Best Wine Coolers

Top 10 Rated Wine Coolers 2014

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Wine coolers allow collectors to store bottles at just the right temperature so they last longer and are perfectly chilled when served. As we compiled the top 10 wine coolers, we considered several factors that set the top models apart from the rest.. The best models have:
1. Dual-temperature zones to accommodate red and white wines
2. Precise temperatures
3. User-friendly controls with a clear display
4. Interior LED light
5. Adjustable racks
6. Noise and vibration control
7. Stylish design
Whether you want a slim countertop model to hold a dozen or so bottles or a behemoth cooler capable of storing 48, you can find a high-quality wine cooler that makes storing and serving wine an enjoyable experience. See the wine cooler comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
38 bottle capacity
39F – 64F

If you have a large collection of wine to store, then you should consider the Danby DWC040A1BDB, which holds up to thirty-eight bottles at 39 to 64 degrees F. This sleek model comes…read more


Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
32 bottle capacity
46 lbs.
21.7″ x 20.7″ x 32.5″

The double-door design of this Whynter wine cooler is especially sleek and sophisticated, with gleaming stainless steel trim. The interior lights fully illuminate your selection, and the thermoelectric cooling systems…read more


Color: Stainless Steel with black sides
46 bottle capacity
80 lbs.
33.5″ x 23.5″ x 24.75″

A quiet, large capacity wine cooler, this New EdgeStar model holds 46 bottles by reversing the direction the bottles with each rack…read more


Color: Black
12 bottle capacity
31.3 lbs.
20.3 x 26 x 9.9 inches
46-66F upper compartment; 54-66F lower compartment

For $138.13, the Haier HVTEC12DABS with its dual temperature zones and space for up to twelve bottles is a solid choice. Programming the temperatures for the upper and lower compartments…read more


Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
18 bottle capacity
35.2 lbs.
19.5″ x 14″ x 25.5″

The stylish design of this NewAir wine cooler goes well with nearly any home décor. The interior LED light casts a soft blue glow on your wine collection. Five chrome racks hold 18 small bottles; bigger bottles…read more


Color: Black
12 bottle capacity
35 lbs.
20″ x 26″ x 11″

The slim build of this Sunpentown wine cooler makes it easier to set up anywhere in the house or bar. The shelves are spaced tightly together, so only the smallest bottles will fit, but they slide in and out easily…read more


Haier HVTEC08ABS  7.5/10

Color: Black
8 bottle capacity
20.9 lbs.
20.3 x 17.9 x 9.9 inches

With a capacity for eight bottles, the Haier HVTEC08ABS looks classy and sleek on a countertop. We were pleased to note that it is ready to work straight out of the box with no assembly…read more


Whynter WC-211DZ  7.5/10

Color: Stainless Steel with black cabinet
21 bottle capacity
57.4 lbs.
21.7″ x 13.4″ x 32.5″

With a dual temperature system, you can store whites on top at one temperature and reds on the bottom at another. Both zones have adjustable thermostats and LCD screens to monitor the temperatures. This wine cooler from Whynter…read more


Avanti EWC1201  7.5/10

Color: Black
12 bottle capacity
35 lbs.
26″ x 21″ x 12″

A single-zone wine cooler, this Avanti model does a good job at keeping bottles chilled, although you’ll have to find a temperature that works for both reds and whites. Stylistically, it’s an attractive piece with a curved door…read more


Color: black
18 bottle capacity
52 lbs.
20 x 9.9 x 37.5 inches

For $269.95, the Wine Enthusiast 272 02 13 is a valid choice: it has an 18-bottle capacity and with its slim build can fit in narrow spaces in your kitchen, den, or bar. We were pleased to discover that this wine cooler…read more



 

Wine Cooler Buying Guide

The Best Features to Have in a Wine Cooler

As you shop for a wine cooler, you should consider more than just the number of bottles it will hold. Whether you drink wine casually or have several fine wines you want to preserve, there are wine coolers that will protect your bottles over time and those that won’t. Look for these features to find the wine cooler that’s best for you and your collecting needs.

Capacity

You don’t want to spend a great deal of money on a wine cooler and later wish that you had bought one with a greater capacity. Consider how many bottles you’re saving for a long period of time and how many you have for regular consumption. Whatever that number is, allow for an increase in your collection.

Racks

Since many wine coolers’ racks are spaced tightly together, adjustable shelves make it incredibly easier to store large or unusually shaped bottles. Vinyl-coated racks are better than chrome wire ones, and wooden shelves offer extra sturdiness. Find out if the racks are fixed or adjustable, and whether you can slide out the shelves to view your selections.

Door

While most wine coolers feature a glass door because it’s attractive in style, exposing your bottles to light can having damaging effects. If you select a cooler with a glass door, look for models with double-paned glass for extra insulation and UV protection. Don’t leave the interior light on full-time, either. It looks pretty to have your wine collection lit up, but your bottles don’t need the extra heat.

Locks

You may not even think about the security of your wine unless you have nosy guests or teenagers frequenting the house. A good lock on the cooler door can keep someone from accidentally opening that priceless bottle you had saved for retirement.

Vibrations

If your wine cooler vibrates, even a little, it can cause the sediment in the bottle to interfere with the wine’s aging process. Many wine coolers claim to solve this problem with thermoelectric technology, in which the only moving part is the fan. Short of that solution, coolers with padded racks will help protect your wines from vibrations.

Durability

A wine cooler’s durability is perhaps the greatest consideration you should make, along with price. A cooler may look snazzy and be low in price, but if it’s not a reliable model you could end up with a broken machine and damaged wine. Better to invest in a more expensive, reliable cooler and set your mind at rest knowing your collection is safe than to save a bit on the initial price and risk a disaster.

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