Wine refrigerators are a fantastic investment for those who enjoy collecting and enjoying wines, as they store wines at the precise temperatures that keeps them at peak flavor and aroma. There are wine coolers that can store a huge number of bottles, 200 or more, but many wine collectors don't have the room or the collection to need that large of a capacity. Check out our picks for the best small wine fridges and coolers of 2021 below.
This beautiful 24-in. built-in wine cooler can store up to 34 bottles of wine on three extension racks in two distinct temperature zones. The Liebherr WU3400 comes equipped with a factory installed door lock to keep your wines safe from thieves and small children. It is also ADA compliant, making it a great choice for those who need accommodating appliances, and it runs quietly thanks to its compressors that keep vibrations and sounds low.
This German-engineered cooler has an alarm system that will let you know if the door has been left open or if the temperature has shifted outside of its safe zones. Your wine collection will also look fantastic underneath the brilliant LED lighting that illuminates your bottles and makes their labels easy to read. This energy-efficient LED lighting also emits no heat, so your wines won't suffer from excessive temperatures from lighting either. Finally, the activated charcoal filter keeps the air inside the cooler fresh and clean, eliminating odors that can compromise the taste of wines.
The Galanz GLW57MS2B16 is a great option for those with a slightly larger wine collection, as this 24-in. built-in can house up to 47 bottles on seven extension wine racks in a single temperature zone. This cooler's strong LED lights cast a gorgeous glow on your wines without generating heat, and its sliding wooden shelves are durable and attractive. You can adjust the temperatures of this cooler with easy-to-use digital controls, and the insulated glass door keeps temperatures inside consistent.
It looks both elegant and stylish, largely thanks to its polished aluminum handle that would make it look great in any kitchen or bar area, regardless of the rest of the room's design. This cooler made our list of the best small wine fridges and coolers of 2021 because it's a highly affordable option that still provides plenty of the same features that other, more expensive coolers offer.
The Zephyr Preserv Series PRW24C02BG is a stunning 24-in. built-in and freestanding wine cooler with an impressive 45-bottle capacity and two temperature zones. This cooler provides plenty of room on five extension wine racks, and your wines will be kept at just the right temperature with its PreciseTemp™ sensors that maintain its internal temperature. You can customize the look of the cooler with three different colors of LED lighting- cloud white, deep blue, and amber.
This cooler also features a vibration dampening system, which allows it to run super quietly and without vibrations, keeping your home quiet and your wines undisturbed. A door alarm will ring if the door has been left open for more than three minutes, and the air inside is kept fresh with a carbon filter.
How long do small wine coolers last?
Quality wine coolers, such as those listed above, should last between 10 to 15 years when they are properly cleaned and maintained.
Is a wine fridge worth it?
Most wine collectors, whether for fun or as a serious hobby, find that wine refrigerators are well worth the investment. Wine refrigerators run at a different temperature than your kitchen refrigerator, allowing them to keep your wines at peak flavor and aroma. Plus, wine refrigerators don't often store food or other items that can impact the flavor of wines.