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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Preparing to Buy Appliances

Learn to be a Smart Appliance Customer

When was the last time you bought a new car? I'm guessing that you did your homework before heading to the car dealerships to put up tens of thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. It makes sense then to also spend some time preparing to spend thousands of dollars on new appliances for your home. Here are some general tips before you head out the door.

Have a flexible and realistic appliance budget.

Think about your budget. A basic appliance package by one of the big 3 (GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire) including a range, mico-hood, refrigerator, and dishwasher will cost a minimum of $3500-$5000. At the other extreme, luxury homes valued well into 7 or even 8 figures are going to need luxury appliances. Considering that a single built-in refrigerator will commonly cost over $10,000, and that's just one appliance, a full-fledged luxury kitchen can easily run into several tens of thousands.

Consider your lifestyle


Built-In Coffee Maker

Consider extras such as Built-in Coffee-Makers, Wine or Beverage Coolers, Icemakers, or Steam-Convection Ovens. These will run up the bill, but for some people they are worth the extra, and they'll definitely make a statement.

Appliances should enhance your home value, up to a point.

One of the biggest concerns, in my view, is to choose appliances that “belong” in the house. If you live in an average middle class subdivision, be careful in buying luxury appliances because you are unlikely to recover the value when you sell your home. There are some exceptions if the neighborhood is changing character, or if for example you are a dedicated chef who can justify a commercial grade range without regard to resale value.


Luxury Kitchen

Similarly, if you are in an area of custom homes, perhaps in a gated country club community, be prepared to commit to high end luxury appliances. Nothing can reduce a luxury home's value more than using standard finishes and brands where custom or luxury brands are expected.

These are just a few tips to get you thinking. A good place to go from here is to discuss these principles with your builder or designer. Of course, for the best selection of appliances of all the top brands as well as specialty brands, be sure to consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

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11 days (remaining) of appliance specials

Holiday Specials for 11 more days.

A thousand and one reasons to buy this beautiful wine chiller from KitchenAid on sale now only at Arizona Wholesale Supply Co. Plus it's a great Christmas gift idea!

Save $1001.

KitchenAid Wine Chiller

KitchenAid Architect Series II Wine Cellar In Black On Stainless Steel Finish – KUWS24RSBS/ Dual Temperature Zones/ 46-Bottle Capacity/ Right Hand Door Swing/ Can Be Installed Built-In Or Freestanding/ Black On Stainless Steel Finish.

  • Dual temperature zones for proper wine storage
  • 46-Bottle Capacity
  • 24-inches deep – fits in the space of a standard base cabinet
  • Right Hand Door Swing
  • Can Be Installed Built-In or Freestanding

Limited to stock on hand. Offer expires 12/26/2012

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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.

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AZWSC Specialty Refrigeration

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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.

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