Best Wine Coolers of 2018

Angela Parkinson ·
Updated
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We've been evaluating wine coolers since 2010 and have spent more than 200 hours learning what makes a quality cooler. If you want your wine treated right, consider the EdgeStar CWF340DZ. This compressor-cooled wine refrigerator performed well in our testing and would look great in any kitchen or pantry. There are two temperature zones so you will be able to store both red and white wines with confidence. We consider this the best unit overall for the most people, though your specific storage needs could dictate a larger or smaller unit.

Best Overall

EdgeStar CWF340DZ

This wine storage cooler has two temperature zones so you can conveniently store both your reds and whites. Wood-trimmed wire racks look great, and this cooler has excellent temperature accuracy.
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Best Single-Zone

NewAir AWC - 330E

This is one of the few contenders that has a solution for odd-shaped bottles – a large rack along the bottom – and the temperatures go very low so it can accommodate a wide range of beverages.
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Best Value

Sunpentown WC-20TL

The Sunpentown (SPT) WC-20TL is convenient and compact. It will perch on your countertop and keep 20 standard bottles ready to enjoy at any time, for a very reasonable price.
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Product
Price
$399.00Amazon
$878.27Amazon
$499.95CJ
$299.95CJ
Check Price
$183.36Amazon
$447.21Amazon
$258.80Amazon
$279.99Amazon
$240.99Amazon
$277.98Amazon
$399.00Amazon
Overall Rating
10
9.9
9.3
8.9
8.7
8.6
8.5
8.4
8.2
8.1
8
7.8
Features
10
10
9.4
9.4
8.9
8.8
8.8
8.8
8.8
8.1
7.5
7.5
Design
10
10
8.8
7.5
7.5
7.5
8.8
6.9
6.9
7.5
7.5
7.5
Customer Service
10
9.8
10
10
10
10
7.5
10
8.8
8.8
10
8.8
Stand-Out Wine Coolers
Best Dual-Zone
N/A
Best Thermoelectric
N/A
Best Single-Zone
Best Compact Unit
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Slide-Out Shelves
N/A
Reversible Door
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Color
Black/Stainless Steel
Black/Mirror
Black/Stainless Steel
Black
Black/Stainless Steel
Black
Black/Mirror
Black/Silver
Black/Stainless Steel
Black
Black/Platinum
Metallic
Accommodates Odd-Sized Bottles
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Maximum Bottle Capacity
34
46
32
21
33
20
21
18
21
18
35
32
Wood Shelves
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Locking Door
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Metal Shelves
N/A
N/A
Depth (Inches)
23
25
22
20
20
20
24
19
21
14
20
16
Width (Inches)
19
24
21
17
19
16
12
14
13
20
18
21
Weight (Pounds)
94
118
69
54
57
30
40
38
46
36
75
48
Height (Inches)
33
34
32
32
34
22
34
27
33
26
33
31
Easy-to-Find Replacement Parts
N/A
N/A
N/A
Racks
Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
90 Days
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
3 Years
Telephone Support
Dual Zone
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Requires Moderate Ambient Temps
N/A
Compressor Cooling
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Ideal Temperature for White Wines
N/A
Capable in Warmer Rooms
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Adjustable Thermostat
Interior LED Light
Cools Sparkling Wines
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Ideal Temperature for Red or Rose Wines
N/A
Lowest Adjustable Temperature (F)
41
40
46
44
39
54
45
44.5
44
46
42.8
39
Thermoelectric Cooling
N/A
N/A
N/A
Digital Controls
N/A
Highest Adjustable Temperature (F)
64
65
66
66
64
66
64
64.5
66
66
57.2
68
Insulated, Light-Protected Glass Door
N/A
Best Overall

EdgeStar CWF340DZ

The EdgeStar CWF340DZ makes it easy to store up to 34 bottles of wine with the confidence that they will be at their best when you are ready to serve them. There are two temperature zones that are controlled separately inside this cooler.
The upper zone ranges in temperature from 41 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lower can be set between 54 to 64. That offers plenty of options for getting both reds and whites exactly how you like them. This cooler model lived up to its claims, reaching and maintaining the set temperatures in our tests, and fitting as many bottles as advertised. The EdgeStar can accommodate larger-circumference bottles on one shelf, and it even fit a tall bottle of Gewürztraminer that other test coolers could not. The slide-out shelves make it easy to access your collection, and they are sturdy enough for regular use and abuse. There is also a lock on this cooler. Since it is a common hex shape, you may not want to rely on it to keep the teens out, but for households with little kids, it is a great safety feature.
Pros
  • Two temperatures zones means you can store different wine types.
  • This one did well on our temperature accuracy tests.
  • There is a shelf for non-standard bottles.
Cons
  • The lock is pretty basic and might be easy for some teens to bypass.
  • Compressor designs like this use more energy than thermoelectric models.
  • The compressor cooling makes this noisier than thermoelectric units.
$429.00Amazon
Best Single-Zone

NewAir AWC - 330E

The best single-zone wine cooler we tested is the NewAir AWC-330E. This compressor-cooled unit can store up to 33 standard wine bottles.
Compressor units generally get temperatures colder than those that use thermoelectric technology. This one definitely conforms to that theory –getting temperatures all the way down to 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though it is only a single-zone cooler, you can still store different types of wine. Most wines store great right around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even if some experts recommend varied temperatures. If you want drastically different temperatures for different types of wine, this might not be a good fit, but it will work just fine for most collections. This unit features storage along the bottom for bottles that do not fit in standard slots, including boxed wines. Blue LED lights help illuminate your wine choices, and the door is reversible, making it easy to place wherever it fits best in your kitchen. A lock will keep children out, but is not likely sophisticated enough to deter teens.
Pros
  • The temperature gets really low, down to 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The reversible door will make it easier to find a spot for this one.
  • A storage rack along the bottom accommodates odd-shaped bottles.
Cons
  • You can only set one temperature for the whole cooler.
  • There is no tinting on the door to protect your reds.
  • The lock is probably not sophisticated enough to keep teens out.
$349.95Air & Water
Best Value

Sunpentown WC-20TL

Our pick for the best-value wine cooler is the Sunpentown (SPT) WC-20TL. This is an attractive, compact countertop unit that costs a fraction compared to other coolers.
It holds only 20 standard bottles, but it might be just right for some households, and our testers loved the look of this model. The blue LED lights are meant to help you find the right wine, but they also look really cool. A countertop unit like this one is easier to install than the large under-counter one, and there is less worry about how to fit it into your kitchen's layout. The reflective glass door helps protect red wines from sun damage, and it held set temperatures really well in our tests. We set it to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and put some pinot noir in there for a few days. Its display temperature matched the internal temperature more often than we expected. This cooler uses thermoelectric technology, and so it might not perform as perfectly in every setting – they are sometimes impacted by environmental conditions and can struggle in higher temperatures (over about 77 degrees Fahrenheit). In our climate-controlled lab, this cooler was great and will do fine in most homes, as well.
Pros
  • It maintains set temperatures well and recovers temperatures quickly.
  • The price is budget-friendly.
  • Testers loved the compact countertop design.
Cons
  • It only fits 20 standard-sized bottles.
  • A thermoelectric unit like this will not work as well in hotter ambient temperatures.
  • There is just the one temperature zone.
$174.63Amazon

Why Trust Us? 

We have been researching and testing wine coolers since 2010 and have learned a lot about what is important for this type of appliance to work well. We've spent a lot of time researching online, reading reviews and finding the best wine coolers on the market to compare and test. We looked for appliances that fit a modest wine collection – fewer than 50 bottles – and we included both compressor- and thermoelectric-cooled units. While there is some variation in what each person needs from their wine cooler, we looked for features and capabilities that will be a great fit for the majority of homes – temperature accuracy, flexible storage and safety features. 

How We Tested 

We've tested many wine coolers over the years, getting a feel for their functionality and appearance. To evaluate temperature accuracy, we measured temperature to ensure it matched the number displayed and tested the temperature over time and in different parts of the fridge . All of our testing occurred in a laboratory setting so we could ensure the ambient temperature stayed consistent, right around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is worth noting because thermoelectric-cooled units can become less effective at cooling in areas with dramatic temperature fluctuations.

We also tested for aspects of design, using wine bottles of various sizes to gauge what would fit where. We gave credit to the coolers that can easily fit larger bottles, but also used standard-sized bottles to make sure the coolers fit as many as advertised.

We built a chart to assess how many of the ideal features were available on each of the contenders. We assigned a numerical score to each of those features to indicate their level of importance, and then scored and ranked the coolers based on the quantity and quality of their features. 

Key Features to Look for When Buying a Wine Cooler 

Features
The best coolers have features that protect all types of wine. They reach the temperature you desire and maintain that temperature over time. Also, look for glass that blocks the UV rays that can speed up the aging of wine.

Design
Some aspects of desired design will depend on your individual collection – like how many bottles you need to store – but there are others that are universally helpful, including locking doors and storage for odd-sized bottles.

Customer Service
Wine coolers represent a fairly significant investment for most households, so consider aspects of customer support, including how long the warranty lasts and how easy it is to find replacement parts. 

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