August 12, 2022 Guide to Home Bar Appliances: Fridges, Wine Coolers, Ice Makers & More

Guide to Home Bar Appliances: Fridges, Wine Coolers, Ice Makers & More

1. What are the most common appliances to have in your home bar?

The most common undercounter appliances for a home bar are:

a. Beverage Fridge
If you have a space for only one item, get this! Perfect for your beers and soft drinks as well.
b. Wine Cooler
Ideal if you’re a vino lover who drinks it regularly, otherwise you can skip it.
c. Ice Maker
A must-have for many, especially fans of preparing cocktails, or mocktails.
d. Kegerator
This is what you buy if you’re a beer enthusiast and one who appreciates a genuine bar feel.

There are smaller and popular versions of some of the above appliances like a mini fridge or a compact ice maker:

Mini Fridge
Compact Ice Machine

2. What is the best place for undercounter appliances, the front bar or the back bar?

Based on information collected from our customers, the majority (around 70%) place their undercounter appliances in the front bar. The reason behind that is due to the fact that almost half of those who own home bars do not buy a back bar, either for budget or space limitations.

But even if you have a back bar, there is other reasons why many prefer to place their, for example, fridge in the front bar. On certain back bars, the design is such that any open space added could undermine its symmetry and design. In some cases, it basically might ruin the look. That is avoidable when it’s embedded into the front bar. Additionally, wouldn’t it be nicer if the host does not have to turn their back onto the guests to grab a drink or get ice? In summary, the ideal place is in the front bar but you could certainly consider the back bar if its design allows.

Although it is convenient to embed your appliances within your custom bar (front or back unit), in many cases that does not work. Some bar sets are too small, or perhaps their owners do not want to give up on features like wine glass racks or shelves and cabinets. In that case, it is perfectly fine to place your appliances somewhere around your bar.

3. Besides these appliances, what else to consider for my home bar?

Some home bar owners go as far as furnishing their spaces with dish washers, blenders, microwaves and even coffee machines. One item that has been gaining popularity recently is a back bar LED-Lighted bottle display shelves. If you search for such words on Google or Amazon, you could find it at different sizes and options.

If you have enough space on your back bar, you could consider an LED-lighted bottle display shelves.

4. What are some common brands for beverage fridges?

The appliances below were purchased by WoodnLuxury customers. We are not affiliated in any way with their manufacturers. They are listed here, not as recommendations, but only for informational purposes.

COMFEE’ CRV115TAST Beverage Cooler, 115 Cans Beverage Refrigerator

hOmeLabs Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler

Insignia 130-Can Beverage Cooler

Sub-Zero 24″ Panel Ready Right Hinge Undercounter Beverage Center

RCA RFR322 Mini Refrigerator, Compact Freezer Compartment

Antarctic Star Beverage Refrigerator Cooler

Avantco 48″ Stainless Steel Underbar Refrigerator

EdgeStar 15 Inch Wide 80 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler with Blue LED Lighting

EdgeStar 30 Inch Wide 160 Can Built-In Side by Side Beverage Cooler

Zephyr 24 Inch Single Zone Beverage Cooler with 5.6 Cu. Ft. Capacity

XO Luxury 30″ Undercounter Wine and Beverage Cooler

Frigidaire 4.5 cu. ft. Mini Fridge with Full Freezer in Silver Mist

5. What are some common brands for wine coolers?

The appliances below were purchased by WoodnLuxury customers. We are not affiliated in any way with their manufacturers. They are listed here, not as recommendations, but only for informational purposes.

Wine Enthusiast 18-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Compressor Wine Cooler

Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Compressor Wine Cooler

Frigidaire Gallery 52 Bottle Wine Cooler


6. If I am not ready to purchase an undercounter beverage fridge or wine cooler, how much space to allow for them in my custom home bar?

Ideally, you would want to select the appliances ahead of having your custom bar built to ensure you have the perfect space for them, but if that is not possible, with the following dimensions for an undercounter space you could accommodate almost any beverage fridge or wine cooler:

Height: 35 inches
Width: 25 inches
Depth: 25 inches

7. What are some common brands for ice makers?

The appliances below were purchased by WoodnLuxury customers. We are not affiliated in any way with their manufacturers. They are listed here, not as recommendations, but only for informational purposes.

Whynter Energy Star 50 lb. Built-In/Freestanding Ice Maker

JennAir Panel-Ready 15″ Undercounter Ice Machine with articulating hinge with drain pump

EdgeStar IB250SSOD 15 Inch Wide 20 Lbs. Built-In Outdoor Ice Maker with 25 Lbs

Scotsman DCE33A-1SSD 15″W Top Hat Undercounter Ice Maker

XO 15″ Clear Gourmet Ice Maker

Hoshizaki C-80BAJ-AD 15″ Energy Star Rated Undercounter Self-Contained Cubelet Ice Maker

Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 Pearl Self-Contained Ice Machine with Air Condensing Unit

Ice-O-Matic UCG100A 18″ Air Cooled Undercounter Gourmet Cube Ice Machine

KitchenAid® 18” Automatic Ice Maker

8. If I am not ready to buy an ice maker, how much space do I need for it inside my custom bar?

The following dimensions should accommodate the majority of ice makers:

Height: 35 inches
Width: 16 inches
Depth: 25 inches

Got more questions? Reach out to us. Woodnluxury will be glad to build a custom home bar for you.

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