Best Wine Chiller 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

Wine chillers come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate many different varieties of wine. It’s important to choose one that suits your tastes to get the most out of it. Consider the perfect conditions for your wine of choice when selecting your perfect wine cooler – as we know, temperature is particularly important. Here is the Appliance Reviewer guide to some of the top coolers available right now, and what you should consider before you buy.

Interest in wine has been growing over the years, leaving many connoisseurs with the inevitable problem of where to store it all. Storage is less tricky for cheaper bottles, as they are not really made to be kept for a long time, but if you’re treating yourself to a crate of the vintage stuff, then it really needs to be kept in optimum conditions in order to last well.

Sadly, not many us have the luxury of a roomy cellar in which to store our precious vintages. We are therefore limited to whatever space we have in the kitchen or cupboards, and rarely are the conditions quite right. Wine bottles also take up a lot of room once you have more than half a dozen or so stacking up – especially if you’re a fan of large-bottle wine like champagne. For these reasons and more, investing in a good wine cooler can be a great problem-solver. We’ve reviewed what we believe to be the top Wine Chillers and listed them right here for you.

Top Wine Chillers – Our Pick

Best Wine Chillers Reviews  CapacityTemperature RangeTemperature ZonesWarrantyEnergy RatingNoise LevelPriceBuy Now
Logik LWC34B15 Wine Cooler1-logik-lwc34b15-wine-cooler34 Bottles4-18°C11 Year B39 dB£
Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine Cabinet Review144 Bottles5-20°C25 YearB42 dB££££
John Lewis JLWF611 In-Column Wine Cabinet3-john-lewis-jlwf611-in-column-wine-cabinet46 Bottles5-16°C13 Year A40 dB£££
John Lewis JLWF153 Wine Cabinet4-john-lewis-jlwf153-wine-cabinet7 Bottles5-32°C13 Year A40 dB£
Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle Wine Cooler5-russell-hobbs-46-bottle-wine-cooler46 Bottles5-22°C22 Year C44 dB££
Belling 150BLKWC Wine CoolerBELLING 150BLKWC Wine Cooler Review7 Bottles5 - 22°C11 YearD39 dB£
Baumatic BW18BLBaumatic BW18BL Review18 Bottles12 - 18°C12 YearsC42dB£
Smeg Classic SCV115ASSmeg Classic SCV115AS115 bottles6-22°CN/A 2 yearsA42 dB££££
CDA fwc623ss Wine CoolerCDA fwc623ss Wine Cooler Review40 bottles5-22°C22 years labour, 5 years partsB43 dB£££
ESSENTIALS CWC15B14 Wine CoolerESSENTIALS CWC15B14 Wine Cooler Review15 bottles 5-20°C11 yearA41 dB£

Top Budget Coolers

Logik LWC34B15

Logik LWC34B15 Wine Cooler

We love this contemporary black wine cooler from Logik, which is very reasonably priced as well as currently being on offer from Currys. Perfectly designed to keep your bottles at the optimum drinking temperature, the Logik LWC34B15 is one of the larger coolers avaialble and holds plenty of bottles – 34 to be exact.

This roomy cooler would be a great choice for those who like to entertain regularly. With a variable temperature range, you can manually adjust the temperature to whatever you need for the wines you are storing – whether red, white or rosé. Use it as an overflow for your main fridge to keep your collection separate.

For what it does, this cooler offers great value for money and is a great way to display your favourite vintages, with a clear glass door and internal LED lighting.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Clear glass door
  • Led lighting
  • Variable temperature
We Didn't Like:
  • Champagne & similar larger wine bottles may not fit
Logik LWC34B15
90 %

Our Verdict: Our pick of the budget coolers. A reliable wine cooler with an attractive price tag.

Logik LWC34B15 Rating: 9/10

Specifications and downloads
  • Capacity: 34 bottles
  • Temperature range: 4-18°C
  • Temperature zones: 1
  • Manufacturer’s warranty: 1 year
  • Energy rating: B
  • Noise level: 39 dB

Logik LWC34B15 – Product Manual

Highest Wine Capacity

Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine Cabinet

Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine CabinetFisher & Paykel  144-wine bottle capacity cooler has two separate temperature zones so you can be sure that your different bottles are all stored at the right temperatures , ready for when those sudden cravings or unexpected guests arrive.

Seven solid oak shelves will house your bottles, with the top shelf being adjustable to make a stunning display for your most prized bottles, whilst the fan assisted ventilation control ensures that your  cooler will not hold on to any bad smells. The UV tempered glass door ensures that sunlight will not affect your wines as it would normally, and a low vibration compressor included in this model ensures that your bottles are not disturbed, allowing them to maintain their quality for longer.

This cooler is also fitted with a temperature display, giving you peace of mind that your bottles are being kept perfectly.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Large bottle capacity
  • UV tempered glass door
  • Display shelf
We Didn't Like:
  • No antibacterial protection
Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine Cabinet
90 %

Our Verdict: An excellent choice for the proud wine collector, perfect for displaying your most prized bottles and providing capacity that few other models do.

Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Rating: 8/10

Specifications & Downloads

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 144 wine bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-20°C
  • Temperature zones: 2
  • UV protection
  • Guarantee: 5 years
  • Energy rating: B
  • Noise level: 42 dB

Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine Cabinet user manual

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Top Built-In Integrated Cooler

John Lewis JLWF611 In-Column Wine Cabinet

John Lewis JLWF611 In-Column Wine Cooler 

With 7 shelves allowing space for up to 46 bottles of wine, this integrated wine cooler from John Lewis is the ideal piece of kit for entertaining friends and family. The cooler is hidden behind a cabinet door, so it merges nicely with the rest of your kitchen.

This single zone cooler is quiet, efficient and has built-in UV protection to protect your wine from the light. Its auto-defrost function ensures that your wine will never accidentally freeze due to frost build-up. It also comes with an energy efficiency rating of A, which is much better than many other energy-guzzling coolers on the market – as they tend to consume energy more greedily than a standard fridge. This model is a good purchase decision for anyone after an integrated wine fridge.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Automatic defrost
  • 46 wine bottle capacity
  • A energy rating
  • 7 shelves
  • UV protection
  • Temperature display
We Didn't Like:
  • No antibacterial protection
  • No temperature warning light
John Lewis JLWF611
85 %

Our Verdict: If you’re looking for a good quality wine cooler that can be seamlessly integrated with the aesthetic of your kitchen, then this could be the one for you.

John Lewis JLWF611 Rating: 8.5/10

Specifications and downloads
  • Capacity: 46 wine bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-16°C
  • Temperature zones: 1
  • UV protection
  • Guarantee: 3 years
  • Energy rating: A
  • Noise level: 40 dB

John Lewis JLWF611 In-Column Wine Cabinet – Product Manual

Top Small Capacity Cooler

 John Lewis JLWF153 Wine Cabinet

John Lewis JLWF153 Cooler 

It has one temperature zone which is manually adjustable and also provides an excellent long-term storage solution for expensive wine. However, due to it’s smaller size, it is not the ideal option for storing champagne.

Fan cooling provides good temperature distribution with this model, alongside a no-frost compressor to prevent any ice build-up. While some can be on the noisy side, you shouldn’t experience any problems with this model, which operates at 40 dB. It comes with a toughened UV-resistant glass door for protection from light and damage. With a 3-year guarantee, this small moedl is a sensible choice for anyone who needs just a little more storage space without breaking the bank.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • No frost cooling system
  • Quiet operation at under 40db
  • 7 Bordeaux style wine bottle capacity
  • 6 Shelves
We Didn't Like:
  • Some larger wine bottles may not fit
John Lewis JLWF153
90 %

Our Verdict: Available in a choice of black or stainless steel depending on your preference, this space-saving model from John Lewis is the ideal small wine cabinet for people who only need to store up to 7 wine bottles at a time.

John Lewis JLWF153 Rating: 9/10

Specifications and downloads
  • Capacity: 7 wine bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-32°C
  • Temperature zones: 1
  • UV protection
  • Guarantee: 3 years
  • Energy rating: A
  • Noise level: 40 dB

John Lewis JLWF153 Wine Cooler – Product Manual

Top All-Round Wine Chiller

Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle Wine Cooler

Russell Hobbs 46 Wine Bottle 

This Russell Hobbs has the ability to be either built-in (integrated) or freestanding, depending on your preference, which makes it ultra-flexible. On top of that, it has two separate temperature zones that allow you to store different wines at optimum temperatures, all within the same unit. Perfect for storing both red and white all in one place. You simply set the temperature using the LED temperature control.

We love the sleek design of this model and the fact that it holds a whopping 46 wine bottles – so you’ll never go thirsty! With 6 shelves and an internal light for optimum display, you will have plenty of space to arrange your wine bottles for maximum impact. Our one gripe with this wine cooler is its lack of built-in UV protection, which is important for protecting expensive wine from the light when stored for long periods. Aside from that, this model is very easy to use and great if you simply want somewhere to store your wine at the right temperature when entertaining guests, for example.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Can be freestanding or built in
  • Two separate temperature zones
  • Variable temperature control
  • 6 shelves
  • 46 bottle capacity
We Didn't Like:
  • Energy rating C
  • Louder than other coolers at 44db
Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle
80 %

Our Verdict: Whatever the look and layout of your home, if you’re looking for a model that will fit right in, this could be the one.

Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle Cooler Rating: 8/10

Specifications and downloads
  • Capacity: 46 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-22°C
  • Temperature zones: 2
  • No UV protection
  • Manufacturer’s guarantee: 2 years
  • Energy rating: C
  • Noise level: 44 dB

Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle Cooler  – Product Manual

BELLING 150BLKWC

BELLING 150BLKWC Wine CoolerAlways ensure your wine is ready to drink, with the Belling 150BLKWC  from Currys. This compact version is well suited to those with limited storage space in their kitchen but love to entertain. Set a relaxing atmosphere with the warm glow of the LED light installed on the inside of the cooler. Lights mean you can monitor stock in the wine cooler so you never run low. The LED lights boast a lifelong warranty for the lifespan of the machine so there are no extra costs. This cooler can hold up to 7 bottles of wine at a time and consists of one temperature zone. The temperature can be controlled easily with the LCD display located at the top of the appliance.

Whatever the layout of your kitchen, there is always space for the Belling 150BLKWC thanks to its reversible front door. This way you can decide which way the door should open (whether left or right) to complement the original design of your kitchen. The crisp LCD display means you can monitor the temperature with an easy-to-read display. The Belling 150BLKWC will complement any kitchen and will come in handy when entertaining guests.   

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Reversible door
  • Warm LED light
  • Compact
We Didn't Like:
  • Limited storage space
  • Noisy
Belling 150BLKWC
80 %

Our VerdictIf you are searching for a compact solution to storing your wine then the Belling 150BLKWC will be a great addition to your kitchen. Holding up to 7 bottles of wine, this compact wine cooler is easy-to-use and prolongs the life of your wine.

Belling 150BLKWC Rating: 8/10

Specifications & Downloads

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 7 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5 – 22°C
  • Temperature zones: 1
  • Guarantee: 1 year
  • Energy rating: D
  • Noise level: 39 dB

Belling 150BLKWC user manual

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Baumatic BW18BL

Baumatic BW18BL

This Baumatic model is definitely the best budget option for those who want a wine cooler without the hefty price tag. Holding 18 bottles, this cooler has temperature controls and an interior light so you can easily keep an eye on all of your favourite bottles.

We love the simple design of this spacious cooler and the larger racks mean that there is no problem storing bigger wine bottles such as champagne and prosecco.

This wine cooler offers excellent value for money and will add a classy and contemporary look to any kitchen.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Will fit bigger bottles
  • Quiet
  • Temperature controls
  • Sleek design
We Didn't Like:
  • Does not have the biggest bottle capacity
Baumatic BW18BL
90 %

Our Verdict: A simple, cost effective and sturdy option for any home.

Baumatic BW18BL Rating: 9/10

Specifications & Downloads

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 18 wine bottles
  • Temperature range: 12-18°C
  • Manufacturer’s warranty: 2 years
  • Energy rating: C
  • Noise level: 42 dB

Baumatic BW18BL user manual

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Smeg Classic SCV115AS Cooler

smeg classic scv115as This wine cooler is another fantastic design by the industry leaders Smeg, their appliance is one that’s ideal for regular hosts and beverage connoisseurs respectively. With the capacity to hold up to 350 litres you’ll be sure to keep all your red and white wine chilled.

There’s no worry of running out of room with up to 115 bottles being able to fit into this modern design and it’s seamless innovation enables you to set the temperature anywhere between 6 and 22 degrees. This is the choice for those that like to use a wine fridge separate to other compartments and have room to store its robust (H) 185.0 x (W) 60.0 x (D) 60.0 dimensions.

Rated A for efficiency, this LED gem also ensures quiet as it works hard to keep the party going without disturbance. It’s one of the most sought-after wine appliances and it’s now evident why it’s such a fan favourite. The reliable product consists of a digital display, wooden shelves, a glass door and a stainless steel outer foundation.

Although it is one of the more expensive choices for a wine fridge it’s worth its weight in gold with a huge capacity and a clear door to display your finest collection. There’s a lot to love about this cooler it’s not just practical but it’s a lustrous addition for your kitchen’s theme.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Clear glass door
  • LED display
  • Wooden Shelves
  • Temperature between 6 and 22 degrees
  • Internal Light
We Didn't Like:
  • Requires a lot of space
Smeg Classic SCV115AS
90 %

Our Verdict: Large capacity appliance with excellent display capabilities, though on the expensive side.

Smeg Classic SCV115AS Cooler Rating: 9/10

Specifications & Downloads

Specifications:

  • Six Wooden Shelves
  • Dimension: (H)185.0 x (W)60.0 x (D)60.0cm
  • Temperature: 6 – 22 Degrees
  • Weight: 83kg

Smeg Classic SCV115AS Cooler user manual

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CDA fwc623ss

CDA fwc623ss Wine CoolerThe CDA fwc623ss boasts an impressive storage space for you to store your wine collection at the perfect temperature.

This wine cooler can store up to 40 bottles of wine and offers electronic temperature controls to maintain the ideal environment for wine storage. This appliance also features two humidifiers and is able to stop bottle corks from drying out, which is a common problem with many rival products.

This product is even suitable for your most precious wines, as it uses a compressor system to minimise vibrations which may affect their quality. This keeps sediment from the maturation process. On top of this, this appliance is UV protected with smoked and toughened glass which stops direct sunlight from affecting your prized bottles.

The fcw623ss allows you to monitor your temperatures and set the conditions for each zone of the cold unit, with an alarm to alert you in the event of temperature levels becoming unstable. The memory function also stores the temperatures you have input, so power cuts will not impact on the quality of your wines.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Easy to operate
  • UV protection through smoked glass
  • Vibration protection
  • Two humidifiers
We Didn't Like:
  • Controls could work better as dials
  • Device can make a little noise when not set to silent mode
  • Hefty price tag
CDA fwc623ss
80 %

Our VerdictIf you are looking for a generous wine cooler to protect your most prized wines, then look no further. This version includes all the functions you need to minimise any changes in environment for your wine collection, though the device can make a considerable amount of noise when not set to silent mode.

CDA fwc623ss Rating: 8/10

Specifications & Downloads

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 40 wine bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-22°C
  • Temperature zones: 2
  • Guarantee: 2 years labour, 5 years parts
  • Energy rating: B
  • Noise level: 43 dB

CDA fwc623ss user manual

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Essentials CWC15B14 Wine Cooler

ESSENTIALS CWC15B14 Wine Cooler For the ideal small budget wine chiller, you could do much worse than this neat and useful Essentials Wine Cooler from Currys. With room for up to 15 bottles of wine, there is plentiful storage for a dinner party or just for your own enjoyment. This straightforward fridge is small enough to sit on a countertop or tuck away in a utility cupboard, whatever suits your kitchen arrangement. The interior has one temperature zone which can be set to white, rosé or red – so if you like to mix up your wines, you might find a dual-zone version more appropriate.

Like all the top wine coolers, this Essentials model has an anti-UV glass door that helps to protect your wine from the spoiling effects of sunlight. The door hinge is also reversible, so you can reattach it on the most convenient side for you. Inside there are two separate metal shelves, with the temperature dial controls on the exterior. This budget model is both CFC and HFC free.

At 51 x 44 x 47 cm, these little coolers take up much less space than the average model, and is relatively light at 16 kg. The sound level is 41 dB, which is a little on the noisy side, but as a constant underlying sound it’s unlikely you will notice it much. If you’re looking for a compact cooler that is cheap and convenient, then this Essentials model from Currys is a great solution.

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Pros and Cons
We Liked:
  • Compact and uncomplicated
  • 1-year warranty
  • UV protective glass
We Didn't Like:
  • Slightly noisy
  • Ice builds up if not defrosted
ESSENTIALS CWC15B14 Cooler
80 %

Our Verdict: A perfectly serviceable, stylish and compact 15-bottle wine fridge at a price that won’t break the bank.

ESSENTIALS CWC15B14 Wine Cooler Rating: 8/10

Specifications & Downloads

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 15 wine bottles
  • Temperature range:   5-20°C
  • Guarantee:   1 year
  • Energy efficiency ratingA
  • Sound level: 41 dB(A)

ESSENTIALS CWC15B14 Wine Cooler user manual

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Wine Coolers Buying Guide

Things to consider before buying

Capacity

Choosing the right level of capacity is important, as it will dictate how many wine bottles you can hold. Depending on whether you are an individual, family or a business, your capacity needs will vary. Small wine coolers may hold only 7-10 bottles, whereas in larger wine coolers you can store 100-200. That’s quite the collection!

It’s worth remembering that because champagne and burgundy bottles are larger, they may need more space in the wine coolers than a standard bottle of wine. Look for a wine cabinet that offers the ideal conditions for the variety of wine you prefer to buy.

Insulation

Even though often you will be keeping wine chilled, the right level of insulation is very important when selecting your cooler. It improves the efficiency of wine coolers and helps to keep running costs down, as well as ensuring that the overall temperature inside remains consistent – which is important for good wine storage. Seek out a cooler that is well insulated when making your choice.

The Ideal Temperatures for Wine

This is one of the most important considerations to have when purchasing your wine coolers. The correct temperature to store wine can obviously vary depending on what type of wine you choose. The recommended serving temperatures for wine are as follows:

  • Red: Between 10 and 18°C
  • White: Between 7 and 10°C
  • Rosé: Between 7 and 13°C
  • Champagne: Between 6 and 11°C

If what you are looking for is a cooler to store only one type of wine – perhaps for a long period until the time comes to drink it – then a wine fridge with a single temperature is fine for you. However, if you enjoy a range of wines and wine colours, then it may be beneficial for you to opt for dual or triple temperature zones. Dual zone coolers are usually preferred by people who like to entertain regularly and have a few varieties of wine on offer, as you can set the temperature of each zone accordingly.

Shelving

It is fairly straightforward really – the bigger your wine cooler, the more shelves it’s going to have. For more flexibility when storing your range of wines, you may want to consider going for wine coolers with adjustable shelves, so that you can take shelves out to make extra room if needed. Strong, durable materials are preferable – often they are made from wood or wire for maximum sturdiness. On large wine coolers, there is quite often a ‘display’ shelf for showing off your most impressive wines. The more premium models sometimes tilt their shelves so they are angled for easy retrieval. This is a nice feature if you can afford it, but it’s not essential.

Noise

There are no two ways about it, wine coolers have reputation for being noisier than their standard fridge cousins. This can be irritating, especially if it’s in a communal area. The louder coolers tend to be those that vibrate more, so check the specifications for anti-vibrate features. When in doubt, look for a model with a noise level of 45 dB or less for a quieter cooler.

Energy usage

Unfortunately, wine coolers are often less efficient than a lot of other appliances are nowadays. The focus tends to be on improving efficiency for larger items like fridges and washing machines, while smaller products like this tend to slip by unnoticed. Naturally, the colder you need coolers to go, the more energy they will use. Where possible, try to opt for coolers with a higher energy rating or A or B. It may save you slightly more money in the long run.

We hope this guide has been useful in helping you to make a decision about which wine coolers are the perfect option for you. Do you have any further comments or questions about choosing a wine cooler? Let us know in the comments below.

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