine drinkers to be aware not only of the temperature at which they are storing wine, but also of the temperature at which the wine was shipped and stored by their wine merchant.

For a good wine storage unit consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company. Click on the link below to access their selection of wine units.

AZWSC Specialty Refrigeration

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Sub-Zero Freezer Compan History

Sub-Zero was founded by Westye F. Bakke in 1945.  The name was chosen because Sub-Zero freezers were the first to consistently hold temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit, meeting quality standards for safety freezing food.

Sub-Zero made commercial products for local industries.

In the 1950’s Bud Bakke joins his father at Sub-Zero, and the first ever built-in refrigerator for the home was produced.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s Sub-Zero continued its focus on residential refrigeration products.

In the 1980’s Jim Bakke, Westye’s grandson and current President and CEO, joins the company.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s the 500 and 600 series are launched, introducing Dual Refrigeration, and later adaptive defrost and microprocessors.

In 1995 Sub-Zero introduced Integrated Refrigeration to the North American market.

In 1999 TRUE Wine Storage was released.

In March 2000 Wolf Gourmet joins the Sub-Zero family, and a 350,000 square foot manufacturing facility is built to product current and new designs.

In 2005 the PRO 48, an icon and design and quality, was introduced to the market.

In 2008 the Built-In Line replaces the 600 Series, showing the quality and innovation Sub-Zero is known for.

Today, Sub-Zero is still family owned and operated, made with the same quality and innovation, and manufactured in the United States.

Wine Refrigeration – Reader Question

Reader Question:

Hi. I am looking for an under the counter wine cooler/refrigerator for my new remodeling project and hoping you can help me. Could you please give me some advice as to what I should be looking for as far as brands, features, etc.


Steve from Scottsdale



Conrats on your remodel project. Below are some questions you will want to be prepared to answer as well as some suggestion to start with. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more specific info.

  • What type of front do you prefer? Stainless, glass, cabinet panel
  • What width are you looking for? i.e. 15″ or 24″
  • What types of wine will you store in the cooler? Red, white or both? How about champagne or cigars?
  • How many bottles would you like to store?

Some products you might like to consider:

Marvel® Luxury Series with MicroSentry™

Marvel has added exciting performance and design features to redefine the Luxury Series wine and beverage refrigerators. The new MicroSentry refrigeration monitor assures you that your wine is being stored at the proper temperature. A discreet LED display shows content temperature in real time and an audible/visual alarm signals if the door is left open or if the temperature goes above or below the set point for a period of time which may impact storage quality. The ultra-efficient compressor provides quiet, vibration-free operation. New design features such as a lighted, inclined display shelf, solid white maple trim, wine racks designed to hold all shapes of wine bottles and a clean, continuous toe kick join Marvel’s signature ebony interior to make an impressive wine cellar.

U-Line Wine Captain® Models put wine preservation in the zone of their own. Swing door models offer three temperature zones within one cabinet, while drawer models feature a customer designated two-zoned system. For more stylish storage, most Échelon models feature an elegant black interior while Origins models are punctuated by white interiors.

We hope this information helps! To view more refrigeration products from our website, please click here.