White wine is best served chilled, and the usual way is to use a wine cooler. What is not so well known is that red wines often also need to be chilled. Room temperature in France can be somewhat lower than that found in the tropics, so if you live in a hot climate and drink red wine, you will also need a cooler for those hotter days.
Choosing the best cooler for you needs is a mixture of art and science – what cooler will keep your wine cool without having to repeatedly get up to go to the fridge for more ice, and will it look good ? A cooler often also serves as a storage cellar for wine.
Here’s a list of some of the best coolers of 2015.
Table of Contents
- 1 Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller
- 2 Spt Dual-Zone Thermo-Electric Wine Cooler with Heating, 18-Bottles
- 3 Vacu Vin Prestige Stainless-Steel Tabletop Wine Cooler
- 4 Sunpentown WC-20TL ThermoElectric with Touch Sensitive Controls 20-Bottle Wine Cooler
- 5 Whynter WC-321DD 32 Bottle Dual Temperature Zone Wine Cooler, Stainless Steel Trimmed Glass Door with Black Cabinet
- 6 Haier HVTM06ABS 6-Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls
- 7 Whynter BWR-18SD 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Refrigerator
- 8 Wine Enthusiast Double Walled Iceless Wine Bottle Chiller
- 9 CASO Germany Case 8 Wine Cellar
Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller
This is a bit of a steal. Besides keeping your wine cool, it also has a one-button operated electric bottle opener opening up to thirty bottles in a single charge. Stainless steel with a soft-grip handle, it is claimed to keep wine chilled for hours at a time. Visually, it has an ergonomic design geared towards saving space, time and money.
If it floats your boat, one to consider at the appealing price.
Spt Dual-Zone Thermo-Electric Wine Cooler with Heating, 18-Bottles
If you don’t have the budget or the room for a temperature controlled wine cellar, this may be an option for your wine storage needs. Sometimes described as a table top wine fridge holding up to 20 bottles, it has both a heating and cooling function that will hold your wine at a constant temperature of between 51 and 64 degrees Farenheit. Be aware that it is best for red wines you intend to be savoured straight out of the unit. It will not act as a cooling fridge for white wines that normally need a much lower temperature.
Vacu Vin Prestige Stainless-Steel Tabletop Wine Cooler
Keep this baby in the freezer to ensure that you can chill your bottle of wine in under 5 minutes and keep it cold for hours.It’s stainless steel, looks good on the dining table. No ice, no water, easy to clean. Buy two, one for each end of the table or one to hold in reserve in the freezer while you use the other one. Nuff said.
Sunpentown WC-20TL ThermoElectric with Touch Sensitive Controls 20-Bottle Wine Cooler
This is No. 9 in a different box. In terms of wine handling it is exactly the same, but has a superior stylish design in that it looks like a bit of a black cube. Aesthetically very pleasing with a reflective black glass door and trim.
You pay for the style though.
Whynter WC-321DD 32 Bottle Dual Temperature Zone Wine Cooler, Stainless Steel Trimmed Glass Door with Black Cabinet
This is the type of unit for the serious wine aficionado. It offers two storage zones that can be independently temperature controlled holding up to 16 bottles each at between 46 and 66 Fahrenheit. It is stainless steel, with a vibration free cooling system. Good to look at, it is designed for long life.
Haier HVTM06ABS 6-Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls
This is the entry level item in the Haier range of wine coolers. It can hold up to 6 wine bottles. It is vibration free, and displays a digital thermometer allowing the owner to adjust the temperature between 46 and 64 degree Fahrenheit. Sitting on the counter top, it’s stylish looks include a double pane insulated door.
Whynter BWR-18SD 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Refrigerator
A unit for your more valuable estate vintages. It holds up to eighteen bottles and offers a security lock and key on the grey smoked glass door. Incidentally, the door is designed to provide UV protection.
Wine Enthusiast Double Walled Iceless Wine Bottle Chiller
The affordable single wine cooler holds both standard and sparkling bottles. The thermally insulated walls are of an acrylic design and users claim that it does not sweat at all. Cooling time is around three hours.
Ir costs around $20, so buy two, one for each end of the table or one to hold in reserve in the freezer while you use the other one.
CASO Germany Case 8 Wine Cellar
In terms of price versus functionality, this German unit tops the list. It holds 8 bottles, offers low vibration and is very stylish in appearance with insulated glass inserts.