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The 10 Best Wine Coolers - May 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every wine cooler on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 332 wine coolers, 21 reviews and 1,470 prices. Last updated 26 May 2017.

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CVI318XS
#1 in Wine Coolers

Smeg CVI318XS

  • Low-priced
  • Running costs are low
  • Only released three months ago
Built-in
1
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £1,149.00
    Appliances Direct
    Save £150.00 (12%)
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WKR3211
#2 in Wine Coolers

Liebherr WKR3211

  • Low running costs
  • Has a temperature alarm
  • Has a reversible doors
Grey
Free­standing
1
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £949.99
    Carters Direct
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  • More shops: 3
  • £999.00 Deals4U
BWC885BGL
#3 in Wine Coolers

Baumatic BWC885BGL

  • Has a reversible doors
  • Very quiet noise level
Red
Built-in
2
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £579.00
    ao
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  • More shops: 3
  • £599.00 Boots Kitchen Appliances
  • £599.00 Next Domestic Appliances
WI6120
#4 in Wine Coolers

Caple WI6120

  • Running costs are low
  • Has an anti-vibration system
  • Pricey
Stainless Steel
Built-in
1
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £555.00
    Kitchenappliances123
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WKR4211
#5 in Wine Coolers

Liebherr WKR4211

  • Has a temperature alarm
  • Has a reversible doors
Grey
Free­standing
1
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £999.99
    Carters Direct
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  • More shops: 3
  • £1,100.00 Deals4U
FWV901
#6 in Wine Coolers

CDA FWV901

  • Has a door open alarm
  • Has a humidifier function
  • Has a reversible doors
Black
Built-in
2
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £539.99
    Carters Direct
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  • More shops: 4
  • £549.00 Appliance City
  • £559.97 Appliances Direct
FWC623
#7 in Wine Coolers

CDA FWC623

  • Has a temperature alarm
  • 11 shelves
  • Very small bottles capacity
Black
Free­standing
2
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £514.00
    Appliances Direct
    Save £14.99 (3%)
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  • More shops: 16
  • £529.00 Appliance City
  • £539.00 Amazon UK
WTR4211
#8 in Wine Coolers

Liebherr WTR4211

  • Quite big bottles capacity
  • Has a temperature alarm
  • Has a reversible doors
Grey
Free­standing
1
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £1,149.99
    Carters Direct
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  • More shops: 3
  • £1,300.00 Deals4U
FWC603
#9 in Wine Coolers

CDA FWC603

  • Reasonably priced
  • Low running costs
  • A best selling product
Black
Free­standing
2
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £477.99
    Ship it appliances
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  • More shops: 12
  • £488.00 Amazon UK
  • £499.00 Currys
WKEgb 582 GrandCru
#10 in Wine Coolers

Liebherr WKEgb 582 GrandCru

  • Has an audible alarm(s)
  • Just released seven months ago
  • Has a filtering system
Grey
Built-in
1
Colours
Case Design
Temperature Zones
  • £1,599.00
    Cookers And Ovens
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Wine Cooler Buying Guide

A wine cooler is a specialist fridge specifically designed for storing wine bottles, to allow them to be stored safely at the optimal temperature. They are a step up from a bottle store in your fridge - if you find your bottle collection taking over much of the fridge, or if you want your wine cooled to a very specific temperature, it may be time to invest in one of these appliances.

Wine coolers vary dramatically in their bottle capacity, and how much wine you want to store at once will large dictate your buying choice. Our coolers range from very small 2-bottle coolers - effectively very efficient ice buckets - to enormous cabinets that can hold 300 bottles at once.

Coolers also vary enormously in their shape and the number of shelves/baskets they contain - some will allow wine to be stacked closely on top of each other for maximum storage room, others concentrate on less storage, but display the bottles in a more aesthetically pleasing way.

Temperature Control

One of the biggest benefit of a specialised wine cooler is that you can set the temperature to whatever you want - allowing you to keep your wine stored at a different temperature than the rest of your food in the fridge. This is helpful, because certain types of wine favour different temperature ranges, both for storing and drinking.

More advanced (and therefore, expensive) wine coolers also have separate temperature zones. You can set the temperatures in these zones independently of each other, allowing even more flexibility in storing your wine.

The top-range coolers may even have a humidifier unit installed - this allows a high degree of control as to the storage humidity for your bottles. Humidity control is important to keep expensive wines in top condition for long periods of time: too much humidity, and mold may form on the bottles. On the other hand, too little humidity could cause the corks of your bottles to dry out. While humidity control may substantially increase the price of a wine cooler, it may be worth the extra investment if your wine collection is particularly rare and expensive.

Built In Freezer

Some wine coolers also have a separate freezer section - this can be helpful for storing ice and whiskey cubes to chill the wine while you drink it, or a sneaky carton of ice-cream!

Alarm System

Higher-tier wine coolers may have an alarm system - either a visual or aural alarm that goes off when the temperature strays outside it’s set boundaries. This can be very helpful for warning you if the door is ajar, there is a power failure, or some other problem that could threaten the climate of your cooler.

Energy Efficiency

Finally, our wine coolers are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used while the cooler is running, and the cheaper it will be to run. Look for a wine cooler graded at A or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Wine Cooler Retailers, Prices and Features

Cooler Prices

In total we found 97 wine coolers ranging from £0 to £4,594. The average price of a new wine cooler is £636 and 80% of coolers are priced between £0 and £1,657. The Miele KWT 6834 SGS is the most expensive cooler that we found at £4,594, and the Vinosphere VN28C is the cheapest at only £0.

Cooler Brands - Price Range

Miele wine coolers range in price from £1,770 to £4,594, and the highest average cooler price out of all brands is Miele wine coolers with an average price of £2,926.

Smeg wine coolers range in price from £1,149 to £1,899, and the second highest average wine cooler price out of all brands is Smeg wine coolers with an average price of £1,532.

The average price of Liebherr coolers is £1,337 which is the third highest average price of all cooler brands. Liebherr coolers start at £0 and the most expensive Liebherr cooler costs £2,499.

Cooler Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 15 user wine cooler reviews and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of wine cooler. The top rated cooler brand is Siemens with an average rating of 0%. The second best brand is Bar Craft with 0% and the third best brand is Neff with 0%.

Biggest Wine Cooler Retailers

We found 28 current offers for wine coolers from Currys making it the biggest wine cooler retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Buywise for whom we found 18 current offers for wine coolers. The third biggest retailer is Cookers And Ovens with 11 current wine cooler offers.

When Are Most New Wine Coolers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new coolers. Last year most new coolers were released in April, with 10 new coolers released that month. In July 2015 28 new coolers were released making it the biggest month that year for new cooler releases. July was also the biggest month in 2014 for new coolers, with 19 new coolers released that month.

How Fast Do Wine Cooler Prices Drop After Release?

On average wine coolers drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new cooler costing £617, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £16.

Temperature Zones

Across the range of wine coolers, the temperature zones range from 1 to 3. The temperature zones of the majority of wine coolers range from 1 to 2. The MieleKWT6322 has the most temperature zone. This cooler is a 3 temperature zone wine cooler and is priced at £2,199.00. The MieleKWT6322, which is priced at £1,249.00, has the least temperature zone and is a 1 temperature zone cooler.

Bottles Capacities

Across the range of wine coolers, the bottles capacities range from 1bottle(s) to 592bottle(s). The bottles capacities of the majority of coolers range from 1bottle(s) to 34bottle(s). The wine cooler with the biggest bottles capacity is the CapleWF1548, which is a 592bottle(s) Bottles capacity wine cooler and can be purchased for £0.00. The CapleWF1548 has the smallest bottles capacity. This wine cooler is a 1bottle(s) Bottles capacity cooler and is on sale for £28.95.

Biggest Cooler Retailers

The biggest cooler retailer by number of products currently for sale is Currys. We found 28 current cooler offers from Currys. The second biggest cooler retailer is Buywise with 18 offers. That means Currys is much bigger than Buywise when it comes to coolers. Cookers And Ovens is the third biggest retailer with 11 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Wine Coolers?

With the cheapest price on 17 wine coolers, Currys is most frequently the cheapest cooler retailer.

Proportion of Wine Coolers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on coolers is Currys and offers the cheapest price on 60.7% of its coolers.

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