Whether you are a serious wine collector or just like to enjoy a nice glass of vino after work, a home wine refrigerator is a smart investment. Not only will it ensure your drink of choice is kept at the optimal temperature for drinking and is always ready to pour, it frees up refrigerator space. There are a wide range of options to choose from and which is right for you will depend on several factors:
Bottle capacity – How do you buy your wine? By the case or a few bottles at a time?
Single vs. dual-temperature zones – Single zone works for people who typically drink either red or white wine. If you drink and serve both regularly, a dual zone is for you.
Size – This depends on where you want to put your wine fridge. Tall and narrow for the kitchen, or a lower, wider refrigerator for behind a bar?
Check out our 9 top picks across multiple categories to find the perfect wine refrigerator for your needs.
This model from Edgestar is our overall top choice thanks to a winning combination of value, performance and special features. It has elegant stainless steel French doors and sleek shelving, and it can accommodate up to 36 standard size bottles. It also has dual-zone temperature control, allowing you to keep both red and whites at optimal temperature. If that’s not enough, it’s also built-in and freestanding capable. Fan-forced front ventilation means you can install it flush with surrounding cabinetry or as a freestanding unit, making it very versatile.
Its low price and consistent performance make this 12-bottle unit from Ivation a great first wine refrigerator. You can store half a case at a time, and its single-zone cooling system will maintain a precise temperature between 50-64 degrees, perfect for either red or white. The unit is freestanding, and its size makes it suitable to live on its own in your kitchen or family room, or under a home bar counter.
Short on space? Perfect for smaller kitchens or under counter, this unit from Magic Chef is only 14.2” wide and holds an impressive 12 bottles of wine. For its price it also boasts impressive features, such as quieter thermoelectric cooling for more precise temperature control, as well as a glass door, interior lighting and electronic LED control panel, making it very easy to use.
A wine cellar is a high-end wine cabinet intended to keep wine at an optimum aging temperature. While most of the other units are intended to hold wines no longer than 1 year, a wine cellar is meant for serious collectors who are looking to age wines for 5 years or more. This 131-bottle freestanding unit from Vinotemp is an elegant European-made wine aging cabinet. It has a modern design, including a dual-pane glass door and adjustable wooden shelves. A low-vibration compressor ensures it's very quiet, and the easy-to-use thermostat control allows you to maintain exact temperature you want. This cabinet can also withstand a much greater range of temperature variation, making it ideal for a colder location like a garage or basement.
If you primarily drink only red or white wine, a solid performing single-zone wine refrigerator is your best choice. This model from U-Line allows you to set a temperature from 38-65 degrees and is accurate to within 1 degree of the set temperature. Unlike other models, the U-Line Wine Captain has wine racks that are designed to accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes. The fourth and fifth rack allow for champagne and larger-diameter wine bottles. The solid natural beechwood fronts on the wine racks can also be easily stained to match your décor.
Never choose white or red. Zephyr’s dual zone means you can keep your chardonnay at one temp and your rosés at another! The large capacity cooler keeps two distinct temperature zones at your ideal drinking temp, so wine hour is any hour. For a little extra fun, change the colors from cloud white to deep blue or even a warm amber.
SKS’s True SommelierTM App connects to their wine refrigerator through its built-in Wifi capability, and it lets you manage your collection of vino. Powered by Wine Ring's patented machine learning, this mobile app is the first smart software that learns your preferences and makes wine recommendations, including food and wine pairings, for individuals and groups based on the wines stored in the user's cellar. The wine storage itself mimics a wine cave, with superior light and humidity control, independent temperature zones, and minimum vibration…meaning your wine will only get better with time.
With the growing popularity of outdoor kitchens, you may be looking for a wine refrigerator designed for outdoor use. If so, this outdoor model from Summit should fit the bill. At 24”, it has a slim profile while still accommodating 21 bottles of wine. It is constructed from weatherproof 304-grade stainless steel and can be built in or used freestanding. Casters are also available to make it a mobile unit. It has two temperature zones and a jet black interior, which fully illuminates with recessed LED lighting.
But wait, that's not all: The white wine zone features frosted glass shelves that can also accommodate 12-ounce cans, so it can keep your beer frosty, too.
This single-zone, 30-bottle wine refrigerator from Kalamera is only 15” wide and has a stainless steel front, making it ideal as an under-counter built-in your kitchen or bar area. It also has slide-out wooden shelves for easy access to your wine. The frost-free, double-layered tempered glass door also helps maintain that perfect temperature for your bottles. It also has a soft blue LED interior light to showcase your wine collection. Lastly, it has a safety lock to keep the kids from opening the door!