A trending touch of luxury for kitchens is the addition of a wine cooler. Once only for the rich and famous, wine coolers are the perfect kitchen accessory, especially if you love to entertain. It’s simply a nice, organized way to store your wine, beers and mixers.
They come in all shapes, sizes and price levels. Choosing a wine cooler comes down to a few factors including size, storage capacity, refrigeration, single zoning, dual zoning or built in, making it difficult to choose the right one for your home.
Most people drink wine within 24 hours of purchasing it. But whether you love to buy good wine, collect it, store it, bring it out on special occasions or just enjoy it with a meal with family and friends, a wine cooler helps you to keep wine separate from foods.
Trying to find and take out wine, beer or mixers without spilling the potato salad, turkey or water jug is not always easy.
A wine cooler maximizes refrigerator space for food and makes it easy to find the exact beverage you are looking for.
Many wines improve with age if they are stored correctly. Stored incorrectly, they can quickly deteriorate. Even cheap and mid-priced wines need a little care to keep them in tact. Humidity, light and temperature can turn a $40 dollar bottle of wine into vinegar. The right humidity, light and temperature can turn a $5 dollar bottle of wine into a $25 dollar bottle.
If you are too busy to stock up on wine, there are companies that deliver. If you have seriously expensive wine tastes, your wine cooler should have some built in security too.
Adding a wine cooler to your kitchen is very stylish. Of course, you can keep your wine cooler in the basement, mudroom or garage, but like great jewelry, why not have it on show?
Kitchen Design Ideas
If your current kitchen design doesn’t allow for a beverages cooler, its always good to plan ahead.
A wine cooler not only makes it simple to serve guests with perfectly chilled wine every time but is a perfect home upgrade if you ever decide to sell your home. You can add your wine cooler under a counter top,kitchen island, wall bar, in your storage pantry or butlers pantry. As long as your unit fits and you have a power supply, you are good to go.
Facts about Wine Coolers
- Small single zone units are a good first wine cooler. They’re inexpensive, feature one cooling area and one temperature control, which means you can store either red or white but generally not both.
- Dual zone coolers help you to store reds and whites. They are slightly more expensive but not a lot.
- Humidity and temperature displays are a must if you want to take the guess work out of controlling the temperature manually.
- High-end wine coolers offer more special features. But do you need them? Additions like call-back and alarm systems, specialized shelving, racking and customized cabinets sound great but in most cases you probably don’t need them.
Now that we know what to look for when shopping for a wine cooler, here are 6 units reviews. There are a lot more to choose from, but this gives you an idea of what is already selling well and the different styles. The link in each header below will take you to Amazon where you can read reviews and see the prices.
With dual zone cooling, this unit is perfect for chilling wines and making you party-ready. Its a sturdy freestanding cooler with a digital temperature display for dual-zone thermoelectric temperature controls. Double pane glass doors keep it energy efficient at all times. Very sleek in black with soft interior lighting.
- 12-bottle capacity
- Ultra Quiet Vibration-Free Thermal Electric Cooling
- Suits Red and White Wine
- Curved Door with Smoked Glass with Black Trim/Black Cabinet
- Dual Touch Screen Controls with 2 LED Displays.
- 6 Full-Width Chrome Storage Rack
- energy-efficient double-pane insulated glass doors
This free standing wine cooler stores up to 36 bottles of wine at the perfect temperature and, as long as its stocked, its ready for any occasion. Its cheaper than the Haier 12 but is still a good looking cooler. The interior blue LED lighting gives you a clear view of how many bottles, and which varieties, are being chilled.
The reversible door swing makes access very easy and the tempered glass door is UV protected when you want to take the party outside. It has a classic black and stainless steel exterior.
- 36 bottle free-standing wine cooler
- Blue LED interior lighting
- Black wire shelving
- Recessed pocket style handle
- Tempered glass door that opens left or right
- Temperature range of 6°C – 14°C (43°F – 57°F)
This compact unit fits into small spaces and stores 28 bottles. This wine cooler is fully adjustable with six removable shelves and in a luxurious black and stainless steel finish.
- 28 Bottle Capacity for red or white wine. Noise Level: 25 dB
- Vibration-free cooling system is quiet.
- Temperature Range: 54°F – 66°F while protecting sediment.
- Digital Display: Push button controls mounted on the door frame.
- Interior LED Lighting with a frequency of 60 Hz
- 6 adjustable chrome plated shelves that can be pulled out when needed.
75 bottles of wine if you are a collector, love to entertain or love wine. This unit is not very tall but remains stylish and impressive. This version comes with wooden shelves, which is great for a country, rustic or farmhouse look.
It has several built-in humidity reservoirs, the interior of the Danby wine cooler is free of any condensation build-up. It also features a temperature display with LED lights. With the 75-bottle capacity, the Danby is the ideal solution for a growing wine collection.
- 8 full-width wooden shelves
- tempered glass door
- platinum door trim
- humidity reservoirs
- reversible door hinge