We are a group of avid wine enthusiasts who have been enjoying wines from around the world for years. And, we have been collecting vintages for future enjoyment for most of that time. There are many wine cellaring options to store wine at home, depending on your wine collection.
We launched “Top 10 Wine Coolers” to:
- Help fellow wine enthusiasts have access to the many cellaring options.
- Share our buying guides and tips about storing wine properly in wine coolers.
- Share techniques, wine pairing and information to enjoy your wine.
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Information on wine cellaring options:
Choosing the best wine cooler is really all about choosing the best cellaring options for your specific needs. When we choose our top 10 wine cooler candidates, we consider a number of criteria including:
- Capacity (300-bottle, 100-bottle, 80-bottle, 36-bottle, 12-24 bottle, etc.)
- Installation type (freestanding, built-in, under-counter, counter-top. )
- The number of temperature-zones (single-zone, dual-zone, multi-zone).
- Type of cooling system (compressor or thermoelectric).
- Budget – what is the best value for your money.
- Styling – material, colors, types of door handles, etc.
- Usability features – adjustable shelving, lock, location of the temperature control panel, LED light, etc.
- Warranty: check for manufacturer’s warranty. One-year limited warranty is the standard. Some manufacturers offer in-home warranty repairs for added convenience.
Here are our top-rated wine cooler models on the market right now:
It is very difficult to pick just 10 models from our featured 100+ wine fridges among our best brands on the market today. Our selection here is based primarily on our best sellers. This top-rated list is sorted by capacities, types and budget. At the end of this page, please refer to our wine cooler buying guide for a complete selection check list to aid you with your buying decision.
1. EdgeStar 332 Bottle Side-by-Side Wine Cellar
- 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...
- Slide-out, wood-trimmed wire shelves; Auto defrost; Replaceable built-in carbon filter;...
- NOTE: Units ship separately and both will arrive right hinged. You may follow the...
Brand and Capacity: EdgeStar CWR1661SZDUAL 332 Bottle Side-by-Side Wine Cellar
Type: Free-standing or built-in.
Dimension: (per unit) 69.5″ H x 23 7/16″ W x 26.75″ D, or 69.5″ H x 46.875″ W x 26.75″ D for the double unit described here.
Summary: The EdgeStar 332 Bottle side-by-side Wine Cellar (View on Amazon) is both stylish and functional for those with larger wine collections. It has a great set of impressive features such as very quiet compressor, dual zone, UV blocking glass, and easy-to-use digital touch controls. It also has an easily changeable carbon filters to remove any unwelcome odors.
This EdgeStar is a winning choice for a 300-plus-bottles wine cooler, and certainly has our seal of approval as a top rated larger capacity wine cooler. Read our review for EdgeStar CWR1661SZDUAL 332 Bottle Side-by-Side.
2. Allavino FlexCount 172-bottle VSWR172-2BWRN (right hinge)/Allavino FlexCount 172-bottle VSWR172-2SSLN (left hinge)
- 172 BOTTLE CAPACITY: This Allavino VSWR172-2BWRN wine cooler has 12 shelves that can hold...
- DUAL ZONE TEMPERATURE CONTROL: This wine refrigerator's dual zone design allows you to...
- INNOVATIVE NEW SHELF DESIGN: Get the most out of your space with Allavino's new FlexCount...
- TRADITIONAL STYLE MEETS MODERN TECHNOLOGY: The sleek black cabinet with matching framed...
Brand and Capacity: Allavino FlexCount 172-bottle VSWR172-2BWRN (right hinge)/Allavino FlexCount 172-bottle VSWR172-2SSLN (left hinge) wine fridge.
Type: Free-standing or built-in.
Dimension: 71.5″ H x 23.5″ W x 27″
Summary: The Allavino VSWR172-2BWRN 172-bottle (right hinge)(View on Amazon) is a sleek-and-sophisticated dual-zone wine fridge. It is a large capacity wine fridge that accommodates 172 bottles and it has a security lock. The Allavino VSWR172-2BWRN has a front-venting design – you can install it as a built-in to your cabinetry or as a stylish free-standing unit.
We are a fan of Allavino’s FlexCount shelving design series, including this 172-bottles, the 128-bottles, the 56-bottles and the 36-bottles models. This 172-bottle has 14 innovative FlexCount shelves and sturdy metal racks.
It features two individual temperature control zones, upper and lower zone respectively. The upper zone can be set between 40°-55° F. The lower zone can be set between 55°-65°F. This Allavino has elegant black cabinet with matching framed glass door and all-black interior. Read our review for Allavino FlexCount 172-bottle VSWR172-2BWRN (right hinge) or Allavino FlexCount 172-bottle VSWR172-2SSLN (left hinge).
3. NewAir AWR-1160DB gold series 116-bottle Wine Cellar
- 116 Bottle Capacity: The robust 116 bottle storage is perfect for red and white wines.
- Cooling System: The premier dual zone compressor cooler allows you to set separate...
- Digital Display: Quickly monitor and set temperatures with ease using the push button...
- Interior LED Lighting: Premium gold LED lighting and dimming options are provided to allow...
Brand and Capacity: NewAir AWR-1160DB 116-bottle Premier Gold Series Wine Cellar
Type: Free-standing or built-in compressor-system
Temperature Zone: Dual-zone cooling
Dimension: 23.5″W x 26.8″D x 55″H
Summary: This beautiful NewAir AWR-1160DB 116-bottle premier gold series wine cellar (View on Amazon)is our top pick for 116 bottles capacity wine cellar. It has many premium features such as top-grade cold-rolled steel cabinet with three layers of insulation, smoke-tinted triple layer glass door, smooth gliding shelving, elegant gold LED light and the 1-year in home warranty.
You can install this unit as free-standing wine cellar or as a built-in to your cabinetry. It has a reversible door – a convenient design feature to set it up to open to left or right to fit your design configuration. This AWR-1160DB is a dual-zone wine cellar, top zone can be set from 40°- 50°F and bottom zone from 50°- 66°F. This range of temperature gives you options to store various vintages such as Champagne to Cabernet Sauvignon, etc. You can switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
This NewAir has both the form and functions that lives up to the name of ‘gold series’ and it justifies the price tag of an ounce of gold. Read our review for NewAir AWR-1160DB 116-bottle premier gold series.
4. Allavino FlexCount 56-bottle VSWR56-2SSRN (right hinge) or Allavino 56-bottle VSWR56-2SSLN (left hinge)
- The lower zone must be set at least 4 degrees and no more than 12 degrees higher than the...
Brand and Capacity: Allavino FlexCount 56-bottle VSWR56-2SSRN (right hinge) or Allavino 56-bottle VSWR56-2SSLN (left hinge) wine fridge.
Type: Free-standing or built-in.
Dimension: 33.9″H x 23.4″W x 23.6″D
Summary: The Allavino FlexCount 56-bottle VSWR56-2SSRN (right hinge) (View on Amazon) or the Allavino VSWR56-2SSLN (left hinge) (view on Amazon) is our top pick for 56- bottles dual-zone wine cooler. It has a front-venting design that works well as a built-in your cabinetry or as free-standing unit. This model is about 25% more energy efficient than most compressor-based wine fridges in its class. We find this model has minimum temperature fluctuation and low noise and vibration. This model is in the Allavino’s FlexCount shelving design series – the shelves are thin and flexible to accommodate larger diameter bottles without sacrificing overall storage capacity. It has six shelves – five shelves that can fit up to 9 bottles each and a bottom shelf that can fit up to 11 bottles for a total of 56 bottles. This Allavino dual zone unit features “red”, “white”, and “sparkling” indicator lights. You can adjust each zone’s temperature separately – an upper zone range between 41°-61°F and a lower zone range between 45°-64°F. It has an intuitive control panel. You can control the interior blue LED lighting via the easy-to-use control panel. This Allavino model includes both curved and towel bar handles – you have more options to integrate this unit with your design elements. Read our review for Allavino FlexCount 56-bottle VSWR56-2SSRN (right hinge) or Allavino 56-bottle VSWR56-2SSLN (left hinge).
5. Kalamera 24-inch-wide 46-bottle wine cooler
- ★Stainless Steel & Black: Designed with a Sophisticated Look for Display in Kitchen,...
- ★Energy Efficient Compressor: State-of-the-Art Cooling Technology Makes Your Compressor...
- ★46 Bottle Capacity: Cooler has 5 Beech Wood Shelves to Hold Each Bottle Securely and...
- ★Quiet & Low Vibration: Runs Virtually Silent with No Vibration, So Wine Sediments are...
Brand and Capacity: Kalamera KRC-46DZB-TGD 24-inch-wide 46-bottle wine cooler
Type: Built-in, under-counter, or free-standing, compressor wine cooler
Dimension: 33 “H x 23.4 “W x 22.4″D (without handle)
Suggested built-in dimension: 23.8″ W x 22.4″D x 34.3”H
Summary: The Kalamera KRC-46DZB-TGD 24-inch-wide 46-bottle wine cooler (view on Amazon) is one of the most popular mid-size wine coolers. It has a versatile installation as a under-counter built-in or a free-standing unit. It is a quiet compressor-based cooler with many premium features such as triple-layer tempered glass door, consistent cooling and temperature memory function. This Kalamera has five sliding beech wooden shelves with a capacity of 46 bottles. It has a dual zone cooling system; 40°-50°F in the upper zone, 50°-66°F in the lower zone. Read our review for Kalamera 24-inch-wide 46-bottle wine cooler.
6. Allavino FlexCount 36-bottle VSWR36-2BWFN French door wine cooler
- 36 BOTTLE CAPACITY: This beautiful French door wine refrigerator has 12 shelves that can...
- DUAL ZONE DIGITAL TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Each of this unit's dual temperature zones has it's...
- INNOVATIVE NEW SHELF DESIGN: Allavino's FlexCount Series features a cutting edge metal...
- POWERFUL COOLING TECHNOLOGY: This wine refrigerator utilizes cutting-edge technology to...
Brand and Capacity: Allavino FlexCount 36-bottle VSWR36-2BWFN wine cooler with French Doors
Type: Free-standing or built-in or under-counter.
Dimension: 23.2”L x 23.5”W x 32.8 “H
Summary: The Allavino FlexCount 36-bottle VSWR36-2BWFN wine cooler with French Doors (view on Amazon) is our top pick for the most beautiful 36 bottles capacity dual zone wine cooler. It can accommodate 36 bottles in a compact 24″ wide space. This model has classic black cabinet and gorgeous black framed glass French doors. It is beautiful as a free-standing unit with its fully-finished front venting cabinet, or as a built-in or under-counter to fit your cabinetry design element. This unit is in the Allavino’s FlexCount shelving design series – the shelves are thin and flexible to accommodate larger diameter bottles without sacrificing overall storage capacity. This Allavino has dual zone, each zone is individually controlled and it ranges between 40°-60° F. It can accommodates 18 bottles on each side/each zone. It features an intuitive design control panel, cool blue LED interior lighting that you can turn on or off and a security lock. Read our review for Allavino FlexCount 36-bottle VSWR36-2BWFN French door wine cooler.
7. Kalamera KRC-30SZB-TGD 15-inch-wide 30-bottle wine cooler
- ★30-BOTTLE CAPACITY: Holds up to 30 bottles of your favorite wine in different size, and...
- ★SEAMLESS STAINLESS & DOUBLE-LAYERED TEMPERED GLASS DOOR: Stainless steel frame and 2...
- ★TEMPERATURE MEMORY FUNCTION: Restore the set temperature in the cooler after it is back...
- ★SINGLE ZONE/ONE-TOUCH CONTROL: LED control display makes it easy to set temperature...
Brand and Capacity: Kalamera 15-inch-wide 30-bottle wine cooler
Type: Under-counter, built-in, compressor system
Dimension: 33.9 “H x 14.9 “W x 22.4″D (with handle)
Summary: This Kalamera KRC-30SZB-TGD 15-inch-wide 30-bottle wine cooler (view on Amazon) is our top-pick for size 30-bottle built-in wine cooler. It is versatile in its installation options – freestanding or as a perfect under-counter fit for your outdated trash-compartment. This Kalamera has a double-layer insulated tempered glass door – which is reversible. This single-zone unit has a temperature range of 40°-66°F and a smart temperature memory function. Read our review for Kalamera 15-inch-wide 30-bottle wine cooler.
8. Zephyr Presrv 24-inch wine and beverage cooler
- Three-Color LED Showcase Lighting
- Electronic Capacitive Touch Controls
- Full-Extension, Black Wood Racks with Stainless Trim
- Active Cooling Technology
Brand: Zephyr Presrv™ 24-inch wine and beverage cooler.
Installation Type: under-counter or free-standing.
Dimension: 34.4″ H x 23.9″ W x 25.25″ D (with handle)
Cooling System: Compressor cooling with with dual zones, 40°-65°F (left side), 34°-65°F (right side).
Capacity: 21-bottle (wine) , 64 12-oz cans (beverage).
Summary: This Zephyr 24-inch wine and beverage French-door (view on Amazon) is the most beautiful wine and beverage combo in our top 10 rating. It is impeccably designed with clean-line and contemporary style. Notable features include seamless stainless steel frame, vibration dampening system, accurate temperature retention, Sabbath-mode and 5-year compressor warranty. Read our full review for Zephyr Presrv™ 24-inch wine & beverage Cooler.
9. Whynter WC-201TD 20-bottle thermoelectric wine cooler
- Measures: 20.5" Long x 15.79" Wide x 22" High
- Capacity: 20 standard wine bottles
- Black tinted mirror glass door with sleek black cabinet and space saving recessed handle...
- Adjustable Thermostat, 46°F - 65°F, with soft-touch digital control panel.
Brand and Capacity: Whynter WC-201TD 20-bottle wine cooler
Type: Free-Standing only, counter-top installation
Dimension: 16″ W x 20.5″D x 22”H
Temperature range: 46°F – 65°F single zone
Summary: This Whynter 20-bottle thermoelectric wine cooler (view on Amazon) is our best-seller for a thermoelectric 20-bottle cooler in two consecutive years. We like its UV protected mysterious-looking black mirror glass door. This compact unit has a space-saving recess-door-handle. The removable chrome shelves provides you with option to store larger diameter wine bottles. This is an excellent candidate for a counter-top installation – it is beautiful, quiet and vibration free. Read our review for Whynter WC-201TD 20-bottle thermoelectric wine cooler.
10. NewAir AWR-290DB 29-bottle wine cooler
- Attractive blue lighting brightens the interior
- Dual temperature zones
- Keeps 29 bottles of wine readily accessible on sliding, adjustable beech wood shelves
- Measures only 15 inches in width to fit easily
Brand: NewAir AWR-290DB 29-bottle wine cooler
Type: Stand-alone, under-cabinet
Dimension: 22.5″ D x 14.8″ W x 33.9″ H
Cooling zone: Compressor-based dual-zone; upper 40°F – 50°F; lower 50°F – 66°F
Summary: The NewAir AWR-290DB 29-bottle wine cooler (view on Amazon) is a small-size unit packed with three unusual premium values for its price. We are talking about triple layered tempered glass, dual zone and a quiet noise level of 39 dB. It is a classic and reliable NewAir product in the 15-inch class of wine refrigeration. Read our full review of NewAir AWR-290DB 29-bottle wine cooler.
Wine Cooler Buying Guide
This buying guide provides you with the information and tools you need to make a wise choice of a wine cooler from those recommended here. You should keep in mind the words of George R. R. Martin in The Mystery Knight—“Wine makes all things possible”, and our wine cooler buying guide makes buying a wine cooler not only possible but easy and rewarding.
What is a Wine Cooler?
How is a wine cooler different from a food refrigerator? That’s a fair question.
- First let’s talk about the interior temperatures of refrigerators versus wine coolers.
- Next is the shelving to house your wine collections.
Refrigerator: According to FDA guidelines, the proper temperature for a refrigerator should be below 40°F. Why? because there is a higher chance of bacteria to grow at temperature higher than 40°F.
Wine coolers: They typically have a range of 40°-65° F. In general, store your white within a range of 40°-50°F, your red wine within a range of 55°-65°F. For long-term storage, 55°F is often chosen by wine collectors.
So, as you can see, the temperature in a food refrigerator, below 40°F, is too cold to store red wines and most dry white wine. That’s why we want a wine cooler to store wines in their proper temperatures.
Wine coolers have shelving to cradle your wine bottles properly, and they allow proper air flow and humidity for your vintages. Food refrigerator is not designed to house your collection.
There are several factors that may prove important in your selection of a wine cooler. Wine coolers come in several major categories among which you must choose.
Types of wine coolers
A wine cooler may be installed as freestanding, under a counter, on top of the counter, or be built-in.
- Freestanding. Freestanding wine coolers can sit on your counter, under your counter, or on the floor in some appropriate room.
- Since freestanding wine coolers may be viewable from all sides, the design and finish are important considerations.
- Built-in wine coolers are those that are intended to be permanently built into your cabinetry. Built-in under-counter models are very popular.
- It’s important to know that not all wine coolers can be built in. Built-in coolers always have compressor-based cooling and front-venting design.
- Built-in wine coolers are typically viewed from the front. So, some built-in are not stylistically finished on the other sides of the appliance.
- Many built-in have finished exterior. They will look good to install as free-standing units.
- Wine storage rooms that become structurally part of your house or business. While these can be fun, discussion of those is beyond the scope of this website. A friend in Geneva, Switzerland, where bomb shelters are required in all new construction, had converted his bomb shelter into a very elegant wine cellar and tasting room. He had the advantage of knowing that, in the worst case, he would enjoy his days in the bomb shelter.
Capacity of wine coolers
Obviously you want your wine cooler to be large enough to store your collection of wines. Wine coolers can vary in size from 6 to 300+ bottles capacity. If you are a serious collector and have room, you may want a capacity of several hundred bottles of wine. If you live in an Airstream trailer, an eight bottle cooler may be all you can fit.
Dimensions of wine coolers
- How large a space do you have available for your wine cooler? Height, depth, width and weight are important.
- Do you want the door to open to the right or left?
- Measure the space in which you plan to house your wine cooler; make sure there is adequate room for ventilation.
- If you are installing a built-in, you want to allow two inches on all sides and the top.
- Decide where will the cooler will be placed? Do you want it to sit on a counter-top? Do you want it to slide under-counter? Do you want a free-standing unit? Or do you want a wine cooler that occupies a more substantial space with concomitantly larger capacity?
- Do you want a single zone or dual zone wine cooler? The zones refer to temperature zones.
- Typically wine coolers maintain a significantly warmer temperature than conventional refrigerators, but they may maintain a single temperature throughout (called single zone), or they may have two different areas with two different temperatures (called dual zone).
- Often collectors prefer that different types of wines be stored at different temperatures for proper bouquet and preservation.
- Wine coolers use two kinds of cooling technologies; most use a compressor (like a home refrigerator), while others use Thermoelectric cooling.
- Each cooling type has advantages and disadvantages.
- A compressor will easily cool your wines and is a well-tested and reliable technology. The downside is that compressor wine coolers tend to be a bit noisier and to have a bit of vibration.
- Thermoelectric wine coolers are generally quieter and with no vibration. They may not cool as efficiently as a compressor-based cooling system. Thermoelectric wine coolers use the Peltier effect to create a heat pump between two plates. The effectiveness of it depends on external temperature. Most thermoelectric wine coolers require ambient temperature range of 50°F-80°F. In the market today, the maximum capacity of thermoelectric wine cooler available is 32-bottle.
Styling of wine coolers
- Often a key choice factor for a wine cooler is the styling of that cooler.
- Do you want stainless steel? Do you want smoked glass?
- Do you want cool LED lighting to show off your collection? Blue interior light? Golden light?
- Do you prefer to access the temperature control panel inside or outside of the cooler?
- Do you want single or double doors? Do you fancy French-doors?
- Do you want a recessed door handle, towel-style door handle or curved-handle? Do you like top-mounted handle or side-mounted handle?
- Style is mostly a matter of personal taste but may be important in fitting with other aspects of your décor.
- Interface. Like many appliances these days, wine coolers may have interfaces that range from very simple (a dial to rotate to set temperature, for example) to more functional and more complex (including touchscreens).
- Some wine coolers place the user controls inside the cooler itself while others have a separate external panel.
- Consider whether you would strongly prefer one style or the other. Again this is mostly a matter of personal taste and the functionality you want to have in your wine cooler.
- Temperature memory function – Do you encounter power outage often in your neighborhood? If so, you want a unit that will restore the set temperature when you have your power back on.
- A lock. Having a lock is important to many wine cooler purchasers. It’s a good feature to prevent unwanted guests or children from accessing your vintage collection.
- Shelving material. Shelving is an important usability consideration. There are metal, wood, and wood trimmed metal shelves available.
- Adjustable shelves. A smooth-sliding shelving is a must in our opinion. Do you need removable shelving? Look for shelves that slide and that are adjustable or removable to accommodate unusual bottle sizes.
- Door handle. This component of a wine cooler is important. Why? It’s both functionality and look. We all have a preference of towel-door-handle or curved-handle. Consider the position of the door-handle. Do you want a side-mount or a top-mount. Or, some do not want any handle – yes, a recessed look.
- Carbon filters. Some wine coolers incorporate changeable carbon filters to control odor. If this is important to you, make sure the filter can be readily changed.
Almost all wine coolers featured in Top 10 wine coolers carry at least one-year limited warranty by the manufacturers.
Warranty – it’s about added convenience and peace of mind. There are a couple of manufacturers that offer exceptional warranty, for example:
- The NewAir Premier Gold series offers one year in home service and repair warranty.
- The Zephyr Presrv series offers 5-year warranty on compressor, 2-year parts and 1 year labor.
Most of our top-picks fall into similar price ranges based on capacity. Just be aware that larger capacity generally implies higher price.
- In general, a small counter-top model is less expansive than an under-counter built-in wine cooler.
- Typically a 100-bottle capacity wine cooler costs more than a 36-bottle wine cooler.
- Budget for $200-$400 for a counter-top thermoelectric small wine cooler.
- Budget for $500-$1000+ for an under-counter compressor-base wine cooler.
- Budget for $800-$1000 for a 56-bottle capacity wine cooler.
- Budget for $1000-$1500 for a 100-bottle capacity wine cooler.
- Budget for $1200-$1600 for a 150-bottle capacity wine cooler.
- Budget for $2000-$2300 for a 200-bottle capacity wine cooler.
- Budget for $2500-$3000 for a 300-bottle capacity wine cooler.
Recap: Best-in-class Wine Coolers 2020
The very best wine cooler for you may not be the same as the best wine cooler for your friend. Being an astute shopper, you can use our best top 10 wine cooler reviews to understand which best fits your needs. Enjoy your wines, your friends, and drink a toast to us from the very best wine cooler from our top 10 recommended list.
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