If you love wine, you probably have a decent number of bottles to store. But the refrigerator isn't a great place to store them: the temperature variations and flow of air in a normal fridge can cause wine to denature or become corked, and the vibrations of a refrigerator can damage bottles. Wine coolers offer an excellent solution to that problem. You can store and chill your wine at precisely the temperature you need, while preventing it from spoiling. Here's our list of the five best full size wine coolers of 2021.
The Vintec VWCM149FAB is a 24-in. sleek, stylish matte black wine cooler that will hold up to 140 bottles. Its 10 wooden extension racks come with Vintec Perfect Cradle™ shelving that can accommodate any shape of 750 mL. bottle without scratching or damaging the labels. Its UV and vibration-proof storage area combine with a variable speed compressor to maintain the exact temperature you set without shaking your bottles. You can even set the temperature up in multiple zones, so different varietals can be stored in the same cooler.
If you're looking for a panel ready wine cooler, you should definitely consider the Miele KWT2602VI from the MasterCool series. In addition to the 24-in. width and 104-bottle capacity, it has a huge number of precision German engineered features. Perhaps the first one of these you'll notice is the lack of a handle. Instead, it has a Push2Open door and MaxLoad hinges that combine so that all you need to do to open the cooler is press the door. Its FlexiFrame wooden racks are highly adjustable, allowing you to store larger bottles without a fuss. You can even control and monitor it remotely using WiFiConn@ct technology, and get door alarms sent directly to your phone via the Miele@home system.
At 28 in. wide, the Liebherr WS17800 is the widest wine cooler on this list, but also the most spacious (it can hold a whopping 178 bottles). Its activated charcoal filter ensures a steady supply of fresh air, and the UV-resistant insulated glass door protects your wine from light. Its German engineering even shows in the SoftSystem door, normally used in cabinetry, which ensures that the cooler never closes hard enough to jostle your wine. The dimmable LED internal light also makes it easy for you to find what you're looking for. It even comes with a reversible door hinge to accommodate any space you wish to put it in.
The Zephyr PRW24F01BG is the most budget-friendly wine cooler on this list. It can hold up to 148 bottles of wine, and manages to squeeze in a number of high-end features into the 24-in. width as well. The bright LED lighting can be set to three colors (Cloud White, Amber, and Deep Blue) depending on what wines you're storing, and the cooler combines PreciseTemp™ temperature control and Active Cooling technology to make sure the temperature inside it remains stable at all times. It uses vibration dampening and 14 full-extension black wood racks to protect your wine from being jostled, and it even has carbon air filters to reduce odors.
As part of their Sofia Professional Series, the Fulgor Milano is the most feature-rich wine cooler on this list. It can hold up to 54 bottles in its 24-in. width, and its triple-layer UV protection on the glass lets you put any worries about light aside. The beechwood shelves accommodate many sizes of bottle and can even be removed if necessary, while the TriplePlay Refrigeration technology reduces humidity and heat to ideal levels. This cooler even has a Cave storage compartment that can be set to store red wine for years on end, and a TriZone bottom drawer that lets you store other drinks at even lower temperatures.
Why are wine coolers so expensive?
Wine coolers are precision pieces of equipment made for a specific use, and are therefore more expensive than a standard refrigerator. This is because in addition to cooling the air, they have advanced tools to monitor and adjust humidity and vibration.
Are dual zone wine coolers worth it?
If you have many different types of wine with different cooling needs, it can definitely be worth it to get a dual (or even triple) zone wine cooler. If you primarily stock only one varietal, it might be a better idea to stick with a single zone cooler instead.