Best Freestanding Wine Cellars in 2020

Antarctic Star 18 Bottle Wine Cooler/Cabinet Beverage Refrigerator Small Red & White Wine Cellar Adjust Temperature Beer Counter Top Bar Fridge Quiet Operation Compressor Freestanding Black Review:

While I was disappointed at the difficulty I had trying to reach the seller, they did reach out to me after a few days and offered some practical advice. My unit is now working the way I’d hoped. It runs quietly and chills well. My only reservation about the unit is that its seal around the door seems a bit flimsy. I purchased two similar coolers at about the same time and am a little happier with the other one. But this one is doing well now. I had different space limitations for each of them, which is why I ordered from 2 different companies. Overall, I would recommend this seller.

Wine Enthusiast Silent 18 Bottle Wine Refrigerator - Freestanding Slimline Upright Bottle Storage Wine Cooler, Black Review:

Let me start by saying I purchased two previous wine coolers from Amazon, and had to send both back the day after delivery (Nutrichef 12 bottle, Magic Chef 12 bottle). The first was damaged, the second had a faulty temp display which I called the manufacturer to fix and they told me to return it, and then I bought this. I figured why not go bigger.

The WE dual zone cooler was packed much better than the previous two, and there was no damage. I read over the manual (highly recommend) and let the cooler stand unplugged overnight. The next morning I plugged it in, set my desired temps and hung around the house for a bit. The top part didn’t take long at all to get to my set temp (58 degrees) while the bottom was taking quite a while (47). I went to work and came back later that evening to find a very cooled, QUIET wine fridge!

I was skeptical to get this one, mostly because WE wine coolers in the past have gotten bad reviews and people have reviewed this one as being too loud. Well, 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. The first one I got made a horrible buzz sound. The manual does say if your wine cooler is making a loud noise it’s most likely not leveled or the room is too hot for it to operate correctly. I keep my home about 69-71 degrees. It took a hot minute to level the cooler because my floor is all messed up but I did and I haven’t had any issues. My roommates and I love it and not to mention, it looks beautiful!

If you follow the manual and do what you’re supposed to, you should love this cooler and not have any problems. I know some can be faulty... but I’m extremely happy with mine!

Ivation Premium Stainless Steel 8 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Red & White Wine Cellar w/Digital Temperature, Freestanding Refrigerator Glass Door Quiet Operation Fridge Review:

Our old wine chiller died after years of service. I had already replaced the fan once (12 VDC computer fan) but finally the electronics on the speed control died, and the chiller would not chill. We immediately decided to purchase another one with a little larger capacity. The old one held six bottles and this new one holds eight. The product arrived in perfect shape and was very easy to unpack. The wine chiller lives in the basement so any noise it makes does not bother us in the least, however this chiller is very quiet and fits nicely into the space occupied by the old chiller. The chiller immediately started up and after reading the instructions I set the temperature to our preferred temperature and it started to cool. In a few hours I went down and the temperature was exactly at 46 degrees. I purchased this model because it would chill down to 46 which is the temperature we like wine at. I know that the wine experts like reds at one temperature and whites at another, but my wife and I like it all at the cooler temperature. I do like this model because the taller champagne bottles fit in it, where our older chiller was not deep enough for them to fit. All in all it was a good purchase at a fair price. I did use Amazon points from my Amazon credit card so it turned into a really great price. I just hope it lasts as long as the old one did.

Ivation 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Red And White Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Wine Cellar with Digital Temperature Display, Freestanding Refrigerator Smoked Glass Door Quiet Operation Fridge,Black Review:

I recently invested in several bottles of very nice wine knowing my "regular" refrigerator is not optimal for storing them. So after doing a TON of research, and reading numerous reviews, I settled on purchasing this wine fridge, and I could not be happier. 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. This has proven to be perfect. This particular model holds 12 bottles. A couple of the bottles are large - those fit fine on the bottom level. The wooden drawers pull out (photo #2) for ease of access, which I love. It makes no noise whatsoever. Several other reviews have noted the incredibly bright blue light, showing the temperature. It IS very bright - but since this is not in view of the rest of my apartment, it's not a problem. You could solve this easily, by just draping a cloth over the top. The directions for some of these units, state specifically, that you should place nothing on top of the fridge, for fear of blocking the vents. In this model, the vent is on the side (photo #3), so placing my plant on top blocks no vent.

Several other reviews have noted confusion with setting the temperature and temperature control. THIS IS ALL SPECIFIED IN THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT COME WITH THE WINE FRIDGE. Just follow the directions! I am storing mostly red wines, so after plugging in the unit, I set the temperature to 55 degrees F. The instructions tell you, it will take several hours for the fridge to set itself at the specified temperature. After putting the control to 55, it did indeed take 3-4 hours. During that time, the temperature gauge was fluctuating. But after approximately 3.5 hours, it stabilized at 55 and has remained there ever since. Several friends have seen this and fallen in love with it, and wanted to know where I got it. I am thrilled with this purchase. If you're going to spend more than $20.00 on a bottle of wine, it's worth the money to properly store it. I whole-heartedly recommend this!

Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red And White Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Wine Cellar with Digital Temperature Display, Freestanding Refrigerator Smoked Glass Door Quiet Operation Fridge Review:

It arrived today so my review is based on my first impressions. Came very well boxed; sleek and attractive; very quiet. Once I plugged it in, empty, it took about 15 minutes to reach my desired temperature of 55 degrees. Once I loaded it with 15 room temperature bottles of both reds and whites, the display indicated 67 degrees. It then took about 6 hours to slowly return back down to my desired setting of 55. I placed a hanging refrigerator thermometer inside the unit and it was in sync with the unit display. I understand that this is not a dual temperature unit but I am still utilizing it for both reds and whites. I had read to place whites on the bottom shelves as they might be a bit colder so that is what I did. I read many reviews on many brands before selecting the Ivation. Since I was not sure about the life expectancy, I went with the four year Square Trade warranty.....hopefully I won't need it! Right now I am very happy with the Ivation 18 bottle unit.
I have had the unit for a week and I am very happy with it. All my bottles fit nicely. It is super quiet. I have it set at 55 degrees and my thermometer inside is showing a range of between 55.5 and 56.4 on the middle shelves and a little colder on the bottom shelf. I keep my reds on top and whites on the bottom. I did email the distributor with a question regarding the temperature but they never responded. I am glad I took out the additional 4 year Square Trade warranty because I am not sure how dependable the company is.

hOmelabs 18 Bottle Wine Cooler - Free Standing Single Zone Fridge and Chiller for Red and White Wines Review:

 I didn't bother with the door handle. It looked like it would come off too easily. But it opens just fine by grabbing the top. Where I have this, it actually works better to not have the handle.

While it was getting to temperature the fans were noisy, but it is now quiet. I love having wine at the perfect temperature. No more too cold white or too warm red. I buy wines to consume, not to preserve, so this works just right for me. Some of the "fatter" wine bottles don't fit as well as the more slender bottles. But I have found that if you put the ones that seem to fit tight in the cooler, nose in, they will all fit in fine. I was happy to find a wine cooler just the right size for the space I wanted it in. IF your looking for an inexpensive wine cooler, get this, if your fussy and want extraordinary cooler, your gonna have to pay at least an extra 200 bucks. But hey, for the price of less than a case of decent wine, you won't go wrong.

Ivation 18 Bottle Dual Zone Thermoelectric Red & White Wine Cooler/Chiller Counter Top Wine Cellar with Digital Temperature Display, Freestanding Refrigerator Smoked Glass Door Quiet Operation Fridge Review:

I seem to be the first reviewer of this item (24 bottle dual-zone). It arrived yesterday. The unit is light, easy to move around (when empty). Plug it in, it starts up (no power switch that I could find). The instructions are minimal, but clear. The unit is very quiet indeed - only the hum of 2 fans (one for each zone) while it is cooling. I put 7 bottles in the top section (so, almost full) and put an accurate digital thermometer in there with them. I added 11 bottles to the bottom (a bit more than half full). As expected, at startup the temps of both sections showed pretty much room temperature (around 70F).

The LED lights are easy to operate, tough a tad dim. They turn off automatically after 10 minutes. It's easy to choose between F & C display. Setting the temps is easy. I set the top section at 50F, and the bottom at 60F. All bottles were at ambient temperature when I put them in, so the thermoelectric coolers had a bit of work to do. I monitored the temps for a couple of hours, and they didn't do much. Left them overnight, and in the morning the LEDs showed 50 & 60 - exactly where I had set them. At that point, the unit was completely silent (no fans running, because it wasn't actively cooling). BUT, the thermometer inside the top section showed 52.2F. So, to try to get the "real" temp down to 50F, I changed the set temp for the top section to 48F. However, after I set it, the fan kicked in (as expected) and the LED showed me that the actual temp was 52 (the same as shown by my digital thermometer). So I surmise that the displayed temp isn't refreshed all the time, and when I changed the temp setting, it forced a refresh, causing the LED to display the correct temperature (52F). Still guessing -- perhaps if I had left it alone, then when the real temp rose to (say) 53 degrees it would have triggered the system to (i) display the correct temp (53 instead of 50) and (ii) kicked the cooler on, to get the temp back down to 50.

Anyway, so far, so good. Obviously, I can't comment on reliability, but if anything happens I will update this review. Also, I live in SoCal, so when the hotter weather returns, I am a bit concerned that the unit won't cope well (I have read a few things indicating that thermoelectric coolers can't do much better that 20 degrees below ambient - which is pretty much what my top section is set for at the moment).

【Upgraded】Aobosi 15 Inch Wine Cooler, 28 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator with Stainless Steel Tempered Glass Door, Temp Memory Function, Fit Champagne Bottles, Freestanding and Built-in Style Review:

 Delivery was promptly.The price was really reasonable for the size and quality. The wine cooler works so great. I have noticed the temperature never fluctuates by more than a degree.The capacity is as advertised.The screwy leg adjusters compensated for my uneven floor and I was glad with that. Looks nice under my counter.The shelves can be moved about to accommodate your configuration of different bottles.Excellent product.

Danby 36 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler Review:

For those of you who are conflicted and confused about what the distinctions are between a "wine cooler" and a "wine cellar", let this reviewer be clear about this Danby model: it is a mini refrigerator that has a tinted glass door instead of a solid door, and a black interior instead of a white interior, and has wire racks spaced to accommodate wine bottles instead of groceries. Other than those styling differences I am sure that it is made on the same factory line as Danby's mini fridges, has the same mechanical guts and thermostat, and is otherwise not in any way made especially for wine. It's a mini refrigerator styled to make you feel good about putting your wine in a "wine cooler" instead of a refrigerator.

That is not a bad thing, in itself. But don't expect too much beyond that. Many people feel that the ideal temp for wine storage is about 55F. I was able to get the Danby to maintain a roughly stable temp of 55F with the temp dial turned to barely a fraction above OFF. With the thermostat turned higher (stronger) it is likely that the unit would achieve a temp much like a regular fridge, of about 40F. Several reviewers have noted that their units ran "cold". One thing I did notice, using a digital thermometer, was that there was about a six to seven (6-7) degree difference between the top rack and bottom rack of the unit. If it was 55F on the top rack then it was 49F or even a little colder on the lower racks. Someone thinking about paying a premium price for a cooler model advertised as "dual zone" might want to contemplate this. It may be that wine coolers of this type are "dual zone" by nature, no need to stress and worry and pay extra for this "feature".

Some people have expressed the opinion that leaving wine in a unit like this for extended periods will dry out the corks. I left a digital humidity meter inside for a day, and noted that the humidity level was 60%. Hardly desert like.

The unit seems well built and solid. It certainly weighs enough at about 70 pounds. It is slightly noisy, as others have noted, making a noticeable whine when cycling for a few minutes every so often. But I tend to think that the sound levels are more a product of a unit like this being placed in living rooms or dens, where this kind of noise is unusual and calls attention to itself, more than it is due to the system being more noisy than average.

It does in fact hold 36 standard sized bottles. Adding one broad shouldered bottle per row didn't cause any problem. But if your whole assortment of wine is all broad shouldered bottles then you might wind up with only four bottles per row rather than five. But standard 750ml bottles were no problem.

I am basically happy with my Danby wine cooler for what it is: an inexpensive unit that is mostly for convenient wine storage close to the dining table, at a temp that is approximately the right temp for storage, that protects wine from big temp swings and excessive heat. It's not a system for long term aging or preservation. For the price, about $240.00 from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members at the time of this review, it is certainly the cheapest unit of this type on offer. It seems to be a great bargain, even with the features that it lacks. It does not, for example, have a digital temp readout, or the ability to maintain warmer temps up to about 60F, or humidity control, and although the racks are removable they are not slide out trays, you have to pull each bottle out to see what it is. For the money I am a happy buyer. At higher prices one should be more critical, and might think harder about the system's characteristics before buying.