Whether you possess a sommelier-like knowledge about wine or are simply a social drinker who goes for an occasional glass at home, investing in a wine fridge is a must.
The first thing to consider when selecting the right cooler for your home is what kind of wine you prefer to drink—red or white. If you, like us, opt for both depending on your meal, then consider a dual-zone cooler.
“Some fridges only hold one temperature, and some can hold two. If wine has a regular place on your dinner table, what’s in your fridge will almost certainly fluctuate,” said Jordan Nova, assistant director of food and beverage at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, who was until recently the head sommelier there. “Even if you predominantly drink red wine, the flexibility to have the temperature for one area set to 59-degrees for red and another at 43-degrees for white/sparkling is almost essential.”
Before committing to a model, Nova also suggests checking which way the door opens (left or right) and if the orientation doesn’t fit your home interior, contact the supplier. “Many vendors have two types of each fridge in inventory,” he said.
Now peruse some of the best wine chillers that will keep your reds and whites in top condition for you to enjoy.
Vinotemp 28-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler
This sleek wine cooler with a 28-bottle capacity allows you to store both red and white wine at optimal conditions. The fridge features black wire racking and a timeless stainless steel exterior.
To buy: $1,099; vinotemp.com
EuroCave Performance Décor Collection 83 Wine Cellar
EuroCave’s products are developed and tested in France with master sommeliers so you can rest assured that your vintages are being stored in one of the best coolers on the market. This single-zone cabinet recreates a natural deep cellar and allows you to set the temperature between 41°F and 68°F. A built-in alarm will alert you if the humidity falls below 50 percent. You can customize the door style and wood finish so the fridge fits seamlessly into the interior of your home.
To buy: $3,695; wineenthusiast.com
Thermador Dual Zone Wine Cooler
Show off your finest bottles in this modern dual-zone wine chiller with a 41-bottle capacity. It has a UV-resistant tempered glass door, five full-extension wine racks, and adjustable LED lighting.
To buy: $3,399; brayandscarff.com
Monogram ZDWI240HII Wine Reserve
We love the rustic vibe of this single-zone Monogram wine fridge. You can actually customize both the exterior wood panel and the handle to your preferences. It has a UV-resistant tempered glass door, and seven removable full-extension wine racks that hold up to 51 bottles.
To buy: $2,200; monogram.com
Miele Freestanding Wine Cooler
This wine fridge allows you to store not just your reds and whites but also your wine glasses and decanters. It features three separate temperature zones, a note board so you can label each individual rack, and bottle presenters to showcase your finest wines.
To buy: $6,999; mieleusa.com
U-Line Wine Captain Fridge
This dual-zone double-door fridge stores up to 62 bottles at a time, has a temperature range of 38°F-65°F, and three distinct modes for red, white, and sparkling wine. It features full-extension racks that accommodate a variety of bottle sizes, LED theater lighting, and a UV-resistant glass door.
To buy: $4,619; u-line.com
NewAir 29-Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler
If space is an issue, this compact dual-zone wine cooler is here to make your life easier. It has a compact design that fits up to 29 bottles and features adjustable sliding cedar wood shelves.
To buy: $650; newair.com
Liebherr WTes 1672 Vinidor Wine Chiller
Sleek design and amazing features make this dual-zone Liebherr wine chiller an excellent option for storing your reds and whites. Keep up to 34 bottles in the LED-lighted interior separated into five wooden shelves, three of which can be fully pulled out.
To buy: Price upon request; liebherr.com
EdgeStar 46 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler
This dual-zone EdgeStar wine cooler can easily be fitted under your kitchen counter or you can display it as a stand-alone appliance in your dining room. It fits up to 46 standard bottles and thanks to a fan-forced internal circulation that distributes the temperature evenly (and fast), you can enjoy each bottle at the perfect temperature.
To buy: $749; edgestar.com