When you're ready to wind down the day at home, you look for a cool, refreshing drink from your beverage center. The best beverage center for your kitchen can make it easy to organize your assortment of bottled water, canned soda, and more. Additionally, if you want to integrate one into your kitchen appliance suite, check out some of our best built-in beverage center units, hand-picked by our appliance professionals. Some of the best built-in beverage fridges also include wine racks with specialized temperature controls to store your collection of wine bottles, perfectly cooled to preserve and enhance flavors. The best built-in beverage coolers are also a must-have for the host or hostess who entertains guests often. Check out some of our top picks below.
This freestanding Zephyr beverage center from the Presrv Series comes with full-extension black wood racks and three-color LED showcase lighting (Cloud White, Deep Blue, and Amber), so you can brilliantly display your selection of drinks and keep them cool at the same time. It can hold up to 112 cans of beer, soda, or any other beverage, so it can handle nearly any size of party as well. The PreciseTemp™ system utilizes multiple internal sensors help maintain accurate temperatures to preserve both your regular beverages and up to 13 wine bottles on the bottom of the compartment. A built-in vibration dampening system also ensures your wine's flavor isn't compromised by distrubances. At 39 dBA, you'll barely hear it working, maintaining peace and quiet in whichever room it is placed.
Looking for a budget-friendly beverage center? This 24-in. built-in unit from Galanz has a 5.7 cu. ft. capacity, a reversible glass door, three sliding wire shelves, and it's easy on your pocketbook. It can hold up to 167 cans of your favorite beverage, which are all easier to see thanks to the bright interior LED lighting. A compressor cooling system maintains a consistent temperature, and the glass door is insulated for more energy efficiency. The digital temperature control makes it easy to adjust the temperature anywhere from 37 °F to 64 °F. An aesthetically pleasing perk of this unit is the aluminum grip handle, which provides a modern and stylish look.
You're going to be impressed by this 24-in. beverage center from NewAir. It has a 5.3 cu. ft. capacity, a triple-pane glass door, four shelves including wine racks, and beautiful blue LED lighting. The unique SplitShelf™ configuration gives you options to maximize your storage space. Half-depth shelves let you stack cans on top of each other, and bottles can stand upright in front of a half shelf. This beverage center is dual-zoned, which means you can keep your cans on top at a cooler temperature than your wine bottles, which are located in the dedicated wine racks on the bottom. The wine racks smoothly glide out for less vibration and easier reading of the labels. In total, you can store up to 20 wine bottles and 70 cans. The compressor system vents from the front, ensuring you won't need additional ducting built into your kitchen.
One of the best built-in beverage refrigerators we offer is this undercounter one from KitchenAid. At 24 in. wide, it can fit almost anywhere, and with a 4.89 cu. ft. capacity, it can handle large amounts of drinks. It even comes with wine racks, not to mention dual temperature zones for multiple beverages! Max Cool technology allows you to super-chill your drinks for up to 24 hours by just pressing a button. It even has automatic defrosting, which saves you work and keeps your beverage center working longer, and a Temperature Monitoring System which sounds an alarm if its internal temperature rises above 70° F for an extended length of time.
The most spacious beverage center on our list is this Azure unit that boasts 5 cu. ft. of capacity and eight shelves. That's large enough to hold 58 cans and 15 bottles of wine. The French doors allow you to store wine and other beverages in separate cavities to optimize your temperature control in the unit. The cavity even boasts glass shelves in one side and wooden wine racks in the other, helping you use it as a wine cooler as well. Its stainless towel bar handles add a touch of elegance to your beverage center. Even more, it has easy-touch digital display controls so it's easy to adjust your beverages' storage conditions.
U-Line's 2000 Series brings us this thoroughly modern glass door beverage center that has 4.9 cu. ft. capacity. Its low-E coated triple thermopane glass door is fully reversible, increasing your placement options, and it's the only beverage center on this list that is panel ready to seamlessly match any decor. Even the hinges are fully covered, completing the illusion. Meanwhile, its black interior comes with LED lighting, making it easy to find your favorite drinks. The vinyl wine racks extend fully out, improving your ease of access even further, and the three tempered glass shelves adjust to seven positions in total. You can even stain the natural beech wood wine racks to match surrounding cabinets or furniture.
We love this built-in beverage center from Liebherr for a lot of reasons. Its 3.8 cu. ft. storage capacity is enough to handle all your favorite drinks. It combines three glass and wire shelves with metal wine racks, letting you make the most of its interior. Its high-end German design will last for years to come, and its sturdy integrated lock and alarm system prevent unwanted access. It even includes an electronic LED temperature display which is visible through the extra-large viewing window, letting you monitor your drinks' storage conditions without letting warm air in. Its SuperQuiet operation, meanwhile, combines nearly silent compressors with a low-noise cooling circuit.
If you have a small space but still want to add drink storage to your home, this compact model from Marvel is one of the best built-in beverage centers we offer. At only 15 in. wide, its slimline design makes it ideal for a small cutout (and in many homes, it fits into the footprint of a regular cabinet). You can even install it freestanding if you prefer. Its dual pane glass door is filled with argon to maximize the appliance's efficiency, and it also resists beverage-harming ultraviolet light. The cantilevered wire shelves allow air to circulate evenly throughout the 2.5 cu. ft. cavity, and the 3-in-1 Convertible Shelf has a removable glass pane that you can easily swap out for the included wine rack. Meanwhile, high-end insulation and an efficient cabinet keep the warm air out. The beverage center's design even buffers sound and vibration, ensuring that it operates quietly.
What is the difference between a refrigerator and a beverage center?
A beverage center is a cooler specifically designed to store cold drinks, such as soda or beer, and wine bottles. It is smaller than a traditional refrigerator, which saves space and energy. A refrigerator is designed to store food and drinks, and in large amounts.
How cold do beverage coolers get?
You can adjust the temperature in most beverage centers somewhere between 37 °F and 65 °F. Some models feature a dual zone, where two different temperatures can be set, one for the cans and one for the wine.