Best Wine Fridge 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

The best wine chillers come in all shapes and sizes and accommodate many different varieties of wine. It’s important to choose one that suits your free space and tastes to get the most out of it. Consider the perfect conditions for your wine of choice when selecting your perfect wine cooler too – as we know, temperature is particularly important.

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 of 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.

The Best Wine Fridges – Our Top Picks

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Russell Hobbs 46 Wine Bottle
  • Capacity: 46 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-22°C
  • Temperature zones: 2
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Energy rating: C
  • Noise level: 44 dB
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LOGIK LWC34B18 Wine Cooler
  • Capacity: 34 bottles
  • Temperature range: 4-18°C
  • Temperature zones: 1
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Energy rating: B
  • Noise level: 39 dB
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Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine Cabinet
  • Capacity: 144 wine bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-20°C
  • Temperature zones: 2
  • UV protection
  • Guarantee: 5 years
  • Energy rating: B
  • Noise level: 42 dB
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Best Value Wine Fridge

If you are after something for under £200, this is where to find your new wine chiller. All of the below are under this price, so no matter your budget you’ll find something which slots into it. They still all passed our reviews and tests as well, so not only are you getting an affordable appliance but one which also is up to the task.

LOGIK LWC34B18 Wine Cooler

We love this contemporary black wine cooler from Logik, which comes in at a very reasonable price.

Perfectly designed to keep your bottles at the optimum drinking temperature, the LWC34B18 is one of the larger coolers available and holds plenty of bottles – 34 to be exact.

This roomy wine fridge would be a great choice for those who like to entertain regularly. With a variable temperature range, you can manually adjust the level for the wines you are storing. Any connoisseur will know that red, white and rosé all have different demands. Why not use it as an overflow for your main fridge to keep your drinks 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.

We like

  • Clear glass door
  • Led lighting
  • Variable temperature

We dislike

  • Champagne & similar larger wine bottles may not fit

Final Verdict

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

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 34 bottles
  • Temperature range: 4-18°C
  • Temperature zones: 1
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Energy rating: B
  • Noise level: 39 dB

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Logik LWC34B18 Product Manual

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BAUMATIC BW28BL

This Baumatic model is definitely the best budget option for those who want a wine cooler without the hefty price tag. Holding a generous 28 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.

We like

  • Will fit bigger bottles
  • Quiet
  • Temperature controls
  • Sleek design

We dislike

  • Does not have the biggest bottle capacity

Final Verdict

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

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 28 wine bottles
  • Temperature range: 12-18°C
  • Manufacturer’s warranty: 2 years
  • Energy rating: C
  • Noise level: 42 dB

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Baumatic BW28BL user manual

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Essentials CWC15B18 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.

We like

  • Compact and uncomplicated
  • 1-year warranty
  • UV protective glass

We dislike

  • Slightly noisy
  • Ice builds up if not defrosted

Final Verdict

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

+ Specifications

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

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ESSENTIALS CWC15B18 Wine Cooler user manual

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Best Freestanding Wine Fridge

You may want a bit of flexibility in terms of where you position your new wine cooler, in which case a freestanding model is your best bet.

The ones below come in a range of sizes, whether you want something which can fit under your kitchen/utility room counter, something a little taller which will look eye-catching in a games room or conservatory, or something huge which is the size of your fridge and shows off all your bottles with pride.

MONTPELLIER WS19SDX Wine Cooler

A nice option if you need the lowest possible temperatures for your crisp whites or fizz. This Montpellier appliance allows you to choose your exact coolness preference.

Most other wine fridges start at 4 degrees, so this one has the edge. Don’t worry if you prefer room temperature reds, though, because it still goes up to 20 degrees. The triple glazed tempered glass door is not only the perfect way to display your collection, but it is also UV resistant to protect your tipples.

There is also ambient blue lighting, which can be switched off if you prefer but does add a touch of something different to any dark kitchen corners. Keeping it clean is easy as well, as the glossy finish helps wiping it clean, and the anti-fingerprint coating will reduce the risk of grubby marks in the first place.

Despite a sound level which may look on the higher side, the specially designed noise dampening system helps to prevent your wine cooler from vibrating so it is actually barely audible when running. You get the odd noise every so often when it needs to change temperature or give itself a boost but nothing annoying. Combined with wooden shelves, your bottles will be safe and wine kept still.

The light isn’t very bright, more for design than effectiveness. The instruction manual is also a little unclear in places, and we will mention that it will only go down to 5 celsius until you ring their customer support and let them guide you through the settings. Therefore, setting up is a pain. But once it is all right, we found no further issues at all.

We like

  • Good quality
  • Seems to hold the amount of bottles it claims to
  • Goes down to 2 degrees

We dislike

  • A bit of a faff to get it to 2 degrees

Final Verdict

Once it is all set up, we think it would be reliable and there is no doubting it is stylish

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 19 bottles
  • Temperature range: 2 - 20°C
  • Sound level: 39 dB(A)

STOVES 300SSWCMK2 Wine Cooler

A single temperature zone wine fridge, this model from Stoves gives the user the build quality and stylish finish you’d expect from such a well-respected appliance brand.

The fully glass door allows you to check on your bottles and see how things are going without having to open the door, which keeps the temperature consistent. It also allows guests to have a peek too, in case you want to do a bit of impressing.

This door is reversible, so you can choose which way round suits both your layout and your preferred hand. Six wooden shelves keep the bottles safe and reduce vibration, and also add a touch of great design.

There is a digital display on the outside so the temperature is always known to you, so you can keep the bottles stored at the right humidity. Choose between 5 and 22 degrees, so whether your tipple of preference is white or red, it will come out perfect.

Now for the downsides. It is on the noisier side, and if any of your bottles are larger than the standard size you’re going to struggle getting 18 in. in fact, even when all are standard size, 18 is still a stretch. Still – they’ll be shown off in style.

We like

  • Good at keeping temperature
  • Shelves are sturdy

We dislike

  • Audible at all times

Final Verdict

We would say it is a little pricey for what you get, but there is no doubting its quality if you want top make an investment to keep your beverages protected

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  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-22°C
  • Sound level: 39 dB(A)

CDA FWC624SS Wine Cooler

If you take the storage very seriously, then you’re going to need two separate storage temperature zones. This fridge will answer your prayers.

The two halves allow you to store different wines at different conditions. So, if you don’t like to just limit yourself to red and love a crisp white when the weather gets nicer, you can have both to hand. And they will be perfect, too.

There is enough room for around 40 bottles, which again means you aren’t limited. The temperature control is electronic, so you can get it exact and also change it quickly when needed. We have all had ‘surprise guests’ and needed to make some fast adjustments, after all. Humidity control will keep those bottles which are stored for the long-term in optimum conditions so that you can invest in some.

UV protection protects the wine from both the internal light which lets you see what is on offer, as well as any outside light. The latter is also achieved by using smoked glass, which further adds a hint of style.

Unlike some other large capacity chillers which can actually be the complete opposite of the Tardis when it comes to storage, this one (almost) does what it says on the tin. You get standard bottles in if you do a bit of jiggling around, and if you have some champagne in there, it will accept them but obviously not quite as many.

There is also a solid design, and it will look the part in any environment. Definitely worth the higher price tag as seeing you get a lot for your money.

We like

  • Solidly built
  • Stylish shelving and door
  • Very quiet

We dislike

  • Price

Final Verdict

Well built and will please even the pickiest of customers

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 40 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-20°C
  • Guarantee: 1 year
  • Energy efficiency rating: B
  • Sound level: 40dB

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CDA FWC624SS Wine Cooler User Manual

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HUSKY Reflections HUS-HN12 Wine Cooler

Husky is well known for their retro mini-fridges, but that isn’t their only top-notch offering. This wine fridge shows off their design talents very well, too.

It will hold up to 34 bottles, which is good going for a fridge of its size. With a temperature range of 5-18°C, you should be able to get the perfect point for your choice of wine, whether it be high for red or lower for white. The LED screen adjustment also makes it easy to get it exactly right and quickly alter it when you’ve freshly restocked.

There is a B energy efficiency, which isn’t the best, but also by far the worst, so you aren’t going to notice too much of a jump in energy bills. This is even with the soft lighting which keeps your wine perfectly displayed, and also allows you to view them all without opening the door.

It is reflective mirror glass, so will add a nice touch to your decor too. There are wooden shelves, which we love as it reduces vibration (and also looks a lot better in our opinion). Top this with the stainless steel touches, and you have a thoroughly fab looking appliance.

The shelving is a little too small for those larger bottles, such as prosecco, so this is a cooler for the wine drinkers only. You can remove shelves if it will only be a temporary issue, however. Items such as cans and beer bottles are fine, though.

It is cheaper than many other similar chillers which offer less space. Do bear in mind the shelving restrictions if you know you will be stocking it to the brim, though.

We like

  • Stylish
  • Nice inside light
  • Sturdy shelving

We dislike

  • Difficulty with larger bottles

Final Verdict

A couple of limitations, but overall a good answer to your chilling problems

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 34 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-18°C
  • Guarantee: 1 year
  • Energy efficiency rating: B
  • Sound level: 42dB

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HUSKY Reflections HUS-HN12 Wine Cooler User Manual

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HAIER WS25GA

For those serious about their wine, this HAIER gives you plentiful storage, a good temperature range, and will not cost a lot to run.

There are wooden shelves, which can be adjusted to accommodate your bottles but will also reduce any vibrations which could affect the storage and quality of the wine. UV protection will also keep your wine at its best, even if it is at full capacity.

Internal touch controls make it easy to adjust the settings, and there is a temperature alarm which will alert you should the cold start to increase for whatever reason. The LED light is really effective and doesn’t emit any heat, and the range is 6-18°C.

The energy rating doesn’t only keep the running costs low but keeps energy usage down too. It is one of the best ratings in the wine fridge category, with a lot of others in the same size bracket coming in at a C or below. Bear in mind that there is only one chamber though.

We like

  • Adjustable shelving
  • UV protection glass in door

We dislike

  • Temperature adjustment is limited to red and white

Final Verdict

An effective single temperature zone wine cooler which is cheap to run and can accommodate a generous amount of bottles.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 25 bottles
  • Temperature range: 6-18°C
  • Manufacturer’s warranty: 2 years
  • Energy rating: A
  • Noise level: 42 dB

Smeg Classic SCV115AS

This wine cooler is another fantastic design by industry leaders Smeg. Ideal for anyone with regular guests and beverage connoisseurs respectively.

There’s no worry of running out of room with a capacity up to 115 bottles. You can set the temperature anywhere between 6 and 22 degrees, which is ideal depending on your collection. This is an ideal choice for anyone who likes to keep their drinks stored away from the food.

Rated A for efficiency, it works hard to keep the party going without disturbance, offering quiet operation. It’s one of the most sought-after wine appliances and 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, 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 designer addition to your home too.

We like

  • Clear glass door
  • LED display
  • Wooden Shelves
  • Temperature between 6 and 22 degrees
  • Internal Light

We dislike

  • Requires a lot of space

Final Verdict

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

+ Specifications

  • Six Wooden Shelves
  • Dimension: H185.0 x W60.0 x D60.0cm
  • Temperature: 6 – 22 Degrees
  • Weight: 83kg

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Smeg Classic SCV115AS Cooler user manual

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Russell Hobbs 46 Wine Bottle

This Russell Hobbs wind fridge has the ability to either be built-in (integrated) or freestanding, depending on your preference, which makes it ultra-flexible.

On top of this, it has two separate temperature zones. This allows 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 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 the lack of built-in UV protection. This 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.

We like

  • Can be freestanding or built in
  • Two separate temperature zones
  • Variable temperature control

We dislike

  • Energy rating C
  • No UV protection

Final 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.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 46 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-22°C
  • Temperature zones: 2
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Energy rating: C
  • Noise level: 44 dB

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Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle Cooler Product Manual

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Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine Cabinet

Fisher & Paykel’s 144 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 those last-minute nights in or when unexpected guests arrive.

The seven solid oak shelves will house your bottles, with the top shelf being adjustable to produce a stunning display for your most prized bottles. The fan assisted ventilation control ensures that your cooler will not hold on to any bad smells while keeping the temperature consistent throughout.

The UV tempered glass door ensures that sunlight will not affect your wine. Wooden shelves help to reduce vibrations, so the wine will remain still and taste fresh, and a low vibration compressor further 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 stored perfectly.

We like

  • Large bottle capacity
  • UV tempered glass door
  • Display shelf

We dislike

  • No antibacterial protection

Final Verdict

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

+ 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

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Fisher & Paykel RF356RDWX1 Freestanding Wine Cabinet user manual

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Best Slim Wine Chiller

Maybe you have a small space by the side of your washing machine/fridge/pan cupboard that you just need to fill (and what better way than with wine), or perhaps you don’t want to take up too much space and only ever have one or two bottles at a time.

These are the smallest on our list, but still just as luxurious and helpful as their much larger counterparts.

John Lewis JLWF153 Cooler

This John Lewis wine cooler is ideal for anyone who requires an under-counter cabinet yet doesn’t want to miss out on having the luxury of dedicated wine storage.

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

Fan cooling provides good temperature distribution, 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 model is a sensible choice for anyone who needs just a little more storage space without breaking the bank.

We like

  • No frost cooling system
  • Quiet operation at under 40db
  • 7 Bordeaux style wine bottle capacity
  • 6 Shelves

We dislike

  • Some larger wine bottles may not fit

Final 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.

+ Specifications

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

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John Lewis JLWF153 Wine Cooler Product Manual

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BELLING 150BLKWC Wine Cooler

Always ensure your wine is ready to drink, with the Belling 150BLKWC. This compact chiller is well suited to those with limited storage space in their kitchen but who 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 at a glance so you never run low. The light boasts a lifelong warranty 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 150BLKWC thanks to its reversible front door. This way you can decide from which side the door should open to complement the original design of your kitchen. The crisp LCD display means you can monitor the temperature with an easy-to-read display.

We like

  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Reversible door
  • Warm LED light
  • Compact

We dislike

  • Limited storage space
  • Noisy

Final Verdict

If you are searching for a compact solution to store your wine then this 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 without costing the earth.

+ Specifications

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

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BELLING 150BLKWC Wine Cooler

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Best Integrated Wine Fridge

Whether you’re building your kitchen from new and just need a dedicated space for your bottles, or you’re lucky enough to have one already in place, integrated wine chillers are great as they keep everything safe while keeping it hidden. So if you’re not bothered about it all being displayed, then this is the answer.

CDA FWC304SS Wine Cooler

Nice and flexible depending on the bottles you are saving, this is a single temperature zone wine fridge which gives you enough room to keep stocked up.

The temperature can be adjusted nicely so you can keep everything chilled if you’re stocked up for a party or having a week of al fresco dining in the sun with a bottle each night. Or, if you have invested in a few prized bottles for special occasions, keep them a bit warmer to help them last longer.

Humidity is controlled automatically and kept at 50 – 80%, which is the optimum for the type of appliance. Because the door is glass, you can keep a check on the goods without opening the door and altering the temperature at the same time.

There is also UV protection, which means any light will not have a negative effect on the condition of the wine. So, you are left with a little more flexibility in terms of positioning, especially if you have a light, airy kitchen.

It is relatively quiet when in operation, and there is also minimal vibrations, so the wine remains still and settled – another top pointer in our perfect wine storage guide.

We like

  • Modern and stylish
  • Inside light
  • Plenty of protection

We dislike

  • Cost

Final Verdict

You can get some other models a little cheaper, but the price is justified as seeing everything is pretty much perfect. Great if you take this kind of thing very seriously

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 20 bottles
  • Temperature range: 5-20°C
  • Energy efficiency rating: A
  • Sound level: 39dB

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CDA FWC304SS Wine Cooler User Manual

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John Lewis JLWF611 In-Column Wine Cabinet

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.

We like

  • Automatic defrost
  • 46 wine bottle capacity
  • A energy rating
  • 7 shelves
  • UV protection
  • Temperature display

We dislike

  • No antibacterial protection
  • No temperature warning light

Final 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.

+ Specifications

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

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John Lewis JLWF611 In-Column Wine Cabinet Product Manual

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Wine Chiller Buying Guide

Choosing The Right Chiller

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.