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Under counter wine coolers are a great option as they easily fit into your cabinets and offer a great capacity to store different varieties of wine. They come with a host of features to maintain the quality and richness of your wines. An under counter or under bench wine cooler is obviously just a built in wine cooler that has been specifically “built in” under your kitchen counter or benchtop which is a popular and convenient place to install them in your kitchen.
Under bench wine fridges can certainly add value to your kitchen as they look sleek and modern and can suit any style. If you’re considering buying an under-counter wine cooler, however, there are a few things you will need to think about.
Things to keep in mind before buying an under-counter wine cooler
- Before you buy your cooler, you need to know exactly where it’s going to go – figure out the placement. One cool thing about under-counter coolers is that most can be used as free-standing units but still, it’s important to know where you intend to place the cooler before you buy it. You’ll need to know the dimensions of the space you intend to place it in.
- Capacity is an important feature you must also consider when buying your under-counter cooler. If you have a large and diverse wine collection, look for a larger capacity cooler.
- Also, keep in mind the number of zones while buying a wine cooler. Single zone wine coolers keep all the wines at one temperature. If you have a large wine collection that could need you to place them at different temperatures,(ie. Reds and whites) go for a dual-zone cooler.
Best under-counter wine coolers
The following table gives you a good overview of our top 5 picks for an under counter wine cooler. A full review of each cooler is also available by clicking the “read review” tab for each model.
|Product||Type||Bottle Capacity||Temperature Range||Zone Type||Refrigeration System||Price Point||Links|
Aobosi 15″ Wine Cooler
|Built in or freestanding||28||41-68°F|
Phiestina 15″ Wine Cooler
|Built in or freestanding||29||40-66°F|
AMZCHEF 15″ Wine Cooler
|Built in or freestanding||31||41-68°F|
Kalamera 15″ Wine Cooler
|Built in or freestanding||30||40-66°F|
As you are potentially looking to build this unit in under your counter, the dimensions of the units are important. Here they are for you to compare easily and/or give to your contractor:
All measurements are in inches:
Aobosi: 14.96 x 22.95 x 34.25 (WxDxH)
Phiestina: 14.9 x 22.4 x 33.9 (WxDxH)
AMZCHEF: 15 x 23 x 34.1 (WxDxH)
Kalamera: 14.9 x 22.4 x 33.9 (WxDxH)
EdgeStar: 15 x 23 3/4 x 32 (WxDxH)
As you can see, all of our top 5 picks are around 15 inches wide so they don’t take up a lot of space. The heights vary from 32 to 34.25 so you might need to check the height of the area under your counters to check which will fit best into your space.
With its dual zone function and wide temperature range, the Aobosi is our top pick for the best under counter wine cooler. If you need a slightly larger capacity, the 31 bottle capacity AMZCHEF is a good option, but keep in mind it only has single zone cooling. As always, you can’t go wrong with any of the models on our list – each of them is very good at serving its purpose, keeping your wine chilled!