Hi, my name is Marlene and thanks for stopping by my Wine Cooler Reviews website. In the following pages you will find all sorts of information on the types of wine cooler you should consider, where best to place them and just how noisy they really are (or not as the case may be).
I happen to be an avid wine lover and recently started to collect, so I’ve been involved in some extensive research which I have decided to share with you.
Our website is not about the hard sell. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I aim to bring you good, honest reviews along with a few pages of helpful information that might help you either decide what sort of wine refrigerator you would like or, what brand will suit you best.
How to Pick a Cooler that Suits You?
First off, you should decide on the type of cooler that you want to buy.
- Single Zone Cooling
Wine refrigerators with single zone cooling only have one cooling area and one temperature control. Perfect for starters and people who prefer only reds or only whites.
- Dual Zone Cooling
Dual zone wine coolers are for those who have a growing collection and/or like both reds and whites. They’re a little more expensive, but not that much more.
- Built-In Wine Coolers
Ventilation for these coolers is such that you can perfectly integrate them with your kitchen cabinets. Great for design purists and anyone who wants to add a touch of class to their kitchen or bar area.
If you’re about to buy your first wine cooler, I would recommend you to choose a small single zone unit. They’re not very expensive and the perfect way to determine if you’re serious about cooling wine appropriately.
You can read more on single zone or dual zone cooling and the different types of wine coolers by following the links. If you’re new to keeping wine, these pages should really help.
Once you’ve decided about the type of cooler, you can have a look at my top rated wine cooler reviews for all types…
Reviews and Top Picks
We first arranged our top picks by type, and then by size. If you already know what type of cooler you want, you can jump to that section by clicking below:
Single Zone Wine Coolers
Best 8-Bottle Beginner Wine Cooler
This 8-bottle wine cellar uses an ultra-quiet cooling system to keep your wine perfectly chilled without making a noise. With a temperature range from 46 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s perfect for white and red wines. Its elegant style and floating glass door offer a sensible style to any living or cooking space.
Best 12-Bottle Single Zone Cooler
Avanti EWC1021 Wine Cooler
This unique 12-bottle wine chiller is capable of storing eight bottles horizontally and four vertically. Its tall, slim design allows you to store a lot of wine in a little space, while its digital display allows you to keep good tabs on the internal temperature and to adjust that temperature easily.
Most Silent 18-Bottle Wine Cooler
Ivation Red and White Countertop Wine Chiller
This wine cooler is among the best the industry has to offer. Its ultra-quiet thermoelectric cooling system will run without the faintest bit of noise or vibration, while also allowing you relax in close proximity, knowing that your wine can settle nicely inside.
Top Rated 20-Bottle Wine Cooler
This cooler is one with which I am very familiar and very impressed. It features an ultra-quiet thermoelectric cooling system (like all the best coolers), a simple yet beautiful design, and an easy-to-use control system. Its temperature range is perfect for connoisseurs of all types of wine, including white, red, and dessert wines.
Best Value 28-Bottle Wine Cooler
AKDY Thermoelectric Freestanding
This cooler is so competitively priced that I half expected it to be a terrible cooler. I must say that I was more than pleasantly surprised by its quality and its extra features. It runs on a thermoelectric cooling system and features a beautiful soft-touch control panel, interior light, and much more.
Dual Zone Wine Coolers
Best Budget 12-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler
Available at an incredible price and boasting many great qualities, this is the perfect wine cooler to give or receive as a gift. If you are working on a strict budget and want nothing but pure quality in your 12-bottle dual zone cooler, I must say that you need not look any further.
Top Rated 18-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler
Koldfront 18 Freestanding Cooler
The pure elegance and beauty of this cooler is enough to sell it to many style-conscious people. However, it also boasts the best features and qualities. From slide-out wooden shelves to a high-tech, low-noise cooling system; from an easy-to-use control panel and LCD display to its two separate temperature zones, this is the best 18-bottle cooler I’ve seen.
Best 21-Bottle Dual Zone
AKDY Thermoelectric Freestanding Cooler
If you are looking for a great, high-class and high-quality 21-bottle wine cooler you need not look any further than this beauty by AKDY. It features a thermoelectric cooling system, rich wooden slide-out shelves, two unevenly sized sections, and a stainless steel control panel with an LCD temperature display.
Best 32-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator
Wine Enthusiast Silent 2-Temp
This wine fridge has all you need to chill your reds and whites separately, yet in the same place. Its silent cooling technology will not disrupt the mood in your room or the sediment in your bottle. To top things off, it is easy to use and effortlessly elegant in appearance.
Best Premium 46-Bottle Wine Cooler
Kalamera 24-Inch Wine Refrigerator
This 46-bottle wine cooler is built for those who want to hide it beneath a bar top or countertop without putting up with the annoying vibrations of most traditional cooling systems. What’s more, it can hold a lot of bottles without taking up a lot of space. It’s also built to impress with many other wonderful features.
Built-In Wine Coolers
Best Small 12-Inch Built-In Wine Cooler
This slim EdgeStar wine cooler allows you to store up to three bottles per shelf, without taking up much space in your bar or kitchen. It can easily slide beneath almost any countertop and boasts a slew of impressive features, including a built-in carbon filter, a strong circulation fan, and a UV protected glass door.
Best Single Zone 15-Inch Built-In / Freestanding
With a compact design, powerful air circulation system, slide-out beech wood shelves, and a beautiful outer encasement, this cooler is perfect under any countertop or even standing alone in any room. Its large temperature range promises to keep any wine perfectly chilled at all times.
Top Rated Dual-Zone 15-Inch Wine Cooler
NewAir AWR-290DB Compact 29-Bottle
Two temperatures zones (fit for dessert wines, whites, and reds) allow this stylish and unique built-in cooler to chill your wine perfectly regardless of what type it is. Slide-out beech wood shelves, a strong fan system, excellent air circulation, a touch control panel, and an LCD display are among the many excellent features incorporated into this cooler.
Best Single-Door 24-Inch Built-In Wine Cooler
Allavino FlexCount VSWR56-2SSRN, 56-Bottle
Looking for a double-wide, under-counter wine cooler but don’t want to fuss around with two doors? This single door unit has everything you need and boasts an incredible capacity of 56 bottles! Check out my full review for more about its other great qualities and features.
Big Wine Coolers
Best Large Built-In Wine Cooler
NewAir Premier Gold Series, 116-Bottle
If you are looking for a large, dual-zone wine cooler you need not look any further than this top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art cooler from NewAir. It features strong shelves capable of holding up to 11 bottles each, an easy-to-use and highly functional control panel with four separate temperature displays, and a ton of other impressive features and functions.
Allavino FlexCount Series, 172-Bottle
This double-wide, stunningly beautiful dual zone wine cooler from Allavino can be worked into your cabinetry or set on its own for maximum impact. We have reviewed one of its sister coolers, a 56-bottle version, and invite you to check out that review, since these two coolers share everything in common, aside from their size. Or visit the 172 bottle model directly on Amazon.
For more reviews on wine coolers, you can check the review categories in the menu to the right. You will find my personal opinions on many wine coolers.
And if that doesn’t help, you can always check the comparison table for a convenient overview of all wine refrigerator reviews. A list of images and important characteristics usually helps to make a decision.
- Wine Cooler Comparison Table
All wine coolers conveniently listed and displayed, with links to the reviews and price checks…
Brands You Will Find on our Website
I recognize that not everyone who visits our website is going to be a novice when it comes to knowing about wines, how wine coolers work and the way, in which wines should be stored, so I’ve tried to give you a good mix of information for all levels.
I have done my best to review some of the better known brands such as Edgestar, Avanti and Danby. We’re not completely biased though, so you will find some of the lesser known brands liked Haier and Vinotemp.
More Wine Cooler Tips, Info and Guides
As you will understand by now, I just love wine, and I have grown a (to some people peculiar) interest in wine refrigerators. So I thought I would share some of the information I gathered along the way, I hope you like it:
- Refrigerator vs Wine Cooler – essential information if you’re currently using your home fridge.
- How to Serve Your Wine – this section will help you wow your friends and family!
- The Noise Factor – in my opinion, everyone will go to this section because it’s the biggest complaint I hear about!
- When to Use a Wine Cooler – this might help if you’re undecided about whether you need a wine cooler or not.
- Wine Cooler Options – here you will learn the important options you should look for.
Best 5 Wine Coolers
It’s hard to choose between all the different types, but here we go, my personal top 5:
- Haier Dual Zone 12 Bottle Wine Cooler
Price and value both push the Haier to #1, this budget dual zone wine cooler highly deserves the best rating overall.
- Newair 28 Bottle Wine Cooler
Of course, I couldn’t leave my own cooler out of the picture. In my opinion, it’s the best freestanding wine cooler overall.
- Westinghouse 8 Bottle Thermal Electric Wine Cellar
Fair price and highly rated among customers. Recommended as an entry level wine cooler.
- EdgeStar 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler
Has lots of positive customer reviews and might have deserved a higher spot, but it’s a built-in unit and therefore not everyone’s option.
- AKDY 21 Bottle Dual Zone Freestanding Chiller
Yet another dual zone unit in the top 5. With such good value for money this best value dual zone wine cooler just couldn’t be ignored.
A Few Final Words about our Reviews
When I first realized my interest in wine went beyond drinking it, it felt like I had opened a whole “can of worms” that I would never get to the bottom of. This is just one of the many reasons I started this website. You will find all sizes of coolers to choose from, we have dual and single zone to tell you all about, built-in, all numbers of capacity and more.
The main aim is to make sure you enjoy your hobby as much as I do and that’s why I’ve tried to keep it as simple and honest as possible.