There’s nothing cozier and more comforting than sitting back with a glass of fine wine and enjoying some blessed, serene silence…that is, unless you store your bottles in a wine cooler. Because then you most likely already know the answer to the commonly asked question “Are wine coolers noisy?” (spoiler: the answer is yes).
Why does your wine cooler make noise? Simple. It is programmed to keep a more exact constant temperature unlike normal refrigerators—which are about ten decibels quieter than a wine fridge. Also like a normal fridge, wine coolers use fans and compressors to circulate cold air. And any mechanical device under constant use has moving parts that eventually wear down, here resulting in an audible humming or vibrating sound—which can become seriously irritating all too quickly. And vibrations tend to disturb a wine’s sediment.
So, what is a wine connoisseur to do?
What you need to do is purchase a quiet wine cooler powered by state-of-the-art thermoelectric technology—a device that functions like a generator but is less bulky and has no moving parts to create noise or vibrations. That means you can finally sip your Sauvignon in sweet silence. And since you want your wines preserved properly, you’ll certainly want the best silent wine cooler to fit your needs.
Here, Appliances Connection has assembled a lineup of the top five quietest wine coolers we’ve ever (not) heard…
- Avanti EWC18N2PD 14-Inch Freestanding Dual Zone Wine Cooler with 18-Bottle Capacity
- Vinotemp VT462ZSSDST Connoisseur Series 24-Inch Built-In and Freestanding Dual Zone Wine Cooler with 46-Bottle Capacity
- Dacor DYWS4 Discovery Series Built-In Single Zone Wine Cooler with 4-Bottle Capacity
- U-Line U1215WCB00B 1000 Series Built-In Single Zone Wine Cooler with 24-Bottle Capacity
- Whynter WC282TS 19-Inch Freestanding Single Zone Wine Cooler with 28-Bottle Capacity
Avanti’s compact 14-Inch Freestanding Dual Zone Wine Cooler has an 18-bottle capacity divided between two independent temperature zones, so you can store your reds in one section and your whites and sparkling wines in the other. Its stylishly curved glass door provides visual appeal in any room, and the integrated soft touch digital controls, electronic display, panel lock feature, and full range temperature controls make programming simple and convenient. Inside, it has four adjustable wine racks and slide-out chrome shelves, and an LED light with an on/off switch lets you display your collection.
For those with larger wine collections, the Vinotemp Connoisseur Series 24-inch built-in and freestanding dual zone wine cooler will meet your every need. It has a 46-bottle capacity with dual zone cooling system to keep different wines at correct temperatures. The digital controls and temperature display keep you aware of any variations inside the cooler. The bright interior LED lighting proudly shows your extensive assemblage, while the black wire racks with stainless-steel edging give the cooler a modern gleam while allowing easy access to your wines. A lock is included to keep your collection safe and sound.
With Dacor’s Discovery WineStation, you can store and pour at the same time. This is a restaurant-quality wine preservation and dispensation device for home use and has a single zone cooling system with a four-bottle capacity. The WineStation dispensing system allows you to choose any wine in just the right amount—a taste, a half glass or a full glass with the touch of a finger. Its patented CleanPour dispensing heads keep your wine safe from oxidation, and an argon gas preservation system will keep your wine as fresh as when it was uncorked for up to 60 days! The easy-to-use LED display makes temperature control a snap, and it has a locking door to keep prying hands off your precious pinot.
U-Line’s 1000 Series built-in single zone wine cooler has a 24-bottle capacity and complements any kitchen with its sleek black frame and natural beechwood-fronted shelving that can be stained to match your décor. The black interior is illuminated with LED lighting which automatically turns off when the door is closed or can be set to stay on for three hours. The wire bottle racks are designed to accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes while the fourth and fifth racks allow for larger wine and champagne bottles. And six three-quarter extension black vinyl-coated wine racks allow for easy access and prevent bottles from shifting.
If you want something more basic but still using thermoelectric technology, Whynter’s 19-inch freestanding single zone wine cooler has a 28-bottle capacity and has a space-saving door with a recessed handle. Its modern black casing fits with any modern décor. It has six premium stainless steel trimmed scalloped smooth-sliding shelves, soft interior lighting and soft-touch digital temperature controls for easy programming. It has fan-forced circulation to ensure a balanced cooling effect throughout the interior.
There you have it, the best five silent wine coolers that will chill your vintages while you chill out. But perhaps you believe we missed something? A brand you have some experience with, or a comment about one of the coolers we reviewed? We’d like to hear your opinions. Leave a comment or suggestion below.
Do you put red wine in a wine fridge?
Yes, but at a warmer temperature than white wines, which are chilled between 46 and 56 degrees. Reds should be kept at a temperature between 50 and 65 degrees.
How long can an open wine bottle last in a cooler?
An opened bottle of white or rosé wine should be able to last for at least two to three days, if using a cork stopper. Some reds may keep going for up to five days.
Why is my wine fridge not cooling?
You should make sure the thermostat is in correct working order. Compressor-based wine coolers are the ones that may have thermostat issues.