It depends on the size of the fridge, but typically a wine fridge will run on less electricity than a standard kitchen refrigerator. The average home refrigerator runs anywhere from 300 to 800 watts, while a wine fridge will run between 90 to 200 watts.
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Whether you're aging bottles in a wine cellar, want easy kitchen access, or only have space in the corner of a small apartment, a wine fridge is a great way to chill, store, and protect your favorite reds and whites (and rosés and sparklings, too). But deciding which cooler to purchase can be just as tricky as creating the perfect pairing.
Our pick for best wine cooler, the Wine Enthusiast 32-bottle Dual-Zone MAX, does a lot with a small space. It's well-crafted, keeps bottles at appropriate temperatures, and thanks to its tinted glass door, it easily fits into any décor.
This freestanding cooler includes dual temperature zones and removable sturdy chrome racks. There's an easy-to-use temperature control panel with LED display, and during our bottle stuffing tests, we were actually able to fit a few more than its promised 32 bottles.
We were also pleasantly surprised with the temperature performance. Both zones can be set between 41F and 64F using a touch control panel on the top of the fridge. With one temperature zone set at 60F and the other set at 55F, the temperature of the wine in the 60F zone was spot on. However, the temperature variations registered fluctuations of 2-3 degrees in the cooler 55F zone.
During our testing, we found that the Vinotemp did the best job cooling the wine to the set temperature. The temperatures of the bottles in the middle of the fridge were a very close match to our set temperature of 55F. Meanwhile, the bottles in the top and bottom racks were only off by a few degrees. The single-zone Vinotemp also has a great temperature range, allowing you to set it from anywhere between 41F and 68F.
If you drink a lot of the same type of wine, this storage method is great. If you prefer drinking a mix of producers and styles, it's a little cumbersome. You may have to dig to find a bottle tucked four bottles deep on a shelf.
In our temperature tests, the Magic Chef ran a little warm. We set the two zones to 60F and 55F. However, the wine in those two zones registered average temperatures of 61F to 62F and 58F to 59F, respectively.
Temperature testing revealed that this fridge runs a bit warm. When set to 55F, the wine temperatures typically ranged from 59F to 62F. The temperatures are largely consistent, though, so you can reach your desired temperature by turning the Frigidaire down a few degrees.
In our temperature testing, this NewAir ran a bit warm, like many others. We set its two zones to 55F and 50F. The wine inside those two zones had average temperatures of 60F and 55F to 56F, respectively.
As an added touch, inside the cavity GE has kindly posted the suggested storage and serving temperatures for everything from sparklers to full-bodied white wine, as well as for light-, medium-, and full-bodied reds; plus the instructions on how to adjust the temperature of the fridge.
To find the best wine refrigerators, we compared six models from top brands selected by a certified wine geek who relies on wine coolers to protect her wine collection. Testing was also performed by Reviewed's senior scientist who designs and oversees testing in our Cambridge, MA, laboratories.
Hi! I'm Alicia Cypress, former managing editor at Reviewed. But my true passion is wine. I'm WSET (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust) certified, which means I've formally studied the subject, and when I'm not focused on my day job, I keep up with wine industry trends. As an apartment-dwelling wine collector, I rely on a separate fridge to ensure my bottles stay in tip-top condition.
To measure the temperature inside the bottles, we placed wireless temperature sensors in tiny plastic baggies, suspended them inside screwtop Chardonnay bottles, and placed four bottles at four different locations inside each cooler.
For budding collectors, a too-small wine fridge is a common, almost inevitable frustration. Most fridges are available in multiple sizes. For this guide, we chose models to test based on which provided the greatest value, as prices will fluctuate depending on size. If a model appeals to you, but it's not in the size you want, check the retailer for more options.
In our testing, we purposely tested storage capacity with a random assortment of 750-milliliter bottles. We found coolers with adjustable shelving and removable racks are generally more helpful to fit different-sized bottles. It also makes it easier to store Magnums or other large-format bottles.
Most of the appliances we evaluated include compressor technology. This technology is recommended for midsize units because it can cool down quickly and maintain a wide temperature range. The fridge also won't be impacted by the room temperature. Thermoelectric wine coolers may be more energy-efficient, but the external temperature of the room can influence how cold the fridge will get.
Location is the key factor here. If you're installing it under a cabinet in your kitchen or bar area, a built-in model is best. These models will have ventilation systems in front (usually at the bottom of the unit), so that the warm air it emits doesn't get trapped and heat up the unit. Look for coolers where you can configure the door to open from either side, so you can customize it to your space.
When wine is exposed to UV light, the tannins in the wine can break down and that can result in oxidation and pre-mature aging. Tannins help to protect wine from oxidation and give the wine its structure.
On the subject of temperature, all wines are best stored at around 55 degrees Fahrenheit (F). At this temperature, wine will remain stable and age at the right speed over time. A wine refrigerator allows you to set and store wines at that temperature.
Not everyone has the room or the budget for a built in wine fridge. So, for the person who just wants a small wine fridge to hold a half-case of wine, the Koolatron Urban Series 6-Bottle Thermoelectric wine cooler is a good match.
It has dual temperature zones that allow you to keep your upper zone bottles at a different temperature than your lower zone bottles. Perfect if you want to keep some chilled wines for aging and some for serving.
So, with dual temperature zones you have the option of moving your stored wines over to the serving zone so that you can serve your wines at the proper temperature range. In this case, you would move the wines over to the serving zone soon enough to let them get to their serving temperature.
With that said, if you are comfortable serving your white wine at 55 degrees F and just letting your red wines warm up on their own after taking them out of your wine fridge, then you may not need a dual zone wine fridge. A single zone fridge may be all you need.
A freestanding wine refrigerator is going to require room to ventilate out the warm air. So, be sure to check where its vents are and keep the area clear around them. Blocking the vents will not be very energy efficient and could lead to damage to your wine fridge and spoiled wine.
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