If you’re a wine enthusiast, then you’re probably ready to take your love of wine to the next level by purchasing a unit to store your wine in. A few of the biggest factors that come into play when you make the decision to cool your wine collection is to decide on the size of the cooler, the volume levels, the venting options and your budget. To help make your decision a bit easier, we’ll review five different wine cellar coolers that are the best one for your money.
Top 5 Best Wine Cellars for the Money
SPT Thermo-Electric Wine Cooler with Heating Option
Our first choice is a great cooler that provides a heating option as well. This is not only a great looking cooler, but it’s one that will get the job done. It has dual zones, two compartments, and it’s size means it can fit into smaller spaces. Perfect for when you don’t have a lot of room to store your wine cooler.
You can manage each zone’s temperature and light with touchscreen buttons. The cooler’s top zone is smaller and cooler, with room for six bottles. The bottom zone fits up to 12 bottles and is kept at higher temperatures. This unit is refrigerant free, meaning it’s environmentally friendly. And, there is no vibration associated with this cooler, which means that no sediment inside the wine bottles will be distributed.
The cons to this cooler include the fact that larger bottles of wine won’t fit into the racks, you would have to place them in diagonally by removing the bottom rack.
Wine Enthusiast Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator
Our next choice is a great cooler from the brand Wine Enthusiast. This is another great option for those that are looking for a fantastic wine cooler. This wine cooler holds about 8 bottles, so this is definitely an option for those that don’t have a lot of room or many bottles of wine to store. This is a single-zone cooling unit. The control panel on the outside of the unit is quite simple, and only comes with a button to turn on the lights, and two arrows. It has a blue digital display pad.
This unit allows you to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius when setting your temperatures. The wire racks easily pull out to allow you faster access to your wine.
The downside to this unit is that the buttons seem to beep loudly when you’re using the control panel, and, just like the wine cooler we reviewed above, does not fit the larger bottles, so you would have to remove the racks and place the bottle in diagonally. However, another great cooler to consider, especially if you’re limited on room in your home or apartment.
Avanti Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler
Next up is another great choice if you’re limited on space and it’s from the Avanti line. This is a great option because it’s the perfect wine cooler for your small kitchen, as it sits right on your countertop. This cooler holds 8 bottles, so it’s pretty good-sized for such a small unit. It’s got a sleek design so it will look great, to boot.
This particular brand of wine coolers is especially nice because it is able to cool to lower temperatures and it’s quite stable in warmer temperatures as well. This is because the Avanti brand makes their wine coolers with a compressor, and therefore handles the cooling rather than the thermoelectric coolers. This means that your wine cooler is going to be more energy efficient and subsequently more economical in the long run.
The downside to this cooler is that it is a bit “noisier” to run than say a thermoelectric wine cooler. Also, some reviews have noted that things tend to go wrong just short of the one-year warranty expiration, at about 13 months into ownership. All in all, if you’re looking for a sleek and sophisticated wine cooler, especially if you live in a small home or apartment unit, this is one for you.
Koldfront Free-Standing Dual Wine Cooler
Number four on the list a free-standing wine cooler by Koldfront. This wine cooler is fantastic if you’re looking for a bigger unit. This particular wine cooler has two separate compartments that allow you to store both your red and white wines, keeping them both at the best temperature for storage. This unit uses thermoelectric cooling, and you can control each zone with an easy-to-use LCD display panel. This unit holds 24 bottles of wine.
This unit has a very consistent refrigeration system and therefore maintains the temperatures in each zone quite consistently. It is a quite unit, producing an unnoticeable sound. It looks like a quality appliance and will fit in well withing your home, not matter the decor.
There are a couple of downsides to this product. You must open the door at 180 degrees in order to remove the racks. Also, the lowest temperature for cooling is only 46 degrees, which means you’ll want to place your white wine in the fridge before serving.
Haier Dual Zone Wine Cellar
The last wine cooler we’ll review is a dual-zone wine cellar by Haier. This is a great choice and it’s another dual zone cooling unit, meaning it will cook your white and red wines at the necessary temperatures. This wine cooler has a cooling system that is free from vibration and very quiet, which is a plus in our books.
This particular wine cooling unit’s top compartment can go from temperatures that are 46 degrees all the way up to 66 degrees, and the bottom compartment goes from 54 degrees to 66 degrees, all in Fahrenheit. You are able to control the temperatures using the LED touch screen, which will display the temperatures in bright numbers. It’s a decent size unit, so it should fit perfectly inside an average home.
A couple of issues to note: First, some reviews note that the unit has arrived not working, but that can be attributed to shipping issues. Second, some say that after 13 months of use (just after the 12-month warranty expired, the unit stopped working. But, again, this is a great unit and if you’re looking for a good-sized and quite wine cellar cooling unit, this may be the one for you.
Looking for a wine cooling unit is going to take some time and patience. There are usually a variety of different wants and needs for different wine enthusiasts, so there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” wine cooling unit. This is why we’ve taken the time to put some research into finding some of the best wine cooling units around. Make sure you understand the science behind cooling and storing wine before you set out to find the perfect cooling unit. Once you’ve made your selection, you can wow all of your friends with your knowledge and thirst for this great hobby. Cheers!