I've spent most of my life storing white wines and rosés in the fridge and letting the reds hang out on the bar cart or kitchen counter. I'm guessing you probably do the same because...well, I think that's just what people do? But if you're ready to feel like a real grown-up, I've got two words for you: wine coolers. Also called wine fridges, they keep your wines at the *perfect* temperature. If you value your quality vino time, it's absolutely worth buying a wine cooler. In case you didn't know, the temperature of your wine can really impact how it tastes. Storing your bottles at the right temp ensures that you're getting the best tasting experience when it's finally time to pour yourself a glass at the end of a long day.
If you're serious about your wine collection, you might want to invest in a larger wine fridge, so you have enough space to store and preserve your prized possessions. Many larger models have dual-zone temperature controls, so you can keep your whites at a colder temperature than your reds while they're in the same fridge. But if you're looking for a small wine fridge or one that won't totally break the bank, there are some great options for you too. And we've also included some options that are so quiet, you'll hardly notice they're there until it's 5:01 pm and you're ready to pour yourself a drink.
Here are 15 of the best wine coolers you can buy now.
This wine fridge from Wine Enthusiast gets all the rave reviews. It has two different temperature zones, so you can keep your reds AND your whites (or rosés) at their perfect temps, all in the same fridge. It holds up to 32 bottles, and several reviewers note that it's pretty quiet.
If you don't have a ton of space, but you still want to give your bottles of vino the love and care they deserve, this 6-bottle cooler might be just the thing. It's about 15 inches tall, 10 inches wide, and 20 inches deep. Thanks to its small size and cooling technology, it's also energy-efficient.
This small wine cooler is currently going for $100 on Amazon, which is an *amazing* deal when it comes to wine fridges, tbh. You can store your faves at temperatures ranging from 46 to 66°F and control it all with a digital panel on the front of the fridge.
Doing a kitchen renovation and want your new space to have a ~fancy~ built-in wine fridge? This is Amazon's #1 best seller in the built-in wine cellar category. It can hold up to 30 bottles (the brand also has a 46-bottle version if that's more your speed) and has a cool blue LED light to illuminate the inside, which many reviewers love. If you're not looking for a built-in unit, this can also definitely be a freestanding unit in your kitchen, wine cellar, or garage.
Another bestseller from Amazon, this wine cooler has thousands of 5-star reviews. It's great for storing wine (duh), but there's also plenty of space if you want to keep beer, soda, water, or hard seltzer nice and chilled. Because you've gotta have options when it comes to your at-home happy hour.
This wine cooler can hold 46 bottles(!!!) of wine and has dual temperature zones, meaning some shelves stay at a good temperature for reds while others will keep your whites nice and chilly. It's surprisingly compact for a unit that can hold so much wine, at only 24 inches wide.
If you've got a big wine collection and don't want to mess around, this massive wine fridge holds 124 bottles. It can keep your bottles at an optimal temperature between 40 and 65ºF, and it features an internal fan to circulate the air and make sure the temperature is consistent throughout.
If you've got roommates who "borrow" your nice bottles of wine and don't replace them, might I suggest a wine fridge that locks? Or if you've got kids or teenagers at home who shouldn't be in your wine stash, it's good for that too. You can store up to 18 bottles at temperatures between 41 and 64 degrees. It also features UV-resistant double-paned glass to make sure everything stays at the perfect temp.
There are a few key differences between thermoelectric and compressor wine coolers. One pro of thermoelectric coolers is that they're usually more energy-efficient, since they have fewer moving parts. This 20-bottle thermoelectric wine cooler is super quiet and keeps your favorite bottles of vino at the perfect temperature.
Some wine fridges make a lot of noise, just like your regular fridge probably does. But if you're keeping a wine fridge in your office, or if you're just annoyed by noisy appliances in general, you probably want something quiet. Several Amazon reviewers mention that this unit isn't noisy, with one writing, "It’s super quiet - so much so that at first my wife would feel the door when she walked by just to make sure it was on but the temperature always matched exactly what the digital display was set to."
Tiny kitchen girlies, this one's for you. If the 6-bottle fridge earlier on this list still wouldn't fit in your apartment (I feel your pain), then consider this even smaller one. It holds four bottles of wine and measures 17.9 inches tall by 6.9 inches wide by 20.5 inches deep. It uses a thermoelectric cooling system that you can control using the digital display on the front.
Most wine bottles are created equal, but not all of them are the exact same size and shape. If you've ever put a bottle of champagne at a weird angle on your refrigerator shelf and hoped for the best, you need a wine cooler with adjustable/removable shelves like this one. But it boasts a few other high-tech features as well, like dual zone temperatures and two layers of glass to keep things cool.
Okay, this is seriously so smart. You can open your bottle of wine, pour a glass, and then pop the rest of the bottle in this chiller so it stays cold. Never again suffer though a second or third glass of wine that's just a bit too warm. It'll also come in handy when you have people over.
This wine chiller is so gorgeous, you might as well consider it part of your kitchen decor. It features a desert-inspired design by artist Morgan Harper Nichols and is sure to keep your favorite bottle of white nice and chilled.
If you're bringing a bottle of perfectly chilled wine with you to the great outdoors (aka the park that's by your house), carry it in style. It's made with merino wool felt, which keeps your drink insulated for longer.