A wine fridge is certainly a luxury, but if you are a budding collector or just take your after-work glass of wine seriously, a dedicated refrigerator will certainly make your life easier and alleviate overcrowding in your normal fridge.
Connoisseurs, sommeliers, and winemakers alike swear that their grapes taste better when chilled to their respective ideal temperatures, but before you buy a special fridge, you'll want to consider what you want out of it: Capacity, cutting-edge technology,... the ability to set different specialty temperature zones, or something that helps preserve your collection without costing a fortune. Sure, there's always a trade-off unless you go top-of-the-line, but in this guide you’ll find a machine for every budget, space, and level of wine consumption. Whether you're red drinker, a white drinker, or a fan of the bubbly, there's something here that will help you keep your wine cool.
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For the price, this sleek New Air 32-bottle unit checks off most of the boxes the ideal cooler should have: Dual zones that can be set to anywhere from 46 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, quiet, vibration-free chilling through thermoelectric technology, sliding chrome shelves for easy access to bottles, and a reasonable price tag. If you're working with a small space, this unit is also fairly compact, so you can fit one into an island or tuck it into a tight corner.
Users recommend this fridge as a... great starter model if you're just beginning to cellar your own wine. Installation is as simple as unboxing the cooler, plugging it in, and screwing in the door handle. And if this model isn't quite right for your collection, similar models are available in many different sizes.
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If your collection includes both red and white wines along with a few bottles of bubbly, you'll want to invest in a dual zone wine cooler. This one from Wine Enthusiast ensures that your wines are kept at the ideal temperatures by completely separating the two cooling zones.
The smaller top portion is ideal for keeping whites at serving temperature, and can be set anywhere from 46–65 degrees Fahrenheit. The bottom portion which includes both horizontal and vertical storage can be set to... maintain a temperature of 52–65 degrees Fahrenheit.
The design of this model makes it ideal for modern homes, and the nearly silent operation makes it suitable for any room in the house.
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Get the most bang for your buck, and maintain the body and flavor of up to 16 of your favorite bottles, with this countertop-sized, thermoelectric compact unit from Cuisinart. Use the touchpad to set your preferred temperature between 39 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and let the machine work its wine chilling magic without any distracting noises or vibrations.
The biggest drawback here is that you have to set all of your wines to one temperature, so some users prefer to purchase two: One for whites... and another for reds and dessert wines. And because the unit is on the smaller side, you may have to move the contents around a bit to get enough bottles for a big party in there. But for everyday, personal use, this Cuisinart performs well.
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This feature-packed, 46-bottle wine refrigerator from Kalamera is the perfect compromise for users who want to ensure that both their red and white wines are kept at an ideal temperature. That’s because the upper zone can keep those whites perfectly chilled at 40 to 50 degrees, while the lower zone can keep reds a little warmer at 50 to 66 degrees. And because this model is designed with low-noise, anti-vibration technology, it won’t disturb you (or your wine).
Other features on this Kalamera... include slide-out beech-wood shelving, a temperature memory function that remembers your settings in case of a power outage, digital LED controls, a blue LED interior light, a security lock and a reversible door. The double-pane glass door is UV-resistant in case the refrigerator has to be placed in a spot where it will get direct sunlight. Owners appreciate this refrigerator’s sleek stainless-steel look and note that it can be used freestanding or built-in under a counter or bar area. It’s backed by a one-year warranty.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Wine coolers may seem like space-hogging luxuries, but compact wine coolers like this AKDY model prove you don’t need a lot of extra room to keep your wine at the perfect temperature. It holds up to eight bottles, so while it won’t be large enough for many wine connoisseurs, it’s a great size for singles or couples who might be in a smaller apartment or condo.
This AKDY wine cooler has two wire shelves for horizontal wine storage, an LED light, and push-button temperature controls. The... temperature can be set anywhere from 44 to 66 degrees, and a bright LED temperature display is easy to keep tabs on. There is no vibration to disturb wine bottles, and a double-paned door helps keep wine sufficiently cool. Reviewers say this model is very quiet and convenient, but a few warn that it still has a large footprint for especially tight counters. A few also say it doesn’t get quite as cold as the thermostat indicates, meaning those who are particular about chilled wine may want to invest a little more in another cooler.
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If an eight-bottle model is just a little too small, this 12-bottle Avanti can bump up your capacity while taking up very little countertop space thanks to its narrow footprint. The tall design even allows four bottles to be stored vertically – ideal for keeping labels easy to read, and perfectly fine for screw-top varieties without corks that will dry out or already-opened bottles.
This Avanti is a no-vibration model, so wine lovers don’t need to worry about disturbing bottle settlement. There... are easy-to-use push-button controls for the temperature and an included light. An LED display lets owners double-check that wine is being kept at the correct temperature. The cooler has a sleek curved glass door and platinum accents that can fit in with any modern décor. Owners love how quiet and compact this little fridge is. However, some say the temperature is too dependent on room temperature, so it might not be a good pick for a room that runs warm.
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When you're ready to get serious about your wine collection, you'll need a serious wine fridge. This side-by-side set from Edgestar is actually a two-pack of their 166 bottle fridges, but you can save a bit of money by buying two at the same time. Not only will this enable you to increase the storage capacity for your collection, but you'll also be able to keep each refrigerator at a set temperature in order to ensure proper storage for your different types of wine.
The wood-trimmed... wire shelves slide out for easy access to all your bottles, and the temperature is controlled via a digital touch screen. You can also rest assured that your collection will be kept safe thanks to the built-in security lock. After all, a collection of this size is bound to have a few special bottles tucked inside.
The two coolers can be set up separately or arranged together and the doors can be installed to open in the French door fashion. These fridges also have a temperature range of 40–65 degrees Fahrenheit.
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