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The 6 Best Wine Fridges of 2024

May. 20, 2024
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The 6 Best Wine Fridges of 2024

First Things First

We love the Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler, and think it’s a great option for new and seasoned collectors thanks to its two temperature zones, touchscreen controls, and freestanding design.

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For wine lovers, creating a dedicated space to store and protect your favorite wine bottles is an important part of building a collection. While installing a personal wine cellar isn’t exactly feasible for most of us, adding a wine cooler to your home can be surprisingly attainable, depending on your needs. Wine fridges, which can hold roughly six to 600 bottles (or more, if your collection requires it) in single or dual zones, give you a luxurious and specialized experience that a non-dedicated fridge is not capable of. (I’ll toast to that.)

Wine refrigerators can also be a bit of an investment, so to help you narrow down the best wine cooler for your home (or for your best friend’s), we surveyed hundreds of wine cooler owners, and channeled our inner sommeliers as we poured over their responses. We then researched dozens of top models and brands, like Wine Enthusiast, Cuisinart, and Black+Decker, and assessed individual refridgerators for effectiveness, capacity, durability, and value.

Our Three Favorite Wine Fridges

Our survey responses showed that Wine Enthusiast fridge users tend to be especially pleased with the interior space and temperature consistency. The dual zones of the Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler allow you to store 32 of your favorite whites, rosés, and reds (in zones sized for 15 and 17 bottles), each at their perfect temperature–or set everything to the same temperature if your collection requires, since that’s the beauty of dual zones.

The Cuisinart CWC-800CEN Private Reserve 8-Bottle Wine Cellar is a wonderful choice for a more compact, single zone option. It's not too expensive in comparison to other wine fridges you can buy, and can fit into a variety of spaces. One of our editors owns it and has it set up next to a kitchen cart in her dining room. Cuisinart wine fridges also came highly recommended during our survey for their cooling abilities, as well as their user-friendly designs and easy maintenance. Storage is undeniably more constrained than other picks, but you can still fit eight wine bottles inside and adjust the wire shelves to your liking.

Frigidaire wine refrigerators were a popular pick among our survey respondents, receiving praise for their reliability, ability to keep temperatures consistent, and attractive yet practical designs that also happen to be super user-friendly. Our pick, the Frigidaire 45-Bottle Two-Zone Wine Cooler, has very attractive, rustic-chic wooden shelves that are visible from the outside of the fridge, thanks to the transparent door.

How to Shop for a Wine Fridge

Whether you're diving into the world of wine fridges for the first, second, or third time, a little extra time and research upfront will ensure you’re setting yourself up for the best-case scenario (or best wine case scenario, pun intended) for your home. Here’s what we recommend considering ahead of clicking "add to cart."

Know Your Temperature Zones

The interior of a wine fridge is called a "zone." The model you choose can either have one zone that you can set (single temperature), or two separate zones (dual temperature) that can be set to the same or different temperatures to accommodate different wine varietals or storage preferences. One of your most important buying decisions when shopping for a wine fridge is whether you want one or two temperature zones. 

Dual-zone fridges, while more flexible, tend to be larger and pricier (there's more on that below in our Mistakes to Avoid section). If you’re unsure which is right for you, know that, while a dual-zone fridge can moonlight as a single-temperature fridge if you opt to set both zones to the same temperature, the same can’t be said for a single-zone fridge.

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In general, specific temperature zones are what make wine fridges a better place for your wine than a standard refrigerator. Jessica Randhawa, owner and creator of The Forked Spoon, notes that not only does storing large amounts of wine and Champagne bottles in your standard kitchen fridge take up a lot of space, but also "the temperature in a kitchen refrigerator is too cold for most wines.” The standard kitchen refrigerator is ideally set to 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit—a whopping 10 degrees or so cooler than a wine fridge—for the most optimal storage of produce, dinner leftovers, and dairy.

The zones can also be more reliable, keeping their internal temperature consistent on every shelf and no matter what the weather. Mari Jones, the president of Northern California's Emeritus Vineyards, stresses that she likes knowing that her wine is in a constant environment and “not fluctuating with the seasons.” That consistency ultimately helps with long-term preservation, too.

What’s the best temperature to store wine at?

Common knowledge around wine storage tends to suggest that whites and reds should be stored at different temperatures, but there’s some wiggle room here, depending how long you intend to store your wine, when you plan to serve it, and other factors. A good rule of thumb is that wine refrigerators should be set between 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your varieties, with 55 degrees often cited as most preferred.

Plan Ahead for Bottle Capacity

The capacity of a wine refrigerator is often measured in the number of Bordeaux bottles it can hold, while the size of your fridge is going to be listed in standard area measurements—and both of these numbers are important buying considerations. You know your collection (and your plans to expand it) best, so consider both the amount of bottles you intend to store and the available space you have in your home for your wine fridge.

Though, for those buying their first wine fridge, a unit that holds roughly 24 bottles is typically a good place to start. This capacity has a balance of airflow and storage space, and it doesn't give the appliance a bulky exterior, which can be hard to place in your home. It also leaves room for larger bottles that aren't a standard shape and size. We’ve compiled options that range from eight bottles up to 45, but know that some of our favorites come in various sizes so you can level up or down depending on your needs. 

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Narrow Down Your Price Point

The price of your wine fridge is going to be determined by a combination of factors including bottle capacity, temperature zones, customization options, technological features, and brand. In addition, the installation options for your fridge can also affect its price.

Freestanding, or standalone, wine fridges, which all of our picks are, tend to cost less and require less effort to install. Our favorites start in the $150 to $200 range, with the Cuisinart Private Reserve 8-Bottle Wine Cellar and Black+Decker 8 Bottle Wine Fridge: two wine fridges with an eight-bottle capacity and single-zone storage. Once you add a second zone, however, your price will go up. Our favorite dual-zone picks start in the $500 to $600 range (both the Newair 15-inch Built-in 29-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge and the Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler are in this ballpark) and increase from there.

Freestanding fridges are ultimately more flexible than built-in options, though, and often feature reversible doors (allowing you to open the door to the left or right) to further expand where–and how–you place them. 

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 If you’re opting for a built-in or under-counter model to be installed in a new home or for kitchen remodel, two of our picks can also be positioned this way, the NewAir Built-in 29 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge or the Cafe Bottle Wine Cooler. Our favorite built-in or undercounter options do tend to  cost between $500 and $3,500 (not counting installation fees)—but know that if you are opting for this style of wine fridge, you’ll ultimately give your kitchen a higher level of cohesiveness than you would with a freestanding model.

Design Details to Look For

Larger details aside, sometimes these seemingly smaller details can make a big difference in your wine fridge’s functionality. As you’re narrowing down your top choices, keep an eye out for some of these standout features. 

Safety and Child Locks

A safety lock gives you the option to secure your wine fridge on a daily basis, or while entertaining. If your household includes children or frequently has guests, it prevents unwanted entry and can ease your nerves. The NewAir Built-in 29 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge, which we cover more thoroughly below, is an example of a fridge that includes this feature.

Customizable Hardware

The Spruce's Home Improvement Review Board member Johnathan Brewer suggests incorporating your wine fridge into the design of your space—with a custom door that matches your cabinets, for example—for an elevated finish. A fridge we like that’s so easy to customize is the Cafe Bottle Wine Cooler (which we cover more below). This fridge has different hardware options that you can match to your cabinet handles and other major appliances.

Smart Features

Some wine fridges, like the aforementioned Cafe Bottle Wine Cooler, let you control settings from your phone or with your voice (through a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa). If your plans change at the last minute—say, you bring home an extra bottle of white wine that needs chilling, or you host a happy hour—that means you can get prepared! These features can also come in handy if there’s a power outage or if the door has been left open. You can swiftly handle any temperature fluctuations that may alter your collection.

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Mistakes to Avoid

When reviewing our survey responses, we noticed some common themes in the answers shared by our trusted wine fridge owners—so, take heed to make your buying experience as smooth as your favorite red or white by avoiding a few mistakes.

Buying Too Small

Wine fridge owners were quick to point out that running out of space in your wine fridge can be worse than sour grapes. Just like when you’re buying any storage or organizing container, you want to make sure your wine fridge accommodates your collection at its current size, plus room for any potential growth (as your budget allows). 

For those buying their first wine fridge, a unit that holds roughly 24 bottles is typically a good place to start.

Now, our favorites range from an eight-bottle capacity (both the Cuisinart Private Reserve 8-Bottle Wine Cellar and the Black + Decker 8-Bottle Wine Fridge), up to a 46-bottle one (the Cafe Bottle Wine Cooler), but larger units can be found on the market, too. The sky–or rather, your home's ceiling and available space–are really the limit on what you can stock in a wine fridge or cellar.

Picking the Wrong Number of Zones

When it comes to temperature zones, the wrong choice–specifically, opting for a single-temperature fridge when you could really use a dual-temperature one–can really limit how you use and enjoy your wine fridge. 

As a refresher, a dual-zone model divides the interior into two compartments which can each have unique temperature settings (or be set to the same if you prefer), while a single-zone model has one storage compartment with one consistent temperature. As much as we like the single-zone fridges above, this was a touchpoint for many wine fridge owners, so we want to emphasize that potential wine fridge buyers should take care when making this choice.

All Our Favorite Wine Fridges

Our Pick for Most Homes:

As mentioned earlier, we think most wine lovers will love the Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler. Along with the dual-zone design (which can be set from 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit), there are plenty of convenient details like handy touchscreen controls, an interior light to help you spot your favorites, and a display shelf that lets you single out certain bottles (such as the larger bottles in your collection) or labels you want to show off. 

Like with all of our picks, it's freestanding, so you will be placing it out in the open of your home as opposed building it into cabinetry or installing it under a counter. All that being said, one detail that could affect placement is that there’s no locking mechanism, meaning the door to your wine fridge is always unlocked. You may want to place it away from where guests could easily access it.

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The brand also touts its MAX Compressor technology and cooling system, which you can rely on for longevity, consistency, and quietness that beats out other mechanical cooling systems. In other words, it promises to keep your fridge’s cooling system running smoothly and efficiently. 

Still, the dual temperature zones, the reliable performance, and the overall enthusiasm of our survey respondents who have wine fridges from this brand have us confident in this pick. 

Dimensions: 17 x 19.5 x 33.5 inches | Other Capacities Offered: 18 bottles

When Size and Simplicity Are Your Priorities:

Sometimes you don’t necessarily want a gigantic, built-in wine fridge. Whether you live in a small space or simply like the idea of having a more portable and compact option, the Cuisinart CWC-800CEN Private Reserve 8-Bottle Wine Cellar is a solid choice. One of our editors has this pick in her home, after being gifted it for her wedding, and it’s been reliable and just right for her storage needs. However, she wouldn’t recommend positioning it on a countertop as the listing may suggest, as it’s a bit too big and will definitely take up a bit of real estate. That being said, it is very easy to set up—plug it in, set your temperature, and you’re good to go after about an hour of it cooling down.

As noted, our survey respondents had lots of positive things to say about Cuisinart wine fridges; in particular, their cooling abilities and their overall ease of use. The fridge is also quiet and has wired shelves that you can place in different slots to accommodate different-sized bottles. You’ll have no trouble adjusting the temperature anywhere from 39 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to the touch buttons on the exterior, and you can also turn the internal light on or off this way.

This fridge does, however, lack some convenient features more common with larger models (like a reversible door and lock), but its compact size gives more flexibility for positioning, so we’re okay with the limitations of the left-side hinges.  

Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.5 x 17.5 inches | Other Capacities Offered: 16, 18, 30 bottles

When You Want a Tried-and-True Brand:

We’ve lost count of the number of times a Frigidaire appliance has made its way to the top of one of our lists; the brand’s fridges, freezers, and wall ovens have long-impressed us, and as it turns out, the wine fridge owners we surveyed definitely agree! 

Favorite features among the respondents included easy setup and value, along with clear displays and thoughtful, aesthetic designs. In particular, we’re big fans of the wooden shelves within this pick, which can hold up to 45 bottles between two zones. They’re equal parts form and function since they slide forward, so you can gently remove the bottle of your choice without disturbing and handling its neighbors. Although we—and some of our survey respondents—do wish the shelves were adjustable for the times when your storage needs change.

This wine fridge does feature a reversible door, so you can conveniently install it to open left or right. Speaking of the door, we do wish that it didn't have to be opened to reach the temperature controls (the Newair 15-inch Built-in 29-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge requires this, too). But, you can see the temperature through the aforementioned glass front door, too, so that feels like a small issue for a machine that checks the important boxes for form and function. The temperature range is 46 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dimensions: 21.5 x 34 x 27 inches | Other Capacities Offered: 34, 38, 52 bottles

An All-Around Pick That’s Great for Beginners:

When it comes to a dual-zone, under-counter wine cooler, there's not much we'd ask for beyond the design and features of the Newair 15-inch Built-in 29-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge. A roomy and flexible interior made for up to 29 bottles? Check. A wide temperature range from 40 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit? Check. A sophisticated design on top of elegant wood shelves that can be pulled out for smooth bottle retrieval? Check. Our survey respondents tend to agree, with the brand earning rave reviews for its roomy interiors and consistent temperature controls. 

Not to mention, this pick is made to fit under your kitchen counter, but you're not limited to that method of installation if you'd rather it be freestanding. Just be confident when you are picking a long-term spot since, at over 70 pounds, it takes some effort to move this wine fridge. There is some adjustability though, since it features a reversible door for adjustments when and if the need ever arises. The door, notably, also locks to keep your collection safe.

Now, some of our research did lead to reports of noise (such as humming) and occasional wishes for even more space. But overall, we think NewAir has done a great job with the design and functionality of this fridge–and it is reasonable to expect some noise similar to a kitchen refrigerator of any wine fridge.

Dimensions: 24.25 x 14.80 x 33.75 inches | Other Capacities Offered: 7, 19, 46, 52 bottles

When You Want All the Bells and Whistles:

If you’re in the market for a customizable appliance, you may already be familiar with the Cafe line by GE. The brand produces gorgeous, boutique-style appliances, from kitchen ranges to wine fridges, that are highly customizable and reliable. But, it’s not all about aesthetics: the Cafe Bottle Wine Cooler can hold up to 46 bottles and allows for smart control with your voice or with your phone—so, you can check on it or adjust it on the fly from anywhere you have service.

The dual-zone unit can be set between 41 and 61 degrees Fahrenheit, and it has a full LED light wall that gently illuminates the interior for an elegant view whether the transparent glass door is open or closed—just use your smartphone to adjust the light’s dimness. There are other conveniences, too, such as a reversible door, fridge notification if the door is left open, and Sabbath and lockout modes. Magnum-sized bottles can also fit inside—which isn’t a given with other options, since these bottles are larger than traditional Bordeaux bottles—or you can adjust the shelves for upright bottle storage, or cans or carafes. 

Like our NewAir pick above, you can even opt to have the fridge built right into your cabinetry or freestanding in your space. Either way, the controls here are hidden to keep things super-sleek. You can also customize the handles to match the hardware in your home. Though this pick is the priciest of all of our favorites, the clever design features and customizability really set it apart from the pack.

Dimensions: 25 x 34.25 x 23.5 | Other Capacities Offered: 14 bottles and 126 cans

Another Small But Mighty Choice:

Yes, it’s possible to have a sophisticated appliance like a wine fridge without spending a lot. The Black+Decker 8 Bottle Wine Fridge is proof! It may not have all of the fancy bells and whistles of top-end models, but it does have everything you need for a small collection that requires single-zone storage. It fits eight bottles, with three illuminated sliding racks that make loading and unloading a breeze, plus a reversible door for convenience.

The internal temperature can be set anywhere between 46 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is slightly more suitable for reds, depending on who you ask, but it works for white, too. Perhaps the biggest downside is that the fridge manually defrosts, so you’ll have to unload your wine when frost builds up, chip away at it, and let the model drain before it can be put to work again.

But for the affordable price, we think it’s worth the effort. While the size may be way too small for connoisseurs and those with budding collections, there are also advantages to having a compact, freestanding design. Namely, you have more options for placement, like on your kitchen countertop or even in your game room (if you go for the latter, just make sure to invite me over next time!).

Dimensions: 18.5 x 10.24 x 20.1 inches | Other Capacities Offered: 6, 12, 14, 26 bottles

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One More Thing

You may have noticed that we listed other capacities offered for each of our favorite wine fridges. The brands we’ve selected offer more than one size, or in some cases, style of wine fridge. For example, if you really like the sound of, say, the Newair 15-inch Built-in 29-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Fridge, but are hoping for something larger–you’re in luck, because there’s also a version that holds 52 bottles. Just make sure to double-check the features that are most important to you, because sometimes there are design variations or other changes (like the fridge’s shape and size) too.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Dena Ogden, commerce writer for appliances, cleaning, organizing, and home tech for The Spruce. For this piece, Ogden reviewed over hundreds of survey results from individual wine fridge owners, and scoured all of the most popular retailers to find the best, most highly rated wine fridges. Then, she vetted each, reading specs and reviews to ensure that the final list contained only the most reliable, quality options on the market today. On the subject of wine, Ogden prefers whites.

Our Experts:

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I’m thinking about buying one. I would like to get something to consolidate all, meaning probably much, of the wine I have talked myself into buying, and out of my not so great “passive” cellar, my basement.

I don’t need a dual zone since I don’t drink much white wine, but bigger is better within reason. It will be in an air conditioned and heated basement, so free standing is fine.

I was originally thinking of something under $2000, but I’ve been looking at the options from Costco, and it seems like $3000 is more realistic for the size I want.

They have a Wine Enthusiast 300 bottle for $2800, and a Vinotemp 300 for $2500. I’m mostly interested in capacity, reliability, and cost. Esthetics are nice, but since it’s in the basement, it’s not a big deal. SAF, (Spousal Annoyance Factor) is, so $3000 is about the limit.

Any experience out there with these or other similar options? Is one brand better than the other? Does Costco ever discount these? Are there other, better places to look?

I’m not in a big rush. When it gets warmer I open the ac vents in the basement. Probably not the best, but decent. I had thought about a real wine cellar in the basement, but it would take up a major storage space and the SAF would be off the charts.

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.

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