The 14 Best Dual-Zone Wine Coolers

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Do you like drinking and collecting wine?

If so, you’ll be well aware already how wine responds sensitively to any changes in temperature.

When you store wine properly, you’ll be bringing out the very best in this magnificent drink. The sweetness, acidity, and body are all impacted by the way in which you store your wine.

Now, you’ll also know that red wine and white wine needs storing at different temperatures. Red wines should be stored between 50F and 66F. White wines need to be cooled between 40F and 50F.

How can you accomplish this without needing to buy two separate coolers, then?

Well, the best dual-zone wine coolers give you a pair of independently-controlled temperature zones in a single fridge. This gives you the utmost flexibility without completely overrunning your kitchen.

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, being confronted with a huge array of seemingly similar coolers can be bewildering.

Take a step back and let us walk you through the whole process today.

Dual-zone wine coolers can be broadly cleaved into two according to the way they’re installed.

Many consumers enjoy the complete freedom of placement that comes with a freestanding cooler. For others with streamlined, minimalist kitchens, built-in wine fridges can make for the best solution. Both have their benefits and drawbacks so take your time thinking about this before whipping out your credit-card and going shopping.

Today, then, we’ll be highlighting the 14 best dual-zone wine coolers, all but one of which happen to be freestanding models.

As well as our capsule reviews so you can compare the competition at a glance, we also have the usual treasure trove of handy hints to streamline your buying decision. And, to round out, we’ll collate the most frequently asked questions about these dual-zone coolers so you have all the information you need in one place.

And now, the main event…


The 14 Best Dual-Zone Wine Coolers

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1. Our #1 Pick:Kalamera 24-Bottle Wine Fridge

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Features

  • Capacity: 24-bottle
  • Size: 23.4 x 33 x 24.2 inches
  • Style: Freestanding or built-in
  • Zone: Dual

It’s tough to pick an overall winner from these coolers for two reasons, Firstly, they have very little to differentiate themselves with core functionality the same. What it really comes down to is a mixture of capacity and footprint so what works well for you might be no use at all for your friend. That said, this 24-bottle Kalamera fridge is an across-the-board winner.

While some wine coolers can be quite noisy, you’ll get a whisper-quiet experience with this model. As an added advantage, there’s almost no vibration, either. Vibration can end up agitating the sediment in your wine to detrimental effect.

You have complete freedom when it comes to installation. The Kalamera works well if you decide to leave it freestanding. For kitchens where the design dictates a built-in unit, you’re in luck, too. This flexibility alone elevates this cooler above most of the opposition.

As with all dual-zone coolers, take charge of either zone independently and store a collection of mixed wine at its best whether short-term or long-term.

Aesthetics play a big part in buying a wine cooler. After all, both the fridge and your wine will be on open display so it’s got to look the part, right? Kalamera nails the design and the cooler looks subtle and underplayed, ideal in both traditional and more modern kitchens.

All wine cooler capacities are based on regular bottles of Bordeaux. You won’t achieve the maximum stated capacity with larger bottles but you will be free to rejig the shelving to accommodate them.

Things We Like

  • Quiet and consistent cooling
  • Versatility of storing all types of wine both long-term and short-term
  • Generous capacity for a robust collection of mixed wines

Things We Dislike

  • Quality control is disappointing

2. Phiestina Dual-Zone Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 46-bottle
  • Size: 23.4 x 33 x 22.4 inches
  • Style: Freestanding or built-in
  • Zone: Dual

Phisteina’s dual-zone cooler gives you impressive capacity without taking up too much valuable space indoors.

You can comfortably fit over 40 bottles in this cooler which should give you ample latitude unless you have a larger or growing collection. The thing is, when you’re choosing wine coolers, you should think not just about how many bottles you have right now, but also how many you intend to collect in the future. If you’re in any element of doubt, go one size larger than you first think.

This is another appliance that can be left freestanding or built into existing cabinetry. You can also take advantage of the reversible door hinge to maximize your options for placement.

Chill your red wines from 50F to 66F and your whites between 40F and 50F. This gives you everything you need at your fingertips to keep your whole wine collection at its finest whether you want to enjoy it right now or save it for years to come.

Build quality is robust and durability one of the key selling points.

Aside from a few isolated complaints about temperature regulation, there’s not too much to knock about this first-class cooler from a brand you can trust.

Things We Like

  • Highly versatile when it comes to installation
  • Reversible door hinges
  • Spacious capacity for bottles and cans

Things We Dislike

  • Some reported issues with temperature regulation

3. Aobosi Dual-Zone Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 18 bottles and 57 cans
  • Size: 38.5 x 27 x 27 inches
  • Style: Freestanding or built-in
  • Zone: Dual

Aobosi also offers a highly effective dual-zone cooler that gives you a choice when it comes to installation. Whether you want this cooler built in under the counter or left as a freestanding unit, do what works best.

This cooler is priced below much of the opposition without any noticeable compromise on build quality or overall performance making it a wise choice for all you bargain hunters out there.

Capacity is roomy for a 24-inch cooler. You can stuff in 18 bottles along with 57 canned drinks. As with all coolers, though, we would view this is the absolute maximum rather than a comfortable load. If you don’t want your bottles of wine crammed in, look for a larger cooler.

On the left-hand side of the cooler, chill your reds from 35.5F to 50F. If you need white wines chilling even more, pop them in the right zone where you can keep them cooled between 41F and 64.4F. If you enjoy drinking both types of wine, and you also store some short-term and some for years, this cooler makes a neat fit.

Blue interior LEDs bathe your wine collection in muted light and you can check out your collection without needlessly opening the door and spoiling the storage environment.

If you’re looking for confidence cooling in a very affordable unit, we can’t recommend the Aobosi strongly enough.

Things We Like

  • Keep reds and white independently chilled
  • Rated at 42 decibels
  • Warrantied for 1 year with 1-month trial

Things We Dislike

  • Utilitarian looks polarize opinion

4. NewAir 29-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 29-bottle
  • Size: 22.5 x 14.8 x 33.75 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

Capacity is always a thorny issue when you’re choosing a wine cooler. Indeed, it’s probably the one element that will hold up your buying decision longest. Go too large and you’ll end up overcrowding your kitchen. Get a cooler that’s too small and you’ll end up regretting it, too. This 29-bottle fridge from NewAir managed to strike that delicate balance in fine style.

At just 15 inches wide, you really don’t need much space at all for this freestanding fridge. Despite that, you’ll be able to cram in up to 29 regular-sized bottles at full capacity. With larger bottles, you’ll need to expect reduced capacity and you’ll also need to move the shelves around to accommodate them. This is a cinch thanks to sliding beech shelving.

Low vibration and minimal noise ensure you won’t be disturbed and your wine is kept at its best with none of the sediment moved around.

Although this cooler isn’t cheap, it represents outstanding overall value. We’re sure you think of your wine like an investment. You should do. You should also protect that investment and a cooler like this allows you to do that.

The insulated glass door is reversible giving you huge latitude when it comes to placement. The door is also lockable, ideal if you have children at home.

There’s also a black stainless steel variant of this cooler available along with another model featuring a recessed kickplate.

As a crowning bonus, you’ll be covered by a 1-year limited warranty so you can buy with complete confidence.

Things We Like

  • Sliding beech shelves combine form and function wonderfully
  • Very little vibration or noise in use
  • Slimline cooler at less than 15 inches across

Things We Dislike

  • A few complaints about compressor failing

5. EdgeStar 56-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 56-bottle
  • Size: 25.4 x 29.5 x 34.3 inches
  • Style: Freestanding/under-counter, or flush-mount
  • Zone: Dual

Next up, we’re ramping things up in size for those of you with a growing collection that you’d like to store long-term.

You should refer first to the measurements quoted above to make sure you have adequate space for this cooler. It’s not small or light so be clear on this before you proceed…

When it comes to installation, you have carte blanche. Whether you want to leave it freestanding or slide the cooler under the counter, imagination is your only limitation. You can even leave it flush-mounted if you prefer.

With two cooling zones both independently controlled, you can add white wine to one side and red wine to the other. Alternatively, you could divide the zones between wines you’re keeping short-term and long-term. The classic dual-zone layout gives you a great deal of freedom.

Both zones feature the same broad temperature range from 40F to 65F.

The cooler runs quietly with no vibration, both crucial when you’re shopping for dual-zone coolers.

You should be aware before committing to purchase that this cooler will be delivered curbside and will not be delivered inside. If this is an issue, this is not the model for you.

As long as you’re OK with the hulking footprint, this high-performance wine cooler is ideal for a modest collection you want keeping at its very best.

Things We Like

  • Both zones equipped with broad temperature range
  • Couldn’t be easier to install and plenty of options with placement
  • Easy to manipulate shelving configuration to accommodate larger bottles

Things We Dislike

  • A large and bulky unit as you’d expect with this capacity

6. EdgeStar 26-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 26-bottle
  • Size: 32 x 15 x 23.5 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

As we near the end of our dual-zone wine cooler reviews, we’ve got yet another entry from the inimitable EdgeStar.

Capacity is limited to 26 bottles so this is not for you if you have a more ambitious collection to house. For anyone content with this capacity, what do you get for your money?

Well, off the bat you’ll benefit from the colossal experience this brand has in the cooling space. Precision-engineering and enviable build quality give you great value and that’s just the beginning…

The lower section has 4 shelves and you can store your white wine from 40F to 54F. Red go up above where you’ll get 2 shelves and a temperature band of 54F to 65F.

Whether you live in an apartment, have a smaller kitchen, or you simply don’t want to devote too much space to wine storage, the EdgeStar 26-bottle cooler make a neat solution.

Auto-defrost is a nice touch missing on much of the competition. Compressor-based cooling gives you a great deal of power but you won’t be troubled by excessive noise.

A high/low temperature alarm is a welcome safeguard and ensures your investment is protected.

Using this cooler is a piece of cake even if you’re not a tech-lover. Build quality is as you would expect from EdgeStar and you should expect years of faithful service from this fridge as long as you look after it.

Things We Like

  • Smooth digital controls make operation a snap
  • High and low temperature alarm
  • Compact footprint yet adequate capacity for a small collection

Things We Dislike

  • Build quality could be improved

7. Antarctic Star 46-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 46-bottle
  • Size: 23.4 x 22.75 x 34.25 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

Last but by no means least, we’ve got a large but relatively compact 46-bottle cooler, also dual-zone, from Antarctic Star.

Measuring 24 inches across, this cooler is reasonably space-saving when you take its 46-bottle capacity into account. Installation is freestanding only so make sure this sits with your needs before you add this cooler to your shortlist.

The key to storing wine successfully is to keep the cooling environment as contained as possible. The double doors are finished in tempered glass. This prevents the UV rays from piercing through and contaminating your wine over time. You’ll also be able to see quickly which bottle to grab out for dinner rather than opening the door and spending time with the cooling environment compromised.

As you’d expect from any cooler worth its salt, you won’t notice any tiresome noise from this unit and you won’t experience any excessive vibration either. As we said right at the start, most wine coolers are almost interchangeable in all respects save capacity.

And capacity is one of the key selling points here so for anyone with a medium-sized collection of mixed wine, the Antarctic Star makes a sound investment. Treat your wine like you would any other investment: look after it and the dividends will be worthwhile. Neglect it and you’ll wish you hadn’t.

For a robust all-rounder, this cooler takes some beating.

Things We Like

  • Double-layered glass door keeps UV rays out while providing clear access
  • Almost no noise and vibration so no sediment disturbed in your wine
  • Customer care is responsive and helpful

Things We Dislike

  • Wide so make sure you have the space to accommodate

8. Kalamera Dual-Zone Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 33 bottles and 96 cans
  • Size: 22.4 x 30.5 x 33.9 inches
  • Style: Freestanding or under-counter
  • Zone: Dual

Kalamera produce a deep bench of highly effective wine coolers with this dual-zone gem coming in a choice of sizes.

This 30-inch model has the space for 33 bottles of wine and 96 cans of drink. If this seems ambitious for your requirements, you can find a smaller 24-inch model that eats up less space in return for a reduced capacity.

The stainless steel build gives you great durability, and the starkness is offset by elegant glass doors. These enable you to monitor you collection at a glance without breaching the storage environment.

The twin zones can be controlled independently. The left-hand side of this unit cools your white wine between40F and 66F. On the opposite side, keep your reds between 38F and 50F for the best of both worlds. The dual zones also make it easy to keep wine both short-term and long-term without requiring multiple storage units.

The temperature memory feature resets your cooler to the temperature it was running at if you experience a power outage. This gives you the confidence of knowing that your precious investment is protected.

The design of this unit allows you to leave it freestanding or to build it into your kitchen units. For flexibility, performance, and overall value, the Kalamera 30-incher deserves a place on any shortlist of the best dual-zone wine coolers.

Things We Like

  • Smart temperature memory
  • Stainless steel contrasted with glass
  • Generous capacity for both cans and bottles

Things We Dislike

  • Some complaints about buzzing noises

9. Lanbo Dual-Zone Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 44-bottle
  • Size: 23.6 x 23.4 x 34.4 inches
  • Style: Freestanding or built-in
  • Zone: Dual

This compressor-based wine cooler from Lanbo has space for up to 44 bottles of your favorite reds and whites.

On one side of the cooler, chill wine from 41F through 54F. On the other side, keep your drinks stored between 54F and 64F. This affords you the ability to store either red and white wines without sacrificing anything at all.

The door is double-paned and finished in thickly tempered glass to guarantee a secure and consistent cooling zone.

Sliding shelves made from beech contrast wonderfully with the expanse of stainless steel. This cooler has the ability to fit in with a wide variety of design schemes. There are 6 shelves and you can adjust these to ensure the right fit for your preferred bottles.

With an onboard smart temperature function, your cooler will be reset to the temperature it was on before a power outage, saving your wine from potentially being spoiled and giving you one more reason to buy this great dual-zone wine cooler.

Things We Like

  • Robust beech shelving is adjustable
  • Tempered glass doors double-paned
  • Temperature memory baked in

Things We Dislike

  • Some problems experienced with start-up

10. Koldfront 18-Bottle Wine Fridge

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Features

  • Capacity: 18-bottle
  • Size: 25.3 x 14 x 22.5 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

Koldfront serves up a classic small wine cooler for anyone working with limited space in the kitchen but not prepared to compromise on wine storage.

Capacity is limited to 18 bottles of standard Bordeaux. You’ll need to shift the shelves around if you have large bottles to keep. So, if you’re looking to house a larger and growing collection, this is not the cooler for you. If, on the other hand, space is at a premium, this makes perfect sense. Indeed, this space-saving unit can even function as a stand or decorative addition to a living room.

Installation is limited to freestanding only so if you’re looking to build a cooler into your existing kitchen units, this is not for you.

The door swings out through 180 degrees giving you the scope to adjust the shelving when you want to store bulkier bottles.

Thermoelectric cooling delivers all the benefits you’d expect from a fridge ideal for both red and white wine without creating any tedious humming.

For anyone with kids in the house, the lock is a welcome addition missing on many coolers.

If you don’t like the idea of a small 18-bottle fridge, Koldfront offer larger versions of this model to suit.

The tempered glass door adds a nice visual touch but also serves a practical purpose. This finish helps to keep the cooling environment secure while also allowing you to see your wine without breaching the sealed cooling chamber.

Things We Like

  • Various sizes available to suit any kitchen
  • See temperature in both zones at a glance
  • Runs quietly with thermoelectric cooling

Things We Dislike

  • Wooden racks are slightly small and tight

11. EdgeStar 38-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 38-bottle
  • Size: 33.3 x 19.6 x 23.2 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

If you’ve been shopping for wine coolers, EdgeStar is an inescapable presence. You’ll be buying into great brand heritage and a company who has been providing wine storage solutions for decades.

Despite measuring just 19 inches across, you can fit a generous 38 bottles of red and white in this Tardis-like cooler.

As you’d expect with that kind of capacity, this is a weighty unit tipping the scales at almost 100 pounds. You’ll need to get some assistance when you’re installing this thing.

Once you’re up and running, you’ll be free to store both red and white wine independently without sacrificing the temperature they’re stored at.

Most wine cooler brands make some effort to ensure their fridges look great but EdgeStar takes it the next level. The matte black finish, tempered glass door, and squat good looks make this cooler a great fit for a kitchen, dorm room, or bachelor pad.

User opinion tends to be overwhelmingly positive. The only real complaints we could unearth concern needing to adjust the shelving to accommodate larger bottles. This is something that’s common to all wine cooler, though, rather than specific to EdgeStar.

Overall, you’re getting sleek good looks, great value, generous capacity and a reasonably small footprint: what’s not to love?

If you’re still tempted to skip the wine cooler and store your precious bottles in the regular fridge, we’d suggest you think again. When great coolers cost this little, why cheat yourself?

Things We Like

  • Reversible door gives you great flexibility
  • Wood-facing wires shelves
  • Integrated security lock to keep that wine safe from kids’ prying fingers

Things We Dislike

  • If you store larger bottles of wine, you won’t achieve maximum capacity

12. Koldfront 24-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 24-bottle
  • Size: 33.5 x 14 x 19.6 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

What can you do if you have reasonably restricted space in the kitchen or you live in an apartment but you insist on storing your small wine collection the right way? We would suggest a slimline cooler like this 24-bottle gem from Koldfront.

Design is uppermost with a combination of chrome, black, and pale wood all coming together wonderfully. Is it a case of form over function?

It’s certainly not. Tweak the temperature in either zone independently. Store your whites from 46F to 66F and your red from 54F to 66F. There’s absolutely no need to compromise when you have dual-zone coolers like this.

You’ll be able to see the temperature at a glance so you can take action promptly in the event of any unexpected fluctuations. Adjustment buttons allow you to fine-tune the temperature with ease without opening the door.

Thinking of the door, tempered glass keeps any invasive UV rays from penetrating the environment while also providing a nice design touch. Interior LEDs bathe your bottles in blue light for a baroque touch. Wooden shelving serves as a welcome counterpoint to all that metal on display, too.

When it comes to installation, it’s freestanding only with this model. As we mentioned right at the start today, this should be one of the first choices you make when you’re shopping for wine coolers. If that’s what you’re looking for, we really can’t recommend this wine cooler strongly enough.

Things We Like

  • Tempered glass door looks great and preserves cooling environment
  • Ideal sweet spot of compact form and acceptable capacity
  • Runs quietly thanks to thermoelectric cooling

Things We Dislike

  • Some issues with temperature accuracy can develop over time

13. EdgeStar 32-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 32-bottle
  • Size: 32.5 x 20.6 x 20.25 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

Looking like two completely separate coolers, this nifty 32-bottle unit from the stellar EdgeStar will add a real splash of style to your kitchen or small bar.

Why should you bother with a dual-zone cooler, though? If you only drink red or white wine in isolation, you don’t need one. If, however, you’re partial to all types of wine, you’ll need to store them outside of the regular fridge and at different temperatures. In steps the dual-zone wine cooler to fill that gap.

You can tweak the temperature easily and see all the data you need on the subtle LED at the top of each side. Keep tabs on temperature and humidity, both crucial to storing wine properly so you get the very best out of it.

For optimum storage, you’ll want to minimize opening and closing the door. This will subject the wine to sudden fluctuations in temperature that don’t serve it well. LEDs let you see what you need without opening the doors.

You can’t build this cooler in so you’ll be limited to freestanding application.

The stainless steel doors are double-paned and come with tints to keep unwanted natural light and your wine at its finest.

Now, this is certainly not the cheapest dual-zone wine cooler but not everyone is looking for that. If you prize build quality, brand heritage, and performance above the bottom line, we’d urge you to check out this EdgeStar at your earliest convenience.

Things We Like

  • See your collection at a glance with interior LEDs
  • Digital touch temperature display
  • Ideal for storing mixed collections both short-term and long-term

Things We Dislike

  • You’ll need to dig deep for this dual-zone wine cooler

14. Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Wine Cooler

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Features

  • Capacity: 32-bottle
  • Size: 33.5 x 15.75 x 20.25 inches
  • Style: Freestanding
  • Zone: Dual

Next up in our quest for the best dual-zone wine cooler, this 32-bottle beauty from Wine Enthusiast rates an honorable mention.

Looks-wise, this is one of the finest coolers on our list. The black stainless would look equally good in your kitchen, a small bar, or a coffee shop. Equally, the aesthetic is adaptable enough to slot in with a traditional backdrop or a starker and more utilitarian vibe.

Wherever you put this cooler, you can’t build it in.

The thermoelectric cooler gives you all the benefits of consistent wine storage for red and white without any of the menacing noise typically associated with wine fridges. As an inbuilt kicker, there’s no vibration either. Vibration is antithetical to great storage. You’ll end up with disturbed sediment in the bottles impairing the finished result.

On one side of this cooler, the temperature runs from 54F to 66F while the other gives you a range of 46F to 66F. Whatever your tipple, the, you can store your wines at the temperature they need. Beyond this, you can also store wine for daily drinking and for longer-term use all in the same cooler.

At 32 bottles of Bordeaux, capacity is more than respectable. While not exactly compact, this fridge won’t encroach too much into your kitchen either. Given the freestanding nature, you could just as easily store it outside the kitchen if space is too tight to mention.

For a design-driven dual-zone wine cooler that doesn’t stiff you on the performance front, give Wine Enthusiast’s 32-bottle fridge a shot.

Things We Like

  • Commanding aesthetics with black stainless steel finish
  • Interior LEDs so you can see your wine without compromising the cooling environment
  • Thermopane doors preserve temperature and humidity optimally

Things We Dislike

  • Some reported issues with control panel

OK, with our reviews in place, it’s time for some guidance on choosing and using a dual-zone wine cooler…


Guide To Setting The Right Temperature for My Dual-Zone Wine Fridge

Temperature can make a huge impact on the flavor of your wine. As wine is made from organic matter, it can spoil easily so it needs protecting from fluctuations in temperature, UV light, and vibrations.

Depending on the type of wine you’re storing, there are some sweet spot-temperatures you should bear in mind as a baseline.

If you’re storing champagne or sweet wine, these need to be chilled from 42F to 46F. Sweet wines should be consumed chilled or they’ll taste syrupy. If you drink unchilled sweet white wine, you’ll likely think it’s too sweet. But, if served at the right temperature you’ll probably enjoy a sweeter white wine.

Your kitchen fridge is too cold for sweet wines and champagnes as they are normally set between 36F and 40F.

Next up are your lighter, more approachable red wines without too many tannins and 12.5 to 13% alcohol content. Examples of these wines are Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. These wines are delicious slightly chilled and served at around 58°F.

Then you’ve got your bigger, bolder wines like Petit Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines are best served in the high 60s. For this sort of wine, set your fridge to 66F. This means that by the time you’ve poured your glass of wine and let it sit a while, it’ll reach 67 to 68°F.

If you drink a big California red with high tannins and 14% alcohol but serve it at a low temperature like 55°F, it’ll blow your palette out due the amount of tannins. If it’s served too cold, it will taste too intense.

So, with wine, it’s always good to remember that temperature has a huge impact on taste. If you love wine, investing in a wine cooler is vital. Don’t try to compromise by using the regular fridge.

To age your wine successfully, keeping it in a wine cooler at 55° will maintain it at the right temperature and humidity.


Things You Should Consider Before Buying

If you enjoy your wine and want to start a collection, then you’ll need to protect your special purchases from vibrations, UV light, and changes in temperature.

Vibrations can spoil wine easily due to the mixing up of particles. Constant fluctuations in temperature can also speed up the decaying process, and UV light breaks down the delicate compounds that make a lovely bottle of wine.

A good wine cooler can help keep your wine fresh and delicious for much longer.

The wine cooler you go for will first depend on what you need it for, your budget and available space.

If you love to host lots of parties and wow your guests , then perhaps you’ll want easy access to a bigger fridge with different features such as LED lighting, wooden racks, digital displays, and dual temperature zones.

But, if you’re just collecting for your own enjoyment you might just need a smaller more compact cooler for your needs that’ll slot somewhere discreetly in your home.

If you’re collecting for personal use and you drink one type of wine like red then perhaps you’ll do fine with a single zone fridge.

Single zones have one temperature throughout so they are cheaper than dual zone fridges. Single zone fridges are ideal if you’re just starting to collect wine or if you’re on a tighter budget.

So, if you enjoy red and white wine, you’ll enjoy your wine more with a dual zone cooler.

Wine coolers can range between $75 and thousands of dollars. If you’re operating to a stricter budget, you’ll want to work out which features are most important to you and then work out the best deal for you from there.

You’ll also need to consider where your wine cooler will go. If you go for a traditional compressor type fridge, it’ll be fine under a countertop. If, on the other hand, you’re going for a thermoelectric type fridge, you’ll want to surround it with enough ventilation.

Before we round out for the day, we compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about wine coolers. By the end of today, you’ll be an authority on the subject and ready to buy the right cooler for your needs the easy way.


FAQs

1) I have a kitchen fridge, why do I need a wine cooler?

First up, wine needs to be kept at slightly warmer temperatures than your regular kitchen fridge. A regular fridge is normally set between 35F and 40F, but the coldest you want your sparkling or sweet wine is between 49F and 55F. Also, if you’re entertaining regularly it’ll keep your guests out of the food fridge. If you’re collecting wine, you don’t want to waste it by storing it incorrectly, especially if you treat yourself to a pricey bottle. A wine cooler will control the environment and keep the wine stable for longer. Food fridges tend to vibrate and this disturbs the particles in your wine. A wine cooler will keep the wine still and free from vibrations.

2) Where’s the best place for my wine cooler?

To keep the storage conditions of your wine constant, your wine cooler needs to be situated somewhere with no vibrations, no fluctuations in temperature, and away from bright sunlight. The kitchen is the most obvious place. You have easy access to wine when you want it and the bottles look impressive when guests come round. You can include features like LED lights and wooden racks to fit in with your modern kitchen. You can even incorporate the cooler into a kitchen island. You could either plump for a freestanding wine cooler or you could opt for an integrated wine cooler that fits amongst your kitchen cabinets. Alternatively, the garage is a great spot for a wine cooler. Many people keep a fridge or freezer in the garage which frees up space in your kitchen.

3) Which is best a compressor fridge or thermoelectric wine cooler?

Thermoelectric wine coolers are quieter and vibrate less than compressor wine coolers as they work by sending an electrical current through external tiles. If you have a small collection and your room doesn’t get too warm, a thermoelectric cooler will be ideal. Just remember though, you need enough ventilation around the cooler, so it’s not suitable to slip under a countertop. A compressor fridge, on the other hand, is noisier, uses more power, and vibrates more. That said, if you’re going to be storing large quantities of wine, you might be better off with a compressor fridge as compressors are much more powerful. The majority of built-in wine coolers tend to be compressor-based.

4) What are the most important features I should have in a wine cooler?

One feature you should definitely look for is a double-paned door as this helps to keep the cold in. The better models also block UV light. You might also want to consider a lockable fridge if you have kids or teenagers going through a party animal phase. It’s always a good idea to check for a solid build quality to ensure it lasts the distance. If you’re going to have it on display in your kitchen, you might want to opt for wooden shelves. This is purely aesthetic and they are found in more expensive models but they will look very nice in your kitchen. You want to look at the spacing of the shelves. With some models you may have to rotate your wine if you have to stack your bottles on top of each other.

5) Can I store beer in my wine cooler?

Yes, you can. Some beers are better off in a wine cooler. Lighter beers like pilsner and wheat beer benefit from temperatures between 40F and 50F. Standard ales such as IPA or stout should be stored at around 50F to 55F, and dark beers between 55F and 60F. If you’re storing different types of wine, you can always chill them all at around 50F as a decent compromise. As you’ll be storing white wine from 49F to 55F, it’s a good idea to store your beer with your white wine.

6) What’s the difference between a wine cooler and a wine cabinet?

That’s a good question. Contrary to popular belief, they are not the same thing. Wine cabinets have more sophisticated cooling technology than wine coolers so they are more suited for long-term storage. Unlike wine coolers, wine cabinets control humidity. Humidity is important with wine storage because it prevents the corks from drying out causing oxidation to occur from letting air in. With wine coolers, you have to throw them away if the cooling system breaks down and isn’t repairable. But, with wine cabinets you can replace the cooling system.

7) How much does a wine cooler cost?

The most basic freestanding single-zone wine fridge for 8 bottles can start from around $75. This is a great starter fridge for collecting. But, if you’re a more serious collector with a big budget and plenty of space, prices can go as high as $3000 or even higher. Mid-range wine fridges for up to 50 bottles will cost you around $300 to $600. The higher end of the mid-range models often incorporate double-paned UV-protected glass. Dual-zone models tend to start at the $500 mark. If you’re a really serious collector you might want to look at a triple-zone fridge which can start at around $700. If you’re adding extra features such as wooden shelves or anti-vibration it can push the price up north of $1000.

8) What temperature should I store white wine at?

The sweeter your wine, the cooler it should be chilled. Sweet wines tend to taste syrupy if not chilled correctly. A nicely chilled white wine’s crispness and flavor will be enhanced when chilled at the right temperature.

Certain white wines taste best at particular temperatures. For example, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are best stored at 44F. Crisper wines such as Chardonnay, or Riesling are best stored at 46F to 48°. Sauterne and Semillon will do best from 48F to 50F while Viognier does well if stored at 51F. If you have a dual-zone fridge and you’re storing different varieties of white wine, you can strike a balance by setting your temperature to around 47F.

9) What temperature should I store red wine?

Due to the polyphenols and tannins in red wine, they need to be stored at warmer temperatures than white wines. If you chill a wine with heavy tannins, you will find it will taste acidic and harsh. Many people believe that red should be warm, but this is not necessarily true. if your red is too warm, it can produce an overly fruity taste. A perfect temperature for red is around 62F to 68F. This temperature will help to release the aromas. If you want to get really specific, store merlot and Beaujolais at between 53F and 60F, pinot noir, rioja and Malbec at between 57F and 60F and heavier wines like Bordeaux and shiraz at between 62F and 66F.

10) Should I get a single-zone or dual-zone cooler?

It depends. If you just prefer to drink only red or white, a single-zone wine cooler will be perfectly satisfactory. A single-zone cooler is also fine for serving and storing wine. If you’re a lover of red and whites, then you’ll want a dual-zone cooler. These models are more expensive but you’ll be able to enjoy both types of wine. You’ll also be able to store beer if you want. If you’re a wine and champagne lover, you should choose a triple-zone fridge. Champagne and sweet wines need to be served at lower temperatures than crisp whites. Triple-zone coolers are best if you are collecting and storing. You can store your collection at storage temperatures then move them to serving temperatures when you want to open a bottle. Ultimately, it boils down to the type of wine you like, whether you’re collecting and of course your budget.


Conclusion

We very much hope today’s bumper guide to dual-zone wine coolers has given you a useful insight into why these fridges are vital for preserving wine and whether or not you should add one to your kitchen this summer.

While the larger units are quite bulky, the fact you can house your entire wine collection in one place, both red and white, without compromising the cooling temperature is a huge selling point.

So, if you don’t have a dedicated wine cellar but you fancy taking your collecting to the next level, there’s no substitute for investing in a decent cooler.

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d also suggest you bookmark our blog before you head off and come back soon for more great guides!

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2 thoughts on “The 14 Best Dual-Zone Wine Coolers”

  1. It seems the Koldfront 18 bottle dual zone has been discontinued which is upsetting as it had just what I am looking for in the right size (height less than 26 inches). Any idea how to find one or a comparable unit?

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