Do you still use the fridge to keep your favorite wines? Do you want to keep it in the best condition? Do you find the taste of your wines will change easily if the temperature is not stable?
With the best built-in wine cellars, all the problems can be solved easily.
In the market, there are so many sizes and different brands. Do you feel confusing about how to choose the best one for you?
In How To Choose The Best Built In Wine Cellar, I will explain all the specifications for you. I hope you can get more ideas about that. if you are new, it’s better to know some basic information first.
Out of the options below, my #1 choice is Kalamera 15” Wine Cooler 30 Bottle Built-in or Freestanding because it features double-layered tempered glass, reversible hinge, hexagon bolt lock, and beech wooden shelves.
If you are already familiar with the wine coolers, you can skip this part and go to the product description directly.
Table Of Content
- Allavino FlexCount VSWR172-2SSRN – 172 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator – [THE MOST EXPENSIVE]
- Kalamera 15” Wine Cooler 30 Bottle Built-in or Freestanding – [TOP PICK]
- Kalamera 24” Wine refrigerator 46 Bottle Dual Zone – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- EdgeStar 36 Bottle Built-In Dual Zone French Door Wine Cooler – [EDITOR CHOICE]
- Kalamera 12” Wine Cooler 18 Bottle Built-in or Freestanding – [BUDGET PRODUCT]
- Kalamera 30” Wine Cooler 66 Bottle Dual Zone Built-in and Freestanding
- NewAir AWR-460DB Wine Cooler 46 Bottle Stainless Steel & Black
- Kalamera 157 Bottle Freestanding Wine Refrigerator
- EdgeStar 30 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler
- Allavino FlexCount VSWR56-2SSRN – 56 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator
- Kalamera 24″ 40-bottle Wine Cooler
- NewAir Dual Zone Built-In Wine Cooler AWR-290DB
- Phiestina 29 Bottle Wine Cooler 15” Built-in or Free-standing
- EdgeStar CWR1661SZ 166-Bottle EdgeStar Built-In Compressor Wine Refrigerator
- NewAir AWR-190SB Compact 19 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler
- How To Choose The Best Built In Wine Cellars
Best Built In Wine Cellars
Allavino FlexCount VSWR172-2SSRN – 172 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator
[THE MOST EXPENSIVE] This is Allavino Wine Refrigerator with 172 Bottles capacity and weighs 304 pounds. It measures 27 x 23.5 x 71.5 inches.
It’s a very tall and heavy wine Refrigerator. I think this model is only suitable for those if you are a wine lover or use in the restaurant.
The door of this model is the right hinge. It also comes with the left hinge model.
The door is very big so the towel bar handle is also very big. It also includes the curved handle for you to customize your unit to fit the surrounding environment.
When you open the door, you should be able to see two blue LCD digital displays on the control panel that as a divider to separate the unit into two zones, upper zone, and lower zone.
You can store your favorite wine separately. Maybe the upper zone store white wine and the lower zone store red wine. Each zone comes with individual temperature control.
One thing needs to remember, the temperature of the lower zone must be set at least 4 degrees F higher than the upper zone.
It comes with 14 shelves totally. 12 shelves can hold 11 bottles each and 2 shelves can hold 20 bottles each. Each shelf has a stopper in the front and end. It can prevent the wine from dropping down when you slide out too fast.
Each shelf features ball-bearing tracks so you can glide in and out smoothly the traditional shelf. With this feature, you can access your wine easily.
The unit has a front-vent design so you can build it into your cabinet or use it as a free-standing style.
Kalamera 15” Wine Cooler 30 Bottle Built-in or Freestanding
The door is made of double-layered tempered glass with a stainless steel frame. The double-layer glass can keep the temperature stable inside and keep the glass from fogging.
It’s also reversible for your swing with the left or right hand by simply adjusting the hinge to the other sides.
Below the door, you will see the hexagon bolt lock. I like the lock. Why the lock cannot become the basic feature of the wine cooler? The lock can prevent anyone who enjoys your wine efficiently especially you have children at home.
When you open the door, you can see the digital control panel with the cool blue LCD digital display. It will show you the temperature all the time. You don’t have to buy the extra thermometer.
You can adjust the temperature at any time ranges from 40 degrees F to 66 degrees F by up and down buttons. the digital display will show you the temperature at the same time.
It has a blue interior LED light to illuminate inside clearly whenever you want to enjoy the wine. The main advantage of LED is no heat will be produced when the light is on.
It comes with 6 removable customize design beech wooden shelves which can prevent the wines fall down when you slide out the shelf.
It features a front-vent that allows you built it into the cabinet or use it as a freestanding cooler. You can place anywhere you want to fit your surrounding decoration.
Kalamera 24” Wine refrigerator 46 Bottle Dual Zone
The door in this cooler has a triple-layer tempered glass with stainless steel trim. I think a triple-layer will have a better insulation result and more capable to prevent the glass from fogging.
It’s reversible so it can accommodate the left and right-hand users by simply adjusting the hinge to another side.
In front of the cooler, you will see the two cool and beautiful LCD digital displays with the digital control panel. It features two temperature zones. You can put different wines in the upper zone and upper zone.
Each zone has individual temperature control so you separate the wines to different zone according to the temperature need to achieve the best cooling result.
The temperature of the upper zone ranges from 40 degrees F to 50 degrees F and the lower zone ranges from 50 degrees F to 66 degrees F.
It features a temperature memory function. When the cooler is a power loss, it will restore the set temperature if the power connects again.
On the bottom, it has a lock. It can prevent anyone from enjoying your wine without your permission especially you have children.
It comes with 5 removable wooden shelves that are well designed. It can prevent the bottles from falling down when you slide out the shelf too fast.
It also has a soft blue LED light inside the cooler that will not generate any heat like the traditional bulb. Any heat generated is not good for the wines. Keep the temperature change as minimal as possible.
You can build it into your cabinet or use it as a freestanding installation in your home.
EdgeStar 36 Bottle Built-In Dual Zone French Door Wine Cooler
This is a dual-zone cooler that divided into the left zone and a right zone. Both zones work independently with each other so it has two digital displays that show you the temperature all the time.
The control panel locates on the front top. All the buttons are designed intuitively for easy control. You can also control the interior LED light on and off there.
It features a powerful compressor cooling system. The temperature ranges from 40 degrees F to 65 degrees F. it’s perfect for chilling different red wines, sparkling wines, and red wines.
The door is a French door layout. At this time, the tempered glass is not just the normal glass. It comes with a black dot matrix that’s helpful to protect the wines from the potential harm of harsh light and UV rays.
It features the lock for each door that can protect your wines from suddenly disappearing. If you have kids, the lock will be particularly useful. Without the lock, you may see all the wines stand on the floor in one day.
The slide-out shelves are quite special in this cooler. It’s made of stainless steel trimmed wood. It looks better than polished chrome and pure wood.
All the shelves are designed to hold standard 750mL wine bottles. If you want to hold a bigger bottle, you can just simply remove the shelf. But this will decrease the stated bottle capacity.
It comes with auto defrost function so you don’t have to do it by yourself.
This cooler is a built-in style. You can use it as a freestanding unit as you like to fit the decoration.
Kalamera 12” Wine Cooler 18 Bottle Built-in or Freestanding
The cooler is thin. Each layer only holds two wine bottles. There are six removable wooden shelves totally hold twelve wine bottles in on time. You can remove at least one shelf to hold a bigger bottle. But the stated loading capacity will decrease.
The door comes with a double pane glass with an anti UV layer that can block the UV rays and sunlight effectively. It’s also helpful to keep the inside temperature more stable. The door also features a stainless steel trim and stainless steel towel bar handle.
The control panel is not locating in the door so it’s reversible. You can adjust the hinge to change the orientation of the door for the left hand or right-hand user at any time.
When you open the door, you will see the control panel with the blue LCD digital panel in the middle that always shows you the inside temperature so you don’t have to buy the extra thermometer.
All the buttons located here. You can turn the interior LED light on or off. You can adjust the temperature. The cooling temperature ranges from 40 degrees F to 66 degrees F. the digital display will show you the set temperature during the adjustment.
If you always find your wine at nighttime, you can turn on the LED all the time. the blue light will make the cooler become a beautiful decoration than just a cooler.
On the bottom are the security lock and front vent. If you want to keep your wine safely and securely, the lock is particularly useful for you.
Kalamera 30” Wine Cooler 66 Bottle Dual Zone Built-in and Freestanding
This is a dual-zone cooler. It’s divided into the left zone and right zone so comes with a glass French door style. Every time you open the door will not affect the other zone.
The door also features an anti-UV layer double pane glass that can reflect the sunlight and the UV so it cannot go inside to affect the stabilizing of the temperature.
Both doors come with a security lock. If you have kids, it’s good to lock the cooler all the time to prevent them from playing your wine. Otherwise, you may see all the wines stand on the floor when you back home.
It features a built-in alarm. When the door is not closed properly, the alarm will have beeps sound and the digital display will glow to remind you to close the door in place.
This is my first time to see the cooler features a built-in alarm system. It’s good design. Do you remember how many times the door of your fridge is not close properly? I think the total value of the wines is much more expensive than food.
When you open the door, you will see 2 control panels on each zone that means the temperature and light controls are totally independent. You don’t have to set the same temperature of 2 zones.
It has 14 sliding beech wooden shelves. Each zone has 7 shelves. You can separate white wine and red wine to a different zone and set a different temperature to achieve the best result.
Similarly, if you want to hold a larger wine bottle, you can simply remove at least one shelf but the loading capacity will decrease.
NewAir AWR-460DB Wine Cooler 46 Bottle Stainless Steel & Black
The cooler is divided into the upper compartment and lower compartment. You will see the control panel when you open the door. It has 2 digital displays for each zone. The temperature control is totally independent.
When you press the rightmost light button, the blue LED interior light will illuminate both compartments at the same time.
The temperature of each compartment will not affect each other so you can separate the white and red wine into a different zone with different temperatures. 2 separate compartments feature a range from 40 degrees F to 66 degrees F.
The upper compartment comes with 2 adjustable beech wood shelves that can hold 16 standard 750mL wine bottles. The lower compartment has 3 adjustable beech wood shelves. Including the bottom space, it can hold 16 standard wine bottles at one time.
It features a fan that can force the cool air to circulate inside the cooler to make the temperature evenly and consistently. No matter where you hold the wine, it will be chilled at the same speed to the same temperature.
On the bottom, it has a securely lock. If you don’t want anyone unauthorized access to your favorite wine, you can lock it all the time.
The glass with stainless steel trim enables you to monitor the inventory at any time without opening the door. It’s also reversible so you can change the orientation for your convenience.
The built-in style allows you to built right into the cabinetry to your kitchen, wet bar, or wine cellar. You can also use it as a freestanding unit and put anywhere you like.
Kalamera 157 Bottle Freestanding Wine Refrigerator
It’s a very tall and very heavy cooler. If the cooler is smaller, you can move it around your home as you like. But, this cooler has to be placed in a permanent space. It should be your kitchen.
The door is also very big so it comes with a big handle for ease to open. It features a triple-layered tempered glass door that provides excellent insulation with the outside. It can keep the temperature change as minimal as possible.
The cooler comes with the upper zone and the lower zone. Each zone features independent temperature control. The temperature of the upper zone ranges from 40 degrees F to 50 degrees F and the lower zone ranges from 50 degrees F to 66 degrees F.
You can hold the wines separately to different zone for different temperature requirements to achieve your desired result.
The upper zone has 7 sliding beech wooden shelves and the lower zone has 8 sliding shelves that can totally hold 157 standard 750mL wine bottles in one time.
The door is reversible although it’s very big. When you want to change the hinge, I think it’s two people’s work because the door is very heavy. Do it as safe as possible.
There is a lock on the bottom. the lock does not only protect your wine from unauthorized access but also can prevent your kids open the door frequently that may result in temperature change and affect your wine.
If the temperature becomes unstable, the compressor will need to run more than usual. It will produce more noise and your electricity bill will also increase.
EdgeStar 30 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler
The double-paned tempered glass of the door features black dotted tinting that’s helpful to block sunlight and UV rays. It’s also helpful to maintain the stability of the inside temperature.
When you open the door, you will see the control panel with 2 blue digital displays. But this cooler has only one zone. The right one uses to show you the current inside temperature. The left one shows you the set temperature during adjustment.
Therefore, when you press the up and down button to adjust the temperature, only the temperature of the left digital display will be changed.
The interior blue LED light can be turned on or off at any time to fit your needs. If you always find your wines in a dark environment, it should turn on all the time for convenience.
The internal fan force the cool air evenly circulate inside the cooler to make sure all the wines can be chilled with the same temperature.
It features a built-in carbon filter that can filter the odor inside the cooler to keep the wines in the best condition.
It comes with 7 slide-out wood-trimmed wire shelves that totally hold 30 bottles in one time. The shelves have the stopper in the front that can prevent the wines from falling down to the floor.
There is also a security lock for the door. You can keep your wines safely and the door closes all the time. Frequently open the door will heavily affect the stable of the inside temperature, and then it will affect the quality of the wines.
Allavino FlexCount VSWR56-2SSRN – 56 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator
This version is the right hinge version. The door is not reversible so you cannot adjust the hinge to fit your needs.
The door features a towel bar handle. If you don’t like it, you can change it to a curved handle that is included for free so you can customize your cooler to fit the surrounding decoration.
The cooler is divided into the upper zone and the lower zone. Both zones come with independent temperature control so you can store the wines to a different zone to achieve the best temperature.
The control panel locates in the middle when you open the door. You will see 2 blue digital displays that show you the temperature all the time respectively. The left you show you the temperature of the upper zone and the right one for the lower zone.
It has 6 wooden shelve feature a ball-bearing track that can glide in and out smoothly for you to access the wines easily. The shelves also feature a wood slat that can cradle your wines. It can keep harmful vibration as minimal as possible.
The upper 5 shelves can hold 9 wine bottles in one time and the bottom shelf can hold up to 11 bottles so the total capacity is 56 bottles. Each of the shelves has the stopper on two sides. It can prevent your wine from falling when it glides in and out too fast.
The advanced cooling system can save 25% energy with less noise and vibration compared to the traditional cooling system.
The internal fan allows the cool air circulates inside the cooler so you can chill your wines faster.
Kalamera 24″ 40-bottle Wine Cooler
This cooler comes with a French door style that means it has two independent temperature zones. I like this door style because it can open individually. I can keep the temperature change as minimal as possible.
The door is smaller and easier to open. It looks beautiful than a single door. Each door has an independent lock. You can just lock one side and share the other side to your wife, son, or anyone you want. Two doors are much more flexible.
Each of the doors comes with a towel bar handle that is sturdy and looks nice.
When the door is not closed properly, the cooler will comes with a beep sound to alert you. Only seldom of coolers in the market has this feature. If it is summer, I think your wines will have a big problem if the door is not closed for a long time.
When you open the door, you will see two independent control panels with the digital panel in the middle on each side. It can adjust the temperature and control the light on or off.
If you always drink wine at nighttime, it’s good to turn on all day.
The digital display will show you the inside temperature for a long time. During the temperature adjustment, it will show you the set temperature at the same time.
There are 7 sliding beech wooden shelves that come with each zone. It has two stoppers on two sides of each shelf. It can protect your wine from falling down from the shelf.
NewAir Dual Zone Built-In Wine Cooler AWR-290DB
The cooler looks smaller but it can hold 29 standard 750mL wine bottles in one time. It has an upper zone and a lower zone for you to hold different wines separately.
All the buttons located on the control panel. It has two sets of temperature control and digital display. But it has only one light button. When you turn it on, it will light up the upper zone and the lower zone at the same time.
The temperature range of the two zones is different. The upper zone ranges from 40 degrees F to 50 degrees F which is suitable to chill the white wine. The lower zone ranges from 50 degrees F to 66 degrees F that is suitable to keep the red wine is the best condition.
There is only one door. If you want to keep the temperature more stable, then don’t open the door frequently. If your kids always play the door, you can lock it with the security lock on the bottom.
Without the lock, it’s really difficult to predict what they will do for your wines. Maybe someday you will find your wines are playing hide and seek with you.
Playing hide and seek is not important. The temperature change of your wines is the main problem.
The door features a double-layer tempered glass door that can block the sunlight and UV rays effectively. Nevertheless, it’s not recommended to place the cooler where the sunlight can reach.
The internal fan can speed up the chilling process and make sure the cool air circulates the cooler evenly.
Phiestina 29 Bottle Wine Cooler 15” Built-in or Free-standing
This one also is a dual-zone wine cooler with upper zone and lower zone. You can see the control panel after the door is opened. Each zone has independent temperature control and digital display but shares one light control.
The temperature of the upper zone ranges from 40 degrees F to 50 degrees F and the lower zone ranges from 50 degrees F to 66 degrees F. you can store the wines to different zone according to different wines.
When you turn on the light, the LED light of the upper zone and the lower zone will light up together. LED will not generate any heat so it’s suitable to use inside the wine cooler. It’s not like the traditional light bulb that will generate heat.
When it has heat, the temperature will become unstable. It’s not good for the wine. Then the compressor needs to keep running to lower the temperature. At the end of the month, you may find the bill is higher than last month.
The cooler doesn’t have a security lock so you cannot lock the door. If you have kids, your wines may get trouble because the temperature of the cooler will become unstable if the door is opened frequently. I think most of the kids like to play with the door.
It has 5 removable shelves. You can hold up to 29 standard 750mL wine bottles at one time. You can remove the shelf to store a larger bottle. All the shelf comes with 2 stoppers on each side that can prevent the wine from falling down when the shelf is moving.
EdgeStar CWR1661SZ 166-Bottle EdgeStar Built-In Compressor Wine Refrigerator
It’s a very tall wine cooler but it only has a single temperature zone that ranges from 40 degrees F to 65 degrees F. The control panel locates at the interior top. It’s very high too.
You can turn on the interior light on and off at any time by pressing the light button.
You will see 2 blue digital displays on the control panel. The one uses to display the inside temperature all day. The other one displays the set temperature during adjustment.
The big door is reversible. You can adjust the hinge at any time to fit a different environment and different hand users. But I suggest do it with 2 people because the door is very heavy. 2 people work together is safer.
The glass door comes with black dot tinting that can block the sunlight and UV rays. It can keep the inside temperature more stable and keep the wine in the best condition.
The door features a flat bar handle. If you are already bored with a towel bar handle, you can consider other kinds of the handle.
This tall cooler has 13 full-size wood-trimmed wire shelves that are capable to hold 11 standard 750mL wine bottles on each shelf. It has one half-size shelf can hold 12 bottles at one time.
It features a replaceable built-in carbon filter that can filter the odor at any time to keep the cooler in the best condition.
The rubber bushing can absorb the vibration and noise coming from the compressor effectively.
NewAir AWR-190SB Compact 19 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler
It’s a tiny wine cooler. It looks nice and cute. The door features a flat bar handle. It made of glass with stainless steel trim.
The control panel locates on the interior top. In the middle, it’s a digital display that always shows you the inside temperature. In the leftmost button, you can change the display between centigrade and Fahrenheit.
You can adjust the temperature at any time by pressing the up and down button. During the adjustment, the display will show you the set temperature instead of the interior temperature. It ranges from 40 degrees F to 66 degrees F.
You can turn on the light by pressing the rightmost button. It will illuminate inside clearly for you to find the wines in any dark environment.
There is a lock on the bottom. It’s a good habit to lock the cooler all day especially you have kids. They may always play with the door, open and close, open and close. This will make the interior temperature become unstable and keep the compressor running.
It may affect the quality of your wine and the bill may increase.
The door features a tinted double-paned to protect your wines from UV and sunlight so the wines can keep in the best condition.
It’s reversible. You can adjust the hinge to fit the layout of your space to become a part of the nice decoration.
It has 6 adjustable beech wood shelves for you to hold up to 19 standard 750mL wine bottles at one time.
How To Choose The Best Built-In Wine Cellars
I believe to go through the different specifications of the wine cooler will make you more easily understand the differences of the cooler.
You have to know all the stated capacity is based on the size of the 750mL standard wine bottle. If you want to store a larger bottle, you can simply remove the shelf but the total capacity will also decrease.
The smaller cooler I see can hold 18 bottles. The biggest can hold 172.
Before you make a decision, you have to know how many wines you have to store in the cooler. Otherwise, what you buy will be either too small or too big.
Type Of Handle
As I see in the market, there are 4 kinds of handle.
- Recessed handle
- Towel bar handle
- Curved handle
- Flat bar handle
You can choose it according to your personal preference to blend with your surrounding decoration.
Most of the door is reversible. You can change the orientation at any time. But, if your cooler is very big, I suggest do it with 2 people because the door will be very heavy. It’s hard to change by only 1 person. I suggest do it as safe as possible.
It will show you the temperature all the time. You can observe the temperature to know the cooler is functions properly or not.
If you see the temperature is fluctuation frequently, the reasons may be the door is not closed properly or the compressor cannot function properly.
Frequently open the door will affect the stability of the temperature. Then it will affect the wines. If you have kids, they may always play with the door, open and close.
Therefore, always lock the door is a good idea. It can also prevent anyone accesses your wines without permission.
Control Panel Lock
If the panel can lock, it can prevent the temperature adjusted accidentally.
You can slide the shelf in and out smoothly to access your wines easily.
There are two kinds of dual-zone
- Upper zone and lower zone
- Left zone and right zone
The second one will use the French door design. It looks nice and elegant so I like this style more.
Type Of Shelves
It’s either a wire shelf or a wooden shelf.
Stopper On The Shelf
In the end, I think most of you already know how to choose the most suitable wine cooler for you or for your family.
If you are new or don’t want to spend too much, I suggest buying a small one first. if it can fulfill your requirements, you can buy the high-end wine cooler.
In my opinion, you have to know what kind of wine you always enjoy. If your wine has some specific requirements for the temperature, then I think it’s better to buy a dual-zone. Otherwise, it can fulfill you.
Actually, the price of built-in wine cooler is expensive than a freestanding wine cooler, if you want to know more about that, please read the following post
Other than the wine cooler, I have created some post about a different kind of fridge, please read the following post to know more.
- 15 Best Electric Beverage Coolers
- 15 Best Portable Freezers (you can use as a fridge or freezer)
- 15 Best Portable Mini Refrigerators
- 15 Best Compact Refrigerators
I hope my post is helpful for everyone to make the best decision. If you have any questions, opinions, or opinions, please leave them below. I’d love to hear that.