Some important things to consider are price, size and overall features that are important to you. Some of the larger units use compressors instead of environmentally safe thermoelectric cooling technology.
The thermoelectric models don’t rely on coolants and chemicals such as Freon and while they are quieter, they also have less power. Finally, it’s also important to consider dual zone or single zone. In other words, red and white wine need different cooling and storing temperatures accomplished by having dual zone wine coolers.
Red, White or Both?
The easiest way to begin is to think about how many bottles you are likely to store at one time. For purposes of this article, we’ll discuss the New Air AW181E Space Saver that holds 18 bottles in a single zone, the Summit SWC1535 B holds 33 bottles and the Wine Enthusiast is a 46-bottle wine cellar.
Any more than 46 bottles and you’re probably not looking for under the counter refrigeration. There are freestanding models that hold many more bottles that might work for you. Either way, are you ready for some wine tasting?
Best Cheap Wine Refrigerator
The sophisticated New Air AW181E Space Saver is probably the least expensive stainless steel under-counter wine cooler available.
At less than $200, it’s quite a bargain especially with features like the insulated door with UV protection and that quiet, vibration free thermoelectric power. The reviews are great but you have to remember this is a compact unit that only holds 18 bottles in a single zone.
It has a nice LED light panel that allows you to adjust the temperature anywhere between 54 and 66 degrees and removable sliding shelves making it easy to store larger bottles too. If you are normally a beer drinker and entertaining with wine is something new, view this as a fabulous entry-level option into the world of fermented grapes.
Top Under Counter Wine Cooler
If you’re looking to double the amount of space for your wine collection, you’ll need this slim fitting 33-bottle single zone cooler with a lock for security and five star reviews, even though the Summit SWC1535 B does have a compressor. The wooden shelves will remind you of Tuscany and you can set the temperature with Celsius or Fahrenheit.
Price wise it’s a jump from the economy models but still in the middle of affordable luxury. If you’re serious about wine and want to update your kitchen, this one should be a serious contender.
Best Stainless Steel Wine Cellar
Super elegant with wood trimmed metal shelves, LED lighting, a digital touch panel, UV tinted dual pane glass and even a carbon filter to help protect your wine from harmful odors. Wine Enthusiast Classic 46, has all the bells and whistles for 46 bottles of burgundy AND chardonnay.
With dual zones, you can pick temperatures between 40 and 55 degrees for white and between 55 and 64 degrees for red. A connoisseur’s dream, this under-counter has a classic look that will look splendid with all your other appliances.
Cooling Your Varietals
Dry or sweet, these choices are exciting and currently available. All you have to do is pick one. It’s almost like wine tasting. Swirl it around and select the one that’s right for you and your family.
These three models have already received excellent consumer ratings but you have exquisite taste and know the difference between vinegar and fine wine—it’s about the way it rests on your palate and tastes of berries and oak.
Your home, your kitchen and your decisions are unique and these three under-counter wine coolers are great options. Which one will you choose?