Compare the 10 Best Wine Coolers - August 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 367 wine coolers, 21 reviews and 968 prices. Last updated 15 August 2017.
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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
We currently list 8 coolers ranging from $0 to $3,199. On average, a new cooler costs $452 and 80% of coolers are priced between $0 and $230. The CDA FWC623 is the cheapest wine cooler at only $0, and Miele KWT6322 is the most expensive at $3,199.
Wine Cooler Brands - Price Range
Miele coolers start at $0 and the most expensive Miele wine cooler costs $3,199. The highest average wine cooler price out of all brands is Miele coolers with an average price of $640.
Avanti wine coolers start at $189 and the most expensive Avanti wine cooler costs $230. The second highest average wine cooler price out of all brands is Avanti wine coolers with an average price of $209.
Siemens wine coolers range in price from $0 to $0, and the average price of Siemens wine coolers is $0 which is the third highest average price of all wine cooler brands.
Cooler Brands - Average Ratings
We have evaluated 15 user wine cooler reviews available online and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of wine cooler. Siemens is the top rated 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 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 coolers. The third biggest retailer is BrandsMart USA with 1 current wine cooler offers.
When Are Most New Wine Coolers Released?
We looked at the release dates for new wine coolers over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any clear pattern. 10 new coolers were released in April 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new wine cooler releases. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new wine coolers, with 28 new wine coolers released that month. In 2014 most new coolers were released in July as well, with 20 new coolers released that month.
How Fast Do Cooler Prices Drop After Release?
New coolers drop in price by an average of 40% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new wine cooler costing $34, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $14.
This denotes the maximum number of bottles the wine cooler is capable of holding at once.
The bottle capacity of coolers range from 1bottle(s) to 592bottle(s). The bottle capacity of most coolers range from 1bottle(s) to 28bottle(s). The wine cooler with the biggest bottle capacity is the LiebherrWKt 4551 GrandCru, which is a 201bottle(s) bottle capacity wine cooler and is available at $0.00. The wine cooler with the smallest bottle capacity is the LiebherrWKt 4551 GrandCru, which is an 18bottle(s) bottle capacity cooler and currently retails for $189.00.
More bottles means a larger storage capacity, which means more wine can be stored and chilled.
'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 most coolers range from 1 to 2. The cooler with the most temperature zone is the MieleKWT6322, which is a 3 temperature zone wine cooler and can be purchased for $3,199.00. The 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.
We found 50 wine coolers that are coolers that have a Black coloured, which makes this the most common colour amongst new wine coolers. The second most popular colour amongst new wine coolers is Stainless steel. We found 21 wine coolers that are coolers that have a Stainless steel coloured.
Amongst new wine coolers, the most common case design is freestanding. We found 72 wine coolers that are coolers that have a freestanding Case design. We found 29 wine coolers that are wine coolers that have a built-in Case design, making built-in the second most popular case design amongst new wine coolers.
Energy Efficiency of Wine Coolers
We found 97 coolers that have an energy efficiency rating of A+, which makes this the most common energy efficiency rating amongst new coolers. A is the second most popular energy efficiency rating amongst new wine coolers. We found 97 wine coolers that have an energy efficiency rating of A.
Biggest Wine Cooler Retailers
We found 3 current offers for wine coolers from Appliances Connection making it the biggest 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 cooler offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coolers?
The cheapest store by number of cooler for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 2 wine coolers.