The hallmark of an exciting drinking experience is serving wine at the perfect cellar temperature. And that’s why storing wine in the regular kitchen fridge won’t just do.
So a dedicated wine fridge is not only the best choice, it’s a worthwhile investment.
That said, aside from temperature variations, the other primary villains when it comes to storing wine are UV rays, vibration, and low humidity.
And that’s why we’ve put in days of in-depth research to bring you the reviews of the best wine coolers and fridges with the best suitable features and that rise above these villains.
Let’s dive in.
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8 Best Wine Coolers and Fridges in 2021
1. Wine Enthusiast Dual Zone 32-bottle Wine Cooler (Best overall wine fridge)
The best wine fridge for storing a collection of drinks is the Wine Enthusiast Dual Zone Max Compressor Wine Cooler.
And it has won our hearts with its impressive functionality and design.
First, the compact dual zone cellar allows for aging wine in the bottom larger compartment while the top smaller zone makes for cooling your red and white wines for quick serving.
Furthermore, the cooler uses compressor cooling technology that ensures the temperature stays consistent and stable. This also makes the fridge run quietly and last twice longer than thermoelectric coolers like the Koolatron.
We also love the intuitive touch-screen digital display that allows you set both zones to the same temperature. Or better still, you can adjust the compartments to separate temperatures. This feature is lacking in many dual-zone wine coolers.
It’s a wine fridge with chrome wire shelving that can house 32 Bordeaux bottles of wine.
Finally, the freestanding fridge has a stylish design that features a door with glass coating and stainless steel exterior.
The best wine fridges come with ample bottle capacity, noiseless operation, minimal variation. These features and lots more do the Wine Enthusiast 32-bottle Dual Zone Wine Cellar bring to the table.
2. NewAir 116 Built-in Dual Zone Wine Cellar (Best built-in)
This NewAir model is an exciting wine fridge for serious wine collectors with extensive wine collections.
First, this dedicated wine fridge is a dual-zone cooling model that can carry an impressive 116 bottles of wine. So you can both store your white wines at the optimal serving temperature and age all your reds in this appliance.
It also features digital controls for setting different temperatures. And it beautifies plus illuminates the interior with adjustable gold LED lighting. The exterior is stainless steel finish that’ll look great in a modern kitchen.
Despite its impressive capacity, the NewAir wine cellar doesn’t make your kitchen feel cramped: its front vent means you can build a cabinet for it or install it in a corner as a freestanding model.
It’s also got wooden sliding shelves that extend further than most other racks to grant you easy access to its content.
We also love that the NewAir wine cooler comes fitted with a triple-layered smoked glass door to block UV rays and harmful lights out.
3. RovSun Freestanding 28-bottle Wine Cooler (Best value)
At under $300, the RovSun JC-82 is one of the best wine fridges you can get at the best value in 2021.
The RovSun freestanding wine fridge uses advanced compressor cooling technology to preserve the flavors and aromas of wines like the Wine Enthusiast 32-bottle dual zone cellar. The single zone cooling has an adjustable temperature between 41 – 64°F for serving reds, whites, or champagne.
Unlike the WE 32-bottle cooler, the RovSun JC-82 refrigerator has removable chrome-plated shelves to accommodate various bottle sizes.
We also love its black matte finish that gives it a distinctive appearance. The airtight glass door ensures the chamber maintains the right humidity all the time while locking in your unit’s interior insulation.
And its adjustable feet makes it possible to set the freestanding unit to a comfortable height.
And you’ve also got the digital display that allows you control the temperature, adjust the LED lighting, and lock the wine cellar’s settings.
Its compact size makes it the perfect undercounter fridge for a wine collector.
A single-zone wine fridge might not offer you the same flexibility as a dual-zone cooling model.
But the RovSun JC-82 compressor-based freestanding wine cellar offers you great functionality for storing your ready-to-serve whites and reds.
4. Wine Enthusiast N’Finity Pro HDX Wine & Beverage Cooler
This N’Finity Pro dual-zone model is different from the other wine fridges on this list.
So if you’ll love to entertain your guests with beer, beverages, or water other than wine, you’ll love this refrigerator.
First, it features dual independent zones for you to store 35 Bordeaux bottles of wine in the left compartment and 90 cans of drinks in the right compartment.
The wine cellar features two French doors: the left zone for storing vintages has a tempered glass door while the right has a stainless steel door. And it’s got sliding shelves made of wood to easily get access to your favorite drinks.
The dual-zone cooling fridge is very energy-efficient as it uses 25% less energy. And the wine cooler has a digital control for setting the temperature of each zone independently. The soft interior lighting also illuminates the chambers.
Finally, you can either install this wine fridge as a built-in or freestanding model.
5. Koolatron 20-bottle Wine Fridge (Best thermoelectric wine fridge)
If there’s a feature that summarizes this Koolatron WC20 freestanding wine refrigerator, it’s its compactness.
First, unlike compressor-based wine fridges like the Wine Enthusiast and Kalamera models, thermoelectric wine refrigerators are vibration-free as they don’t have heavy-duty fans.
They cool your collection at a consistent temperature, and they ensure your wine is stored properly to avoid deteriorating the cork.
And as a single temperature zone cooler, it stores your vintages at temperature.
These are some of the cool features the Koolatron WC20 brings to your kitchen. Interestingly, it goes for under $200: there’s hardly a more budget-friendly way of aging your bottles of wine.
This kitchen appliance features a digital control panel for adjusting the interior lighting and temperature, five metal wire racks to store 20 bottles, and a tinted door to keep UV light out.
If there’s little left of your budget for a fridge after splurging on your wine collections, the Koolatron WC20 will probably be your best investment. Plus it’s so compact, it can fit almost anywhere.
6. Kalamera Built-in Dual Zone 46-bottle Wine Fridge
While this doesn’t feature very high on our list, it’s rated the best built-in wine fridge on Amazon.
First, whether you’ve got a small kitchen or a large one, this refrigerator is versatile to fit right in: it can either serve as a freestanding unit and be tucked under the countertop or a built-in wine cellar.
Second, it’s got an impressive bottle capacity of 46. So if you’re expecting guests, this dual-zone cooling wine fridge has the ideal temperature to store white wine. And you can also age your red wine or store them for serving in the upper compartment.
Another unique cool feature is its memory function that restores the dual temperature zones to their actual setting if there’s power failure.
Plus with the soft blue LED interior lights, this Kalamera wine cellar is a complete showoff. It’s also got sliding shelves made of beechwood that match the stainless steel exterior. Plus they grant you easy access to your favorite wine collection.
The Kalamera dual-zone fridge also comes with a safety lock feature to keep your kids out.
7. Wine Enthusiast EuroCave Premiere S 74-bottle Wine Fridge
The EuroCave Premiere S is another premium model from Wine Enthusiast designed for serious collectors.
First, the unit comes with a tinted reversible door to both keep UV rays out and fit the orientation of your kitchen. Second, it’s 60% more energy-efficient and produces less noise.
We found the digital controls to be intuitive to set the wine fridge to the optimal cooling temperature. And you’ll get a bonus alarm feature with this unit.
With a bottle capacity of 74, it’s one of the wine fridges on this list designed for a robust collection. It also comes with a lock feature to keep unwanted fingers from your prized possession.
We also love the advanced MDS sliding racks that individually secure your bottles from rolling or clinking against each other.
Although this wine fridge is expensive, it’s definitely worth the investment if you’ve got an extensive collection.
8. EdgeStar 7-bottle Built-in Wine Cellar (Best small wine unit)
In a world of large wine fridges for storing extensive wine collections, the EdgeStar has all the bells and whistles of innovation.
As a slim-fit wine cellar, you can install this compact single zone cooler either as an undercounter or as a freestanding unit. A reviewer loved the perfect size so much that he installed two units.
Despite its small size, the door is reversible. It has soft interior LED lighting to illuminate its content and six pull-out wire racks to collect your drinks. And if you want to fit a larger bottle, remove a rack and there’ll be enough room.
The door is also UV-resistant and the digital controls are easy to operate.
Buying Guide: Factors to Consider When Choosing The Best Wine Fridges and Coolers
Knowing how many bottles you desire to store is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a wine cellar.
First, ascertain the number of bottles you’ll like to chill in the fridge, then go for a model that doubles the bottle capacity. That’s because your collection may grow with time and you’ll need room for more.
Single or Dual Zone Wine Cooler
If your primary purpose of having a wine fridge is for serving a type of wine, then the single zone wine fridge will be a cool choice.
If you still want to age your vintage, a single zone wine refrigerator will also suffice.
But if you’ve got a wine collection of whites and reds, you’ll need a wine fridge with multiple temperature zones.
For example, dual zone fridges are more flexible and are better options when you’ve got delicate wines. You can store your reds in one compartment and the whites in the other compartment.
Thermoelectric or compression wine fridge
A thermoelectric wine fridge has little or no fan, no compressor, and fewer moving parts.
These features make these wine cellars vibration-free, quieter, more energy efficient, and not accumulate dust or sediment. Plus they’re more efficient in distributing the cool temperature in the chamber.
However, they’re only efficient in keeping a small fridge cool. So if you need a freestanding wine fridge you can install on your kitchen countertop, a thermoelectric model will be a good choice.
A compression cooling fridge on the other hand works just like your standard kitchen refrigerator. And they’re good at cooling larger wine fridges. So if you’ve got a larger collection, the best wine fridge for you will be a compression-based model.
Freestanding or built-in cooler?
While both come with their advantages and disadvantages, you can install freestanding wine coolers anywhere in the home as they come with an integrated vent.
The built-in models aren’t as flexible as the freestanding options but they make the kitchen look neat as you can tuck them under the cabinet or sit them on the countertop.
However, they’re not the best wine fridges when it comes to storing a growing collection of ready-to-serve wines as they can only carry a limited number of bottles. Secondly, you’ll need to ensure you create enough clearance for their ventilation to avoid them from overheating.
If you’re unable to install your wine cooler in a place away from direct sunlight, you’ll definitely need to preserve your vintages using a wine refrigerator with a UV-resistant door.
The best wine fridge that suits collectors’ needs is the Wine Enthusiast 32-bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler. It’s got the perfect temperature range for both serving and aging your favorite wines. And its door keeps UV rays out of the unit and your drinks.
Depending on the grape variety, the best temperature range for serving white wines is between 45 – 52 °F. Whites need to be stored at low temperatures because they have a high concentration of organic compounds that can enhance the fruity flavors of your glass of wine.
So when you store white wine at a colder or warmer temperature than its range, its flavor could become dull or it’ll lose its freshness respectively.
On the other hand, the optimal serving temperature range for red wines is between 54 – 66°F.
You need to serve red wine at a slightly higher temperature because its tannins and polyphenols can taste harsh and acidic at a cooler temperature. And you may not experience the aromas that usually fill the glass.
Here are the specific temperatures for storing white wines;
Sauvignon blanc and Pinot grigio: 45°F
Riesling and Chardonnay: 46 – 48°F
Sauternes and Semillon: 48 – 50°F
Here are the specific temperatures for storing red wines;
Merlot and Beaujolais: 54 – 57°F
Pinot noir, Zinfandel, Malbec, Burgundies, Rioja, and Chianti: 57 – 61°F
Bordeaux, Cabernet sauvignon, and Shiraz: 63 – 66°F
Dino is a lifelong writer and home improvement specialist. He enjoys bringing cutting-edge information on home renovation and remodeling to Kitchen Infinity.