The best wine fridges

If you’re looking to take your home wine storage to the next level, a wine fridge is an excellent way to do it; whether you’d like a free-standing statement maker or a sleek under-counter space-saver is up to you

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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. 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.

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 for short-term use, for example if you are hosting over the holidays, or planning a dinner party with meticulously paired wines.

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.

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 list to suit a range of budgets.

1. Haier 50 Bottle Under Counter Wine Cooler

Our best all-round wine fridge, with two temperature zones and impressive storage

Specifications
Best for: Best overall buy
Temperature zones: 2
Storage: 50 bottles
Reasons to buy
+Offers great protection+Two temperature zones
Reasons to avoid
-On the expensive side 

Everyone wants to enjoy their wine at its very best, and this under-counter cooler from Haier allows you to do just that. Certainly one for the wine enthusiast, this fridge’s UV-resistant glass keeps out potentially damaging sunlight, while the anti-vibration system and soft-close door keep disturbance to a minimum, and the carbon filter banishes humidity. The dual temperature zones mean you can keep reds and whites in the same cabinet, and with room to store up to 50 bottles, your kitchen will be dinner-party ready. 

2. Husky HN6 Slim Line Wine Cooler

A dinky little fridge that can blend in or show off, depending on your mood

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 smaller kitchens, 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

A protective and fully-featured fridge that keeps damaging elements away from your wine

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

An excellent, budget-friendly introduction to proper home wine storage

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

This under-counter wine fridge combines high-end looks with a reasonable price tag

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.