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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of wine-related things — including the best gifts for wine lovers, the best wine stoppers, and the best wine decanters — here we’ve rounded up the best wine coolers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
NutriChef PKTEWC120 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler Refrigerator
More than 70 percent of reviewers gave this wine cooler five-star reviews, calling it “sleek,” “stylish,” “super quiet,” even, as one shopper sums it up, “the greatest!” Another reviewer gets more specific, writing, “This unit is great, no problems putting in bottles of varying size (hello, Chardonnay), and the ability to stand bottles vertically when we have opened but not finished is fantastic.” That ability to hold upright bottles is flagged by many, including one who admits, “You may not think of this at first, but you need a stand-up area for the wines you have opened and not finished drinking…No leak worries in the cooler with stand-up area.” Reviewers also found that this cooler chilled wine quickly and still stayed cool after introducing additional bottles. “The cooler reached temperature within four hours. After allowing the unit to stabilize overnight I filled it with eight bottles, two of which I stood up vertically in the left side compartment (one was opened previously, the other a bottle of Riesling that is taller than ‘standard’),” writes one shopper. “Temperature re-stabilized quickly within four hours.” They also note that the cooler helped save valuable real estate on the countertop and in the refrigerator: “The cooler has allowed us to remove a wire wine rack from our kitchen counter and free up space for more appropriate items in our refrigerator.”
Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Active Cooler Wine Bottle Chilling Sleeve
Reviewers lauded this cooler sleeve as an inexpensive, travel-friendly option that’s perfect for keeping wine cool at picnics and parties. “We love these items when we do picnics at wineries,” one reviwer writes, explaining, “We bring it in a cooler with some ice packs and when we arrive at the winery and purchase our bottle, we slip this baby over it and it keeps the bottle cold the whole time we are picnicking, even in hot weather.” They note that it’s also good for parties: “We also use it if we are bringing a bottle of white wine to a party. When you arrive, it’s still as cold as it was when you took it out of the fridge.” And reviewers found that despite the very affordable price, this cooling sleeve gets the job done: “Did not expect these to perform that well but they sure do, 15 minutes around a bottle and close to perfectly chilled. Will keep it that way for a bit too,” says one reviewer. Another says, “I’ve had two of these in my freezer for 15 years, and they still work wonderfully well.” And it’s so good at keeping liquids cold that at least one reviewer used it for a non-alcoholic beverage: “It even worked on my protein shake I had in a tall glass with a lid. Needed to keep it cold in my car for about half an hour and it actually froze it a little. I was thrilled! I would buy this again and probably buy as gifts too.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of wine cooler you might be looking for.
Magic Chef Black 12-Bottle Single-Zone Wine Cooler
This was the Goldilocks wine cooler for reviewers — not too big, not too small, just the right size, and at the right price point. “Just what I wanted. It is compact but appropriate for the person just looking to chill a few bottles,” writes one reviewer. “Just went down to our home in Arizona after the hot summer and the cooler was working well despite the extreme summer heat in the house. Quality product with a nice look.” The price was a big draw for shoppers, too. “Can’t beat this cooler for the price, it works great and temp is very adjustable!” says one. Another writes, “I feel so rich for having this wine cooler. For the price I paid, it sure made it so worth having it.” Another shopper says, “I write very few reviews, but this product deserves one…It just works, I have had it for quite a while now and never a problem. One of the best investments I’ve bought for my bar.”
NutriChef 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler
“Great product…and at a great price compared to alternatives,” says one shopper, and many others note that it’s a good value. But even with that lower price point, this wine cooler still boasts the amenities of some of its higher-priced competitors. For one thing, reviewers found it to be extremely quiet: “ It is so quiet you don’t even know it is running,” says one. Another shopper says, “I don’t hear any noise. That is very important because the unit is not too far from my couch and the TV viewing area.” One shopper calls the 18-bottle capacity “perfect size for frequent entertaining.” Another writes, “Great size for a cabinet — gives a little extra storage!”
NutriChef 18 Bottle Dual Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler
Shoppers who wanted to be very precise in their chilling loved this dual-zone cooler. As one reviwer writes, “I learned that all wines should be chilled for storage. I also learned that reds should be served slightly chilled and whites should be served about ten degrees Fahrenheit above normal refrigerator temperature. Thus I was on a mission to find a dual-zone wine chilling refrigerator…I could not be happier with my choice. It looks great, is very quiet, and easy to set up.” Another says, “It was easy to set temperature for each zone and to adjust one of the feet to level the unit. Both zones chilled down accurately and we are now enjoying wines at their perfect temperature.” And reviewers said it was rare to find a cooler with the feature in this price range. “Dual zone temperature function at this price is hard to find, awesome for having both white and red wines,” writes one. Another shopper comments, “I like the dual zone feature at this price point. Highly recommended.”
Wine Enthusiast Silent 18 Bottle Wine Refrigerator
Another dual-zone option, this cooler is described by many as extremely quiet. “It is truly silent and keeps the wine at a perfect temperature,” says one shopper. Another writes, “I’m happy to say mine is completely silent. I had to put my ear up to it to make sure it’s running. Zero noise.” Reviewers also liked the design of this cooler, and a couple called it “elegant.” It’s even elegant enough for one shopper’s friend’s very nice home: “I gave this as a gift to a friend with an apartment in an uptown brownstone. It’s perfect because how little space it takes and how attractive it is. It sits against an old panelled wall, and though it’s modern it compliments the brick and wood nicely. It is truly silent and keeps the wine at a perfect temperature.”
Ivation 8 Bottle Countertop Thermoelectric Wine Cooler
Shoppers who had some counter space to spare loved this cooler. One writes, “The sleek, horizontal design works well for the counter space I have for it,” and another reviewer says, “It looks and fits perfect on my newly renovated granite kitchen counter!” Another found that it looked almost made for their kitchen: “It fit perfectly on the counter, sliding under the upper cabinet and takes up hardly any space. Looks like it almost built-in. Love it.” It’s also a great option for reviewers looking for something on the smaller side. “This is a great compact wine cooler,” says one shopper. “It fits in a small space so doesn’t take up room needed for other things. It keeps the wine chilled perfectly.” Another says, “Frankly, I was looking for a small (space0saving) red wine cooler that quietly chills the wind at our desired temperature and this unit filled our needs perfectly.” Another reviewer explains, “We placed it on top of our refrigerator in our studio apartment. Perfect size for small areas.”
Ivation 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Red And White Wine Cooler
“I live in a small-ish one-bedroom apartment, with a compact kitchen-dining area, so I needed something with a stream-lined, compact design, but something that’s still ‘attractive,’ since dinner guests, etc., will see the appliance,” writes one reviwer, adding, “This has proven to be perfect.” Many other reviewers agreed, with one saying that it’s “compact enough to store in many places,” and another calling it a “nice compact size that would fit most anywhere.” Another reviewer writes, “This wine cooler is perfect for keeping my good Burgundies at the correct temperature for aging. It is small, sleek, unobtrusive and super quiet.”
Vacu Vin Rapid Ice Champagne Cooler
Shoppers praised this affordable stainless steel cooler for its design and its ability to keep wine nice and cold. “I love the stainless steel look, also it looks very nice on your table when entertaining,” says one. “The finish on the stainless steel looks really good. It doesn’t sweat. Cools down warm wine fast and makes cool wine colder,” writes another reviewer. Several other shoppers noted that this cooler keeps bottles from sweating. As one says, “There is no issue with sweat forming on your bottle in a humid environment and then dripping down onto your end table or night stand. One of the most useful products I have and seems like it will last a lifetime.”
Wine Enthusiast Double-Walled Iceless Wine-Bottle Chiller Glass
This clear cooler is a great choice for those who want to be able to see the label on their wine while it chills. “I have two of these for my lovely wood dining table,” says one. “I put beautiful wine bottles in them (one white and one red). They show through the material beautifully.” Another writes, “It is classy and you can read the wine label without taking it out of the cooler.” And it’s a good portable option, too. One reviewer, who bought this as a gift for her “Chardonnay and French Burgundy-loving father,” says, “We used it at an outdoor evening concert on an 85-degree day, and it kept our chilled bottle of wine ‘chilled’ for a good 50 minutes (until the bottle was gone…)” the reviewer writes. “The wine temp was perfect and refreshing, and I’m hoping someday we’ll get to see if it stays cold for longer than an hour — but for now, we’re happy!”
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