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Top 10 Best Wine Coolers in the UK 2021 (Miele, Kalamera and More)

If you’re at the point now where you can confidently tell a Merlot from a Malbec and you’re recognising the names of the vineyards that produce your wine, we think you’ve eclipsed the stage of a casual wine drinker. In fact, it looks like you’re well on your way to becoming a bonafide connoisseur!


To make sure this ever-growing collection is in good hands, you’re going to need a reliable cooler. Just like the wines you drink, there are nuances that one should be familiar with when buying a rehydration station. So, to help out, we’ve compiled all the information you'll need into a simple guide and list of our favourite products to buy from sites like John Lewis, Argos and Amazon. 

  • Last updated: 13-01-2021
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How to Choose a Wine Cooler in the UK – Buying Guide

While it initially may seem like a simple purchase, there are still many subtleties to consider when buying a wine cooler. In this section, we’ll take a look at the most critical features to think about and compare.

Choose Between a Built-In Cabinet or a Freestanding Cooler Depending on the Space Available

The first choice comes down to how much room you have in your kitchen. Do you have the capacity to hold another appliance? If so, you could opt for a freestanding cooler. Or would you prefer it to be integrated to save floor space?

Freestanding Models Often Have a Large Capacity

Freestanding Models Often Have a Large Capacity

Freestanding wine coolers are the most readily available, and usually the cheapest option. They can be placed anywhere in the house and, as they’re freestanding, they are capable of being wider and taller and therefore often have a higher capacity.


Although they can be placed anywhere you desire, it is worth putting them somewhere where the outside temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much, as you would with a standard refrigerator. 

Integrated Coolers Are Ideal for Those With Small Spaces

Integrated Coolers Are Ideal for Those With Small Spaces

The biggest advantage of integrated coolers is that they're great for homes where space is at a premium as they can be slid underneath countertops or built into cabinets. This look also provides a neat and streamlined finish to a style-conscious kitchen.


The downside is that they usually come with pretty standard dimensions, so you’ll have to make sure they fit the spot you would like to install them in. Also, due to this, they can be limited in their capacity and often store fewer bottles than freestanding models.

Make Sure the Temperature Range Can Accommodate Your Favourite Wines

Make Sure the Temperature Range Can Accommodate Your Favourite Wines

When it comes to wines, they need taking care of! If you store them in a place where the temperature is too warm, you could end up ageing them too quickly, resulting in a loss of aroma and flavour. Conversely, if it's too cold, the wine can freeze which in turn can push out the cork.


For these reasons, you must identify what types of wine you want to be storing and at what temperatures they require. If you like to mix it up with different styles of wine, then you’re going to need a cooler that has a good range of temperatures.


Ideally, your purchase should work between 7°C–18°C, as this is flexible enough to work well for whites, rosés, and reds. If you also want to store champagne, then look for a product with an even lower minimum temperature.

Consider Multiple Temperature Zones for Greater Flexibility

Consider Multiple Temperature Zones for Greater Flexibility

Another question to pose is how many temperature zones you need. The answer to this will depend on what you plan on using your cooler for: serving, storage, or both. 


If you particularly favour one type of wine and you want to keep your bottles at a constant temperature, be that either for storage or serving, then a single-zone cooler will do the job adequately. 


If your collection includes different variations of reds and whites, you’ll require a dual-zone cooler. They are more expensive but will provide you with a much more adaptable appliance – for example, if you want to store a red whilst having a white ready to serve, this won't be a problem.

Light Is the Enemy of Wine – Look for Protection

Light Is the Enemy of Wine – Look for Protection

Light could rightly be considered wine’s natural adversary. This is because UV rays can prematurely age wine, hence why most companies use dark or coloured bottles to protect their product. 


To avoid this, you’ll want to check that the door of your purchase (if it is see-through or glass) is UV protected


Also, while bulbs won’t age the wine, they could potentially fade the labels, something no good collector wants to happen. To sidestep this issue, look for a device that uses LED bulbs.

Choose the Capacity Based on How Much Wine You Like to Have on Hand

Choose the Capacity Based on How Much Wine You Like to Have on Hand

Finally, you’ll want to consider the capacity of your wine cooler. Choosing a cooler that you outgrow quickly will be frustrating and a waste of money. Equally, picking one that is bigger than your needs will force it to work harder to cool empty space, hiking up those electricity bills.


To find what is right for you, consider your wine collection and how many bottles you have on hand at any given time. Then, add between 25 and 50% depending on how much more you would like your collection to grow.

Top 10 Best Wine Coolers in the UK

Now you know the advantages and disadvantages of each style of cooler, and hopefully which will work best for your space, it's time to choose your match. Here, in ranking order, are the top 10 best wine coolers in the UK!

10

MieleIntegrated Wine Cabinet

KWT6322UG

£3,199.00

Freestanding/ IntegratedIntegrated
Temperature Range5-20°C
Temperature ZonesDual
UV DoorYes
Inside LightingLED
Capacity34 bottles
9

HuskyReflections Drinks Cooler

HUS-HN6

£139.99

Freestanding/ IntegratedFreestanding
Temperature Range8-18 °C
Temperature ZonesSingle
UV Door-
Inside LightingYes (bulbs unknown)
Capacity12 bottles
8

John Lewis & PartnersUnder Counter Wine Cooler

JLWF608

£899.00

Freestanding/ IntegratedEither
Temperature Range5-16°C
Temperature ZonesDual
UV DoorYes
Inside LightingLED
Capacity38 bottles
7

KlarsteinVivo Wine Cellar

HEA3

£349.99

Freestanding/ IntegratedFreestanding
Temperature Range5-18 °C
Temperature ZonesSingle
UV Door-
Inside LightingLED
Capacity26 bottles
6

Kalamera Silent Wine Fridge

KR-12A2E

£129.98

Freestanding/ IntegratedFreestanding
Temperature Range10-18 °C
Temperature ZonesSingle
UV DoorYes
Inside LightingLED
Capacity12 bottles
5

Russell HobbsFreestanding Wine Cooler

RH34WC1

£289.99

Freestanding/ IntegratedFreestanding
Temperature Range5-18 °C
Temperature ZonesSingle
UV Door-
Inside LightingYes (bulbs unknown)
Capacity34 bottles
4

CookologyFreestanding Undercounter Fridge Cabinet

CWC301BK

£319.99

Freestanding/ IntegratedEither
Temperature Range5-20°C
Temperature ZonesSingle
UV DoorYes
Inside LightingLED
Capacity20 bottles
3

BushDual Zone Wine Cooler

WDZ46

£329.99

Freestanding/ IntegratedFreestanding
Temperature Range4-22°C
Temperature ZonesDual
UV Door-
Inside LightingYes (bulb unknown)
Capacity46 bottles
2

SubcoldViva16 Tabletop Wine Fridge

VIVA16LED-BL

£159.99

Freestanding/ IntegratedFreestanding
Temperature Range3-18 °C
Temperature ZonesSingle
UV Door-
Inside LightingLED
Capacity16 bottles
1

KlarsteinVinesse Wine Fridge Cooler

10027674

£249.99

Freestanding/ IntegratedEither
Temperature Range8-18 °C
Temperature ZonesDual
UV DoorYes
Inside LightingLED
Capacity18 bottles

Compare the Best Wine Coolers

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1
Klarstein Vinesse Wine Fridge Cooler 1

Klarstein

2
Subcold Viva16 Tabletop Wine Fridge 1

Subcold

3
Bush Dual Zone Wine Cooler 1

Bush

4
Cookology Freestanding Undercounter Fridge Cabinet 1

Cookology

5
Russell Hobbs Freestanding Wine Cooler 1

Russell Hobbs

6
Kalamera  Silent Wine Fridge  1

Kalamera

7
Klarstein Vivo Wine Cellar 1

Klarstein

8
John Lewis & Partners Under Counter Wine Cooler 1

John Lewis & Partners

9
Husky Reflections Drinks Cooler 1

Husky

10
Miele Integrated Wine Cabinet 1

Miele

Name

Vinesse Wine Fridge Cooler

Viva16 Tabletop Wine Fridge

Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Freestanding Undercounter Fridge Cabinet

Freestanding Wine Cooler

Silent Wine Fridge

Vivo Wine Cellar

Under Counter Wine Cooler

Reflections Drinks Cooler

Integrated Wine Cabinet

Features

An Absolute All-Star All-Rounder

As Cool as a Cucumber

For the Enthusiasts Whose Thirst Can't Be Quenched

A Classy Wine Cooler That Can Home Any Style of Wine

Save Yourself Some Serious Fridge Space With This Cooler

A Cooler for Those Who Want to Drink and Not Collect

Chic Stainless Steel to Complement Kitchens With Natural Woods

A Big Capacity to Fit All Your Favourites

Taste the Future With This Contemporary Reflective Design

Utilise Remote Control Technology With This Advanced Cooler

Price£249.99£159.99£329.99£319.99£289.99£129.98£349.99£899.00£139.99£3,199.00
Freestanding/ IntegratedEitherFreestandingFreestandingEitherFreestandingFreestandingFreestandingEitherFreestandingIntegrated
Temperature Range8-18 °C 3-18 °C 4-22°C 5-20°C 5-18 °C 10-18 °C 5-18 °C 5-16°C 8-18 °C 5-20°C
Temperature ZonesDual SingleDual SingleSingleSingleSingleDualSingleDual
UV DoorYes--Yes-Yes-Yes-Yes
Inside LightingLEDLEDYes (bulb unknown)LEDYes (bulbs unknown)LEDLEDLEDYes (bulbs unknown)LED
Capacity18 bottles16 bottles46 bottles20 bottles34 bottles12 bottles26 bottles38 bottles12 bottles34 bottles
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The Best Wines to Fill Your Fridge

The Best Wines to Fill Your Fridge

Wondering how to get started on your up-and-coming vino collection and which meals to match them with? Hopefully our related articles will please your palate! 

Summary

And thus concludes our round-up of the best wine coolers to buy online. We hope you were able to identify exactly what you're looking for in terms of style, temperature range, and other features. 


With autumn right upon us, it seems like the ideal time to stock up a little bit and spend the cooler months hibernating and getting involved in some sophisticated wine tasting. Drink anyone?

Author: Lewis Clark

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