Here Are The Top 10 Best Under-counter Wine Coolers As Of August, 2019
Under-counter wine coolers are probably the most chic way to add a wine fridge to your kitchen. Inherently built-in under your kitchen counter they generally look sober yet classy, often using brushed stainless, amber glass doors, seamless handles and chrome trimmings
This list catalogs under-counter models in a variety of styles and form factors: Some are as narrow as 10-inch wide, to fit kitchens cabinets already cluttered by the dishwasher and the kitchen range, while others smartly separate white and red wines with french doors that give them a stylish boost. And, of course, some models make it a point to ostensibly display your most extravagant bottles using special inclined shelves.
All the under-the-counter models shown here are shorter than 36 inches so they can be built-in under standard kitchen counters, but at least 31-inch high. to look like a right fit. They must also feature front ventilation and be described by their manufacturer as made for built-in use.
Still, a majority of this 4-star model's reviews are on the commendatory side. A lot of the 86 reviews that our system has scanned and analyzed paint a picture of the KRC-18SZB as a slimline under-counter wine cooler that's able to maintain stable temperatures while keeping a relatively-quiet profile. Design-wise, its appearance is generally-regarded to be tasteful, and its interior lighting and shelves have also received compliments. A user also pointed out that the controls were ((Q))very easy to use,((Q)) but information from Kalamera doesn't seem to reveal anything about its control buttons which are out of the ordinary.
Its design, however, is not perfect. For a 12-inch slimline wine cooler -- which are made for smaller spaces under the counter -- it doesn't come with a flat power plug, which means that the unit has a tendency to stick out of the counter, given the clearance that has to be left at the back for the standard plug. This is remedied, of course, by using extension cords or flat adapters, but for a built-in wine refrigerator, it still feels like a design flaw.
In the end, the KRC-18SZB still appears to impress most of its buyers, therefore landing the label Alphachooser's second best under-counter wine cooler 2019 in this subcategory.
Room for 18 (750ml Bordeaux) bottles
6 Wooden, Slide-out shelves
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Room for 29 bottles
5 Adjustable shelves
Amzchef JC-85A Built In Wine Cooler
Room for 31 bottles
A 2-year warranty
This under-counter wine fridge also earns a pat on the back from many reviewers for its ability to cool beverages quickly and keep the temperatures on its two zones fairly stable. Consumers also generally describe their units as attractive-looking and well-made enough to act as a freestanding unit. To top it up, the NewAir AWR-290DB's door hinge can be transferred onto either the left or right side, which should be a good thing for people with constraints in this department. However, reviewers have also pointed out that the NewAir logo would be upside down when the door is attached for a right-hand opening -- unless you settle for saying you just bought a ((Q))Riawen((Q)) wine cooler and impress the snobs?
Many of the less-than-satisfied customers claim that this built in wine cooler does not actually hold 29 bottles of wine -- a common complaint about under-counter wine refrigerators which tend to have very optimistic bottle counts, so just be aware that your mileage will vary. Moreover, the not-too-unfamiliar protests about too-tight shelves also made an appearance among this 4-star model's reviews.
This 15-inch wine fridge nonetheless has more fans than critics, ending up as an Alphachooser good choice under-the-counter wine cooler in our database.
NewAir AWR-290DB Under-counter Wine Cooler
However, some have mentioned that it made more noise than they were expecting, but noted that the sound level was still within the acceptable threshold. A very unfortunate few have reported hearing weird noises from this under-counter model after several weeks or months of operation, but fortunately encountering lemons such as these could be remedied by the warranty. Unsurprisingly, there were also the all-too-familiar reports of the wine cooler not accommodating larger or wider bottles (like those used for champagne), but again, this is not uncommon among many modern wine fridges.
The Whirlpool WUW35X24DS impressed so many people that, in spite of having a few unfavorable reviews, it still ended up as an Alphachooser good choice in this list.
Whirlpool WUW35X24DS Built In Wine Cooler
Glowing reviews on Amazon describe the product as ((Q))extremely quiet((Q)), with a lot of buyers also praising its design -- not only its sophisticated looks (that enables this 24-inch model to act as a freestanding unit, as well), but also how ((Q))smooth-gliding((Q)) its shelves are and the ((Q))solid feel((Q)) of its door. The option to avail either a left hinge or a right hinge version also gives this under-the-counter unit added flexibility, on top of the two handle types (towel bar type and a curved handle) that are already included with every unit.
Since it features a digital display and a thermostat, we assume this model poses as a suitable option for the extra-particular wine connoisseur. Most reviewers report that the temperature consistency is good, while an unfortunate few claim that the thermostat reading on their respective coolers is actually off by a few degrees. Some even more unfortunate folks report receiving dented units, but this should be covered by the warranty, anyway.
A more consistent ((Q))flaw((Q)) would be the closeness of some of the shelves. Several reviewers pointed out that sliding out a shelf resulted to scraped-off labels on some bottles, thus ruining the bottle presentation -- a real bummer, we imagine, unless you care more about what is inside than the outside.
That being said, our review crawler relies accurately on review averages from multiple sources and, want it or not, profiled the Allavino FlexCount VSWR56-1SSLN as a runner-up in our comprehensive database of built-in wine coolers.
Allavino FlexCount VSWR56-1SSLN Under-counter Wine Cooler
Numerous reports indicate that this under-the-counter wine fridge excellently maintains steady temperature. Although the temperature gauge has been widely-reported to be off by a few degrees, the coldness inside the unit purportedly does not demonstrate fluctuations. Furthermore, the VSWR56-1SSRN has earned massive approval for its looks, where the option to install either a towel bar handle or a curved handle supplements the already-stylish exterior. With its metal and glass finishing, it's not hard to imagine how this 24-inch unit can fit harmoniously with many kitchen designs, even as a freestanding wine cooler.
A number of reviews also lauded this built-in model for being quiet, but there are also buyers that complained about its noise. As such, the issue about its sound levels remains subjective, since wine coolers unfortunately don't come with noise ratings.
While its shelves seem to be generally-regarded as sturdy and nice-looking, complaints about them not sliding far enough cropped up every once in a while. This has made reading labels on the back-facing bottles challenging for some buyers.
These appear to be valid complaints, but considering that its 5-star reviews outnumber the more critical ones, this Allavino under-counter wine cooler has unsurprisingly ended up as the top 10 model in our ranking.
A 40-bottle capacity
Room for 42 bottles
A 1-year warranty
More under-counter wine coolers, sorted by the latest model first:
Room for 33 bottles
A 1 (3 years for the compressor)-year warranty
A 26-bottle capacity
6 Slide-out shelves
Room for 30 bottles
A 1 (Warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship)-year warranty
Room for 40 bottles
A 1 (For labor, 2-year for parts)-year warranty
Room for 18 bottles
5 Removable, Chrome wire shelves
Room for 54 bottles
Room for 46 (16 in the top zone and 30 in the bottom one) bottles
Room for 21 bottles
A 1 (five years for the compressor)-year warranty
Room for 66 bottles
14 Pull-out with door stoppers, Chrome-coated wire with wooden fronts shelves
A 28 (In the left zone)-bottle capacity
A 1 (for parts and labor, 5 for the compressor)-year warranty
Many of the authors of the reviews that our system has analyzed praised this 7-bottle built-in model for -- you guessed it -- fitting nicely into narrow under-counter spaces without any problem. Its buyers greatly appreciate it for its design and ((Q))good quality materials((Q)), as well -- no surprise there, as the combo of a metal exterior and blue interior lighting appears to be a tried-and-tested formula for most wine coolers that are fighting for a space in modern kitchens. Additionally, it gets props for being quiet.
On the other hand, this under-the-counter slimline wine cooler apparently cannot accommodate longer-than-average wine bottles. Now, complaints about how thicker wine and champagne bottles have difficulty fitting in is a familiar issue with many wine coolers, but the CWR70SZ's criticisms revolve around lack of depth, instead of width. If this was an extra measure that EdgeStar has undertaken to be more compact, or if it's simply a design flaw, no one can tell. But as a 6-inch model, it certainly earns brownie points if your kitchen space is extra limited.
Even with this criticism, the EdgeStar CWR70SZ's reviews are mostly-positive. However, the fact remains that it probably would've fared better in our list without the said limitation.
Room for 7 bottles
Despite this above-mentioned limitation, most of its consumers seem to be nonetheless pleased with this under-counter wine cooler, achieving a (rating temporarily unavailable) stars rating across the reviews that were surveyed and averaged out by our system. Many reviews laud it for being quiet, and the fact that two door handle types are included with each unit seem to be largelyappreciated. Even though it's marketed as a built-in model, buyers have noted that its ((Q))clean-looking((Q)) and ((Q))absolutely beautiful((Q)) design enables it to act as a freestanding unit, as well. But then again, there's the issue of closely-spaced shelves that's not uncommon in many under-the-counter wine coolers. This 24-inch model is not immune to complaints about scratched-out labels brought about by tight spaces on its middle shelves.
The Allavino VSWR56-2SSLN has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the bad points seem to have affected its chances, preventing it from bagging a spot on our best under-counter wine coolers list.
Room for 36 (three per shelf, 18 per zone) bottles
12 Metal with wood slats, Slide-out shelves
10 (The beverage shelves have a textured surface to prevent cans from sliding) Metal with wood slats, Slide-out shelves
A 1 (Manufacturer offers second through fifth year limited warranty on cavity liner and sealed refrigeration system)-year warranty
A 30 (KingsBottle also states that the cooler can carry up to 28 bottles)-bottle capacity
A 2 (parts and labor)-year warranty
A 1 (Limited to parts and labor)-year warranty
Room for 34 (can be a mix of wine and craft beer) capacity bottles
Room for 46 (16 in the upper zone and 30 in the lower storage) bottles
A 1 (five years for the refrigeration system)-year warranty
A 1 (5 on the sealed compressor system)-year warranty
The majority of the customer feedback that we have read claim that the NewAir AWB-360DB does a great job at cooling their beverages and keeping the temperature stable. Its shelves are also reportedly smooth-sliding and well-designed. The common compliments go on, with much emphasis given on its stylish design and on the security locks on both doors.
On the other hand, a considerable number of buyers have expressed their grievance about this under-counter wine cooler's noise level. Many of these buyers have claimed that their units were a lot noisier than they had expected, even though the wine fridge operates under the counter. One user also made a remark saying that the AWB-360DB produces too much condensation, which lessens its attractiveness.
This Allavino contender lost its chance of being in the Top 10 best under-counter wine coolers, probably due to the aforementioned flaws. But in the end, it's just a matter of deciding whether its cons make it such a huge no-no, or if they can be excused for the sake of being able to enjoy its good points.
A 1 (in-home service and repair)-year warranty
On the other edge of the spectrum, several buyers have noted that this built in wine cooler tends to deviate from the set temperature by a few degrees. Now, whether this is an acceptable flaw remains to be a subjective topic. Moreover, there have been reviews which say that the shelves can be a bit difficult to work with -- although these reviews make up a minute portion of the (rating temporarily unavailable)-star NewAir AWR-520SB's total reviews.
Considering that a considerable chunk of its customer reviews are positive, the AWR-520SB certainly still has the appeal of a respectable model -- but it's got to be more than that to deserve a spot in our list of the top 10 under-counter wine coolers.
Room for 52 bottles
A 53 (The beverage cooler side's capacity is 148)-bottle capacity
A 1 (Limited to defects in materials and workmanship)-year warranty
Room for 26 bottles
Room for 54 (750-ml) bottles
A 1 (five years for the compressor and other cooling parts)-year warranty
Room for 17 bottles
Additionally, customers have noted that it works well and operates fairly quietly in spite of having a compression refrigeration system. Although some buyers have reported that it deviates slightly from the set temperature, they are quick to note that it's nothing that greatly hinders this under-counter wine cooler from doing its job. Many people have also complimented it for being well-designed -- its sleek physical appearance has obviously gained it a lot of fans.
On the other hand, some buyers have knocked a star off its rating because apparently, it's ((Q))a little snug((Q)) for its advertised capacity of 18 bottles. Fitting in the said number of wines is possible, but the shelves are pretty close to each other, which means that having bottles which may be longer or wider than the standard can reduce the capacity. However, the reviewers who took offense because of this said issue are greatly outnumbered by those who are satisified with the EdgeStar CWR181SZ.
This under-counter wine cooler seems to have performed well enough to earn such a promising reputation, but perhaps it needs the approval of a lot more people (at least compared to its rivals) in order for it to earn a spot in this list of the top 10 models.
A 19 (In standard 750-ml wine bottles, the top shelf can accommodate up to 3 bottles (two if the humidifying tray is installed), up to three bottles in the second shelf, and up to four bottles in the bottom shelf)-bottle capacity