Are you a wine lover looking for an ideal place to store your precious vino? We've compiled these wine refrigerator reviews designed to help a wine enthusiast on any budget choose an ideal model of wine refrigerator for their home. Wine refrigerators vary in size, installation options, temperature range settings, number of compartments and, of course, aesthetic appeal.
In-depth wine refrigerator reviews can be tough to come by, but we've selected four models at different price points and with different feature packages to help you choose the ideal model.
Table of Contents
- Cheap Dual Zone: Danby DWC114BLSDD*
- Good Looks, Best Value: Frigidaire FGWC5233TS
- Premium Single Zone: GE PCR06WATSS
- Premium Dual Zone: Zephyr PRWB24C32AG
*This model is 20" wide. All other models are 24" wide.
4 Tips for Buying a Wine Cooler (Especially If It's Your First Time):
Dual vs Single Temperature Zones: Dual zone models allow you to set two different temperatures for two different sections of the wine cooler. This lets you choose the ideal serving temperature for different types of wines. If your only concern is keeping your wines at the ideal long term storage temperature of around 45 to 55 degrees, then you can probably go for a single zone model. Dual zone models are usually more expensive.
Built In vs Freestanding: If you want the built-in look, you'll generally have to pay upwards of $1,000. Built-in refrigerators are "front breathing" so they don't require ventilation space on the sides or rear. If you try to install a freestanding model into a built-in space, you'll need a replacement pretty quickly! Frigidaire is a leader in offering built-ins for less if you want the best of both worlds.
Temperature Controls: All but one of the models in our wine refrigerator review have digital temperature controls rather than dials. This feature is not hard to come by but can be easy to overlook if you're new to the wine cooler game! We prefer the digital controls over dials since they are more exact and offer precise adjustments for different types of wine.
Interior Features: Options like showcase lighting, wooden wine racks with vibration dampening, and other features can be more costly, but can be worth it. Make sure to try pulling the shelves in and out when you're looking at different models in-store, preferably loaded with a full wine bottle or two. Shelves that glide nicely are a nice basic feature to look for that will make using your wine cooler more enjoyable!
Now that you know about what to consider when buying a wine refrigerator, let's take a closer look at models from Danby, GE, Frigidaire, and Zephyr.
1. The Danby DWC114BLSDD - Inexpensive Dual Zone - $499
First up on the list is an entry level model from specialty manufacturer Danby. Danby has been around for over 50 years and is a leading refrigeration and specialty appliance company in North America known for their mini fridges, beverage centers, and wine coolers. If you're looking for a freestanding wine refrigerator that won't break the bank, the Danby DWC114BLSDD is a great budget option. It's 20" wide and holds 38 bottles, so it's a bit narrower than the more popular 24" width, which can hold around 50 bottles.
This 38 bottle dual zone wine cooler has a stainless steel finish with a tempered glass door that blocks harmful UV rays. White LED interior lights show off your collection without putting off heat. There is a digital thermostat that you can easily check on through the reversible door. The shelves are black wood trimmed with stainless steel.
Danby offers quiet operation for limited noise and no vibration. The dual zones allow you to set the perfect serving temperatures for whites and reds from 39.2 to 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This inexpensive wine refrigerator comes with an 18 month warranty on parts and labor. Overall, this product offers a lot of bang for the buck at just $499!
2. The Frigidaire FGWC5233TS - Built-In for Less - $669
The Frigidaire FGWC5233TS is a popular 52 bottle wine refrigerator that can be used in built in or freestanding installations despite retailing at under $700 MSRP, a rarity among built in wine coolers! This model offers reversible door swing, a tinted glass door framed with stainless steel, LED exhibit lighting, and soft-coat wire wine racks trimmed with wood plus a convertible shelf than can be used to hold 12-oz cans or wine bottles.
The precision electronic temperature controls allow you set the temperature from 41 to 64 degrees. The integrated touch controls have a premium feeling, and with such a large capacity you'll have plenty of room to store a variety of your favorite wines. This model doesn't have all of the bells and whistles like dual temperature zones, ball bearing rack glides, or multi-level LED lighting, but it will look great in your home and do its job well.
So if you're looking for a cheap built in wine refrigerator, you should definitely check out this Frigidaire model! If you're looking for a dual zone model, Frigidaire offers a smaller freestanding 38 bottle wine cooler, model FFWC3822QS, for just $569.
3. The GE PCR06WATSS - High-End Single Zone - $1,599
Looking for a higher-end wine refrigerator? One great option is the GE PCR06WATSS. This single zone wine center can store a whopping 57 bottles on seven interior racks. This ADA compliant built-in capable model features a stainless steel framed reversible door, a tinted glass window, and wine racks framed with beechwood. Display lighting allows you to show off your collection. The "front breathing" design allows you to use it in built-in installations as well as a freestanding unit.
The high-end, modern exterior has a recessed handle for a sleek, integrated look. There are two half-depth and five full-depth wine racks, all of which can fully extend for effortless loading and unloading. It has electromechanical temperature controls, which are a little less sleek than digital controls but still do the trick. These controls won't allow as much precision as digital controls since it's a dial without specific degree labels, only labels for red wine or white wine.
This model has elegant styling, large capacity and flexible installation options, but the controls are pretty basic. If you want to make precision adjustments to your wine refrigerator's temperatures or are looking for a dual zone model, this model may not be for you. However, if you're looking for a large-capacity wine cooler with gorgeous styling inside and out, this model is a great option.
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4. The Zephyr PRWB24C32AG - Premium French Door Dual Zone - $1,499
Zephyr is an established brand in ventilation but they recently entered the high-end refrigeration market with the Presrv line of beverage centers and wine coolers. The Zephyr PRWB24C32AG immediately stands out due to the design choice of French doors rather than a single door, with a "wine side" and a "beverage side." The wine side can be set with electronic capacitive touch controls from 38-65 degrees while the beverage side goes down to 34 degrees. It's built-in or freestanding capable with 304-grade stainless steel trim and dual-pane, low-E argon-filled glass panes.
One rare spec that Zephyr includes is the operation noise: an average of 38 decibels, which is literally whisper quiet! Inside you'll find full-extension black wood racks with stainless steel trim with vibration dampening technology for wine, and three slide-out gray glass shelves for beverages. LED lighting in blue, amber, and white lets you show off your collection.
Overall, Zephyr has really knocked it out of the park with the design and features of this dual zone wine refrigerator and beverage center, and it's been pretty popular as a result!
We hope you enjoyed these wine refrigerator reviews. These are just a few of the available options on the market. If you're looking for more high-end wine refrigerators, check out our Marvel wine cooler reviews! Other great brands to consider include Avanti, KitchenAid, U-Line, and Zephyr. Avanti offers some of the ultra-cheap options under $300 that we didn't touch on here. If you want to spend less than $600, then Frigidaire, Danby, and Summit are all great brands to consider. Zephyr, Marvel, KitchenAid, and others offer many high-end models in the $1,000+ range.
Hopefully this article helped give you some direction in picking your next wine refrigerator. What do you look for in a wine refrigerator? Is this your first time buying one? Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!
Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in December of 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.