Best wine fridge: 5 brilliant buys for wine lovers

Looking for the best wine fridge to take your home wine storage to the next level? Take a look at our pick of the best buys

Best Wine fridge
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It's the time of year when shopping for the best wine fridge for a kitchen, utility, bedroom(?) becomes a thing. It doesn’t matter if you like red, sparkling, a nice chilled white, or all three – for anyone who takes their wine seriously – a home wine fridge is certainly something to consider – and, with Black Friday and Boxing Day sales never far off, now's a good time to get a great deal. It might seem like an indulgence, but with countertop models on the market for under £100, the optimal bottle is more accessible than you think.

We review the best wine fridges at the best prices below. For all the best fridge freezer deals, don't miss our dedicated page.

How to buy the best wine fridge

They're not for laying down wine

It’s worth noting that wine fridges aren’t intended for long-term storage – a specialist wine cabinet or cellar is far more suitable if you’re particularly serious about collecting – but rather for keeping a select few bottles to hand.

How much space do you have?

After budget, the next big thing to consider is your kitchen’s layout. If you have a large kitchen with space to spare, a freestanding full-height wine fridge looks very striking and has a larger capacity than an under-the-counter model, ideal for serious wine-drinkers who like to keep a variety of bottles to hand. Under-counter fridges, meanwhile, often come in slimline designs specifically made to meet space concerns, making them suited to small modern flats and crowded kitchens.

Think temperature zones

Finally, for maximum versatility, you may want to look for a wine fridge with more than one temperature zone, which means you can meet the needs of two or more different types of wine at once using targeted climate control. As with many things, the more zones a fridge features, the higher price it can command, so we’ve included a mix of one- and two-zoned fridges in our buying guide to suit a range of budgets.

Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle Wine Cooler

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1. Russell Hobbs 46 Bottle Wine Cooler

Best under-counter wine fridge

Specifications
Best for: Best overall buy
Temperature zones: 2
Storage: 46 bottles
Reasons to buy
+Can be freestanding or integrated+Two temperature zones
Reasons to avoid
-There's a slight humming noise when on

With two temperature zones and impressive storage this under-counter wine fridge from Russell Hobbs allows you to do just that. Certainly one for the wine enthusiast, this sleek fridge has six shelves and an interior light for easier viewing, as well as an LED temperature control allowing you to store your favourite beverages in five to 22 degrees. The dual temperature zones mean you can keep reds and whites in the same cabinet, and with room to store up to 46 bottles, your kitchen will be dinner-party ready. 

2. Husky HN6 Slim Line Wine Cooler

Best slimline wine cooler

Specifications
Best for: Small kitchens
Temperature zones: 1
Storage: 12 bottles
Reasons to buy
+Sleek and compact+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-Capacity is quite small 

This slim wine cooler is compact and quiet enough to fit into a small kitchen, but stylish enough to be a talking point, should you wish. It has an interior light and elegantly curved glass door, so that you can keep an eye on your collection (and show it off to your guests) and simple touch controls to easily adjust the temperature. A very good buy for kitchens on the small side, and for a reasonable price, too. 

3. Fisher & Paykel RF306RDWX1

Best tall wine fridge

Specifications
Best for: Ventilation
Temperature zones: 2
Storage: 127 bottles
Reasons to buy
+Striking full-length design+Phenomenal capacity and protection
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey 

With the widest range of temperatures on our list, and an incredibly generous 127-bottle capacity, this Fisher & Paykel wine fridge is one for the serious connoisseur. The full-length freestanding design and solid oak shelves make a real statement, and the internal LED lighting and de-misting tempered glass door keep your favourite bottles on show. Above all, this fridge is our best for protecting your investment, with fan-assisted ventilation to minimise musty smells and keep humidity at bay, and UV glass door. 

4. Russell Hobbs RH8WC1

Best countertop wine fridge

Specifications
Best for: Worktops
Temperature zones: 1
Storage: 8 bottles
Reasons to buy
+No remodelling and not much space required+Very efficient and excellent value
Reasons to avoid
-Only stores eight bottles at once 

This compact countertop wine cooler is the perfect solution for small kitchens that don’t have any under-counter space to spare. It stores eight bottles of wine at temperatures up to 18 degrees in its secure contoured shelves, and is energy- as well as space-efficient, with a rating of A++ that’s very impressive for the price. Overall, it isn’t the most luxurious in terms of looks and construction, but it’s sleek and modern all the same, and an excellent entry-level wine fridge. 

5. CDA FWC603SS

Best looking wine fridge

Specifications
Best for: Inexpensive under-counter
Temperature zones: 2
Storage: 46 bottles
Reasons to buy
+Looks very sleek+Two temperature zones
Reasons to avoid
-Only fits standard bottles 

This CDA fridge is a superbly good buy if you’re looking for an under-counter wine cooler that won’t break the bank. It looks very much more expensive than its middling price point, its robust slide-out wooden shelves and smoked UV-resistant glass an especially pleasant departure from the usual designs, and the two temperature zones are especially impressive for the relatively low cost. For impressive performance in a stylish package, consider this luxurious little fridge, but note that you’ll have to do some rejigging of shelves to fit Champagne and other large bottles. 

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