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The 10 Best Wine Coolers in 2019

Unless you are lucky enough to have a large cellar to store your wine, having a wine cooler in your home is the next best option. Designed to store wine at an optimum temperature, a cooler can be a sensible investment if you want to mature wine or just enjoy buying and trying a variety of different wines.

Wine coolers are either freestanding or can be in-built into your kitchen and because they are available in a variety of sizes and with different functions, it can be difficult to decide which one would be the best fit for your wine selection and your home. In this article, we take a look at some of the best wine coolers around, as well as some of the things you may want to think about when shopping for a wine cooler.

​Best Pick

Haier 12 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cellar

The Haier 12 bottle dual zone wine cellar with its smoked glass insulated door and dual temperature ranges is our best pick for multiple wine storage needs.

​Budget Pick

Avanti 12 Bottle Counter Top Wine Cooler

The Avanti 12 bottle counter top wine cooler with its upright storage bottle slot and compact size is our budget pick as a smaller wine storage solution.


1. ​Haier 12 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cellar  

Highlighted Features

  • A freestanding compact 12 bottle wine cooler
  • Has dual zone temperatures of 46°F to 66°F and 54°F to 66°F
  • The cooler has chrome shelves; is finished with black trim and has a dual pane smoked glass door
  • Cooled with thermal electric cooling for less noise and vibration
  • Has a one year limited warranty

The Haier 12 bottle dual zone wine cellar has an upper zone temperature range of 46°F to 66°F and a lower zone of 54°F to 66°F. Although this has ultra-quiet thermal electric cooling, some users report that it is quite noisy, so you may need to consider where you will be locating the cooler in the home.

The cabinet has a black trim and the dual pane insulated glass door is smoked glass. The chrome shelves are pull out and it has interior soft LED lighting. Controlled by dual touch screen displays, it also comes with a one year limited warranty.

Like similar small appliances, there is a risk of receiving this with some cosmetic damage, so you are advised to check it thoroughly for any damage on receipt.

​Pros

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    Compact dual zone cooler
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    Takes 12 bottles
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    Thermal electric cooling
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    Dual touch screen display
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    Smoked dual pane glass door

​Cons

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    The cooler may be noisier than expected at times
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    There is a risk of cosmetic damage on arrival

2. Avanti 12 Bottle Counter Top Wine Cooler 

Highlighted Features

  • A compact counter top black 12 bottle wine cooler that includes an upright bottle storage slot
  • Black cabinet with a curved glass door
  • Is free from vibration with its thermoelectric cooling system
  • Comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer

The compact Avanti 12 bottle counter top wine cooler is a black cabinet with a curved glass door. Using a thermoelectric cooling system, it is vibration free. This is designed to fit standard sized 750 ml bottles, although you can remove the top shelf to fit larger bottles on the second shelf. It also has a convenient upright bottle storage slot for when you have opened a bottle.

Some owners have experienced considerable temperature fluctuations on this cooler and although it does have a one year limited warranty, there can be issues with customer services if trying to make a warranty claim. You may also want to check the warranty in detail as there may be additional exclusions based on your state of residence.

​Pros

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    Compact counter top cooler
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    12 bottle storage
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    Free from vibration
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    Curved glass door
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    Thermoelectric cooling
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    An upright bottle storage slot

​Cons

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    Customer service may not be as helpful as expected
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    Some owners have experienced temperature fluctuations
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    One year limited warranty may have other exclusions

3. Ivation 18 Bottle Wine Cellar

Highlighted Features

  • A freestanding 18 bottle cellar that takes standard 750 ml bottles
  • Has a temperature range of 54°F to 64°F
  • Its cooling system is non-compressor thermoelectric for vibration-free storage
  • Insulated with CFC-free insulation, the smoked glass dual pane door protects wine from light and external temperature variation
  • Comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer

A compact freestanding cellar, the Ivation 18 bottle wine cellar has a thermoelectric non-compressor cooling system and CFC-free insulation to keep its environment stable and free from vibration. This cellar has an adjustable temperature range of 54°F to 64°F that makes it suitable for storing different types of wine. The control is touch button and its display is LED.

This has a soft LED light inside and the glass door is dual pane smoked glass to protect against the room temperature and light. The shelves hold standard 750 ml bottles, and the shelves slide out to give easy access to the bottles. There may be some concerns around fluctuations in temperature when this is running, and although it does come with a one year limited warranty, various owners have experienced issues with customer services when trying to make a warranty claim.

​Pros

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    Takes 18 standard wine bottles
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    Dual paned smoked glass door
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    Adjustable temperature
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    Vibration-free cooling
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    Touch button control

​Cons

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    ​The manufacturer’s customer service may be less than satisfactory
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    ​May arrive with some cosmetic damage to the exterior
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    ​If you prefer white/rose’s served at lower temperatures, this cooler may not have a low enough temperature
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    ​Temperature may also fluctuate when in use

4. Kalamera 30 Bottle Wine Cooler 

Highlighted Features

  • Black stainless steel 30 bottle wine cooler with a dual layered tempered glass door
  • A lockable cooler that is suitable freestanding or built-in
  • Has a carbon filter for odor control and inner soft LED lighting
  • Temperature range of between 40°F to 66°F and a memory function for when there is a power outage
  • Comes with a one year warranty and the choice of buying a longer warranty

Suitable as either a freestanding unit, of as a built-in unit, the Kalamera 30 bottle wine cooler is able to take some different sized bottles, although you may need to remove a shelf to accommodate large bottles such as those of Champagne.

It is controlled by compressor cooling and also has vibration reduction technology. The cabinet is stainless steel with a black finish and its tempered glass door is dual layered. The interior racks are beechwood and the interior also contains a carbon filter and soft LED lighting.

This has a temperature range of 40°F to 66°F and it also has a memory function so will return to temperature after a power outage. It also has a lock and comes with a one year warranty with the option to buy an extended warranty.

​Pros

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    Freestanding or built-in wine cooler
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    30 bottle capacity
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    Reduced vibration
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    Black stainless steel finish
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    ​Carbon filter
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    ​Temperature memory function

​Cons

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    May experience some issues with customer service if needing to make a warranty claim
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    There is a risk of it arriving with cosmetic damage
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    It can be difficult to reach 30 bottle capacity if you do have different 750 ml bottles

5. Koldfront 18 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler (TWR187ESS) 

Highlighted Features

  • Freestanding wine cooler with dual zone temperature controls of 54°F to 66°F in the top zone, and 46°F to 66°F in the bottom zone
  • Takes 18 750 ml/2.75" Bordeaux bottles
  • Has a thermoelectric cooler that is vibration-free
  • Cooler has a stainless steel body, tempered glass door and wooden shelves
  • Comes with a one year limited warranty

The stainless steel Koldfront 18 bottle dual zone wine cooler (TWR187ESS) is a freestanding cooler that has a temperature range of 54°F to 66°F in its top zone, and a lower zone range of 46°F to 66°F. Cooled by a thermoelectric cooler that is vibration free, its glass door is tempered.

The display is touch button and it has an LCD display, along with an interior LED light. This cooler also has a lock for extra security. Designed to fit 750 ml/2.75" Bordeaux bottles, if you want to store larger bottles you will need to remove a wooden shelf. The shelves do need careful handling in this cooler, as they may slip out of their track, and you may not find them the easiest to slide in or out. This comes with a one year limited warranty.

​Pros

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    Dual zone wine cooler
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    Stores 18 standard Bordeaux bottles
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    Freestanding
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    Vibration free cooling
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    LCD display

​Cons

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    Will only fit 18 standard size Bordeaux bottles
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    May arrive with cosmetic damage
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    You may struggle to slide the wooden shelves in and out, especially when full
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    Water pan is at the rear of the cooler which can be awkward to empty

6. Kalamera 46 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler 

Highlighted Features

  • Dual zone lockable in-built or freestanding wine cooler that takes 46 bottles
  • Upper zone operates between 40°F and 50°F, the lower zone between 50°F to 66°F
  • Contains a minimal vibration compressor and inner soft LED lighting
  • The cabinet is stainless steel with a black finish and the door is glass
  • Comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer

The Kalamera 46 bottle dual zone wine cooler is suitable for use as a freestanding unit, or you can use it as a built-in cooler in the kitchen. This is a black stainless steel cabinet with a glass door that has a minimal vibration compressor. The shelves are a beech finish and its interior light is soft LED. This cooler also comes with a memory function which means it will restore the temperature back to its last setting after a power outage.

It has a temperature range of 40°F to 50°F in the upper zone, and 50°F to 66°F in the lower zone. This cooler is also lockable for extra security. There is a risk that this cooler may arrive with some cosmetic damage to it, and although it comes with a one year warranty, customer services may be less than responsive with malfunctions or warranty claims.

​Pros

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    46 bottle dual zone cooler
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    Can free stand or be in-built
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    Black stainless steel finish
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    Minimal vibration
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    Lockable

​Cons

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    Less than responsive customer service for warranty claims
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    Will need a thorough check for any cosmetic damage on its arrival
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    May be some large variation in temperature at times

7. Whynter 20 Bottle Wine Cooler

Highlighted Features

  • Freestanding black cabinet with black tinted mirrored glass door for UV protection
  • Uses thermoelectric cooling for minimal noise and vibration
  • Takes 20 standard wine bottles
  • Temperature range of between 46°F to 65°F is controlled through a soft-touch panel and it also has an LCD display
  • Comes with a one year warranty and the option to purchase a longer warranty

The Whynter 20 bottle wine cooler is a freestanding black cabinet cooler with a black-tinted mirror glass door to help protect the wine from UV. It is cooled by thermoelectric cooling which is low noise and vibration free. Controlled by soft-touch buttons, it has an LCD display.

The temperature range is between 46°F to 65°F, although some owners have experienced differences between the temperature on the display and the temperature in the cooler when checked with a thermometer. It does however come with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer, and there is the option to buy an extended warranty. There is also a risk of receiving this cooler with cosmetic damage, so it can be useful to check it on arrival.

​Pros

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    20 bottle freestanding cooler
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    Black cabinet with black tinted mirrored glass door
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    Soft-touch control
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    Adjustable temperature
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    Vibration free cooling

​Cons

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    Temperature on the display may not reflect the temperature in the cooler
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    May have cosmetic damage on arrival
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    Will only fit 20 standard sized bottles
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    Some may find the noise from the thermoelectric cooler louder than expected

8. Kalamera 50 Bottle Wine Cooler 

Highlighted Features

  • Freestanding wine cooler with a 50 bottle capacity
  • Has an anti-UV glass door on a black finish stainless steel cabinet
  • Its temperature range is between 40°F and 66°F and it has a memory function for after power outages
  • Comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer

The Kalamera 50 bottle wine cooler is a freestanding design with a black finish stainless steel cabinet and a dual pane anti-UV glass door. Its interior light is soft LED and the removeable shelves are a beech finish. Although this is a 50 bottle cooler, you may struggle to reach this maximum capacity depending on the type of 750 ml bottles you have.

This operates at a temperature range of between 40°F and 66°F and has a memory function in case of power outages. Its quiet compressor system is vibration free and it also comes with a one year limited warranty.

​Pros

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    50 bottle freestanding wine cooler
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    Black stainless steel
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    Anti-UV glass door
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    Vibration free compressor
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    Temperature memory

​Cons

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    You may struggle to fill to 50 bottle capacity depending on the type of bottles
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    May arrive with external cosmetic damage or dents
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    Some owners experience significant temperature fluctuations

9. Wine Enthusiast 32 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler 

  • Dual zone cooler that operates between 54°F and 66°F in the higher zone and 46°F to 66°F in the lower zone
  • Will fit 32 standard sized Bordeaux bottles or you can remove a shelf to fit non-standard bottles
  • Freestanding stainless steel unit with a black finish and reflective smoked Thermopane glass door
  • Has a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer

The Wine Enthusiast 32 bottle dual zone wine cooler has an energy-efficient and vibration free thermoelectric CFC-free cooling system. Designed to fit 32 standard Bordeaux bottles in a temperature range of between 54°F to 66°F in the top zone and at 46°F to 66°F in the lower zone. This freestanding cooler has chrome shelves that are removeable so that you can fit non-standard sized bottles into it.

The cabinet is stainless steel with a black finish and its door is smoked glass reflective Thermopane. This comes with a one year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Note this cooler cannot be shipped to you if you live in California due to energy regulations.

​Pros

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    32 bottle cooler
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    Freestanding
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    Dual temperature zone
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    Black stainless steel finish
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    Reflective Thermopane glass door

​Cons

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    Cannot be shipped to California because of energy standards
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    May arrive without the control panel functioning correctly
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    Can arrive with cosmetic damage and returning it can be very awkward due to its size
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    May be noisier than expected

​10. Allavino FlexCount VSWR56-2SSRN - 56 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator 

  • Flexible storage wine cooler that can store up to 56 bottles
  • Dual zone operates at 41°F to 61°F in the upper zone and the lower zone is between 45°F and 64°F
  • Suitable as an in-built or freestanding cooler, it also comes with two different door handles
  • Reduced vibration and noise with its energy efficient cooling system
  • Comes with a manufacturer’s one year limited warranty

The Allavino Flex Count 56 bottle dual zone wine cooler (right hand hinge) offers flexible storage for up to 56 bottles, including Champagne or Pinot bottles. Although a dual zone cooler (41°F to 61°F in the upper zone and 45°F to 64°F in the lower zone), some owners have experienced considerable fluctuations and even little temperature difference between the two zones.

This uses a 25% more energy efficient cooling system with reduced noise. As this has a front vent, you can build it in to your kitchen, or just leave it freestanding. It also comes with a choice of two handles, so you can select the most suitable for your décor. This cooler comes with a one year limited warranty, although some users have experienced customer service issues when trying to make a claim under the warranty. You may also want to consider buying an extended warranty as the lifespan of this cooler outside of its warranty period may be quite short.

​Pros

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    56 bottle cooler
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    Flexible storage system
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    Temperature dual zone
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    Freestanding or in-built
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    Energy efficient cooling system
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    Choice of two styles of handle

​Cons

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    May be temperature fluctuations or even lack of difference between the dual zones
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    Experiences with customer services may not be as positive as expected
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    Lifespan after its warranty expires may be limited

Things to Consider Before Buying a Wine Cooler

Storing and Serving Wine at the Correct Temperature

Wine stored and served at the correct temperatures offer improved flavor. Most enthusiasts recommend reds and whites be stored between 45°F and 55°F; with any difference between reds and whites tending to come with their serving temperature.

Depending on the grapes the wine is made from, whites are best served at between 45°F and 55°F to enhance the acidity, crispness and freshness of the wine. This temperature range also makes the most of the organic compounds which give fruity aromas to whites.

If you do prefer to drink your white wine colder than this, then those cooler temperatures will dull its flavor.

Red wines taste better at higher temperatures of 55°F to 65°F due to their higher levels of polyphenols and tannins. Served cooler, a red wine can become acidic and the flavor harsher. If served too warm, including at room temperature, the alcohol can overpower the fruit flavors of the wine.

Difference Between a Wine Cooler and a Wine Cabinet

A wine cooler is designed to keep wine at its serving temperature and although a cooler can store wine long term for maturation purposes, not all coolers have functions such as temperature memory to help keep your wine safe over a longer period of time.

For long term storage, a wine cabinet can be a better solution. Usually storing at around 55°F, they tend to have larger capacity and a much larger price tag than a wine cooler. They often have humidity and UV control and little or no vibration from their cooling system.

What to Think About When Choosing a Wine Cooler

There are a number of things to consider when shopping for a wine cooler, not least its type, UV protection and its capacity.

When you look at capacity, try thinking about how much wine you already have or want and then increase that capacity by 25% or more. If you have a fast turnover of wine, then your capacity will not need to be as much.

It is also worth remembering that the capacity given for a cooler will be based on a ‘standard’ 750 ml wine bottle such as a Bordeaux, which means if you have a range of bottle shapes or sizes, you will not be able to store at the cooler’s full capacity.

Also think about where you will be storing it. If you have room in the kitchen, then an in-built cooler may be the best option, if not, then freestanding units are available in a range of sizes, from a compact 12 bottle cooler to larger 56 bottle or greater.

Like with a refrigerator, a cooler should be placed where the environmental temperature remains relatively stable - a garage or cold basement may not be the best place to house a wine cooler.

Doors that have UV protection can help minimize the risk of UV damage to your wine and if you cannot install a cooler out of direct sunlight, then this is a feature you should always look for. Most wine coolers use thermoelectric cooling mechanisms which usually include an anti-vibration system to help minimize the risk of vibration damage to the body, flavor or color of the wine.

Some coolers also come with humidity control and memory control to restore the correct temperature to the cooler after a power outage. Some coolers may also have an alarm function if the temperature has altered too much.

A charcoal filter is useful as it will prevent odors from affecting the taste of the wine and an air filter will stop a build-up of dust inside the cooler.

The lighting should always be LED as these produce low level UV - higher levels of UV can damage wine. Removeable and/or adjustable shelves are useful, especially if you have non-standard wine bottles, and some coolers may offer upright storage for when a bottle is open.

If you want to store reds and whites, then a dual zone cooler may be helpful, which will allow you to keep your wines in two different temperature ranges. A lock on the cooler will not only help keep your collection secure but will also keep other members of the family out of it.

Conclusion

For those of us who enjoy wine, a wine cooler is the ideal appliance to keep wine at the correct temperature. Depending on how much wine you want to keep and drink, coolers are available with a range of features, from compact 12 bottle counter top models up to large 56+ bottle coolers.

Whether you are considering a single zone large in-built cooler for your red collection, or a dual zone smaller cooler for your fast turnover of reds and whites, we hope that this review has helped you to make your selection from the best wine coolers that are currently available.
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