World In Paris
Products Review

Best Small Wine Cooler Brands and Models (our Wine Coolers Review)

Best Small Wine Coolers, Small Wine Coolers Review, Best Small Wine Coolers Brands, best countertop wine cooler, Unique Gifts for Wine Lovers, Wine related gifts, Wine Storage

WINE STORAGE IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES

Most of the Parisians can’t allow a wine cellar at home but this does not mean that they don’t care for and store their favorite bottles of wine in a similar way. If you are a wine lover and have a nice collection of wines, it is worth experiencing them at their best, and this includes serving it at the correct temperature to enhance its taste. By just sacrificing a small amount of counter or floor space, having your wine stored under ideal lighting and temperature conditions can become reality with a wine cooler. Serving wine not just cold but at the correct temperature, will allow you to fully experience its body, aroma, and flavor, and that’s why a small wine cooler is a great investment for your best bottles of wine. The wine cooler is not only a practical way to store the expensive wine bottles purchased while exploring the best wine regions in France but also a fashion statement. The wine cooler is the perfect stylish accessory for any a connoisseur of fine wine to add in the kitchen or home office. Wine coolers are one of the best wine storage ideas for small spaces and also popular wine enthusiast gifts.

READ MORE –  Want to ensure your wine makes it home?  Find the best wine tote bags and wine suitcases especially designed for wine travel

 

WHAT IS A WINE COOLER?

A wine cooler is a refrigeration appliance especially used to keep wine bottles or champagne bottles at their ideal temperature before serving them. With a wine cooler, if used properly, you are sure to get the most out of your wine plus it is a nice way to store your bottles. There is a wide range of wine coolers with different dimensions, capacities, and prices. Some wine coolers (usually with bigger storage capacity) have dual or triple temperature zones, which means that you can store different kinds of wine or champagne all at their unique serving temperatures.

 

Best gifts for wine lovers: top wine coolers on Amazon.com

Looking for unique wine gifts or a stylish wine storage for your home? Check out these top wine coolers available on Amazon.com.

MODEL IMAGE CAPACITY SIZE Tº RANGE COLOR PRICE
Ivation 18 Bottle Wine Cooler Ivation 18 bottle Wine Cooler 18 bottles 13.5 x 20 x 25.4 inches  54-64°F Black /Stainless Steel

View

NutriChef Dual Zone Wine Cooler NutriChef Wine Cooler 18 bottles 22.5 x 27.2 x 14.7 inches  46-64°F (8 – 18°C) and 54-64°F (12-18°C) Black /Chrome

View

Whynter Wine Cooler Whynter Wine Cooler 16 bottles 19 x 17 x 20 inches 54-66°F Stainless Steel

View

Ivation Wine Cooler Ivation Wine Cooler 8 bottles 21.3 x 18.9 x 11.5 inches 46° – 64°F (8° – 18°C) Stainless Steel

View

Westinghouse Wine Cooler Westinghouse Wine Cooler 6 bottles 20.2 x 10 x 14.9 inches 54° – 66°F Black

View

NewAir Wine Cooler New Air Wine Cooler 12 bottles 14 x 19.5 x 19 inches 54° – 55°F Stainless Steel

View

 

WINE COOLERS vs WINE CABINETS

Wine Cooler - Wine Cabinet

Some people think wine coolers and wine cabinets are the same things but there are important differences between a wine cooler and a wine cabinet. Free standing wine cooler cabinets are long-term storages, usually with bigger capacities and with an only one temperature zone, usually around 13ºC. Because wine cabinets have larger capacities they also tend to be more expensive.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A WINE COOLER 

French Wine

There are many wine cooler brands, with a large spectrum of models, depending on their size, capacity, and additional features. This means that there is something for everyone and every need. Small wine coolers are also perfect wine related gifts for wine lovers.

Because it is difficult to cover all the wine cooler brands and models, this wine coolers review is focused on small countertop wine coolers, which are perfect for limited spaces like in the Parisian apartments. The main things to consider when looking for the best small wine cooler for you are the following:

Capacity: usually small wine coolers fit from 4 to 18 bottles. If you are looking for bigger capacities you may consider buying free standing wine coolers.

Dimensions: if your space is limited or if you have already a specific place for your wine cooler in mind, you may want to check the dimensions. Wine coolers are usually 60 cm wide and the height usually depends on the capacity chosen.

Temperature and Humidity Controls: you want to store your bottles at the right temperature for your reds or whites. Regular refrigerators are not an option, as they are too cold for most wines, and “room temperature” is too warm. Also, wine bottles need a constant humidity, keeping the cork from drying out, thus preventing more air to come into contact with the wine.

Single-Dual-Triple Temperature: if your nice collection includes reds and whites or wine and champagne, you may want to invest in a dual temperature or triple temperature wine cooler. Dual and triple temperature wine coolers are more expensive but at the same time give you more flexibility of storage. Because small countertop wine coolers have small capacities, models are usually single or dual temperature.

Noise and Anti-vibration systems: vibrations are one of the major enemies of wine as they over time they can have a negative effect on the wine’s properties. Also, you don’t want to have annoying noises in your kitchen or wherever you decide to place your wine cooler. Even if you are not looking for a super wine storage, it is worth to pay a little bit more to noise and vibrations under control. All the models proposed here below are built with an energy-efficient thermoelectric cooling system with no compressor, to minimize the vibration effect and noise. This feature preserves wine flavor and aroma and allows your wine to age and settle properly, with no disturbance to its naturally occurring sediments.

Design: metal racking? Wooden shelves? Or perhaps are you looking for a specific design or color? Sliding shelves make it easier to see and remove bottles from your collection whilst adjustable shelves allow you to store champagne or slightly wider wine bottles (e.g. Burgundy wine bottles).

UV-resistant glass doors: light is another enemy of wine bottles. UV-resistant glass doors are an important feature to consider if you want to place your small wine cooler in a zone which receives sunlight.

Other interesting features: digital displays, door lock systems, reversible doors, temperature alarms and more are other features you may find interesting to have.

Price: of course, this depends on the features displayed above. The more features you want for your small wine cooler, the more expensive it will be.

 

BEST SMALL WINE COOLERS

 

3 Bottle Wine Cooler and 4 Bottle Wine Cooler

This kind of small wine coolers are very rare in the market and we have not found any model with great reviews. When buying a 3 bottle wine cooler or a 4 bottle wine cooler, you should be guided by how expensive your wine collection is. For example, there’s little point in paying more than $150 for a wine cooler if the 3-4 bottles of wines inside collectively cost less than that.

X

Westinghouse WWT060TB Thermal Electric 6 Bottle Wine Cooler

Description:

Looking for the best countertop wine cooler? Westinghouse is one of the leaders in the wine-cooling industry, with nicely designed models. The Westinghouse WWT060TB is a compact wine cooler perfect for wine lovers without much space, just like in Paris! By just sacrificing a small amount of counter you can have your reds or wites stored under ideal lighting and temperature conditions. We like its soft interior lighting, the wire racks with an attractive silver chrome finish and the recessed door handle, perfect for small spaces. The digital temperature display and touch panel thermostat controls are very easy to use.

Main Features:

  • 6 bottle capacity
  • Size 20.2 x 10 x 14.9 inches
  • Single Temperature, 54 – 66 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Digital temperature display and touch panel thermostat controls
  • 2 chrome wire storage shelves, interior light
  • Recessed door handle
  • Color black
  • Also available for 8 bottles and 10 bottles

 

Ivation Premium Stainless Steel 8 Bottle Wine Cooler

Description:

Ivation proposes great wine coolers and this is one of the brand’s best sellers. Store your favorite wines with the best conditions of temperature and humidity to get the most out of it. Ivation Premium Stainless Steel cools just enough bottles for a small party and it fits nicely on the counter or under the counter. It has a nice interior with pull-out oak wood shelves and a soft interior lighting with on/off control. Ivation Premium Stainless Steel is also available for 12 bottles and for 18 bottles.

Main Features:

  • 8 bottle capacity
  • Size 9.9″ x 19.7″ x 17.7″
  • Single Temperature, 46 – 64 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Exterior digital control panel and LCD temp display (°F/°C).
  • 3 premium oak wood shelves, soft interior lighting with on/off control 
  • Thermoelectric cooling system, with zero vibrations and no noise
  • Color stainless steel
  • Available for 12 bottles and 18 bottles

 

NewAir AW-121E 12 Bottle Wine Cooler

Description:

The NewAir 12 Bottle Wine Cooler is a stylish and practical way to store a small collection of good wine at the perfect temperature. Measuring only 14.00″ x 19.50″ x 19.00″ it fits anywhere and it’s small enough to be used as countertop wine cooler if desired. We like its 3 chrome plated wire shelves which pull out to make for easy bottle loading and convenient accessibility and the blue LED lighting to better illuminate the bottles.

Main Features:

  • 12 bottle capacity
  • Size 14 x 19.5 x 19 inches
  • Single Temperature, 50 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Simple pushbutton controls and digital temperature display
  • 3 chrome-plated shelves, soft interior lighting
  • Thermoelectric cooling system, with zero vibrations and no noise
  • Color stainless steel
  • Also available for 18 bottles and 28 bottles

 

Whynter WC-16S SNO 16 Bottle Wine Cooler

Description:

Whynter’s sleek compact platinum finish cabinet, with an ergonomic towel bar handle glass door offers wine collectors a silent, long-lasting, and environmentally safe refrigeration for their collection. The blue light LCD temperature display inside enhances your best labels. The scalloped chrome racks are designed for the standard 750ml wine bottle but they can be removed in order to fit larger bottles.

Main Features:

  • 16 bottle capacity
  • Size 19 x 17 x 20 inches
  • Single Temperature, 52 – 64 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Enhanced Blue Light LCD temperature display feature
  • 3 scalloped chrome racks which can be removed to accommodate bigger bottles
  • Pro-style towel bar handle, with a cylinder lock and two keys included
  • Thermoelectric cooling system, with zero vibrations and no noise
  • Color platinum
  • Also available for 28 bottles

 

NutriChef PKDSWC18 Dual Zone 18 Bottle Wine Cooler

Description:

No wine cooler review would be complete without dual zone models. This 18 bottle dual zone thermoelectric cooler allows you to store your reds and whites in the same space but for the right temperature for everyone. The upper zone has a temperature of 46 – 64 degrees Fahrenheit while the lower zone cools at 54 – 64 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the most complete models in the market, with built-in circulation fan, ventilation grill, and a unique shelf system where you can place opened bottles. 

Main Features:

  • 18 bottle capacity
  • Size 20 x 13.6 x 25.4 inches
  • Dual Temperature: upper zone 46 – 64 degrees Fahrenheit; lower zone 54 – 64 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Digital button controls and LCD digital display.
  • Interior lit by LED light illumination to showcase your wine collection
  • Unique shelf system where you can place opened bottles.
  • Thermoelectric cooling system, with zero vibrations and no noise
  • Built-in circulation fan and ventilation grill
  • Color stainless steel

 

Ivation 18 Bottle Wine Cooler 

Description:

Ivation proposes one of the most elegant models which usually is used as free standing wine cooler. Its design and soft interior lighting look perfect in your kitchen or in the saloon as another piece of furniture. This Ivation 18 bottle wine cooler is available in black with stainless steel racks, or in stainless steel with wooden racks. If you have kids at home, consider buying the black model with a door lock.

Main Features:

  • 18 bottle capacity
  • Size 13.5 x 20 x 25.4 inches
  • Single Temperature 54-64°F
  • Touch controls and LCD display
  • Interior lit by LED light illumination with on/ off control to showcase your wine collection
  • Thermoelectric cooling system, with zero vibrations and no noise
  • Color black, stainless steel
  • Optional door lock

 

FROM THE WINE STORE TO THE TABLE: BEST WINE STORAGE TIPS

» Do not put your wine cooler in the garage. The big temperature ranges of a garage will make the cooler run too often, shortening its life.

» Recommended serving temperatures for white wines

  • 7ºC: sauvignon blanc, pinot gris
  • 8ºC-9ºC: chardonnay, riesling
  • 9ºC-10ºC: sauternes, semillon 11ºC: viognier

» Recommended serving temperatures for red wines

  • 12ºC-14ºC: beaujolais, merlot
  • 14ºC-16ºC: burgundies, pinot noir, chianti, rioja, zinfandel, malbec
  • 17ºC-19ºC: bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz

Click here to read more Product Reviews

Back to Homepage

 

Pin it now & read it later

Best Small Wine Coolers, Small Wine Coolers Review, Best Small Wine Coolers Brands, best countertop wine cooler, Unique Gifts for Wine Lovers, Wine related gifts, Wine Storage

You Might Also Like...