The 10 Best Small Wine Coolers

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If you enjoy drinking wine at home, it’s only natural to keep a few bottles on hand.

Storing wine in the kitchen fridge is inadvisable. It’s too cold, the humidity levels are out of kilter, and you risk the cork in your wine bottle drying out.

Instead, invest in a wine cooler and ensure your investment is protected whether you’re storing your wine short-term or long-term.

If space is at a premium and you only have a modest collection of wine to house, how can you find the best wine fridge for your needs?

Size is subjective, but we would consider a small wine cooler to be any unit with a capacity of 30 bottles or less. We’ve included coolers across a range of sizes today so there’s something for everyone.

So, we’ll get right down to business with our curated selection of the finest small wine fridges up for grabs.

Once we’re done with our reviews, we’ll compile answers to the most frequently asked questions about wine coolers so you have everything you need in one place.

Dive in and see which cooler makes the smoothest fit…


I. The 10 Best Small Wine Coolers

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1. Our #1 Pick: Ivation Premium 18-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Single-zone
  • Temperature range: 54F to 64F
  • 5 x 20 x 25.4 inches
  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Freestanding

Our overall pick for best small wine fridge comes from industry titan Ivation. Why does this unit stand out in a crowded pack?

Firstly, you get a winning sweet spot of capacity and compact footprint. If you have a large and ambitious collection of red and white wines to store long-term, this is not the cooler for you. If, on the other hand, you want to keep a few bottles of your favorite tipple so they’re perfectly chilled, read on…

This is a freestanding cooler so make sure to leave adequate space surrounding the unit when you install it. This will ensure you have sufficient ventilation. When installing the cooler, keep it away from rooms where the temperature fluctuates.

Although you won’t need too much room to house this cooler, the 18-bottle capacity gives you plenty of leeway. This makes a great entry-level cooler if you’re just dipping your toes into the captivating world of wine.

Chill wines from 54F to 64F so you have all bases covered. Check out our recent guide to storing wines at the right temperature for more detailed temperature guidance.

As long as you’re not looking to store both reds and whites at different temperatures, this is a first-class cooler at a highly affordable price-point.

Things We Like

  • Enough space to store a small collection of wine without dominating the kitchen
  • Tempered thermopane doors preserve the integrity of cooling environment
  • Sleek, utilitarian aesthetics complement modern design schemes

Things We Dislike

  • Not ideal for storing mixed wine

2. Kalamera 15-Inch Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Single-zone
  • Temperature range: 40F to 66F
  • 9 x 33.9 x 22.4 inches
  • Capacity: 30 bottles
  • Built-in or freestanding

Still reasonably space-saving, this wine cooler from Kalamera gives you space for 30 regular 750ml bottles of wine. Like the previous cooler, this is only single-zone so you won’t be able to mix up the temperature for red and white wine.

If this sits OK with you and you’re happy with a single climate zone, what do you get for your money?

Storage is airtight and the tempered glass doors are double-layered to maintain total cooling with as little interference as possible.

Using this cooler couldn’t be easier even if you shy away from tech. Punch a few soft-touch buttons and see everything you need displayed at glance.

You won’t get any damaging vibration or annoying thrum with this unit. It run almost whisper-quietly despite cooling your wine with ruthless efficiency.

Installation is straightforward. Choose whether to leave this cooler freestanding or whether you’d prefer to install it under-the-counter, or to build it into an existing unit.

Customer care is responsive and helpful if you run into any problems but you shouldn’t find any snags with this dependable and rugged cooler. If you’re serious about your wine collection, you should consider this fridge as an investment rather than an expense.

Things We Like

  • Generous 30-bottle capacity ideal for growing collections
  • Simple one-touch operation beginner-friendly
  • Dual-layered tempered glass keeps those bottles perfectly preserved

Things We Dislike

  • Single-zone so not ideal for storing mixed wine collections

3. Wine Enthusiast 18-Inch Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Dual-zone
  • Temperature range: 40F to 65F
  • 25 x 11.6 x 22.6 inches
  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Freestanding

Wine Enthusiast specialize in producing equipment to keep your precious wine collection stored at its best over time.

If you like storing a handful of whites and reds that you drink from day-to-day, you’ll appreciate the need to keep those drinks chilled at different temperatures. This dual-zone cooler might be compact but allows you to segregate your collection by type.

As with all freestanding installations, make certain you leave enough space around the edges so the fan can push the air out.

Inside the cooler, your wine will be bathed in low blue lighting from the LEDs. These energy-efficient lights mean you won’t need to keep opening the door. You’ll also protect your wine from damaging bright light and UV rays.

This cooler is amazingly slim for a dual-zone model. You should think closely about how you see your wine collection developing over the years. If your ambitions don’t extend beyond a few bottles you keep so you always have something nice on hand, this capacity might be sufficient. If you plan to start keeping more and more wine, you might consider a larger cooler to save ending up needing to upsize later down the track.

Things We Like

  • Slimline build but deceptively deep 18-bottle capacity
  • Chill reds and whites independently so they are both served at their best
  • Attractive blue interior LEDs so monitor your collection without breaching the storage environment

Things We Dislike

  • Not great if your collection starts growing so think about your plans

4. Homelabs 18-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Single-zone
  • Temperature range: 54F to 64F
  • 14 x 20.1 x 25.5 inches
  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Freestanding

Homelabs serves up a sleek and pretty compact wine cooler capable of storing up to 18 bottles of standard Bordeaux.

This is another single-zone cooler giving you a temperature range of 54F to 64F. This provides you with all you need for storing either red or white wine optimally. As with all single-zone models, you’ll only struggle if you want to keep both types of wine for short-term drinking. If so, you need a cooler with a pair of independent zones.

Assuming this configuration suits, removable racks finished in polished chrome allow you rejig the interior if you want to store larger bottles. As with all stated capacities, this is an absolute maximum you might struggle to attain. We suggest going larger than you first thing when you’re buying wine coolers.

Covered by a 1-year warranty and a free return or replacement during the first month, you can’t ask for much more at this price-point.

Things We Like

  • Striking good looks make a real conversation piece
  • Doesn’t take up too much space while providing storage for 18 bottles
  • Runs quietly and with almost no vibration

Things We Dislike

  • Some issues with quality control so check your package carefully

5. NutriChef 18-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Dual-zone
  • Temperature range: 46F to 64F
  • 20 x 13.6 x 25.4 inches
  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Freestanding

While the NutriChef is a little squatter and wider than some of the coolers we review today, the payoff is a generous 18-bottle capacity and twin cooling zones.

When you want to keep both reds and whites for short-term consumption, you need to chill them at different temperatures. As you’ll know, you drink white wines cooler than red wines. With this cooler, you can keep a small handful of each on hand and serve them as recommended.

Responsive touch controls render operation a cinch even if you loathe using these kind of appliances. Changing temperature couldn’t be easier and you can see how you’re going with the temperature clearly displayed.

A fully airtight seal gives you an uncompromised cooling environment. You’ll enjoy your beverages served as intended with an internal LED allowing you to survey your bottles without endlessly opening and closing the doors.

This is not the cheapest cooler on the market but you get impressive build to go alongside quiet cooling and dual temperature zones. We feel this represents superb overall value. When you compare the cost to the amount you spend each year on wine, it probably seems more of an investment than an expense.

Things We Like

  • Thermoelectric cooling so no menacing noise or vibration
  • Chill red and whites for short-term drinking at different temperatures
  • Commanding design sets off any kitchen

Things We Dislike

  • Some issues can develop with LEDs

6. Magic Chef 12-Bottle Single Zone Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Single-zone
  • Temperature range: 54F to 64F
  • 3 x 16.9 x 21.8 inches
  • Capacity: 12 bottles
  • Freestanding

Are you looking for a smaller wine cooler for an apartment? Maybe you have a crowded kitchen or you want a cooler for your college dorm room. Whatever the reasons, if you want a scaled-down fridge that gives you room for a dozen bottles of bubbly, Magic Chef delivers.

The shelving is angled to maximize storage space given the small overall sizing. While you only get a single cooling zone, the manufacturer makes it count.

As with all capacities, a dozen bottles here assumes small 750ml bottles rather than bottles of champagne. You’ll more realistically fit 8 to 9 bottles in before you need to get creative. It always pays to be realistic about sizing and to err on the side of caution when selecting a wine cooler.

Take charge of the temperature using the crisp control panel and keep red or white bottles on hand so you always have your favorite tipple chilled to perfect drinking temperature.

As long as you don’t mind not having the versatility of keeping mixed wine chilled independently – and, for many people, this is no problem at all – we can’t recommend the Magic Chef 12-bottle wine cooler strongly enough.

Things We Like

  • Space-saving model ideal for apartments or smaller kitchens
  • Elegant chrome shelving strikingly scalloped
  • Quiet thermoelectric storage for a small collection

Things We Dislike

  • A few complaints about build quality

7. Antarctic Star 18-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Single-zone
  • Temperature range: 40F to 61F
  • 4 x 17.7 x 19 inches
  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Freestanding

Are you on the trail of something a little larger for a swelling collection? If so, this 18-bottle gem from Antarctic Star is well worth popping on your shortlist.

Another single-zone cooler, make sure you’re happy with the restrictions of a single storage temperature. When you’re keeping wine for the long haul, red or white responds well to being preserved at 55F. For drinking purposes, you’ll want white chilled much more than red. This presents a problem if you drink both simultaneously on a regular basis.

Providing this is a non-issue, you’ll get a robust yet elegant cooler to set off any kitchen or small commercial outlet.

The only flashpoint with this cooler arises if you experience any problems. Customer service is hard to track down and often fails to come through.

The super-soft blue LEDs inside showcase your collection wonderfully. You’ll also be able to peruse your collection without exposing you wine to needless changes in temperature or damaging UV rays.

This is a freestanding cooler so make a point of leaving space around it for the purposes of ventilation.

If you’re looking for the perfect marriage of affordability and durability in a powerful yet quiet wine cooler, it’s got to be Antarctic Star.

Things We Like

  • Reinforced glass to maintain the cooling environment
  • Broad temperature range suitable for all types of wine
  • Generous storage capacity considering the small overall dimensions

Things We Dislike

  • Customer care is underwhelming

8. Koldfront 18-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Dual-zone
  • Temperature range: 46F to 66F
  • 3 x 14 x 22.3 inches
  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Freestanding

This Koldfront cooler would work well in your home kitchen, in a bar, or in a coffee shop. You get a combination of rugged performance and sleek good looks so what else is in store if you invest in this cooler?

If you want a built-in cooler, you’re out of luck. Leave this unit freestanding and leave space surrounding it for proper ventilation.

Tempered glass doors ensure that wine stays fully protected from exposure to damaging elements. When it comes to chilling, you can use two zones here. Chill you reds up above from 54F to 66F. Slip your white wine in the lower zone where you can adjust the temperature from 46F through 66F.

The control panel in the center has displays for the temperature in either zone. You can see from across the room if there’s any issue with the temperature so you can act promptly.

As you’d expect from this manufacturer, build and engineering are impressive and you should expect years of faithful service from this wine cooler.

Capacity is superb with space for 18 regular 750ml bottles. Throw in that dual-zone functionality and you’re getting outstanding value for money from a highly reputable brand.

Things We Like

  • Tempered glass door is ideal for shielding your wine from harmful UVs
  • Removable shelving if you need to store larger bottles
  • Store various wines for immediate serving in two independently-controlled temperature zones

Things We Dislike

  • Only works on 110 volt power supply

9. Avanti 12-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Single-zone
  • Temperature range: 54F to 64F
  • 3 x 10 x 25.3 inches
  • Capacity: 12 bottles
  • Freestanding

As we edge to the end of our quest for the best small wine fridges, we’ve got another dinky dozen-bottle model, this time from Avanti.

The slender dimensions allow you to slot this fridge almost anywhere even if you live in an apartment or you have a cramped, overcrowded kitchen. Despite this, you can stash up to 12 regular bottles of wine inside.

As you’d expect from a fridge with this capacity, you only get a single climate zone. That said, you can keep your wine ready for drinking and then adjust the temperature if you need to chill a different type of wine.

Like all thermoelectric cooling units, you get no noise to disturb you and you get no vibration so the sediment in your wine will not be molested.

Things We Like

  • Small and slimline so suitable for compact kitchens or bedrooms
  • Thermoelectric cooling cuts down on noise and vibration
  • Solid build quality considering the price-point

Things We Dislike

  • No use for more than a very small collection

10. EdgeStar 18-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Single-zone
  • Temperature range: 40F to 65F
  • 3 x 11.6 x 22.6 inches
  • Capacity: 18 bottles
  • Freestanding

EdgeStar has a deep bench of wine coolers, so if this 18-bottle model doesn’t suit size-wise, you have plenty of other options.

If this gives you enough leeway to house your small collection, where does this cooler stand and fall?

The first thing to be aware of is that the shelves are quite slim and they’re also spaced narrowly. This might make it tight if you’re filling it to capacity. We would advise against this cooler unless you have a modest collection you don’t intend to grow over time.

In return for this less than impressive capacity, you get a space-saving cooler you can leave freestanding just about anywhere.

The reversible door gives you even more scope when it comes to installation. The high-quality tempered glass keeps your wine nicely protected from outside elements that could impair the flavor.

As with all single-zone coolers, you won’t be able to manipulate the temperature to chill reds and whites differently. For many consumers, this is no issue. Make sure you’re OK with a single zone before committing to purchase.

For build quality, performance, and brand heritage, EdgeStar hits another home run with this 18-bottle single-zone wine cooler.

Things We Like

  • Highly reputable company in this space
  • Flexibility of freestanding installation with added benefit of slim form factor
  • Reversible doors finished in tempered glass

Things We Dislike

  • The shelves are quite narrow and set pretty close together

Right then, before we wrap up today, here’s a round-up of the most common FAQs about wine coolers.


II. FAQs

1) At what temperature should I store white wine?

White wines are normally chilled between 50F and 60F. Rosés are typically chilled in the same temperature range.

2) At what temperature should I store white wine?

Red wine is usually served at room temperature so best chilled between 60F and 65F.

3) Why can’t I just store my wine in the fridge?

You can but it won’t do it much good. The door is opened and closed far too often. This means you don’t have a consistent cooling environment. You should store wine bottle horizontally so the usual spot in the door of the kitchen fridge is not a smart move. You risk the cork drying out. The smells of food can permeate your wine and impair the flavor. Overall, storing your wine in a regular fridge is not a wise move.

4) What humidity level is ideal for wine storage?

You should aim for humidity levels of roughly 70% for optimum storage.

5) Why do I need a dual-zone wine cooler?

If you often drink both red and white wine, you know they need serving at different temperatures. If you want both ready and waiting, ideally chilled, you’ll need to target a cooler offering dual-zone cooling.

6) Are all wine coolers freestanding?

They are not, no. Some fridges can be built into existing units in your kitchen or installed under-the-counter.

7) Do I need to get my wine fridge professionally installed?

Certainly not. If you even the most basic DIY skills and some simple tools, you should be able to install a built-in wine cooler without too much trouble in less than an hour. A freestanding cooler is even easier to set up. The longest part will be waiting for 2 hours after you set it up before plugging it in.

8) Why do I need to wait 2 hours before using my cooler?

The coolant needs to settle down before you power up your wine fridge so be patient.


III. Conclusion

We hope you’ve enjoyed this bumper guide to the best small wine fridges.

Make sure to measure up before you get started choosing coolers. Once you know you have right sizing in mind, consider how much wine you need to keep chilled. If in doubt, go for a larger cooler (assuming, of course, you can accommodate it).

The final decision is whether you’re going for single-zone cooler or a dual-zone cooler. If you frequently drink both red and white wines, you’re in safer hands with a twin-zone wine fridge.

Let us know how you get on and bookmark Bricco Wine before you head off. Consider us your go-to resource for everything related to wine storage.

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