The Best Wine Coolers and Fridges – The New York Times

The Best Wine Coolers and Fridges – The New York Times

We recommend the freestanding Wine Enthusiast Classic 80 Wine Cellar (which stores wine at one temperature) and the Wine Enthusiast Classic 70 Dual Zone Wine Cellar (which has two sections, for storing wine at different temperatures, and one less shelf). These fridges offer the best combination of storage, features, and price. The Wine Enthusiast line has solid reviews and is recommended by experts, and the line includes smaller fridges, too. Plus, Wine Enthusiast has the best customer service we found, which is key when you’re buying a large appliance that will be a 100-pound-plus hassle to return. For serious collectors, the freestanding EuroCave Premiere S is an excellent basic model from a top brand whose wine fridges are known for their durability. If you’re on a budget but you still want the best, you can also look for a used model (a common practice within the wine community) from someone who’s outgrown their fridge.

After researching hundreds of models, we’ve determined that most entry-level, budget-friendly wine fridges are bad. They don’t last, and they often have a host of issues: noisy compressors, sticking shelves, temperature fluctuations. The Wine Enthusiast fridges aren’t perfect, but we think the brand offers better customer service than you get from most companies or retailers.

Our pick

Wine Enthusiast Classic 80 Wine Cellar

If you want to store several cases at a time, the Wine Enthusiast Classic 80 Wine Cellar offers the best combination of capacity and price. And this company has some of the finest customer service we found.

Buying Options

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,000.

The Wine Enthusiast Classic 80 Wine Cellar offers a winning combination of storage capacity, price, warranty, and features from a trusted brand with great customer service. Because it’s a single-zone fridge (meaning the whole thing stays at one temperature), the Classic 80 can hold more bottles than a dual-zone fridge of the same size (that space is lost to the zone divider). The Classic 80 may seem expensive compared with a regular mini fridge or a big-box-store-brand wine cooler, but it’s still more reasonable than a lot of smaller, high-quality wine fridges we looked at. According to the many wine experts we spoke with, there are a couple of universal rules for buying a wine fridge: Get one that’s double the size you think you want, and keep in mind that fridges will always hold less than promised (due to different bottle sizes).

Like a few big-box appliance retailers, Wine Enthusiast offers phone consultations to help you shop. It specializes in wine fridges and accessories, whereas the other retailers may not have this specific knowledge. Wine Enthusiast offers free shipping on all of its fridges, and white-glove delivery for larger fridges (this service costs extra with the Classic 80, but is included with our upgrade pick; at most other appliance stores, it also costs extra). And, unlike Amazon, Wine Enthusiast has solid customer service and warranty options, which are key when you’re ordering a large …….


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