The 10 Best Wine Coolers - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every wine cooler on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 345 wine coolers, 21 reviews and 939 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
Wine Cooler Buying Guide
A wine cooler is a specialist fridge specifically designed for storing wine bottles, to allow them to be stored safely at the optimal temperature. They are a step up from a bottle store in your fridge - if you find your bottle collection taking over much of the fridge, or if you want your wine cooled to a very specific temperature, it may be time to invest in one of these appliances.
Wine coolers vary dramatically in their bottle capacity, and how much wine you want to store at once will large dictate your buying choice. Our coolers range from very small 2-bottle coolers - effectively very efficient ice buckets - to enormous cabinets that can hold 300 bottles at once.
Coolers also vary enormously in their shape and the number of shelves/baskets they contain - some will allow wine to be stacked closely on top of each other for maximum storage room, others concentrate on less storage, but display the bottles in a more aesthetically pleasing way.
One of the biggest benefit of a specialised wine cooler is that you can set the temperature to whatever you want - allowing you to keep your wine stored at a different temperature than the rest of your food in the fridge. This is helpful, because certain types of wine favour different temperature ranges, both for storing and drinking.
More advanced (and therefore, expensive) wine coolers also have separate temperature zones. You can set the temperatures in these zones independently of each other, allowing even more flexibility in storing your wine.
The top-range coolers may even have a humidifier unit installed - this allows a high degree of control as to the storage humidity for your bottles. Humidity control is important to keep expensive wines in top condition for long periods of time: too much humidity, and mold may form on the bottles. On the other hand, too little humidity could cause the corks of your bottles to dry out. While humidity control may substantially increase the price of a wine cooler, it may be worth the extra investment if your wine collection is particularly rare and expensive.
Built In Freezer
Some wine coolers also have a separate freezer section - this can be helpful for storing ice and whiskey cubes to chill the wine while you drink it, or a sneaky carton of ice-cream!
Higher-tier wine coolers may have an alarm system - either a visual or aural alarm that goes off when the temperature strays outside it’s set boundaries. This can be very helpful for warning you if the door is ajar, there is a power failure, or some other problem that could threaten the climate of your cooler.
Finally, our wine coolers are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used while the cooler is running, and the cheaper it will be to run. Look for a wine cooler graded at A or above for the best efficiency in daily use.
Wine Cooler Retailers, Prices and Features
Wine Cooler Prices
In total we found 7 coolers ranging from $0 to $3,199. The average price of a new cooler is $514 and the 80% of wine coolers are priced between and $230. The Belling 300BLKWC is the cheapest wine cooler at only , and Miele KWT6322 is the most expensive at $3,199.
Wine Cooler Brands - Price Range
Miele coolers range in price from $3,199 to $3,199, and the average price of Miele coolers is $640 which is the highest average price of all cooler brands.
Avanti wine coolers range in price from $170 to $230, and the second highest average wine cooler price out of all brands is Avanti wine coolers with an average price of $200.
The average price of Siemens coolers is $0 which is the third highest average price of all cooler brands. Siemens coolers range in price from $0 to $0.
Wine Cooler Brands - Average Ratings
We have analysed 15 user cooler reviews from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of cooler. Siemens is the top rated wine cooler brand with an average rating of 0%. Bar Craft is the second best brand with 0% and Neff is the third best brand with 0%.
Biggest Cooler Retailers
We found 3 current offers for wine coolers from Appliances Connection making it the biggest wine cooler retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 1 current offers for wine coolers. The third biggest retailer is BrandsMart USA with 1 current wine cooler offers.
When Are Most New Wine Coolers Released?
Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear trend in the release month for new wine coolers. The biggest month in 2016 for new cooler releases was April, with 10 new wine coolers released that month. In July 2015 28 new wine coolers were released making it the biggest month that year for new cooler releases. July was also the biggest month in 2014 for new coolers, with 19 new coolers released that month.
How Fast Do Wine Cooler Prices Drop After Release?
In the first 6 months after release, wine coolers drop in price by 22% on average. That means a saving of $8 on a typical $37 new wine cooler if you wait 6 months before buying.
'Temperature zones' are separate parts of the wine cooler, which can all be set to differing temperatures.
Comparing all wine coolers, the temperature zones range from 1 to 3. The temperature zones of the majority of coolers range from 1 to 2. The MieleKWT6322 has the most temperature zone. This wine cooler is a 3 temperature zone wine cooler and is priced at $3,199.00. The wine cooler with the least temperature zone is the MieleKWT6322, which is a 1 temperature zone wine cooler and is available at $0.00.
Different temperature zones are helpful if you are storing several different types of wine, all of which have different optimal storage temperatures. This will help you best store all of them at once.
This denotes the maximum number of bottles the wine cooler is capable of holding at once.
Comparing all coolers, the bottles capacities range from 1bottle(s) to 592bottle(s). The bottles capacities of most coolers range from 1bottle(s) to 31bottle(s). The LiebherrWKt 4551 GrandCru, which is on sale for $0.00, has the biggest bottles capacity and is a 201bottle(s) Bottles capacity cooler. The LiebherrWKt 4551 GrandCru, which is on sale for , has the smallest bottles capacity and is an 18bottle(s) Bottles capacity cooler.
More bottles means a larger storage capacity, which means more wine can be stored and chilled.
Biggest Cooler Retailers
The biggest cooler retailer by number of products currently for sale is Appliances Connection. We found 3 current cooler offers from Appliances Connection. The second biggest cooler retailer is Overstock with 1 offers. That means Appliances Connection is more than twice as big as Overstock when it comes to wine coolers. BrandsMart USA is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coolers?
The cheapest retailer by number of cooler for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 2 wine coolers.