5 Best Wine Refrigerators Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Wine coolers aren’t for storing wine forever. They’re forgetting it ready to drink. We talked to four wine experts, tested fridge temperatures, and drank our fair share of chilled rosés, all to find a good looking wine cooler with buttons that worked, could accommodate temperatures from 45–65 degrees and didn’t develop freezer burn.

Top 5 Wine Refrigerators

- $60.80Bestseller No. 1
Kalamera 50 Bottle Compressor Wine Refrigerator Single Zone with Touch Control
104 Reviews
Kalamera 50 Bottle Compressor Wine Refrigerator Single Zone with Touch Control
  • ★FREESTANDING COOLER DESIGN: Stainless/Black cooler is freestanding for use in any room, and plugs...
  • ★QUIET COMPRESSOR: Advanced cooling technology keeps compressor quiet without disturbing wine...
Bestseller No. 2
Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red And White Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Wine Cellar with Digital Temperature Display, Freestanding Refrigerator Smoked Glass Door Quiet Operation Fridge
360 Reviews
Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red And White Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Wine Cellar with Digital Temperature Display, Freestanding Refrigerator Smoked Glass Door Quiet Operation Fridge
  • WINE COOLER (wine Cellar / Wine Chiller) A MUST HAVE: The only way to protect the quality and taste...
  • PERFECT Stable TEMPERATURE: The Ivation cooler enables you to store your wines short & long term in...
- $96.00Bestseller No. 3
Danby 36 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler
425 Reviews
Danby 36 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler
  • 36 bottle free-standing wine cooler
  • Blue LED interior lighting beautifully showcases the wine without the heat of an incandescent bulb
- $17.77Bestseller No. 4
NutriChef PKTEWC180 Nutrichef 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler Refrigerator | Red and White Wine , Champagne Chiller | Counter Top Wine Cellar | Quiet Operation Fridge | Touch Temperature Control
360 Reviews
NutriChef PKTEWC180 Nutrichef 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler Refrigerator | Red and White Wine , Champagne Chiller | Counter Top Wine Cellar | Quiet Operation Fridge | Touch Temperature Control
  • PERFECT WINE STORAGE: With its 18 Bottle storage capacity, this wine cooler unit is perfect for...
  • COMPACT & DECORATIVE DESIGN: With its reinforced glass door with air-tight seal, this 18-bottle...
Bestseller No. 5
Ivation 24 Bottle Dual Zone Thermoelectric Red & White Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Wine Cellar with Digital Temperature Display, Freestanding Refrigerator Quiet Operation Fridge
110 Reviews
Ivation 24 Bottle Dual Zone Thermoelectric Red & White Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Wine Cellar with Digital Temperature Display, Freestanding Refrigerator Quiet Operation Fridge
  • WINE COOLER (wine Cellar / Wine Chiller) A MUST HAVE: The only way to protect the quality and taste...
  • PERFECT Stable TEMPERATURE: The Ivation cooler enables you to store your wines short & long term in...

How We Found the Best Wine Cooler

Good temperature range

First, we made sure our fridges could keep both whites and reds at the optimum temperatures for serving, based on recommendations from Wine Spectator:

  • Light dry whites, rosés, and sparkling wines: 40 to 50 degrees
  • Full-bodied whites and fruity reds: 50 to 60 degrees
  • Full-bodied reds and ports: 60 to 65 degrees

We cut any cooler without that full range of 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Adjustable shelves

If shelves can’t be adjusted, you are limited in the number, size, and shapes of the bottles you can store — not ideal for anyone with a varied collection, let alone an upcoming dinner party. With removable shelves, you can fit more bottles by stacking them like firewood, plus have the option of storing opened bottles standing up.

Energy efficiency

The amount of energy a wine cooler uses depends on how many hours per day the fan or motor is running, plus variables such as how often you open the door and the ambient temperature of the room. It’s measured in kilowatt hours per year (kWh/year). In general, manufacturers are not actually required to list energy consumption for wine coolers as they are considered luxury items. However, some manufacturers do estimate the energy consumption of their coolers; 15 of our contenders used 400 kWh/year or less.

Hands-on usability

As we whittled down the contenders, we got our hands on six wine coolers. From there, we tested things like the controls, shelving, door mechanism, etc. We played around with them all, pushing buttons and pulling out drawers, then tested each unit to find the accuracy of their temperature settings at 49 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit and how easily they could accommodate wine bottles of different sizes.

How to Find the Right Wine Cooler for You

Ask yourself what kind of wine you prefer

If you lean heavily to just reds or just whites, a single-zone cooler will work great. If you prefer to mix it up, choose a dual-zone model. But don’t forget: all wines can be kept at 55 degrees until a few hours before being served when you can pop them in the fridge to cool down or leave them out at room temperature to warm up. If you’re looking more for a short-term storage option (as opposed to a ready-and-waiting-to-be-consumed solution) a single-zone cooler with a limited temperature range could still be a great choice.

Assess room temperature

Thermoelectric models, while more efficient, struggle in anything but ideal temperatures. If you live in Florida and plan on keeping your wine cooler in an un-air-conditioned garage, a compressor model will definitely be the way to go.

Determine where you want the wine cooler

Most freestanding coolers don’t have a front vent, so they need several inches of breathing room around the back, top, and sides so they don’t overheat. For a more streamlined look, go with a built-in model that matches your appliances or cabinetry. Also, consider your space: Do you want a tall-skinny guy? A cube? Something else?

Are wine coolers reliable?

Experts warn that smaller free-standing units can be fickle. Matthew Goldfarb says that many smaller, off-the-shelf units only work well for a few years, and that larger, built-in models have more structural integrity. “I’ve had mixed success with the smaller freestanding coolers,” agrees Erik Liedholm, wine director for several of chef John Howie’s restaurants. The wine coolers we tested all had one-year warranties (except the Jenn-Air, which had a two-year warranty), but Goldfarb emphasizes that if you have invested in a quality wine collection, it’s worth it to invest in a quality cooler or cellar.

Will a wine cooler match my decor?

Wine coolers come in all finishes: wood, stainless steel, sleek black. They come in all sorts of shapes too: tall and skinny, small like a microwave, as giant as a dishwasher, and even the size of a full room. This is an appliance that’s going to be sitting on your countertop or taking up some floor space in your kitchen. Luckily, there are a variety of aesthetics to choose from.

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