Man Cave Must Haves: What Every Guy Wants and Needs to Unwind at Home
You have the drawings. You’ve mapped out where you want the bar, the couch, and of course, the big screen television. Now, it’s time to make your dream man cave a reality.
As you stock up on your TV, a pool table, and maybe even a bar area with a poker table, keep in mind one thing – the best part about having your own man cave is having ice cold beer within close reach. You need the perfect refrigerator to store all of your favorite beverages and snacks.
Coldish Beer Isn’t Cool
Let’s face it. As vital as a refrigerator is, it’s not the sexiest part of a man cave. Keep it hidden by opting for a good undercounter refrigerator. This is a difficult (yet vital) appliance to buy. You’ll need to decide if you want a wine cooler, beverage center, stand alone refrigerator, ice machine, martini freezer (yes, they make those) or whether any of those options matter to you at all.
It’s easy to get misled into believing a mini, cube-shaped refrigerator is suitable for your man cave. It’s not. It’s important to remember, you get what you pay for – especially in a refrigerator. Choose a low cost option and you’ll waste a few hundred dollars on lukewarm beer, meats and cheese snacks.
The Dangers of a Cold Plate
Many undercounter refrigerators use an older type of technology to keep your beer cold. They use a cold plate.
This element works a lot like a broiler but instead of heating things up, it keeps your frosties super cold. The closer you put a bottle or can to the cold plate, the more likely it’ll freeze or explode. This is a recipe for major disappointment when you’re ready to kick your feet up with a cold one.
On the flipside, leaving the beers far away from the cold plate will have the opposite effect. You’ll be met after a long day with a lukewarm beer, which is hardly refreshing.
So the question becomes: Why have an under counter fridge you can’t rely on to serve up really cold drinks for you and all of your best man cave buddies?
The Perfect Undercounter Refrigerator
To find the perfect man cave undercounter refrigerator, look no further than beer country – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here, a 90-year old undercounter bar fridge company makes some of the best undercounter refrigerators you’ll find. We’re talking about a stainless steel, super-cool beer fridge with two taps coming out of the counter, can and bottle storage, and a little extra space for some wine (for those times your wife sneaks downstairs) type of refrigerator.
The company’s name is Perlick. For years, they have boasted the largest variety of sizes and types of any residential undercounter refrigeration system available. You can tell they offer high quality man cave fridges because they have the stainless steel interiors you love.
Stainless steel does more than just look good. It last longer, maintains better temperatures, and is actually food safe. That means, you can put your cheese and meats in the fridge and keep ‘em fresh from kick off to the final whistle. Plastic interiors and cold plate refrigerators usually come with a non-food safe warning.
The Secret to Faster Cooling
One of the best parts of the Perlick refrigerators is the cooling speed.
In a cold plate fridge, you could wait up to 24 hours for your beer to reach a measly 40 degrees. Who has time for that?
With a Perlick refrigerator, your beer is cooled down to way below “room chilled” temperatures in only an hour.
Save the Game
If you’re ready to build your man cave, start shopping for Perlick. Their selection of wine coolers, keg refrigerators, wine reserve or a combination of these is top notch.
And remember, when you get the chance to build your own man cave, do it right the first time. You and your friends will be glad you did.