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How to Buy a Wine Cooler

June 28th, 2011 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Somewhere in the 1990s, wine coolers became hugely popular. You can now buy wine coolers from Sub-Zero, Viking, Electrolux, U-Line, Marvel, Miele and Thermador in a plethora of sizes like this:


KWT1601VI miele wine cooler

Or this Sub-Zero

subzero tall wine cooler

But 90% plus are sold under the counter. An undercounter wine cooler has the same dimensions as a dishwasher, and most are cheaper than custom cabinets.

Wine, however, is the hardest product to store properly. Everything effects the taste of wine. Too much light, heat, humidity and vibration will alter the wines complexion.

Most under counter wine units are basically refrigerators with racks, which is ok for immediate consumption. Below are the two best for long term storage.

U-Line 2275WC: I like this U-Line piece. It has a low-E door to protect against UV light and two distinct temperature zones for reds and whites.

uline 2275WC wine cooler

Sub-Zero 424: SubZero is clearly the best product in the category. They actually designed the product to store wine long term.


  • Compressor is on grommits. It does not vibrate the refrigerator when it turns on.
  • The racks glide out and produce less vibration
  • Low-E door to protect against UV light
  • Best temperature control. Two separate zones with a gasket eliminating any temperature crossover.

subzero 424 wine cooler

Remember when buying a wine cooler, first identify your needs. If you are just buying for the short term, then you can really buy any decent brand. For longer term storage consider a U-Line and especially Sub-Zero.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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