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  • Christie Bolster

I Bought This Wine Cooler For $250 And Now My Friends Think I'm A Sommelier (Whatever That Means)

I was looking for the best wine cooler for the money. So I advised winemakers and tested the different brands, and found that you can actually store your wine like a pro affordably.

FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.

1. Antarctic Star Wine Cooler with Blue LED Interior Lighting

Top-rated: 1,361 ratings | 54 answered questions

Antarctic Star Wine Cooler with Blue LED Interior Lighting

Highlight: This wine cooler enables you to store your wine in optimal conditions for long-term aging.

Helpful review: "5 months now and no issues. It recommends at least 2” clearance on all sides for proper ventilation, make sure your space will handle that requirement. I’ve had it at half setting since day one. Keeps everting cold at half setting. I think if you run it at a moderate setting like half, and make sure it gets adequate ventilation it should last.
Update - 1 year and 3 months. Still no issues. Still at half setting. All good!! Super happy with it." — NWA Plasma

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2. Koolatron Urban Series 6-Bottle Wine Cooler

Top-rated: 747 ratings | 51 answered questions

Highlight: Touch screen controls. Simply tap the digital display to adjust the temperature or turn on the interior led light.

Helpful review: "I bought this wine cooler for a small kitchenette and it fits the bill perfectly. I've noticed that other, compressor-operated units have a tendency to vibrate, generate noise and expel hot air, which can make them uncomfortable to install in tight places. This model on the other hand uses thermoelectric cooling. So far I haven't been able to detect any noise or hot air coming from the cooler.
It's incredibly easy to operate. Arrow shaped buttons let you control the temperature and a bulb-shaped button turns on an interior blue LED light that looks great. Within two hours after plugging it in, the inside was cool enough to store my red wine bottles.
Now about placing the bottles on the racks: Since this is a very compact unit, some larger bottles like a Burgundy can be a tight fit. I recommend placing the largest bottles your have at the bottom rack, which seems to be roomier." — Logorrhoeic

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3. Ivation 12-Bottle Wine Refrigerator with Digital Temperature Control

Top-rated: 1,469 ratings | 88 answered questions

Ivation 12-Bottle Wine Refrigerator with Digital Temperature Control

Highlight: A double-paned glass door not only keeps the interior insulated, but also protects your collection from harmful UV light that can damage the tannins and overall flavor of your wine.

Helpful review: "A wine cellar located off the basement is great, but the trek there and back is not ! This cooler was of an ideal size to fit a nook in my kitchen and here it now sits. Set-up was easy (I loved the suggestion to use a ball on top if you don't have a level). Set the temp at 55 degrees F (the almost universally accepted temp for wine storage - it is close to the natural temperature of the cellars of the Great European Vineyards). It has held that temp perfectly. Noise is minimal but not totally absent (there are few compressors that are 'noiseless'). Some reviewers complain about the inability to handle larger bottles ( Champagne, etc). That is true and if you plan to keep a supply of bubbly on hand you will need a different cooler or be prepared to remove a rack. Will be back with a report an longevity in the future.
Update: I continue to be very happy with this little gem. One piece of advice. DO NOT leave empty shelves in the cooler. They will vibrate in tune with the compressor and drive you crazy! Keep them on top of the wine cooler and use them as needed! Do this and you will hardly know the cooler is there. Temperature stability has been excellent." — CoopDoc

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4. NutriChef 12-Bottle Wine Cellar

Top-rated: 2,270 ratings | 163 answered questions

NutriChef 12-Bottle Wine Cellar

Highlight: Freestanding design for floor, table or countertop placement.

Helpful review: "It holds 12 bottles as advertised. It runs quietly and it is stylish. I have it sitting on my server. But, my favorite part is the section to stand 4 bottles upright open or not. I absolutely love this cooler/chiller. I recommend this product." — Marilyn
"I spent several days reading reviews, watching videos and educating myself on 12 bottle wine coolers. I choose the 12 bottle nutrichef with the glass front. The glass is a smokey black and you can see through it. The front does have a slight mirror reflection but not nearly as much as pictures and videos show which I am very happy about , its just the perfect touch. The light inside is blue and when it is on you can see through the fridge door and even read the labels that are in view. One thing I do wish was different is the interior light has a 10 minute timer, so every 10 mins it goes off. I thought that would be frustrating since I like the light on when I'm in the kitchen in the evening but its so easy to use its not a big deal, 2 quick touches and its back on. The controls are very quick and simple to use no fuss at all. As soon as I plugged it up it started cooling. I watched the temp drop very quickly. I am impressed with how fast it gets cool and also no sound at all. Its very pleasing to look at and to use. The door is very nice and heavy it seals well. This fridge is not cheap looking or feeling in any way. The metal its made out is strong and not flimsy, it is well made and came in perfect condition and packed well. I've had it for 2 days and so far very pleased. I love this fridge! I would have paid far more for it and honestly it looks like I did. Perfect!" — Lyna stark

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5. NewAir Compact 16-Bottle Wine Cooler

Top-rated: 306 ratings | 56 answered questions

NewAir Compact 16-Bottle Wine Cooler

Highlight: This fridge comes with sleek black wine racks that can be easily removed, making it easy to load bottles and allowing convenient access to your collection.

Helpful review: "So far so good. I made sure to let it sit for at least 24 hours after shipment and followed all the instructions. It’s lovely. A lot of my wine is the larger bottomed bottles so I can’t fit the fully quoted amount but I knew that going into it. It sounds like a refrigerator does. I have it in the garage so the noise doesn’t bother me." — Christer (Top Contributor: Pets)
"This wine cooler was the perfect size for our space. Two months in we are very happy with the the quality, quietness, and overall functionality." — Bluelisanthium
"Easy controls and keeps temp perfectly. Slight noise when it starts, but otherwise nearly silent. Biggest complaint: many of the wine bottles I have are a bit fatter and/or longer than "standard" (whatever that is), so cannot actually fit 23 bottles into it. Can maximize by carefully rearranging bottle and positions like working a puzzle. Your results will vary depending on the bottle shape/size. This is a common problem with many compact wine coolers, so not unique to this one." — Another Prime addict

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6. Koolatron Thermoelectric 12-Bottle Wine Cooler with 5 Removable Shelves

Top-rated: 817 ratings | 94 answered questions

Highlight: Wire racks can be removed to fit larger or irregular shaped bottles with a maximum capacity of 20 standard wine bottles.

Helpful review: "A few months in, I am very pleased with this product. It is easy to set up. The temperature control is effective. For people who store no more than 20 bottles, this is the right size and fits nicely in a small space. It is also relatively quiet. Most importantly, it preserves wine and the ideal 55 degrees, eliminating the impact of wide swings in temperatures and humidity. Both whites and reds are consistent. A good product for modest wine collectors at a good value." — Gabriel
"This wine cooler was purchased when I lost my other one in a hurricane it is a much bigger one than I had. The cooler is built to hold 18 bottles of wine and they fit nicely inside, the cabinet has nice lines for the outside, keeps your wine the perfect setting you like your wine. Easy temperature control to change settings." — The viv

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