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Top Of The Best Furniture Style Wine Cellars Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Madison Thermoelectric Wine Coolers in Rose Cherry
№2 – Vinotemp 18 Bottle Wine Cooler and Cellar
№3 – Teton Home AF-056 Wood Wine Cabinet
Entry-level models tend to have fixed shelving. Higher-spec models have shelves you can roll out, making it easier to retrieve and inspect your bottles. Shelves can also be adjustable – useful if you want to store extra bubbly for a party – and be made from wood or high-quality chrome.
Glass doors may let you show off your Chablis but they don’t insulate as well as solid doors – as with conventional refrigerators. If you want a glass door, then check whether it’s UV-protected. This means the wine won’t be affected by sunlight. Also, check if the doors are reversible.
Where to store it
As with most fridges, you should try and keep them where the ambient temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much – so avoid the garage if you can. Wine fridges can cope with temperature changes but big fluctuations put extra pressure on the unit.Check also if the fridge is lockable, to avoid anyone unknowingly helping themselves to your prized Pouilly-Fuissé!
Environment and costs
All of our wine cabinets are ‘A’ rated for energy consumption, since they are for longer term wine storage, but most models are ‘B’ rated because of their large glass doors. Drinks fridges and wine coolers are currently exempt from classification.
If you’re putting your fridge underneath a worktop, you must normally allow a gap of 25mm at the top, back and sides of the appliance so that the warm air produced by the condenser can be properly ventilated.
Lack of ventilation will cause the compressor to work harder, resulting in faster frost build-up. (This does not apply to built-in appliances.)
Need a dedicated wine store? Whether you buy the odd few bottles for a dinner party or are a serious collector, there’s a wine fridge to suit.
How many times have you struggled to squeeze a few bottles of Chardonnay into the fridge when friends are popping round? Too many to count? Then invest in one of our pick of the best wine fridges.
Wine coolers aren’t just brilliant for freeing up prime real estate in a busy family fridge. Slightly warmer and more humid inside, they’ll keep every bottle of Chardonnay and Sauvignon in cellar-like conditions, and without you having to excavate the basement.
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If you’re under the illusion that a wine fridge is one of life’s luxuries that you either can’t afford or don’t have the room for, think again. There’s a growing range of countertop styles, freestanding units and even slimline built-in versions out there, and they don’t always cost as much as you might think.
Coming next is a round up of our favourite wine fridges. Scroll down, you’ll also find a handy buyer’s guide to help you find your perfect match. Bottoms up!
Caple Sense Wi15wine cabinet
Caple has a range of more than 20 wine coolers, and you’ll find one to fill almost any size gap. Make good use of that tricky space at the end of a run of cabinets – or plug a gap between units – with this super-slim model. It may be small, but it still offers all the latest features such as LED lighting and UV protection. It’s a flexible pick, too, as you can install it built-in or freestanding. If you’re renting or planning to move, that could be crucial.
Capacity bottles Dimensions H86x W14x D475mm Number of temperature zones 1 Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, reversible door, 44dB noise level
Haier WS50GDBI under counter wine cooler
Digital Editor – and wannabe wine buff – Amy has this model at home and has been super-impressed with its performance. It’s designed to hold 50 bottles on its sturdy oak shelves, and has two temperature zones and humidity controls to prevent corks from drying out. The low-vibration compressor is good for both your wine and your ears – it’s a must-have feature if you’re planning to install your fridge in an open-plan kitchen.
Capacity 50 bottles Capacity 127 Dimensions H820cm x W595cm x D625cm Number of temperature zones 2 Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, carbon filter, humidity control, 39dB noise level
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CDA FWC303ss wine cooler
Not sure if you’re cut out to be a collector? This holds 20 bottles or red, white or sparking wine at any temperature between 5°C and 27°C – we think it’s a great size and price for beginners. It may be at the affordable end of the sale but you still get some top features, including a UV-protected smoked glass door to keep ageing sunlight at bay, and a humidifier that stops your corks from drying out.
Capacity 20 bottles Dimensions H820-88x W29x D570mm Number of temperature zones 1 Features UV-protected glass door, humidity control, reversible door, 39dB noise level
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Swisscave WLB-450FLD Black Edition wine cooler
Swisscave offers Champagne-standard storage at – well, not quite lemonade, but certainly Prosecco prices. Its coolers mimic cellar conditions, with features like charcoal features and humidity controls helping to age your wine consistently. This model can hold up to 220 bottles over seven levels, if you choose to have horizontal shelves only.
Alternatively, you can show off your most prized vintages on tilted racks that hold six bottles each. Behind each of these is space for 10-1more bottles. Like the idea of displaying your wine but worried party guests might help themselves to you best bottles? Don’t, as a lockable door will keep them from snaffling your Dom Perignon.
Capacity Up to 220 bottles Dimensions H1800 x W600 x D700mm Number of temperature zones Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, carbon filter, telescopic shelves, reversible door, 35dB noise level
Miele KWT 683SGS wine conditioner
This really is the Cristal of coolers. Bottles of all shapes and sizes are gently cradled by its FlexiFrame shelving system, and there are magnetic strips coated in blackboard paint that you can use to label each shelf. Three separate temperature zones ensure your champagne, red and white wines can all be served at just the right temperature, and of course, there’s a UV-resistant door keeps your vintages safe from the sun.
One quirky feature is the SommelierSet box of accessories. You’ll find a knife, corkscrews and chalk inside, as well a glass holder and two decanting racks. The idea behind this is that you can decant your red wine inside the conditioner, or chill your white wine glasses to the perfect temperature for serving. Fancy! And if you only enjoy a glass or two in one sitting, the ConvinoBox will keep any open bottles in perfect conditions until you’re ready to finish them off.
Capacity 17bottles Dimensions H1920 x W700 x D746mm Number of temperature zones 3 Features Anti-vibration technology, UV-protected glass door, carbon filter, telescopic shelves, 37dB noise level
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You can opt for a compressor cooler (similar to a refrigerator) which provides very stable temperatures, or a thermoelectric cooler which offers silent, vibration-free operation and works well in spaces with a mild ambient temperature. Two additional options are a Hybrid (combination of compressor and thermoelectric) or Absorption cooler. These are a bit more difficult to find and are often expensive.
Continue reading for information on cooling zones and wine serving temperatures. You can also check out our Wine Cooler Buying Guide in the Knowledge Center.
Many freestanding cabinets are finished in beautiful hardwoods. The hardware is often in brass or pewter to round out a look that is more furniture than fridge. Some models even have marble or granite tops that are great for serving fruit and cheese at your next dinner party.
As you narrow down the options when selecting the perfect product for your needs, be sure to include aesthetics in your criteria, along with the other specs.
Kitchens already have background noise from the refrigerator, so a wine cooler that adds to this a bit is not so terrible. Dining rooms on the other hand, are generally silent rooms so this needs to be a bigger consideration when selecting a freestanding wine cooler.
When people start thinking about storing wine, their first thought is usually simple enough: ‘Buy a wine cabinet.’ These come in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes and represent the simplest option for home storage. They are more than just glorified refrigerators: in addition to maintaining a steady optimal temperature, the compressors are damped or housed separately to reduce vibration, they keep high humidity, and some of the more expensive models also have heating units in case the ambient temperature drops too low.
If you are considering going down the cabinet route, some things to bear in mind: Where are you going to keep it? If it’s in the garage or a utility room then the finish isn’t crucial, but in a living area you want it to look right and operate quietly. And what sort of capacity do you want? 150 bottles might sound a lot to someone new to wine, but it really doesn’t take long to accumulate double this quantity.
At under £1,000, options are fairly limited. This sort of budget will buy you a large unit from a cheaper manufacturer, or a smaller capacity cabinet from one of the more upmarket producers.
Liebehrr makes an extensive range of affordable cabinets which have a good reputation for quality, and whose prices are attractive. The most popular unit is the WKR 417which has a maximum capacity of 180 Bordeaux-sized bottles and which I’ve seen for sale as cheaply as £65on internet comparison shopping sites. Some might prefer a stainless steel finish, which comes at a premium of £200+, as opposed to the default Burgundy red. Fridge manufacturer Miele makes a similar cabinet which sells at around the same price.
While they offer excellent value, there are two potential drawbacks with the Liebherr and Miele units. Firstly, because of their depth – the same as a domestic fridge – the bottles can’t overlap neatly at the neck. As a result the capacity is reduced compared with a similar size, purpose-built wine cabinet. A second drawback is that the compressor isn’t designed for operation at an ambient temperature lower than 8ºC, so these cabinets can’t be used in an unheated garage or outbuilding.
Also in this price bracket are the Vintec cabinets, which are distributed by Vin Garde. The range includes smaller units specially designed to fit under worktops in fitted kitchens. Although they’ve only just been launched in the UK, Vin Garde reports that demand is very strong. Particularly elegant is a stainless steel fronted model, priced at £89It fits some 50 bottles and also offers dual temperature zones. The Corner Fridge Company also sells a range of under-the-counter units, including a fully integrated model. £1000-£3000
You might think that for this sort of money you’d be looking at more than a cabinet. Alas, you’d be wrong, though the choice expands a fair bit.
Eurocave offers a wide, high-quality range with a variety of finish options. Their dimensions are such that bottles can overlap neatly at the neck, which increases capacity. You can opt for smoked glass doors for a more elegant look – this costs a little extra – or even go for a stainless steel finish, which bumps up the price considerably. Eurocave’s main competitor is Transtherm (available from Vin Garde), whose cabinets offer similar quality and finish options for around the same price. Other cabinets in this price bracket worth considering include models by U-line and The Corner Fridge Company.
It’s worth bearing in mind that with wine cabinets, there are different combinations of shelving available, with a trade-off between capacity and convenience. The most efficient use of space is achieved by stacking bottles on top of each other in a way that makes it tricky to access those at the bottom. To avoid awkward rummaging around when sourcing that elusive bottle, store according to projected drinking windows – wines for near term consumption on one shelf, those that need another year or two on the second and so on. If you have a number of bottles of one wine you might put one on each shelf so as to follow its progress as it matures. £3000 Plus
If space and budget permit, now’s the time to think about constructing your own cellar, using modified air conditioning units designed to operate at lower temperatures. There are a number of ways of doing this. If your DIY is up to it, you can build one yourself. You’d need to partition off a suitable space with stud walls, insulate it properly, add a vapour barrier and then put in a suitable conditioning unit. There are a number of these on the market, including the Fondis ‘Winemaster’ range (available from Vin Garde and The Corner Fridge Company, from £1,369) and a range from Eurocave (from £1,930). The classic reference work for this sort of cellar construction is Richard Gold’s How and Why to Build a Wine Cellar (Wine Appreciation Guild).
If this all seems a bit complicated, then there are companies which will do the whole installation for you. The Corner Fridge Company is one of these. Not surprisingly, managing director Irwen Martin reckons it’s a cost-effective solution: ‘My experience is that wine collecting is addictive, and whatever space you think you will need, you’ll have to double it,’ he says. Martin reckons that if you took off 1.metre from the back wall of your garage, this would make room for 1,000 or more bottles for a similar price per bottle as cabinet storage. (Make sure your garage is secure if you are going to store your precious collection here.) Apex manufactures, designs and installs custom-built cellar racking. Although it normally supplies this for existing cellars, the firm can also build and install cellars.
A slightly different take on the walk-in cellar comes from Vinosafe. It offers kits for assembling walk-in cellars, distributed in the UK by Vin Garde and Vinosafe. These modular cellars are pretty straightforward to assemble – ‘a 1year old child could do it’ says Vin Garde’s Roy Wilson – and keep good temperature and humidity levels. They are 1.m wide and can be made to any length, holding from 680 to 4,000 bottles.
Wine Temperature and Storage
What’s most important, and sometimes not thought about, is proper wine storage temperature. It should be considered so that you can bring the very best aroma out of your wine. Well, it should be a priority really, as wine temperature does matter!
If you’re curious about wine temperature, I have put together this information for you, which will hopefully be useful. Whether you are storing wine at your home already, are looking for the best wine fridge, or creating a wine cellar in your home, the following might help you serve the best wine and host the coolest parties ever!
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The first consideration is your budget – we always ask our customers to consider the value of their wine collection first and foremost as this normally provides a good insight into the overall spend they would be willing to pay for the correct wine storage. There is no definitive guide – x% on a wine cabinet if your wine is valued at £X – it really is down to the individual. Determining value in anything is a subjective matter, in particular wine!
Secondly you need to consider what function you require the wine cabinet to have – is it for long term storage? is it for serving temperatures or ageing? is it to be a showpiece in your home? is to be kept under lock and key hidden away? These factors can very much influence the decision you make on the type of cabinet, it’s overall look and which features are important.
Whynter Wine Refrigerator
The Whynter wine cooler features six stainless steel shelves in its space-saving design, with a recessed handle. Can any of these interior shelves be removed? Yes, they can.
It is recommended that you swing the door open at least 120° for full access. Doing so makes it much easier to pull the shelf out.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Furniture Style Wine Cellars wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Furniture-Style Wine Cellars
- №1 — Madison Thermoelectric Wine Coolers in Rose Cherry
- №2 — Vinotemp 18 Bottle Wine Cooler and Cellar
- №3 — Teton Home AF-056 Wood Wine Cabinet