Best Wine Fridges of 2021 – Reviewed

Best Wine Fridges of 2021 – Reviewed

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual-Zone MAX is the best wine fridge we tested.

How We Tested Wine Fridges

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Vinotemp and Wine Enthusiast wine refrigerators rose to the top of our list after testing for temperature, capacity and build.

To find our top picks we compared six models from top brands from the perspective of a certified wine geek who for years has relied on these coolers to protect her wine collection, as well as from Reviewed’s senior scientist who designs and oversees home-appliance testing in our Cambridge, Mass., laboratories.

The Testers

Hi! I’m Alicia Cypress, a managing editor at Reviewed responsible for overseeing all our Best Right Now product guides. But my true passion is wine. I’m WSET (Wine and Spirits Educational Trust) certified, which means I’ve formally studied the subject, and when I’m not focused on my day job, I keep up with wine industry trends. As an apartment dweller, most of my wine collection relies on using a wine fridge to ensure the bottles stay in tip-top condition.

I worked closely with Reviewed Senior Scientist Julia MacDougall, who’s tested a wide variety of products, including rakes, paper shredders, and coding toys for kids. She also oversees all of Reviewed home appliance testing and has become an expert at what makes for a good refrigerator. She devised the testing for this guide and was responsible for evaluating the fridges and coolers from a temperature and build perspective.

The Tests

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

We tested up to four fridges at a time in our refrigerator lab.

After unpacking and installing each appliance, we set the temperatures in the unit and then let each unit run and calibrate for more than 24 hours prior to further testing. This is similar to the way we test regular refrigerators; this gives the coolant time to circulate and ensure each product is working properly.

For the dual-zone fridges, we set the two zones to either 60 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit or 55 and 50 Fahrenheit, depending on the temperature limits in each unit. For single-zone fridges, we set the temperature to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

To measure the temperature inside the bottles, we placed wireless temperature sensors in tiny plastic baggies, suspended them inside screwtop Chardonnay bottles, and then placed four bottles at four different locations inside each cooler. After three days, we pulled the temperature data from the bottles and then assessed each product with respect to its temperature accuracy (ability to hit a specific temperature) and its temperature consistency (ability to maintain similar temperatures throughout the fridge cavity).

Credit: Reviewed / Julia MacDougall

During our testing, a temperature probe was lowered into wine bottles with screw-top closures to measure wine temperatures.

If a wine fridge is both accurate and consistent, it would have wine temperatures throughout the entire cavity that were close to that setting and then stay that way as long as the appliance is running.

With a unit that is accurate but not consistent, the wine temperatures in one or more …….


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