If you’re new to wine collecting, you might be confused by the array of equipment it seems you need.
Here at MadibaRestaurant, we’re here to guide you through this maze of gear so you can readily choose the most effective solution. From corkscrews and decanters through to the best dual-zone wine coolers for mixed wines, we’ll be bringing you everything you need.
Today, we’ll be focusing squarely on built-in wine coolers, so what are these and why should you care?
Like the name makes abundantly clear, you can build one of these wine coolers into the cabinets or units in your kitchen. Resultantly, you’ll get a much sleeker and more streamlined aesthetic than leaving a hulking freestanding model cluttering up the place.
Today, we’ll be showcasing 14 of the finest built-in coolers so you can assess what’s on offer. We’ve throw in fridges with differing capacities, and we’ll also included coolers across a range of price points. There should truly be something for everyone.
We understand, though, that you may have absolutely no idea what you’re looking for in the best built-in units. Focus on the following pointers and you should have no problem choosing the right wine refrigerator the easy way:
OK, with that simple skeleton in place, you have everything you need to scout all the best wine coolers on the market and determine which of them, if any, would complement your home bar.
1. Our #1 Pick: Kalamera Dual-Zone Wine Cooler
First up and our overall favorite when comparing the best built-in wine coolers, the inimitable Kalamera serves up a split-zone gem. How does this cooler shape up, then?
Well, the twin cooling zones allow you to store both red and white wine, whether long-term or for short-term consumption. The broad temperature band of 40F to 66F gives you the scope to chill all types of wine to their optimum temperature. White wines need chilling more briskly than reds, and the dual-zone Kalamera makes achieving that a breeze.
Capacity is reasonable at 45 bottles of regular 750ml Bordeaux. A word about capacity with wine coolers… Most manufacturers tend to inflate capacity to the extent this data should be taken only as an indication of the absolute maximum number of bottles you could cram up. It seldom represents a comfortable working capacity. In this case, we couldn’t find too many complaints, but if you feel you would need more space, there are plenty of larger options at your disposal. You could also look at freestanding coolers instead.
Assuming the 45-bottle capacity meets the needs of your smaller collection, you’ll appreciate the way this cooler runs quietly and with very little by the way of vibration. This will ensure the sediment in your wine bottles isn’t disturbed, something that can impair the end result in your wine glass.
The beech shelving is ideal as this won’t scratch and scuff the labels on your vintage wine bottles like cheap wire shelves will.
For all lovers of red and white wine looking for a compact yet spacious storage solution, the Kalamera twin-zone cooler is a must. One warning, though: a handful of users commented on the weakness of the lock, so don’t place too much faith in this if you have teens or inquisitive kids in the house. This minor gripe aside, you’re getting one of the best built-in wine coolers out there from a brand you can trust.
2. Nictemaw Dual-Zone Wine Cooler
Nictemaw might not the first name that springs to mind when you’re shopping for built-in wine coolers, but this dual-zone model is well worth popping on your shortlist.
While you can easily build this into your existing kitchen cabinetry or install it under the counter, you could also leave it freestanding. This makes it one of the most versatile coolers on our shortlist.
This flexibility extends to the twin cooling zones. The upper zone has a temperature band of 41F to 55F, ideal for aggressively chilling your white wines. Down below, store red wines between 55F and 65F, the optimum temperature for long-term storage and serving. You navigate the temperature settings using crisp, responsive touch controls.
Capacity is reasonable for such a compact wine cooler. You can fit up to 32 bottles of regular 750ml Bordeaux, with the usual proviso that this won’t be a comfortable working capacity.
Six sturdy beech shelves offer plenty of support for a small wine collection. The wooden shelves won’t scuff your wine bottles either, so even older and more fragile labels on vintage wine should remain intact.
Rated at 42 decibels, this cooler runs pretty quietly. You won’t get too much vibration either, something that rattles around the sediment in wine bottles and impairs the end result in your wine glass.
While designed primarily for wine bottles, you’ll also be free to store canned beverages in this multipurpose cooler.
Blue LEDs bathe your wine collection in muted light, while the tempered glass doors keep invasive UV rays from the sun out.
A safety lock should keep prying fingers away from your wine collection and completes a winning package at a very reasonable price point.
3. Aobosi Dual-Zone Wine Cooler
Next up in our search for the best built-in wine cooler comes this 24-inch twin-zone model from the ever-reliable Aobosi. How does this fridge stand and fall?
Firstly, you benefit from dual-zone cooling` convenience. If you drink exclusively red or white wine, you could easily get away with a single-zone cooler. They are cheaper and readily available. When you want to store mixed wine short-term and long-term, though, a split-zone wine fridge simplifies this.
In the upper zone, you can chill your white wine from 41F to 54F, giving you ample scope. Reds go down below where you can tweak the temperature from 54F to 68F, providing this type of wine with the warmer storage temperatures it needs.
Rated at 42 decibels for noise, you’ll enjoy a wine cooler that’s slightly louder than a kitchen refrigerator, but it’s still pretty quiet. As you would expect from a thermoelectric cooling system, you won’t suffer from much by the way of vibration either.
The seamless frame is constructed from stainless steel, with a half-dozen beech shelves supporting your bottle while ensuring the labels remain intact.
Inside the fridge, you get muted blue interior LEDs. This illuminates your collection without exposing it to harsh fluorescent lights. The thick tempered glass door also serve to keep harmful UV rays from spoiling your precious wine.
Aside from not comfortably accommodating larger bottles, this powerful and efficient dual-zone unit is one of the finest built-in wine coolers you’ll find. See what you think.
4. Antarctic Star Dual-Zone Wine Cooler
Antarctic Star is a reliable presence in the wine accessories space, with this compact yet reasonably cavernous cooler capable of storing up to 28 bottles of vino.
Measuring just 15 inches across, this slender cooler won’t eat up too much space in your kitchen or man cave. The company also offers a broader 24-inch model if you need something with room for more wine.
We should add the usual note about capacity here: think of 28 bottles as the absolute upper end rather than a reasonably working level. When you’re comparing wine coolers, always opt for the bigger model if you’re in any doubt, assuming of course you have the space to accommodate it.
The glass double doors are tempered to keep UV light from penetrating your wine. The airtight seal delivers a stable storage environment. Interior LEDs allow to you to monitor your collection without needing to continually open the door.
You’ll quality for a free refund or replacement at any time during the first month. From this point, you’ll be covered by a comprehensive 1-year warranty, removing any trepidation from purchase.
Running quite quietly and with minimal vibration, you’ll be doing everything you can to create the optimum storage environment for both red and white wines. As a dual-zone cooler, you’ll benefit from twin storage compartments to chill all types of wine from 41F through 68F.
With a door open alarm and charcoal filter as neat extras, this built-in wine cooler delivers everything you need and nothing you don’t.
5. Kalamera Wine Cooler
Kalamera is a highly reputable brand specializing in appliances like this built-in wine cooler. What do you get for your money, then?
Firstly, this is a slimline and compact cooler perfect for apartments or small spaces. Measuring only 12 inches across, it’s one of the slenderest wine fridges out there.
In spite of these space-saving dimensions, you’ll enjoy space inside this unit for up to 19 bottles according to the manufacturer. Several disgruntled users point out the difficulty of achieving this capacity.
Installation is straightforward and you’ll have the ability to build this cooler into your kitchen cabinetry. This lets you save even more space if you have a small or crowded room but you’re not prepared to compromise on wine storage.
The Kalamera runs quietly, and you’ll get very little vibration to worry about either.
The tempered glass doors do a great job of keeping harsh light away from your wine bottles. Instead, you’ll get some gentle LED lighting allowing you to monitor your wine collection without continually opening the door and breaching the storage environment.
A carbon filter baked in helps to neutralize any odors and gives you a crisp, clean place to store your wines at the optimum temperature.
Six sliding beech shelves give plenty of support for your wine bottles. You can manipulate the temperature from 40F through 66F, giving you ample latitude for storing all types of red wine, white wine, and champagne.
Aside from those issues with maximum capacity – and this is something common to most wine coolers rather than a Kalamera-specific issue – there’s very little to complain about here. You’re getting a small but solid wine cooler perfect for chilling a small collection of red or white wine.
6. Phiestina Dual Zone Wine Cooler
Next up in our collection of the best built-in wine coolers comes this eye-catching example from Phiestina. This brand has a heavy presence in this space with just cause. They make precision-engineered equipment that also looks great.
Off the bat, you get split-zone cooling, ideal for segregating red and white wines, and storing them at the temperatures they need to bring out the best in them. Keep your white wine chilled from 40F to 50F in the upper zone, and keep reds down below within the warmer temperature range required (50F to 66F).
Leave this wine cooler freestanding if that makes the smoothest fit, or built it right into your existing cabinetry if you’re looking for the ultimate space-saving solution. The reversible door hinge gives you still further freedom to create the set-up that best suits.
The shelves are not only adjustable but removable. With this cooler in the house, there’s no excuse not to create the storage environment of your dreams.
If you live somewhere prone to regular power outages, you’ll appreciate the temperature memory setting. Once the power is restored, the temperature settings are also restored.
The only real drawback with this wine cooler is the fairly limited capacity, claimed to be 29 bottles, but in reality slightly fewer. That said, you’ll be getting a wine cooler that eats up very little interior real estate while delivering powerful but quiet cooling. For many wine lovers, this more than makes up for the lack of space inside. And, if you do need something larger, the manufacturer has beefier coolers to choose from, too.
7. Aobosi Dual-Zone Wine Cooler
Next in line is another versatile and powerful wine cooler from the legendary Aobosi. You can’t avoid this brand when you’re comparing the best coolers, and this dual-zone model is one of the strongest examples in their wide range.
Unlike some of the conventional twin-zone coolers on our shortlist, this one is designed to accommodate wine bottles on one side and canned beverages on the other. This makes it a highly versatile beverage cooler perfect for the whole family and guests.
The left-hand zone cools canned drinks from 36F to 50F, so your kids will always have soda on demand and chilled to perfection. The right-hand cooling zone offers you a temperature band of 41 through 65F, allowing you to store red or white wine at the temperature required for serving straight from the cooler.
You’ll have space for up to 18 bottles of regular 750ml Bordeaux, and there is room for up to 57 cans of beer or soda.
You can leave the cooler freestanding or choose to build it into your kitchen units. With a stainless steel vent at the front, you won’t need to worry about overheating, something that plagues many cheaper wine coolers.
Interior LEDs let you view your collection at a glance while protecting it from harmful UV rays.
8. Aobosi Wine Cooler
Yet another Aobosi wine cooler is next up on our shortlist. What differentiates this model from a crowded field, then?
The slender form factor is arguably the primary selling point here. This cooler measures just 15 inches across, making it the perfect fit for smaller rooms.
You can build the cooler into an existing kitchen unit, or you can leave it freestanding.
Although you’ll benefit from a very small footprint, you won’t get stiffed in terms of capacity. The claimed maximum capacity is a generous 30 bottles of wine. Removable wooden racks ensure the labels on your wine bottles remain intact, while allowing you to configure a personalized storage environment for your collection.
Split-zone cooling ensures you can store both red and white wine simultaneously at the different temperatures they require to bring out the best in them. Up above, aggressively chill your white wines from 41F to 56F. Pop your bottles of red wine in the lower zone and keep them cooled from 55F to 65F. For anyone who regularly drinks mixed wines but also intends to store both types of wine long-tern, dual-zone cooling is a must.
Controlling this cooler is a cinch thanks to the crisp and responsive digital controls front and center. All you need to do is select your preferred temperature for each independently-controlled zone and let the appliance do all the rest.
Aside from a few complaints about the fixed shelving, user reviews for this dual-zone built-in wine cooler are predominantly positive. You’ll be getting a small but powerful and surprisingly spacious wine fridge from a brand you can rely on.
Crowned by a limited 1-year warranty and lifelong customer care, you can buy with complete confidence knowing that Aobosi has your back.
9. Kalamera Wine Cooler
As we push toward the end of our search for the best built-in wine coolers, Kalamera hits another home run with this mixed use beverage cooler. What do you get for your investment?
Do you want a wine cooler that also serves double-duty as an all-purpose drinks fridge? If so, you’ll embrace the Kalamera. As well as providing a home for up to 20 bottles of your preferred tipple, you’ll also have room inside for a whopping 78 cans. Whether you want to cater for a party, kit out your man cave, or simply ensure everyone in the house has access to on-demand cold beverages, this adaptable solution delivers on all fronts.
The split zones each have separate temperature ranges. Chill wine from 40F to 66F and keep your canned drinks iced from 38F to 50F. You could, of course, use the zone intended for cans to store another type of wine. The shelves are expressly designed for cans, though, so if this is your preferred mode of use, we would recommend picking up a dedicated dual-zone wine cooler rather than one allowing you to stash cans.
The compressor-based cooling ensures that air is pushed around all corners of the cooler, avoiding any of the hot spots that plague many cheap and low-quality wine coolers. Consistency is uppermost here.
While the majority of user reviews praise this fridge, we found a few complaints about unresponsive customer service.
As long as you have the room to accommodate this sprawling mixed-use wine cooler and beverage cooler, you’re getting great value for money and a fantastic, reliable storage environment.
10. Bodega Wine Cooler
Bodega offers up a compact wine cooler that gives you the ability to keep up to 31 bottles of vino chilled ready for serving at its best.
Now, as with all wine coolers, you should view this capacity as the extreme upper end. If you usually have 15 to 20 bottles on hand in your collection, this size cooler makes sense. If now or at any future stage you feel you’ll accumulate more bottles, it’s worth exploring some of the more substantial wine refrigerators available.
This is a single-zone cooler allowing you to chill your wine from 41F to 68F. Regardless of whether your preferred drink is red wine, white wine, or champagne, you can keep all your wine at its optimum temperature fuss-free here. A note about the single cooling zone… If you drink only red or white wine, this is a non-issue. If you’re storing mixed wines for the long haul, it’s again no problem to use a single zone cooler. Lovers of mixed wine who store bottles both short-term and long-term would benefit from a dual-zone cooler. Luckily, we have many on our shortlist today.
The Bodega runs quite quietly and kicks up very minimal vibration. This will leave any sediment at the bottom of the bottle rather than agitating it so that it ends up in your wine glass when you pour.
Controlling the cooler couldn’t be easier with simple touchscreen controls allowing you to manipulate the temperature to suit your wine collection’s needs.
Aside from the limitations of single-zone cooling, this is one of the best wine coolers out there, and it’s priced well within most people’s budgets, too.
11. NewAir Wine Cooler
NewAir has a heavy presence in the wine cooler space, and with good reason. Their appliances look great, perform well, and don’t cost the earth either. This sleek and attractive built-in wine cooler continues that tradition wonderfully.
While most wine coolers look like boxy and pretty ugly workhorses, NewAir serves up a fridge you won’t want to hide out of sight.
In terms of installation, you can tuck this cooler away under the counter, build it into your existing cabinets, or leave it freestanding.
This cooler sits at the lower end of the NewAir line with a capacity of just 29 bottles at the upper end. There are plenty of bulkier coolers available if you need more room.
Sliding and adjustable beech shelves keep your wine bottle labels unscuffed, while also providing adequate support for all that heavy glass.
Running quite quietly for a wine cooler, you won’t suffer from any vibration either. Across the board, you get commendable attention to detail with the integrity of the wine storage environment uppermost at all times.
Aside from the normal niggle about the ambitious maximum capacity, we feel this is one of the best built-in wine coolers up for grabs, so why not see if it makes the right fit for your home bar or man cave?
12. Avallon Wine Cooler
Avallon’s wine cooler comes in several configurations, so you need to check closely before committing to purchase. This iteration comes with a left-hinge to the door and a dual cooling zone. You can also find this cooler with a single zone. The same pair of models is also available with a right-hinge. Get this right and you can set things up to gel with your kitchen perfectly.
With this split-zone model, you can chill your white wine from 40F to 54F. Red wines, as you know, respond to storing at slightly warmer temperatures so chill those bottles in the other zone between 54F and 65F.
The layout of this cooler is meant for regular bottles of 750ml Bordeaux. If you need to stash any bigger bottles inside, you can fully remove one of the shelves to fit champagne bottles or magnums inside stress-free.
Light and odor can spoil wine, and Avallon takes care of both of these issues. Heavily tempered doors stop harsh UV rays entering, muted LED lights inside avoid the stark fluorescent lights that can impair wine, and a carbon filter onboard serves to neutralize and minimize any bad smells.
The door is equipped with a physical lock, ideal if you have kids or teens in the house.
There is a layer or argon gas baked in between the glass to further enhance your storage environment.
The majority of user feedback praises the many benefits of this first-class wine cooler. The only complaints we found were from a few users who received scratched and damaged gear. We would advise checking the contents of your package closely upon arrival given these quality control concerns. Overall, you’re getting a flexible dual-zone cooler you can build into your kitchen units for seamless, streamlined wine storage. What’s not to love?
13. EdgeStar Wine Cooler
EdgeStar manufactures some first-class wine coolers that are priced reasonably and also make a striking visual statement. How does this small model shape up?
Firstly, this unit is something of a Tardis. From the outside, you get a compact cooler that’s ideal for apartment dwellers or anyone living somewhere that space is at a premium. Inside, though, there’s space for up to 30 wine bottles giving you a surprisingly roomy storage environment.
You can configure this cooler with regular racking (one bottle on the upper shelf and four bottles across each full-sized shelf). Alternatively, place a single bottle on the upper shelf and five bottles on each full-sized shelf reverse racked.
If you’re not looking to build the cooler into your cabinetry, you’ll have the option of leaving it freestanding making this a flexible option for small spaces.
The double-paned doors are neatly tempered to keep the storage environment protected from harsh lighting. LED lights inside provide the muted lighting required to avoid spoiling your beloved wine.
You should note that this is a single-zone wine cooler. If you drink exclusively red or white wine, this is no problem. If you’re storing mixed wine long-term, it’s also no issue as both types of wine can be stored at roughly similar temperatures before serving. For anyone looking to drink red and white wine regularly, though, we would strongly recommend one of the dual-zone coolers on our shortlist.
There are six wood-trimmed shelves and a single wire shelf giving you a fantastic array of storage for a small collection of wine.
Overall, this dinky wine cooler punches above its weight, offering robust and reliable wine storage in an elegant unit built to stay the distance.
14. Lanbo Wine Cooler
Lanbo make some impressive wine coolers, with this spacious dual-zone built-in cooler one of the best in their deep bench. How does it stand up, then?
When it comes to installation, you’re spoiled for choice here. Set the wine cooler under the kitchen counter, build it into your cabinets, or leave it freestanding.
Those twin cooling zones are perfect if you plan to store both red and white wine, both for short-term consumption and for long-term storage. The upper zone has a temperature range from 41F to 54F. This gives you the crisp and aggressive chilling you need to bring out the best in your white wines. Down in the lower zone, adjust the temperature from 54F to 64F to achieve the optimum storage environment for your favorite reds.
As with all the best built-in wine coolers, the glass of the doors is tempered to minimize the amount of light that gets inside.
Despite such precise and even cooling, you won’t need to suffer with noise and vibration to enjoy this. Instead, the unit runs only slightly louder than a regular kitchen refrigerator.
Accessing your wine bottles is streamlined thanks to the wooden shelving. The beech shelves offer plenty for support for heavy bottles without damaging the labels like cheap wire shelving does.
Maximum stated capacity is 44 bottles, with the usual caveat about this being a flat-out maximum.While almost all user reviews of the Lanbo are overwhelmingly positive, we found some scattered complaints about delivery issues.
Well, if you pitched up here at MadibaRestaurant without the first idea about how to find the best built-in wine coolers, that should have changed by now.
Many of the refrigerators on our shortlist also allow you to install them under the counter, or to leave them freestanding. Some models come with reversible door hinges, offering even greater flexibility with set-up.
By sticking with any of the wine coolers on our shortlist, you can buy with a clear understanding of both the benefits and drawbacks of these appliances. If, on the other hand, you encounter a model we didn’t review, we hope our brief buying guide comes in handy when you’re determining the best fit for your home bar.Before you go, bookmark our blog and pop back soon for more guidance on choosing the best equipment for entertaining at home this summer.