Best Refrigerators: Wine Fridges

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​Wine fridges are for those who take their wine seriously. People who have been collecting their wine and want to serve it at ideal temperatures. Putting their wines in the regular refrigerator will not do. The dedicated refrigerator ensures that there is no overcrowding and that the wines taste as they should. Read this article to learn more about what to look for when purchasing a wine fridge and to check out our list of this year’s best.

​Product FAQs

1.Why has thermoelectric cooling become more popular amongst wine fridges?

Smaller wine coolers tend to use thermoelectric cooling instead of a compressor and refrigerant, which is more typically found on traditional refrigerators. This type of cooling uses small fans in the unit to evenly distribute cool air. The lack of a compressor produces fewer vibrations to avoid disturbing sediment in the wine bottles. Without a compressor, the fridge also makes less noise and uses less energy.

​2. What is the difference between a single-zone and a double-zone wine cooler?

single zone double zone wine cooler

Single-zone wine fridges only have temperature control and have no divided storage space, which is fine if you only drink one type of wine, red or white. Dual-zone fridges have two temperature controls and divided storage space to separate reds and whites without needing two separate units.

​How We Reviewed

When considering wine refrigerators, we reviewed available information and consumer reviews. These refrigerators were judged based on storage capacity, reliability, coolness, price, noise level, appearance, and ease of use. For the purposes of this article, we reviewed freestanding wine fridges only.

​Overall Price Range of This Product

​The overall price range of wine fridges varies widely, depending on the size, bottle storage capacity, brand, and whether the refrigerator is a single-zone versus a double-zone unit. A small, single-zone unit that holds 8-12 bottles will start at just over $100. Units holding 18 bottles start at $150 while those holding a few dozen bottles start around $400. When you’re considering fridges holding hundreds of bottles, expect to spend at least $1,000.

Top 14 Brands and Models

1. Allavino FlexCount Series, 172-Bottle

Allavino VSWR172-2SSRN FlexCount Series 172 Bottle Dual Zone Wine...
  • 172 BOTTLE CAPACITY: Designed for wine enthusiasts with diverse collections, this Allavino FlexCount unit stores more...
  • DUAL ZONE TEMPERATURE CONTROL: This unit's dual zone design allows you to store both red and white wine simultaneously,...
  • INNOVATIVE NEW SHELF DESIGN: Allavino's sturdy metal FlexCount shelves are thin enough to maximize your available...

Key Features

This is a large-capacity freestanding, dual-zone wine refrigerator which could also be built into cabinetry. There are 12 shelves that hold 11 bottles each, and two shelves that hold 20 bottles each. The shelves are made of strong, thin metal that can support the weight. They also have stainless steel fronts and wooden slats to protect bottles from vibration. The fridge can accommodate different bottle sizes, including champagne and sparkling wine bottles. The upper zone temperature range is 40 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit for white wines and the lower zone range is 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit for dessert and red wines.

PROS

  • ​Easy setup
  • ​Flexible and sturdy shelves
  • Check Circle​Attractive appearance

CONS

  • ​Noisy

2. ​Westinghouse Thermal Electric 8-Bottle Wine Cellar

Westinghouse Thermal Electric 8-Bottle Wine Cellar

Key Features

​​This is a single-zone wine fridge with a quiet cooling system and a temperature range between 46 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a stylish appearance, with a gray floating glass door that has a recessed door handle and a hidden door hinge, and an interior light. The fridge, which has four chrome wire storage shelves, can be stored on a countertop.

PROS

  • ​Silent
  • ​Adjustable shelves/racks
  • Check Circle​Attractive
  • Check Circle​Maintains temperature
  • Check Circle​Compact

CONS

  • ​Cannot accommodate champagne, sparkling wine bottles or wide bottles

3. Ivation Red and White Countertop Wine Chiller

Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red And White Wine Cooler/Chiller...
  • WINE COOLER (wine Cellar / Wine Chiller) A MUST HAVE: The only way to protect the quality and taste of your wines long...
  • PERFECT Stable TEMPERATURE: The Ivation cooler enables you to store your wines short & long term in a consistent stable...
  • HUMIDITY, MINIMAL LIGHT: Insulated with Solid polyurethane heavy foam (CFC-free) & Closed with Thermopane doors that are...

Key Features

​​​​This single-zone 18-bottle wine refrigerator is quiet, uses a thermoelectric cooling system, and has a no-vibration design to avoid disturbing sediments in the wine. Wines can be stored between 54 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. The doors are made of smoked, tempered glass and the fridge has solid polyurethane heavy foam insulation, both of which combine to maintain constant humidity to keep corks from drying out. The doors also ensure darkness, blocking out sunlight and harmful UV rays.

PROS

  • ​Silent
  • ​Attractive
  • Check Circle​Maintains temperature
  • Check Circle​Good storage capacity

CONS

  • ​Some users had problems setting and adjusting temperature or achieving desired coolness

​4. Koldfront 18-Bottle Freestanding Cooler

Koldfront TWR187ESS 18 Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler,...
  • Control panel with LCD temperature display for both zones; Dimensions: 25.33" H x 14" W x 22.25" D
  • Free-standing installation only, not meant for built in use; Tempered glass door; Door swing of 180 degrees required to...
  • Top zone temperature range: 54° to 66°F; Lower zone temperature range: 46° to 66°F

Key Features

​​This dual-zone 18-bottle wine refrigerator uses a thermoelectric cooling system and has a safety lock. Wines can be stored in the top zone for red wines between 54 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit and in the lower zone for white wines between 46 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. The door is made with tempered glass and swings 180 degrees so that you can remove shelving to accommodate larger bottles.

PROS

  • ​Attractive
  • ​Easy to set and maintain temperature
  • Check Circle​Good storage capacity

CONS

  • ​Loud
  • ​Does not have enough room for long bottles
  • ​Shelves seem too small for unit

​​5. Haier 12-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Haier 12-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Key Features

​​This wine refrigerator is a good budget option that offers quiet thermoelectric cooling and vibration-free technology. It has a curved door with smoked glass and black trim, with a black cabinet. There are dual touch screen controls with two LED displays. The upper zone temperature range is 46 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit for white wines and the lower zone range is 54 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit for red and dessert wines. This fridge has a vertical design, storing 12 bottles across six chrome storage racks.

PROS

  • ​Attractive appearance
  • ​Holds constant temperature
  • Check Circle​Quiet

CONS

  • ​Wine cabinet is on the small side
  • ​May experience moisture issues
  • ​Base could be more stable
  • ​Lack of lighting in lower zone
  • ​Becomes increasingly noisy over time

​​6. Kalamera 15” Wine Cooler

Kalamera 15'' Wine Cooler 30 Bottle Built-in or Freestanding with...
  • 30-BOTTLE CAPACITY: 30-BOTTLE CAPACITY: Holds up to 30 bottles of your favorite wine in different size, and is only...
  • DOUBLE-LAYERED TEMPERED GLASS DOOR: Stainless steel frame and 2 layers of tempered glass stabilize temperature levels...
  • TEMPERATURE MEMORY FUNCTION: Restore the set temperature in the cooler after it is back on from power lost, which keeps...

Key Features

​​This wine refrigerator is small enough to place under a bar or a kitchen counter. It works in kitchens of all sizes and holds 30 bottles. There are two layers of tempered glass for keeping the temperature at a table level without fogging up.

PROS

  • ​Attractive appearance
  • ​Cools well
  • Check Circle​Quiet

CONS

  • ​Does not hold temperature low enough or accurately
  • ​Cooling is not consistent

7. Whynter 28-Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

Whynter WC28S SNO 28 Bottle Wine Cooler, Platinum with Lock
  • Measures: 21" Long x 18.11" Wide x 29" High
  • Adjustable thermostat for storing different wine varietals (52F - 64F) - featuring Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature...
  • Enhanced Blue Light LCD temperature display feature for precise control

Key Features

​This wine refrigerator holds 20 bottles and has thermoelectric cooling. The design is appealing, with a black tinted mirror glass door and a recessed handle. There are five removable chrome shelves with stainless steel trim. The temperature range is 46 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

PROS

  • ​Attractive appearance
  • ​Maintains temperature
  • Check Circle​Quiet

CONS

  • ​Some users did not find the fridge to be durable
  • ​Only fits slim wine bottles

​​8. Edgestar 332 Bottle Built-in Side-by-Side Wine Cellar

Edgestar 332 Bottle Built-In Side-by-Side Wine Cellar Stainless Steel...
  • Save money by purchasing two of Edgestar's popular wine cooler CWR1661SZ
  • Digital temperature controls w/ LED display; Temperature: 40-65 degrees F; Tinted glass door
  • Slide-out, wood-trimmed wire shelves; Auto defrost; Replaceable built-in carbon filter; Security lock

Key Features

​​This wine fridge has side-by-side doors. It’s a workhorse that can hold 332 bottles because it combines two 166-bottle fridges. You will have great storage capacity and can keep each refrigerator at a set temperature. The fridge has wood-trimmed wire wine racks and stainless steel trim. Powerful circulation fans work with the compressor to provide even cooling and eliminate hot spots. There are built-in carbon filters to protect your wine from odors, and tinted glass doors allow your wine bottles to be visible while protecting against UV rays and harsh light.

PROS

  • ​Generous storage
  • ​Generally quiet
  • Check Circle​Consistent temperature

CONS

  • ​No locking mechanism
  • ​Fans run loud

​​9. Avanti 12-Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler

Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler - Model...
  • 12 bottles total
  • Thermoelectric Cooling System
  • Curved Glass Door. Defrost System: Auto

Key Features

​​This compact wine fridge, which has platinum accents and a curved glass door, holds 12 wine bottles and can be kept on your countertop without it having too large of a footprint. It has a tall design that allows vertical storage for four bottles. The refrigerator also has a no-vibration feature to avoid disturbing the sediment, and an LED display that allows you to easily check on the temperature.

PROS

  • ​Quiet
  • ​Compact

CONS

  • ​Too dependent on room temperature for cooling
  • ​Overall quality could be better, according to some users

​​10. Cuisinart 16-Bottle Private Reserve Single-Zone Wine Cooler

Cuisinart CWC-1600 16 Bottle Private Reserve Wine Cellar
  • 16-Bottle capacity
  • Thermoelectric cooling system - reduces noise and vibration while using low power consumption
  • Electronic touchpad for precise temperature control with blue LED display. Soft interior lighting with on/off control

Key Features

​​This wine fridge is compact and designed to sit on your countertop. It uses a thermoelectric cooling system, which uses low power consumption. The four chrome wine racks can hold 750ml bottles and can be reconfigured to accommodate 1.5-liter bottles. Touchpad controls allow you to set your temperature between 39 and 69 degrees Fahrenheit. The fridge is designed to be quiet and minimize vibrations. Though it’s not a dual-zone refrigerator, it’s inexpensive enough that two refrigerators can be purchased, with one for white wine and the other for red.

PROS

  • ​Good for small spaces and personal use
  • ​Compact
  • ​Quiet

CONS

  • ​Replacement parts not available
  • ​Durability could be improved
  • ​Cooling temperature too reliant on existing room temperature

11. AKDY 20-Bottle Dual Zone Built-In Compressor Freestanding Wine Cooler

AKDY 20 Bottles Compressor Freestanding Wine Cooler Refrigerator Touch...
  • WHAT YOU NEED: As a true wine connoisseur, you surely understand how important it is to keep your bottle collection at...
  • STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY: This wine cooler comes with a built-in compressor, being able to hold up to 20 bottles of...
  • FROST-FREE: Unlike similar products on the market, this beverage chiller fridge has a frost-free technology and is...

Key Features

​​This 116-bottle wine fridge has an upper zone temperature range of 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit for white wines and a lower zone temperature range of 50 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit for red and dessert wines. The fridge has 11 removable shelves and a touch control panel.

PROS

  • ​Generous storage
  • ​Quiet
  • ​Maintains consistent temperature
  • ​Attractive appearance

CONS

  • ​No locking mechanism
  • ​Fans run loud
  • ​Some users questioned quality and durability

​​12. Kalamera 24” Wine Refrigerator

Kalamera Wine Cooler - Fit Perfectly into 24 inch Space Under Counter...
  • STORES 40 WINE BOTTLES: Holds your collection of up to 40 bottles of your favorite wine in different size, and is only...
  • USER-FRIENDLY CONTROL: Provides options for internal lighting, Fahrenheit temperature reading, and easy LED display...
  • FRENCH-DOOR STYLE: Stainless steel and glass doors open in the center to reveal each wine zone area.

Key Features

​​This high-end refrigerator holds 46 bottles. The upper zone stores white wines at 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the lower zone stores red wines between 50 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. An innovative feature is the anti-vibration, low-noise technology, which avoids disturbing wine sediments to allow the wine to retain its proper flavor. The fridge also has beechwood shelving that slides out, digital LED control, a temperature memory function, a reversible door, and a security lock. It also has a double-pane glass door that it UV-resistant in case of direct sunlight.

PROS

  • ​Clean look
  • ​Stainless steel
  • ​Quiet

CONS

  • ​Quality could be better

​​13. Wine Enthusiast 21 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator

Wine Enthusiast 272031910 Silent 21 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator...
  • 21-bottle capacity-6 pull out chrome shelves, and stand up bottle area
  • A thermoelectric, energy-efficient, CFC-free wine cooler. ETL approved
  • Top zone adjustable temperature range: 46-65 DegreeF provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites

Key Features

​​The dual-zone wine cooler keeps red and white wines at the proper temperature by having two separate cooling zones. White wines are kept in the top portion, which is set between 46 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom half has both horizontal and vertical storage and is set between 52 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The fridge holds 21 bottles on six pull-out shelves.

PROS

  • ​Silent

CONS

  • ​Not reliable enough
  • ​Lack of durability

​​14. New Air Dual-Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

NewAir Wine Cooler and Refrigerator, 27 Bottle Freestanding Wine...
  • 27 Bottle Capacity: Compact, 27 bottle storage, perfect for red or white wines.
  • Cooling System: The single zone compressor cooler allows you to set the temperature as low as 39 degrees Fahrenheit and...
  • Digital Display: Quickly monitor and set temperatures with ease using the push button controls mounted on the door...

Key Features

​​This refrigerator holds 32 bottles and has dual zones that can be set between 46 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. It is vibration-free, quiet, and uses thermoelectric technology. Its small size makes it ideal for placement on a counter, a work island, or in a tight corner. The digital display makes monitoring and setting temperatures easy. The fridge uses cool blue LED lighting for interior illumination and tempered glass doors to protect wines. The 14 chrome-plated shelves are adjustable and can be pulled out to quickly access wine bottles.

PROS

  • ​Good for small spaces
  • ​Easy to use, with minimal setup needed
  • ​Compact
  • ​Quiet when the refrigerator works properly
  • ​Attractive

CONS

  • ​Could get noisy
  • ​Fan exhausts need frequent cleaning
  • ​Shelves may need repair due to low-quality construction
  • ​Temperatures need to be reset if the fridge is restarted due to power outage

​​The Verdict

​If money is no object and you have a legitimately large wine collection, we recommend the Allavino FlexCount Series, 172-Bottle wine refrigerator. While it tends to be noisy, it combines a great appearance with function and practicality, with the desired dual zones to store red and white wines and the ability to store almost any size wine bottle. If you are looking for a budget option and are fine with a single-zone wine fridge, we recommend the Westinghouse Thermal Electric 8-Bottle Wine Cellar, a stylish option that handles its basic functions well. For a mid-range single-zone choice, in terms of bottle storage and price, we like the Ivation Red and White Countertop Wine Chiller. For a dual-zone wine fridge, we would choose the Koldfront 18-Bottle Freestanding Cooler.

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