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Wine Chillers & Coolers Buying Guide

Buying a bottle of good wine is only the first step in enjoying it. You have to store that wine correctly to protect your investment. Specialty appliances, like a wine chiller, give wine the stability and shelter it deserves so you can enjoy it long after you bring it home.

Types of Wine Chillers & Coolers

Types of Wine Chillers & Coolers

Thanks to the popularity of drinking wine and entertaining at home, the appliance category of wine chillers -- also known as wine coolers or wine refrigerators -- is growing. Now any home, big or small, can upgrade its wine storage with models designed to sit on the countertop, under a counter, or on its own in any room.

Countertop

This entry-level wine storage is compact and quiet but offers the fewest options and smallest capacity.

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Summit Appliance

Keep your wine at the optimal temperature for serving with the Summit 8 Bottle Countertop Wine Chiller (STC1). This unique wine ch...iller giver you the opportunity to chill up to eight (8) bottles at once, and these bottles are stored upright allowing you to even properly store open bottles of wine. A glass window is built into the front with a led light so that you can see the labels of the front four bottles of wine and choose the right bottle for your specific occasions. Weighing only 25 lbs. this chiller is easily portable, and can be placed on counters, table tops, or other compact and convenient places. The temperature of this chiller is controlled with a front mounted electronic thermostat control panel that lets you adjust the temperature of your chiller anywhere from 46-66 F, making it ideal for storing white, red, or blush wines, and a display clearly shows you exactly where your temperature is set. To cool the wine, this chiller utilizes thermoelectric technology that operates free of vibrations that can often hurt the flavor of your wine.. Thermoelectric technology also allows the unit to operate much quieter then other wine chillers so that both you and your wine remain undisturbed. To top off all of these features, this chiller is extremely environmentally friendly as it does not use freon, or CFC. With a large convenience upright storage capacity, adjustable temperature controls, and thermoelectric technology make this chiller a must have for any wine enthusiast. Upright Storage:Chill and store up to eight (8) bottles in the upright position that works for both open and unopened wine Adjustable Thermostat:Electronic controls allow you to set your temperature anywhere between 46-66F making this chiller great for white, red, or blush wine Thermoelectric Technology:Vibration free thermoelectric cooling keeps your unit quiet and your wine undisturbed read more

Danby

Shop for Appliances at The Home Depot. Danby's compact countertop wine cooler takes up little space, but offers big storage. Desig...ned to provide a convenient and economical alternative to chilling wine in the fridge, this model has a 17 bottle... read more

Danby

Shop for Appliances at The Home Depot. Danby's compact counter-top wine cooler takes up little space but offers big storage. Desig...ned to provide a convenient and economical alternative to chilling wine in the fridge this model has a 12 bottle capacity.... read more

True Fabrications
$38.51
at Amazon

This corkscrew can be set on top of a counter using a suction base. Its height is adjustable so it can quickly open different size...d bottles. A foil cutter is included in the design, and conveniently located on the corkscrew so no time is wasted when uncorking. This makes an excellent addition to any home counter. read more

Built-In

The most popular type of wine chiller, built-in models install under a counter in the space of a trash compactor or dishwasher, with bottom vents that exhaust to the front. Models offer a range of capacities and convenience features.

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Summit Appliance
$1,046.00
at AJ Madison

Summit 5.5 Cu. Ft. Freestanding/Built In Wine Cooler SWC6GBLBISH. 24" Built-in Wine Cellar Summit's SWC6GBI series of wine cellars... features European designed, commercially approved units that are capable of built-in use under counters. The SWC6GBLBI is conveniently sized at just 24" wide, perfect for settings with limited room but high storage standards. Store your finest bottles of white wine under the ideal conditions with an adjustable thermostat and automatic defrost. Fully featured, the SWC6GBLBI includes a rocker switch interior light, front-mounted lock, scalloped wine shelves, and one piece interior liner for simple clean-up. Summit's SWC6GBLBI can serve any household or commercial industry as a built-in or freestanding unit. This model has a jet black cabinet with a reversible double pane tempered glass door. About Summit From innovative design to superior construction, Summit products embody quality from the inside out. Their models can be modified to meet specific customer needs, whether that means adding brass finishes to a beer dispenser for a dramatic look or installing digital controls on laboratory coolers for user flexibility. They offer a full range in style and size that includes their unique thin-line models, designed to fit in those commonly found but hard-to-fill narrow spaces. They have one of the industry's largest collection of ADA compliant appliances and proudly manufacture a dozen models of Energy Star listed products. read more

Summit Appliance
$1,005.00
at AJ Madison

Summit 5.5 Cu. Ft. Freestanding/Built In Wine Cooler SWC6GWLBISH. 24" Built-in Wine Cellar Summit's SWC6GL series presents commerc...ially approved under-counter wine cellars that can be customized to meet any needs. The SWC6GWLBI is conveniently sized at just 24" wide, perfect for settings with limited room but high storage standards. Store your finest bottles of white wine under the ideal conditions with an adjustable thermostat and automatic defrost. Fully featured, the SWC6GWLBI includes a rocker switch interior light, front-mounted lock, and one piece interior liner for simple clean-up. The reversible glass door provides a clear view of your collection. Summit's SWC6GWLBI can serve any household or commercial industry as a built-in unit. The clean white finish adds elegance to both the cellar's location and the wine inside. About Summit From innovative design to superior construction, Summit products embody quality from the inside out. Their models can be modified to meet specific customer needs, whether that means adding brass finishes to a beer dispenser for a dramatic look or installing digital controls on laboratory coolers for user flexibility. They offer a full range in style and size that includes their unique thin-line models, designed to fit in those commonly found but hard-to-fill narrow spaces. They have one of the industry's largest collection of ADA compliant appliances and proudly manufacture a dozen models of Energy Star listed products. read more

Marvel
$2,499.00
at AJ Madison

Marvel 24" Built In Wine Cooler ML24WDP3LP. 24" Dual Zone Wine Cooler Give your collection the treatment it deserves with this del...uxe dual zone wine cooler from Marvel. Two independent temperature zones keep your wines ready to serve no matter what you're in the mood for. LED lighting illuminates the interior and UV-resistant glass door keeps your wine safe from harmful UV radiation. Available in stainless steel, black, or panel ready front for ideal integration into your home. About Marvel Marvel was founded in 1932, when the company began creating undercounter iceboxes. But as part of AGA Rangemaster, their history of creating premium appliances for the home dates back to 1709 and the start of the Industrial Revolution in our Coalbrookdale UK foundry. From the development of cast iron cookware, to the creation of the original AGA Cooker, to today's full line of premium refrigeration and cooking products, ours is a story of innovation and manufacturing excellence. Available at AJ Madison. read more

Summit Appliance
$1,035.00
at AJ Madison

Summit 15" Built In Wine Cooler SWC1535BCSS. 15" Undercounter Wine Cellar with 33-Bottle Capacity Give your wine collection the pr...oper care with Summit SWC1535B, a slim-fitting wine cellar designed for built-in or freestanding use under counters. Just under 15" wide, the SWC1535B is thoughtfully sized to store up to 33 bottles on six slide-out wooden shelves. An interior LED light provides an elegant view behind a tempered glass door, elegantly trimmed in stainless steel. The reversible-hinge door includes a lock and professional handle. Inside, the digital thermostat makes temperature management easy and intuitive, with indicator lights to show when the interior is ideal for reds, whites and sparkling wines. The SWC1535B has a flush back design for easy installation under any counter. For a matching glass door beverage refrigerator, see the SCR1536B. Summit - Something For Everyone Today, Summit carry over 600 models of specialty refrigerators and freezers, including the largest range of fully automatic defrost compacts available on the market. Additionally, their product line consists of ranges, microwave ovens, cooktops, combination kitchens, washers and dryers, beer dispensers, wine cellars, and more. With their expanding line of built-in and freestanding units, Summit serves a variety of household, commercial, and scientific markets. Specialized compact products for offices, schools, and food service establishments, refrigerators and freezers for medical and laboratory storage, minibars for hotels, and the industry's largest selection of weather-proof outdoor refrigerators are just a few of the items you can find in their always expanding catalog. Available at AJ Madison. What Makes Them Different From innovative design to superior construction, Summit products embody quality from the inside out. Their models can be modified to meet specific customer needs, whether that means adding brass finishes to a beer dispenser for a dramatic look or installing digital controls on laboratory coolers for user flexibility. They offer a full range in style and size that includes their unique thin-line models, designed to fit in those commonly found but hard-to-fill narrow spaces. They have one of the industry's largest collection of ADA compliant appliances and proudly manufacture a dozen models of ENERGY STAR listed products. read more

Freestanding

Freestanding wine refrigerators are independent of cabinets and store 250 bottles or more. These models may require 2-3 inches of clearance on all sides for ventilation.

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Summit Appliance
$1,018.00
at AJ Madison

Summit 5.5 Cu. Ft. Freestanding/Built In Wine Cooler SWC6GBLBITB. 24" Built-in Wine Cellar Summit's SWC6GBI series of wine cellars... features European designed, commercially approved units that are capable of built-in use under counters. The SWC6GBLBI is conveniently sized at just 24" wide, perfect for settings with limited room but high storage standards. Store your finest bottles of white wine under the ideal conditions with an adjustable thermostat and automatic defrost. Fully featured, the SWC6GBLBI includes a rocker switch interior light, front-mounted lock, scalloped wine shelves, and one piece interior liner for simple clean-up. Summit's SWC6GBLBI can serve any household or commercial industry as a built-in or freestanding unit. This model has a jet black cabinet with a reversible double pane tempered glass door. About Summit From innovative design to superior construction, Summit products embody quality from the inside out. Their models can be modified to meet specific customer needs, whether that means adding brass finishes to a beer dispenser for a dramatic look or installing digital controls on laboratory coolers for user flexibility. They offer a full range in style and size that includes their unique thin-line models, designed to fit in those commonly found but hard-to-fill narrow spaces. They have one of the industry's largest collection of ADA compliant appliances and proudly manufacture a dozen models of Energy Star listed products. read more

Summit Appliance
$1,231.00
at AJ Madison

Summit 5.5 Cu. Ft. Freestanding/Built In Wine Cooler SWC6GBLBISHWOADA. 24" Built-in Wine Cellar Summit's SWC6GBI line features Eur...opean designed, commercially approved wine cellars capable of built-in use under counters. The SWC6GBLBISHWO is conveniently sized at just 24" wide, perfect for settings with limited room but high storage standards. Store your finest bottles of white wine under the ideal conditions with an adjustable thermostat and automatic defrost. Fully featured, the SWC6GBLBISHWO includes a rocker switch interior light, front-mounted lock, and one piece interior liner for simple clean-up. Elegant wooden shelves are perfectly designed to store and display wine bottles at their best. Summit's SWC6GBLBISHWO can serve any household or commercial industry as a built-in or freestanding unit. This model has a jet black cabinet with a double pane tempered glass door completed by a brushed aluminum trim. A full-length towel bar handle completes the elegant look. The ADA model has a 32" height designed to fit under ADA compliant counters. About Summit From innovative design to superior construction, Summit products embody quality from the inside out. Their models can be modified to meet specific customer needs, whether that means adding brass finishes to a beer dispenser for a dramatic look or installing digital controls on laboratory coolers for user flexibility. They offer a full range in style and size that includes their unique thin-line models, designed to fit in those commonly found but hard-to-fill narrow spaces. They have one of the industry's largest collection of ADA compliant appliances and proudly manufacture a dozen models of Energy Star listed products. read more

Summit Appliance
$1,046.00
at AJ Madison

Summit 5.5 Cu. Ft. Freestanding/Built In Wine Cooler SWC6GBLBISH. 24" Built-in Wine Cellar Summit's SWC6GBI series of wine cellars... features European designed, commercially approved units that are capable of built-in use under counters. The SWC6GBLBI is conveniently sized at just 24" wide, perfect for settings with limited room but high storage standards. Store your finest bottles of white wine under the ideal conditions with an adjustable thermostat and automatic defrost. Fully featured, the SWC6GBLBI includes a rocker switch interior light, front-mounted lock, scalloped wine shelves, and one piece interior liner for simple clean-up. Summit's SWC6GBLBI can serve any household or commercial industry as a built-in or freestanding unit. This model has a jet black cabinet with a reversible double pane tempered glass door. About Summit From innovative design to superior construction, Summit products embody quality from the inside out. Their models can be modified to meet specific customer needs, whether that means adding brass finishes to a beer dispenser for a dramatic look or installing digital controls on laboratory coolers for user flexibility. They offer a full range in style and size that includes their unique thin-line models, designed to fit in those commonly found but hard-to-fill narrow spaces. They have one of the industry's largest collection of ADA compliant appliances and proudly manufacture a dozen models of Energy Star listed products. read more

Summit Appliance
$1,005.00
at AJ Madison

Summit 5.5 Cu. Ft. Freestanding/Built In Wine Cooler SWC6GWLBISH. 24" Built-in Wine Cellar Summit's SWC6GL series presents commerc...ially approved under-counter wine cellars that can be customized to meet any needs. The SWC6GWLBI is conveniently sized at just 24" wide, perfect for settings with limited room but high storage standards. Store your finest bottles of white wine under the ideal conditions with an adjustable thermostat and automatic defrost. Fully featured, the SWC6GWLBI includes a rocker switch interior light, front-mounted lock, and one piece interior liner for simple clean-up. The reversible glass door provides a clear view of your collection. Summit's SWC6GWLBI can serve any household or commercial industry as a built-in unit. The clean white finish adds elegance to both the cellar's location and the wine inside. About Summit From innovative design to superior construction, Summit products embody quality from the inside out. Their models can be modified to meet specific customer needs, whether that means adding brass finishes to a beer dispenser for a dramatic look or installing digital controls on laboratory coolers for user flexibility. They offer a full range in style and size that includes their unique thin-line models, designed to fit in those commonly found but hard-to-fill narrow spaces. They have one of the industry's largest collection of ADA compliant appliances and proudly manufacture a dozen models of Energy Star listed products. read more

Product Features

Product Features

For convenience, security, and dependability, these features are standard on some models and optional on others, according to model size and cost. Most are enhancements designed to protect your wine investment.

Dual Temperature Zones

If you drink only red wine or only white wine, your storage needs are simple. However, if you wish to store both reds and whites in the same wine cooler, a single temperature is a risky compromise. The safest solution is two independently controlled temperature zones, preferably in separate compartments.

Digital Controls

A digital temperature display -- easy to set and view without opening the door -- keeps temperatures accurate and consistent. One drawback: Digital controls may limit you to predetermined ranges, such as 40-65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tinted Glass Doors

Because ultraviolet light is harmful to wines, look for tinted double-pane glass doors that block UV rays yet still let you see your prized collection.

Adjustable Shelves

Whether they're wood, metal, or plastic, all wine-chiller shelves store bottles on their sides so the corks are always wet. Most shelves hold standard 750-millileter bottles. Fixed racks let you stack bottles to store more; adjustable or removable racks make it easy to accommodate larger champagne bottles or to slide out a shelf to view or insert bottles.

Other Features

Integrated locks protect wine against removal by children or burglars. Adjustable interior LED lighting displays your collection and illuminates labels without damage from ultraviolet or incandescent light. Reversible hinges let you change the direction your door opens.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As with any appliance, a little research will ensure you find the wine refrigerator that best fits your needs. Choosing the right type, size, and location are smart steps to buying a model that is practical for your home and lifestyle. And remember that cost has two components: the purchase price and the operating expense.

Capacity

Wine refrigerators store as few as six to more than 200 bottles. Even if your collection is small right now, anticipate how it could grow in a few years. In addition, bottle capacity is related to the type of racks you choose, as certain rack options offer greater capacity than others. Consider buying a wine chiller that holds at least four or five more bottles than you usually have so that you can take advantage of sales or vineyard trips.

Energy Use

The federal Energy Star program rates food refrigerators but not wine chillers. Based on your capacity and temperature setting, efficient models cost about $10 per year to operate at an average of 10.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Thermoelectric wine coolers, which do not contain compressors, can be more efficient than standard electric units.

Location

Where you plan to install your wine chiller affects the type you buy, and vice versa. Operating noise can be distracting if you choose a location in the dining room or family room. Kitchens, pantries, garages, and basements can all suffer from temperature swings that make the appliance work harder to maintain steady cooling.

Styling

Look for attractive styling if you want to show off your wine chiller and its contents. If you choose a built-in model, the door's finish will count the most. Consider whether doors of glass, stainless steel, or wood complement your setting before making your final choice. Sleek, hidden handles or chunky industrial pulls also contribute to the overall design.

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Wine Enthusiast
$269.99 $386.00
at JCPenney

This Silent series wine cooler protects the taste of your favorite reds and whites with updated, virtually silent cooling technolo...gy and a slim, compact design. 2 zones: top holds 10 bottles, bottom holds 8 bottles digital touchscreen with temperature display top zone adjustable temperature range of 54-66F provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites bottom zone adjustable temperature range of 46-66F provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites, and optimum serving conditions for most whites reflective smoked-glass Thermopane door with stainless steel trim Meta/glass. Measures 9^x20x37"H with hinge. Wipe clean. Imported. read more

Wine Enthusiast Silent Slimline 18-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler with Upright Bottle Storage
KALORIK
$299.99 $400.00
at JCPenney

For the well-kept cellar or the everyday kitchen, this state-of-the-art, 16-bottle cooler keeps your wines fresh and ready for ser...ving at a moment's notice. stores wine at optimal temperature and humidity conditions digital controls with LCD display are user-friendly sets between 52-64 according to your preference thermoelectric cooling system avoids vibrations of traditional wine coolers energy efficient, using only about as much electricity as a 75-watt lightbulb ultra-quiet operation interior soft LED lighting with on/off switch adjustable level foot double-paned tempered glass door Metal/wood. Measures 18x16.9x20.1"H. Wine not included. Imported. read more

Kalorik 16-Bottle Wine Cooler
Danby
$550.00 $699.99
at Walmart

The Danby Designer Wine Cooler for 50 bottles comes in a black and stainless steel finish that coordinates with a variety of moder...n decors. The cooler's precise digital thermometer features an LED display that can easily be read without opening the... read more

Danby 50-Bottle Designer Wine Cooler, Black and Stainless Steel
Avanti
$245.00 $306.25
at Beverage Factory

The Avanti WC3406 34 Bottle Wine Chiller is a single-zone wine refrigerator that stores up to 34 bottles of wine at their optimum ...serving temperature. It's door integrated soft touch control panel with electronic display make it easy to adjust and monitor the temperature inside the cabinet. The modern design compliments any decor, and is further enhanced by a soft interior LED light that can be turned on and off. read more

34 Bottle Wine Chiller
Home Decorators Collection

Metal construction with an antique pewter finish, our Wine Bottle Chiller will keep your favorite bottle of wine or champagne cool... and protected. Etching completes the look. Handles for easy lifting. Sits flat in your bar area or kitchen. Actual size is 10H x 11W x 7"D read more

Wine Bottle Chiller - 10H X 11W X 7"D, Pewter
Old Dutch International
$54.99 $119.99
at Sears

Made of metal with a beautiful antique pewter finish, this 2 bottle wine chiller is a perfect accent for wine lovers. It adds styl...e and elegance to any counter. A great present for the holidays or any special occasion. Color: Bronze/copper metallic. read more

Chillers 12.75 in. x 5.5 in. Antique Embossed Victoria 2 Bottle Wine Chiller Bronze/copper metallic 430
Ten Strawberry Street
$103.99 $193.99
at Sears

The 4 Bottle Wine Chiller by Old Dutch is the ultimate tool for entertaining in style. This functional work of art is finished in ...a striking Antique Copper and Lacquered to resist tarnishing. The wine chiller holds and chills four bottles at once and has a convenient lid to keep ice protected from the elements. This wine chiller is as perfect for grand celebrations as it is for casual brunches on the patio. Color: Metallics. read more

4 Bottle Wine Chiller
NewAir
$223.99 $319.00
at Walmart

Fully enjoy the flavors and aromas of your wine with proper storage and cooling. NewAir's AWC-270E freestanding wine cooler holds ...up to 27 standard wine bottles at once and creates the optimal environment for your favorite vintages. This unit has a compressor-powered system which allows it to quickly and effectively chill wine down to 39° F. For accurate temperature control, the AWC-270E has an electronic touchscreen with digital readout. The modern black cabinet with stainless steel accented doors also complement most decors, making this wine cooler a welcome addition to any home. Free Gift Enjoy a free $50 Nakedwines.com gift card with purchase. Please click here to review terms & conditions.Large Storage CapacityThe NewAir AWC-270E wine cooler stores up to 27 bottles of wine - over 2 cases! It's perfect for small to medium sized wine collections.Insulated Glass Door The shatter-proof, insulated glass door also protects your wine from excessive light that could affect the quality of your wine.Soft Interior Light This wine cooler has an interior blue light that softly illuminates your wine collection while adding visibility.Precise Temperature Control The AWC-270E is equipped with an adjustable electronic thermostat with digital temperature readout for precise temperature control.Compressor System The NewAir AWC-270E has a compressor cooling system, making it more durable and powerful than thermoelectric systems. read more

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