FindTheBest headquarters are in Southern California, so naturally, we’re wine snobs. We set out to pick the very best wine chillers on the market based on 23 separate factors. A few of the things we considered:
- Bottle Capacity: Some wine chillers are a miracle of geometry, accommodating dozens of bottles into a surprisingly compact space. Others are clunky, boxy affairs, taking up lots of kitchen space just to house three or four items. More efficient chillers score better here.
- Temperature Range: Some wine chillers are nothing more than duplicate refrigerators. They’ll keep your bottles cool, but you’ll be stuck on just one or two temperature settings. The best chillers allow for wide flexibility and lots of user control.
- Ease of Installation: How heavy is the wine chiller? How many set-up steps are required? The best chillers have super simple to move and install.
- Exterior Controls: Nice wine chillers have exterior controls for adjusting temperature and designating zones. Cheaper wine chillers don’t have any exterior controls.
- Temperature Zones: As a general rule, two temperature zones is better than one, as it allows you to store reds and whites in separate climates. Three zones can be nice for the truly snobby (some reds are best at room temperature, others are best slightly cooler). Four zones is typically over-the-top.
- Door Features: Does the door have reversible hinges? UV resistant glass? A lock? The best doors operate like a dream, allowing users to open from either side, while easily preventing curious children (or thieves) from snatching your 20-year-old Bordeaux. Cheaper chillers function more like a standard refrigerator.
- General Features: How is the chiller lighted? Can the shelves be adjusted? We added a small boost for chillers that provide great lighting or allow for more spatial customization.
After considering over 250 wine chillers, the following 13 emerged as the best of the bunch: