Wine coolers can seem like a luxury to some but the truth is that if you want your wine to taste as good it can (and as good as it should,) a proper cooler is necessary. Because wine coolers also keep your wine at optimal temperatures, it can also help it last longer than a stand-alone wine rack, protecting your investment and letting you sip a little while longer. Here we’ve taken into account all the different features and prices to bring you the top 10 best wine coolers.
NewAir AW-321ED – $499
This NewAir wine cooler will hold up to 32 standard-sized bottles of wine; but if you buy larger bottles you may find it won’t hold them particularly well. It does have an LED light inside, but that light really only reaches the top three shelves. The wooden shelves that slide out make this cooler as accessible as it is aesthetically-pleasing, and the dual zone will let you store white wine at one temperature and red wine at another. The temperature range on this model is from 44 degrees Fahrenheit to 66, which allows red wine to sit at almost room temperature.
NewAir AW-210ED – $299
This model may be a bit lower in price than the NewAir that takes the spot because it holds only up to 21 bottles. But it does still have a dual zone, and thanks to the double door as well, it might make it even easier to store wine at its exact temperature. The range is the same, with a minimum temperature of 44 degrees and a maximum of 66, and it also has an LED light. It has metal shelves instead of wooden, which helps add to the super modern look of this wine cooler.
Whynter WC-211DZ – $329
You can tell this wine cooler holds only 21 bottles due to the smaller size you can notice just by looking at it. The temperature range is the same, but the dual zone is not separated by a door as it is with the NewAir AW-210ED. It too has a digital thermostat just like the above two models, and metal shelves that slide out. Leveling feet and an interior LED light are also included and in fact, come with all makes and models in our top ten. The major drawback for those that often have reason to celebrate? It doesn’t fit champagne bottles.
NewAir AWC-330E – $339
The temperature range that starts at a minimum of 39 degrees on this NewAir model might be attractive to those that like their white wine super cold; but once you set it all bottles will be that cold as there is no dual zone with this cooler. There is a digital thermostat, metal shelves that slide out and a large storage capacity of 33 standard-sized bottles. It does have compressor cooling, which some might find a bit louder than other models, and a feature that uses more energy. That’s not bad for the really reasonable price.
Kalorik WCL-20629 – $299
18 bottles is all this Kalorik wine cooler will hold, but as that helps give it smaller dimensions, it may also make it helpful for squeezing into tight spaces. There is a dual zone present, but no door separating the two areas of different temperatures. The temperature range is also lower than you’ll find on many models, with a minimum of 42.8 degrees and a maximum temperature that reaches only 57.2 degrees. Like the NewAir AWC-330E, this model also uses compressor cooling, which can be an energy-eater as well as a noise-maker. It also does have an LED light like all of our models, but you might have to fumble in the dark to find it, as the operating switch is located inside. This is however one of the few models we reviewed that has a reversible door, and a 2-year warranty.
Danby DWC350BLPA – $215
The capacity in this Danby model might make it easier for you to store your wine, holding up to 35 standard-sized bottles. In addition to that, it even has a separate area down below for bottles that are larger or come in an awkward size. However, you still may not be able to store everything you wish you could, as it has only one cooling zone, meaning the entire cooler will sit at the same temperature and may not be suitable for many red wines. That temperature ranges from 44 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and the cooler does have an interior LED light.
SPT WC-20TL – $220
If you need your wine cooler to be able to fit up on a counter, be extremely quiet, and consume as little energy as possible, the SPT WC-20TL might be the model you’ve been searching for. The 20 bottle capacity is fairly impressive for a cooler of such a small size, but there is no dual zone and the temperature ranges from 54 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. That may simply still be too warm for most white wines. It does have metal shelves and an LED light, and looks super modern in any home.
EdgeStar TWR282S – $229
You might think this compact cooler would sacrifice storage to be so small, but it fits a surprising 28 standard-sized bottles inside. The temperature range is a bit warm at 52 to 65 degrees, but the temperature controls are inside, which can make it a bit cumbersome if you need to adjust it. The entire cooler can only be set to one temperature at a time, but the humidity levels are consistent throughout.
Wine Enthusiast Silent 18 Bottle Touchscreen – $249
Many of this wine cooler’s benefits are all in the name. Although it only holds 18 bottles, it’s largely because the cooler holds a compact shape that makes it easy to squeeze into tight-fitting spaces. The touchscreen controls are right on the door and make it easier than ever to adjust the temperature – which you can set differently in separate compartments. The temperature range is from 41 to 64 degrees, which is plenty enough to keep your white wine as cool as you need it, and the thermoelectric cooling makes this one of the quietest coolers you can have in your home. This model also comes with the longest warranty of all the ones we reviewed – you’ll get three full years of protection with it!
Frigidaire FFWC35F4LB – $269
If you’re looking for a wine cooler that comes with tons of features and superior quality, this Frigidaire isn’t actually the best one. However, it does come with a capacity to hold 35 bottles, the most of all the different coolers we reviewed. And this makes it great for those that just need a lot of storage space to hold their wine. It does have a temperature range of 41 to 64 degrees, but with no thermostat it can be difficult to land on the right one, and to check on your wine to ensure it’s being stored properly. It also comes with compressor cooling, which can be louder than some, and it only comes with a one-year warranty. Still, it’s a lot of storage space at a great price, and with a great look.