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The Best Wine Coolers and Refrigerators on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best Champagne glasses, wine glasses and decanters, bar carts, and even mini-fridges, here we rounded up the best wine coolers and refrigerators on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best 12-bottle wine cooler

Ivation 12-Bottle Thermoelectric Red and White Wine Cooler

“After a lot of confusing research and reviews, I selected the Ivation. I couldn’t be happier. The overall look is sleek enough (without being gaudy or glitzy), and the operation is quiet enough that it can be placed in any room without being a distraction. The smoked-glass front is a nice touch as compared to some of the other units with a clear-glass front. Setup is easy and straightforward, and the temperatures are holding steady. In simple terms, it does exactly what it’s supposed to. Refreshing!”

Best 18-bottle wine cooler with wooden racks

Koldfront 18-Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler

“We recently returned from the Finger Lakes in New York with 18 bottles of wine. Not wanting them to go bad, we bought this dual-temperature wine refrigerator. My wife likes whites and I like reds, so the dual temperature was great for both our wines. We’ve had the refrigerator for one month and it has worked great. We keep it on our dining-room counter, so space is not an issue. I find the refrigerator to be quiet, although others have reported it to be on the loud side. I guess the noise level is subjective, but I do not hear any noise at all … Since we are casual wine drinkers, this product was perfect for us.”

Best 18-bottle wine cooler with chrome racks

Koldfront 18-Bottle Dual Zone Freestanding Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

“The wine refrigerator is a great size for a small space and still holds 18 bottles. It cools perfectly, and the two zones are wonderful. I love the soft light and very quiet operation. The refrigerator is just as it was advertised. I highly recommend!”

Best 18-bottle wine cooler with smoked-glass door

Ivation 18-Bottle Thermoelectric Red and White Wine Cooler

“After one week — delighted. Operates perfectly, quiet, maintains constant temperature (I used a separate thermometer to confirm, placed on different racks over the course of the week), excellent interior lighting (put bottles in neck-first, this way you can see labels), and great customer service. Great for the price, and I looked at many!”

Best 18-bottle wine cooler for small spaces

Haier 18-Bottle Dual Zone Curved Door With Smoked Glass Wine Cellar

“Awesome! Quiet and effective dual-zone cooler for red and white wines. Everyone can find a space for this. In our small three-bedroom apartment, this sits under the small counter near the kitchen and opens up lots of space in the refrigerator that used to be dedicated to wine. Now my reds are always at the right temperature of 57 degrees, while whites are at 45 degrees. Great value.”

Best 20-bottle wine cooler

Whynter 20-Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler With Black Tinted Mirror Glass Door

“I love my wine cooler! It was just what I needed. You can fit 20 bottles. Some of the larger bottles are a tighter fit and don’t fit well next to others, but with a little organization it all fit. The unit is quiet and nice-looking. Most people don’t notice it until I turn the light on, and I’ve gotten many compliments for its ‘sleek’ look. I would recommend this purchase! I also keep white and red wines in mine, most would want to chill your white wine more when you’re ready to drink it, but it is perfect to keep both.”

Best 24-bottle wine cooler

Koldfront TWR247ESS24 Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler

“I did a lot of research before buying this product. I actually purchased a different brand first and returned it. It is just what I needed. Holds one case of red and one case of white and keeps them at the correct temperature. I was a little concerned about the reviews stating the shelves fall out, but I store the bottles with the neck toward the back, so it is easier to read the labels. It solved the problem! The LED temp readings are very bright, but that is not a problem, as I keep the cooler in the dining room, so it acts as a nightlight. Would certainly recommend it to a friend.”

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The Best Wine Coolers, According to Amazon Reviewers