Pros / It can be used to cool a fair variety of wines.
Cons / It is a single-zone cooler.
Verdict / The NutriChef PKTEWC18 is our pick for best wine cooler because it’s energy efficient, it has a decent temperature range and it holds 18 average-sized wine bottles.
The NutriChef PKTEWC18 is our top pick because it’s energy efficient and maintains its internal temperature. This wine cooler has a thermoelectric cooling system, which uses less electricity than compressor models, and can be set to chill wines between 53 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. This is perfect for red wines and decent for some white wines, though it’s not cold enough for sparkling wines. If you’d prefer a model that chills wines at a colder temperature, check out the Avanti EWC1201, which can be set 5 degrees lower.The biggest drawback of the PKTEWC18’s cooling system is that it’s a single zone cooler, so it can only chill one type of wine at a time.
This cooler has digital controls located at the top of the tempered glass door where it displays temperatures in either Fahrenheit or Celsius and has a switch to turn on the inside light. It also has a digital locking system to help keep little kids out of the wines. However, smart teens will likely be able to get into the fridge.
The PKTEWC18 is compact – it’s about as tall as a dishwasher and half the length – while still holding 18 standard wine bottles. There are several metal racks that hold bottles lying down and a designated rack that will hold a few bottles upright, which is useful for opened bottles. If you have an exceptionally wide or tall bottle of wine, the racks can be removed so there’s more room. The outside of this NutriChef wine cooler also has a beautiful platinum finish.