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Best wine coolers: fridges for keeping your tipples perfectly chilled

Partial to a glass or two of wine once the kids are in bed? A wine fridge can help organise your wine collection and ensure it's served at the perfect temperature, every time. Whether you want something large for entertaining or a small cooler you can fit neatly into your kitchen, here's our pick of the best. 

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Jul 4, 2022

White wine being poured into glass

If you are rapidly running out of space in your fridge or amassing quite the wine collection thanks to supermarket deals on your favourite brands, it may be time to consider a wine cooler in your home.

Once considered a luxury addition, these days more and more of us are considering adding a freestanding or integrated wine fridge into our kitchens, freeing up space in the main fridge whilst ensuring we have wine at the right temperature, ready to enjoy should guests turn up unannounced. 

Wine fridges are also a stylish and practical way to organise and arrange your wine, ideal for entertaining or simply being able to lay your hands on the perfect accompaniment to your meal as and when you need it.

Whether it's a slimline wine cooler that fits in a narrow compact space, a dual zone wine fridge that allows you to keep red and white wine separately, or a high-capacity integrated wine cooler that will house a larger wine collection, here’s our round-up of the best wine fridges you can buy today.

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users 

Whilst many Mumsnetters joked that their wine fridge is the one at their local supermarket, there has been lots of chat about wine fridges and coolers on the Mumsnet forums over recent years, with many people taking the plunge and investing in one for their kitchen. 

So, first up, we sought out the trusted opinions of the Mumsnet community. We gathered their feedback on the fridges that they rate and would recommend to others based on their personal experience. 

Expert opinions

Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts including impartial and independent review sites such as Which? We want to be confident that the products we recommend are fit for purpose, so we looked out for award-winning products or those that were well regarded in the marketplace, including those recommended by home appliance or wine experts. 

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best wine coolers on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon, John Lewis, Currys and AO.com to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist. 

1. Best overall wine cooler: Russell Hobbs RH34WC1 34 Bottle Wine Cooler

Russell Hobbs RH34WC1

Price: £320 | Buy now from Argos

With a sleek and modern black shell housing chrome-coloured shelves, the Russell Hobbs RH35WC1 is a stylish freestanding wine cooler that can easily store up to 34 bottles of your favourite tipple.

While it may seem expensive initially, it does offer excellent value for money for a wine fridge of this capacity, with a single temperature zone that can be set between five and 18 degrees celsius.

Compact enough to fit in most kitchens, it has a simple touch screen that is really easy to use. It comes fitted with a UV-resistant glass door that not only allows visibility of the contents, but will also protect your bottles and corks from being affected by the sun's rays, even in a south-facing kitchen.

The internal light helps you easily view the contents without opening the door, whilst the keypad lock function prevents curious kids from tampering with the fridge. The Russell Hobbs RH34WC1 also cools your wine quickly, meaning you can get your wine to optimum serving temperature in no time at all.

Our only major criticism? The shelf heights aren’t adjustable, which means you can’t easily make space for storing some non-standard bottles such as champagne or prosecco. 

Pros

  • Chills quickly
  • Stores 34 bottles
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Temperature can fluctuate slightly if the room is warm 
  • Shelves aren't height adjustable so non-standard bottles e.g. champagne may not fit 

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: 34 bottles
  • Dimensions: H84.2, W49.0, D44.0cm
  • Dual temperature: No 

2. Best budget wine cooler: Inventor Vino Wine Cooler

Inventor Vino Wine Cooler

Price: £99.87 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re looking to store a small quantity of wine or beverages without paying the hefty price tag of a stand-alone wine cooler, or are simply limited in terms of space in your kitchen, the Inventor Vino Wine Cooler is a budget-friendly and versatile option, ideal for your kitchen, office or garden room.

This compact-sized wine cooler has an upper shelf which can store up to five wine bottles, as well as a basket to store a variety of cans or pop bottles. The reversible door has a UV filter to protect your contents, whilst it stores your drinks between two and 21 degrees - ideal for cooling whites, rosés and everything in between. 

Pros

  • Good energy rating
  • Budget-friendly price 
  • Ideal for small kitchen or office 

Cons

  • Small size
  • Some reviewers reported the sides of the unit get hot when in use 

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: Five standard wine bottles (and basket for various bottles and cans)
  • Dimensions: 17.3D x 18.9W x 19.4H centimetres
  • Dual temperature: No 

3. Best small wine cooler: Belling 150BLKWC Built-In Wine Cooler

Belling 150BLKWC Built-In Wine Cooler

Price: £239 | Buy now from AO.com 

We have a tiny one for six bottles which filled a small gap in the kitchen layout. We’re not big drinkers, but it’s nice to have white wine that isn't either super chilled from the fridge or not chilled at all because we forgot that we might want some wine. Love it.” (Style of fridge recommended by Mumsnet user AnnaMagnani)

If you’re not big drinkers, have limited free space, or simply want to make sure you’ve always got wine available should you have guests, then this small and compact Belling wine cooler could be the ideal choice.

Ideal for small kitchens, this slimline wine cooler can hold seven bottles at once and is designed to fit neatly under your kitchen worktops. It even has a reversible door which can be switched to suit your kitchen layout.  

Whilst it cools your wine quickly between five and 22 degrees, it’s worth noting that the interior shelves aren't adjustable, so it won’t fit some non-standard bottles.

Pros

  • Slimline design
  • Ideal for smaller kitchens 

Cons

  • Smaller size 
  • Shelves aren’t adjustable 
  • Single zone cooling only

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: Seven bottles 
  • Dimensions: H87 x W14.8 x D52.5cm
  • Dual temperature: No

4. Best under-counter wine cooler: Subcold Viva28 Under-Counter Wine Fridge

Subcold Viva28 under-counter wine fridge

Price: £249.99 | Buy now from Amazon 

If you’re looking to add an under-counter wine cooler to your kitchen, the Subcold Viva28 offers a generous amount of storage in a small space. It comes with six removable chrome shelves which can be adjusted to suit your contents and is lockable - ideal if your teen has friends around and you want to protect your favourite wines! 

This quiet wine fridge also has Advanced Compressor Cooling Technology, allowing it to cool in a temperature range of three to 18°C. 

Its UV-tempered door will protect your wine from the sun, whilst the bright LED inner light will illuminate the contents, helping you easily lay your hands on that evening’s wine of choice. 

Pros

  • Lockable 
  • Reasonable capacity for the price 

Cons

  • Wooden shelves are kinder on the wine bottles

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: 28 bottle 
  • Dimensions: 43D x 45W x 84H cm
  • Dual temperature: No

5. Best beer and wine cooler: Russell Hobbs RHBC48SS 93 Litre Under-Counter Freestanding Fridge

Russell Hobbs RHBC48SS 93 Litre/90 Can Undercounter Freestanding Beverage/Drinks Fridge

Price: £289 | Buy now from Amazon

If, like many of the UK, you added a garden room to your home during lockdown, you may want to invest in a more general drinks and beverage fridge which is capable of storing a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, from your favourite wine and beer to smaller cans of pop and snacks. 

The Russell Hobbs RHBC48SS is your best friend for movie nights, being able to store four bottles of wine in a dedicated section, alongside many regular 330ml sized cans. It can also keep them cool between two and 15 degrees. 

With a quiet motor, it won’t impact your viewing pleasure, and has an internal LED light to illuminate your contents when the lights are down low.

Pros

  • A versatile drinks fridge suitable for wine and much more
  • Quiet running noise level

Cons

  • Chrome shelves could be more stable

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: 4 bottles of wine and approximately 90 330ml cans 
  • Dimensions: (H) 84.2 x (W) 48 x (D) 44
  • Dual temperature: No

6. Best dual zone wine cooler: Haier HW77GDAU1 Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Haier HW77GDAU1

Price: £599 | Buy now from Currys

If you firmly fall into the red or white wine camp, then a single zone wine cooler will be perfectly sufficient. However, if you like to regularly alternate between the two, you’ll need to seek a wine cooler that can store wine at two different temperatures.

The Haier HW77GDAU1 freestanding dual zone wine cooler holds an impressive 77 bottles across two unique zones - with three wooden shelves at the top holding 28 bottles and four at the bottom holding 49. As a result, you can have your white wine cooling nicely at the top, whilst your reds are stored slightly warmer on the shelves below. 

Even better, the shelves are height adjustable, so if you’ve got a special occasion coming up, you can easily make room for that magnum of champagne.

The UV protective and reversible glass door comes with an open door warning alarm to prevent mishaps, whilst the Natural Air Control system helps to control humidity and keep your corks in prime condition. 

Pros

  • Dual temperature 
  • Large capacity

Cons

  • This model takes a little longer to cool than some 

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: 77 bottles 
  • Dimensions: 126.5 x 50 x 58cm 
  • Dual temperature: Yes

7. Best integrated wine cooler: Hoover HWCB60UK/N 46 Duel Temp Zone Integrated Fridge

Hoover HWCB60UK/N 46 Duel Temp Zone Integrated

Price: £578 | Buy now from B&Q

“We've got one built-in one in the kitchen. It's used for wine, beer, lager and soft drinks and frees up space in the fridge. I love it. It's quite big so holds a lot of bottles and cans. Very useful at Christmas/when entertaining.” (Type of wine fridge recommended by Mumsnet user Reedwarbler

Another high-quality dual zone wine fridge with a slightly smaller capacity is the Hoover HWCB60UK/N, which can be installed as either a freestanding or integrated wine cooler. 

It can chill your wine quickly and has an impressive capacity of 46 bottles in total. The wooden shelves in the Hoover will be kinder to your bottles than chrome, however they unfortunately aren’t height adjustable on this model, which means they can’t easily be shuffled around to make room for your Moet.

With a UV-resistant and reversible glass door, you can clearly see what is nestled inside, and the temperature will remain accurate, even on a hot summer’s day.

Pros

  • Dual temperature
  • High level of temperature accuracy 

Cons

  • This wine fridge is noisier than some
  • Shelves aren’t height adjustable

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: 46 bottles 
  • Dimensions: 86.5 x 59.5 x 58cm 
  • Dual temperature: Yes 

8. Best freestanding wine cooler: Candy CCVB 15 Wine Cooler

CANDY CCVB 15 UK/1 Wine Cooler

Price: £259 | Buy now from Currys 

If your under-counter space is limited, or you need the freedom of a freestanding wine cooler, this Candy 15 wine cooler is a really useful option, even coming with height adjustable feet to adapt to its surroundings.

Holding seven bottles of wine across six adjustable shelves, this narrow wine cooler can easily accommodate a variety of bottles including larger sized bottles like magnums of champagne and prosecco. It’s single temperature zone, but it does have a wide range of temperature choices from five to 18 degrees. 

It features a UV-protected glass door and anti-vibration technology, to protect your bottles and ensure the wine reaches you in tip top condition when required. 

Pros

  • Adjustable feet and shelves
  • Anti-vibration technology
  • Fits easily into narrow spaces

Cons

  • Narrow door is less accessible than wider models 
  • Small capacity

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: Seven bottles 
  • Dimensions: 86.5 x 14.5 x 50.6 cm
  • Dual temperature: No

9. Best large wine cooler: Liebherr WKb4212 Vinothek 200 Single

Liebherr WKb4212 Vinothek 200 Single

Price: £1,799 | Buy now from NE Appliances

We have a Liebherr wine fridge in the garage. It can hold around 200 bottles. We’ve got a basic one that only has one temperature zone (12 degrees).” (Brand tried and tested by Mumsnet user Bandol)

If you are finding that your wine collection has grown from handfuls to boxfuls, you may be strongly considering investing in a larger wine cooler. 

These huge wine fridges from Liebherr can easily accommodate up to 200 bottles of wine and are freestanding, making them a practical choice to add to your garage or cellar. Unlike some other fridges which are recommended for short-term storage only, the Liebherr humidity controls allow you to store your wine for much longer.

With a sleek black stainless steel finish and wooden shelves, not only does it look stylish and modern, but comes with a reversible UV protected glass door, charcoal filter and anti-vibration technology, to keep your wine in pristine condition for longer. 

It doesn't come cheap though so, while it's a worthwhile investment for the most serious of sommeliers, it's not best suited to casual consumers of the odd tipple.

Pros

  • Large capacity
  • Suitable for long term wine storage

Cons

  • Costly 

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: 200 bottles 
  • Dimensions: 165 x 60 x 73.9cm
  • Dual temperature: No 

10. Best luxury wine cooler: Eurocave V Prem S Wine Cabinet

Eurocave V Prem S

Price: £1,776 | Buy now from Eurocave

Eurocave makes some of the best wine fridges - but may be overkill for your purpose. If your need is only short-term storage before drinking, the cheaper brands will be fine. If you might be maturing more valuable wine for years then a Eurocave or similar is probably a better investment.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Macshoto)

When it comes to luxury wine coolers and wine cabinets, French brand Eurocave certainly knows their stuff, having manufactured products for maturing and storing wine for over 40 years. These luxury wine coolers come with a significant price tag, but for those who are truly passionate about wine, this could be a smart investment to protect the quality of the contents. 

Whereas most wine coolers recommend short-term storage, the single temperature zone V-Prem S Wine Cabinet allows you to store your wine and let it mature over longer time periods with temperatures of between nine and 15 degrees. With five sliding wooden shelves for easy access, the Eurocave V-Prem S has the capacity to store around 90 bottles of standard size wine, and can be purchased with a reversible solid or glass door depending on your preference. 

Pros

  • Suitable for long-term wine storage
  • High-quality design with wooden shelves 

Cons

  • Costly 
  • Single temperature zone

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: Approximately 90 bottles 
  • Dimensions: H96 x W68 x D71.5 cm
  • Dual temperature: No 

11. Best alternative wine cooler: Husky Wine Cooler

Husky Wine Cooler

Price: £49.99 | Buy now from Amazon

If the above wine coolers are out of your price range but you want to enjoy a glass of wine at the optimum temperature when friends come to visit, this single bottle Husky Wine Cooler is a great alternative to a wine fridge. 

This award-winning premium stainless steel wine cooler has an adjustable height to securely fit most wine and champagne bottles, and has a patented flexi-lock system that will hold the bottle securely as you pour.

With no ice needed, the Husky Wine Cooler can keep your wine cold for up to six hours without unwelcome condensation, and is ideal for picnics or travel. 

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Ideal for entertaining 

Cons

  • Single bottle use only

Key specs

  • Storage capacity: One bottle
  • Dimensions: 20.7 x 14 x 13.31cm
  • Dual temperature: No 

What to look for when buying a wine fridge

With so many wine coolers to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start when making your selection. Here are some things you will want to consider: 

  • How much wine do you need to store? - How often do you drink wine? Are you happy storing a small amount of wine for entertaining, or have you amassed quite the impressive collection? If you’re rapidly running out of room in your kitchen fridge and know your Sauvignon Blanc from your Chardonnay, you may be better equipped with a wine fridge that can store a substantial amount of wine. 
  • Where will you be locating your wine cooler? - How big is your kitchen? Are you limited on space? Do you need a slimline and compact model or have you got space for a more substantial wine fridge? Some models are freestanding whilst others are integrated/built-in to your kitchen setting too.
  • Dual or single temperature? - Are you looking to store a combination of both red and white wine? A dual temperature wine cooler allows you to store wine at different temperatures in two different zones, often with one area slightly larger than the other.
  • Is the door reversible? - A reversible door can help when fitting wine coolers into smaller kitchens or corners. 
  • Are the shelves adjustable? - Can the wine cooler fit irregular bottles such as prosecco and champagne? Adjustable shelves will allow you to raise or lower the height to adjust to your contents as well as store smaller items such as beer bottles and cans.
  • Does it have internal lighting? - Internal LED lighting can not only make the wine cooler look great aesthetically, but it can also help you to locate your favourite tipple at nighttime with the door still closed.
  • How much do you want to spend? - The final but most crucial consideration is cost. Wine coolers are a little like cars - do you want a practical ‘does the job’ Fiesta style wine cooler that’ll store a small selection or a feature-rich Land Rover style wine fridge to impress your friends? Whilst you can pick up some really efficient models for a reasonable price, in most cases you get what you pay for. 

Do I need a single or dual temperature zone wine cooler?

If you tend to only drink one type of wine, red or white, then you will probably be happy to stick to a single temperature wine cooler, which on the whole tend to be cheaper than dual temperature models. However, if you like to mix it up, or switch between red and white depending on your meal, you’ll need a dual temperature wine fridge so you can keep each type of wine at its optimum temperature. 

How much do I need to spend to get a good wine cooler?

The prices of wine coolers vary considerably, so it’s fair to say that there is an option available to suit most budgets. 

Whilst you can easily pick up a budget-friendly drinks cooler that will do the job for less than £200, if you’re looking for a wine fridge with a substantial capacity and dual temperature zones, you’ll need to spend £500 plus to meet your needs. 

What's the difference between a wine cooler and a wine cabinet?

Wine coolers and wine fridges are designed to store wine on a relatively short-term basis, ensuring that they can be served at their optimum temperature. 

If you are looking to store wine for years rather than months, wine cabinets are designed to ensure temperatures and humidity levels are well controlled and keep your wines in top condition so that your corks don’t dry out or start to break away. 

If you’re planning to store expensive wines it may be better to go for a wine cabinet or wine cellar option if your budget allows. 

What temperature should wine be served at?

If you’ve ever drank a warm glass of white wine you’ll know just how much it can affect the flavour. Wine should be served at the right temperature to ensure it tastes fresh and crisp.

White wines are best served cool - somewhere between seven and 11 degrees is ideal. 

Red wines, on the other hand, are better served at slightly warmer temperatures - between 12 and 19 degrees. 

What is the best wine fridge?

When it comes to our overall best wine fridge, the Russell Hobbs RH34WC1 came out top, largely due to its efficient cooling times, value for money, energy efficiency and practical functionality. It is a single temperature zone wine cooler, however, so would only meet your needs if you are storing a single type of wine, or happy to store all at the same temperature. 

If you’re looking to store a combination of red and white, the Haier HWS77GDAU1 Dual Zone Wine Cooler gets our vote as the best dual temperature wine cooler you can buy today. 

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