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The wine world is fraught with pointed, opposing opinions, but one thing everyone can agree on is the fact that wine should be stored and chilled well, or the entire sipping experience is at risk. Enter the wine refrigerator, a temperature-controlled oasis for your reds, whites, and rosés.
This appliance can be your happy hour’s saving grace, but, given the sheer number of options on the market, it might be difficult to know which model is right for you and your needs. Rest assured, whether you want a home for your collection of 50-plus bottles or need to fit your beer and wine all in the same spot, there’s a cooler out there that’s perfect for you.
Here, the best wine refrigerators available today:
Combination of racks
LED interior lights
Not a dual zone model
No reversible door
Not too big, not too small, with an LED-lit interior and sturdy free-standing design, this is the cooler that Goldilocks would undoubtedly pick—it’s just right. This cooler from NutriChef allows for both wine storage and display, thanks to its combination of horizontal and standing racks, so it will be right at home whether you use it in your cellar or kitchen.
This model’s adjustable temperature ranges from 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit and its air-tight, automatically locking door guarantees a consistent environment throughout the interior. The NutriChef’s unique blend of precision and ease of use, without any frills, makes it our pick for the wine enthusiast who wants streamlined storage.
Can hold 25 bottles
Temperature controls aren't precise
Can be noisy
A wine fridge as affordable as this model from Whirlpool is nothing to sneeze at in general, and that goes double for one that can hold as many as 25 bottles at once. The temperature-control dial, which ranges from 1 (the warmest setting, at 64 degrees Fahrenheit) to 7 (the coldest setting, at 39 degrees Fahrenheit), might not be as precise as some connoisseurs would like, but wine beginners and those who simply want a good chill on their whites will likely be just fine with the straightforward scale.
Experts and newcomers alike should agree on the versatility of the Whirlpool, which can store 25 bottles across four pull-out shelves and features a door that can be installed to open either way.
Doors are UV-protected
Has an automatic lock
Can't comfortably fit 32 bottles
Every feature in this refrigerator, from its cellar-grade temperature and humidity controls (which range from 41 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit and readjust automatically upon powering on the cooler) to its stable beech wood shelves to its UV-protected doors, feels extremely intentional and conscientiously selected to preserve—even enhance—your wine’s taste, aroma, and composition. Colzer’s attention to detail is also evident in this cooler’s streamlined appearance, automatic lock, and whisper-soft running volume. Its form handily matches its function, making it a pleasant, non-disruptive addition to your home bar.
Colzer promises a service life of up to 10 years, during which time you have access to an after-sales service specialist for any questions you may have. All of this is to say that this option is certainly a splurge, but it’s a worthy investment all the same.
Stainless steel exterior
Bottom zone has temperature limits
With a stainless steel finish and blue internal lights, this fridge blends seamlessly and stylishly into a row of standard base cabinets. Its aesthetic form aside, its dual-temperature features allows you to store all of your wines in one place. Whites chill on the upper level while the reds sit in the separate lower level, and it’s up to you to fine-tune each compartment’s specific temperature within the respective ranges of 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.
The NewAir’s space efficiency is worth noting, as well: Although it’s merely 15 inches wide, its sliding shelves can adjust to accommodate bottles of just about every shape and size. And all varieties can be stored properly, too: This NewAir cooler can chill whites at 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit while preserving reds at 50 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. This cooler can also stand alone, but thanks to its locking doors with triple-tempered glass for optimal insulation and UV protection, as well as its compressor to prevent shaking up the sediment in your wines, you can set it up anywhere in your home and trust that it’s maintaining a stunningly consistent and secure environment.
Precise temperature controls
Can be unreliable
Can be noisy
This fridge’s storage space is divided into two separate chambers with their own temperature controls and displays, which allow you to chill your whites while keeping your reds delicately cool. The temperature settings range from 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit and you can fit as many as six bottles in each compartment. Despite the extent to which you can customize the cooler’s environment, its LED display makes it simple and straightforward to set up and fit to your needs.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t note the Koolatron’s sleek, compact design which, when paired with its low-vibration system, helps it blend into whatever space or room you may choose.
Can store wine and beer
Temperature stays steady
Not a dual zone model
From a storage space perspective, this Frigidaire Gallery model is just about the best value for your money as you’ll find on the market, holding a maximum of 52 bottles (that number may vary depending on the size and type of bottles you opt to store). Its six shelves are adjustable to make stocking easy, and can also fit a range of 12-ounce cans instead of wine bottles. This allows you to make the very most of this fridge’s roominess.
Its spaciousness makes it all the more impressive that this cooler holds a steady temperature through its vast interior. Whether you want to keep your drinks at a cold 41 degrees or a cool 64 degrees Fahrenheit, it has your collection's back.
Good for small living
Doesn't get as cold as others
Not a dual zone model
This small-scale fridge is perfect for apartment kitchens and compact home bars. It measures at just under 10 inches wide and can hold up to six bottles of wine at a time, as long as you alternate which end of the bottle is facing the door. Thanks to its thermoelectric design, you can set it up on a countertop, or tuck it into a tiny corner of your home and not be disturbed by a loud hum.
Now, this particular model doesn't feature dual zones for chilling multiple kinds of wine. However, its temperature can be set anywhere between 46 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit to accommodate your collection. Whenever you want to grab a bottle, or add a new one to the sleek interior, you can pull out one of the two racks. All in all, this small model is perfect for those starting to grow their collection, living in a tiny space, or looking for a staging area for entertaining.
Large temperature range
Can be bulky
Can be difficult to store a lot of wine
This Antarctic Star model’s horizontal racks can accommodate up to 26 average-sized wine bottles, while its vertical storage makes room for other canned beverages. It offers a temperature setting range of 40 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit and an air-tight sealing on the door to ensure steady humidity levels that won’t interfere with proper aging. Meanwhile, the door’s tempered, tinted glass prevents against light damage.
The three internal shelves are adjustable and removable, adding to this refrigerator’s overall versatility, whether you’re hoping to store cans of craft beer or large-format wine bottles.
For a wine refrigerator that'll keep your bottles stored in a consistent, controlled environment, opt for the NutriChef PKCWC150 (view at Home Depot) which can hold up to 15 wine bottles at a time. The interior of this wine cooler features a combination of racks, which can be used for both storage and display. The Whirlpool JC-75Z (view at Walmart) has a lower price point compared to many other models on the market. Although it doesn't have dual cooling zones, it does hold 25 bottles, making it a spacious option for any wine lover.
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This article was edited and updated by Marisa Casciano, who is our large appliance expert for The Spruce. Throughout her career, she's researched the ins and outs of air purifiers, dishwashers, cooktops, and more in the home and lifestyle space. She studied art and culture when studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and is a wine lover who understands the importance of properly storing reds, whites, and rosés.
Bottle capacity Do you buy wine by the case and let it age for a few years, or do you buy bottles one at a time and drink them as you go? No matter how you buy and serve wine, there’s a refrigerator that’s perfect for you.
Single vs. dual zones Single-zone refrigerators are ideal for folks who prefer red or white wines but rarely cross the border. For those who like both (and serve them on a regular basis), a dual-zone refrigerator is the logical choice since reds and whites have different serving temperatures.
Size A wine refrigerator’s size affects both the number of bottles it can store and the location where it’ll be placed in your home. Do you have a tall, narrow spot in the kitchen or dining room, or would you prefer a wide, low refrigerator that’ll fit behind the bar?