How Much Do Wine Coolers Cost?
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How Much Do Wine Coolers Cost?

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In this article we’re going to be discussing what the price of a cooler is.

Now, naturally these prices will vary dramatically, depending on the brand, features, size and other factors like visual aesthetic.

So we’ll be providing some price bands/ranges for particular types of wine fridge, so that you’ll be able to get a better indication as to the amount to expect when purchasing such a unit.

With that being said, let’s discuss some of the most popular types of wine cooler and their costs.


Wine Cooler Prices – What Do Wine Fridges Cost?

A wine cooler can cost anywhere from $150 for a small unit, through to $3500+ for a large or commercially designed wine fridge.

We’ve arranged these units from least expensive to most expensive:


Small-Sized Wine Coolers

small wine coolers are the least expensive units on the market, and this is because they have the smallest bottle capacity. However, these are perfect for those looking for countertop wine coolers due to their mini size.

These coolers usually have a wine bottle capacity from 6 bottles to 15 bottles and can be powered by both thermoelectric and compressor-based cooling systems.

Ideally these wine refrigerators are good for storing red wine and white wine, although they may lack the ability to cool wine at those lower temperatures, especially if it’s a thermoelectric wine cooler, compare to a compressor-powered one. These are almost always single zone units, as you’ll rarely find a dual zone wine cooler at this size.

Price: A small wine cooler will usually cost anywhere from $150 – $400, with the more expensive units having dual zone capacity.

Our Recommendations: Find our list of recommendations for the best small wine fridges here.


Medium-Sized Wine Coolers

Medium sized wine coolers are ones that typically have a wine storage bottle capacity from 18 bottles through to 35 bottles.

Due to their size, they are more often powered by a compressor-based cooling system, although there may be the odd thermoelectric-powered one.

The cheaper units are freestanding, and have a single temperature cooling zone, whilst the more expensive units are suitable for built-in (undercounter) use, and have dual zones, which means there are separate cooling areas for different types of wine.

Price: A medium-sized wine cooler will usually cost anywhere from $400 – $800.

Our Recommendations: Find our list of recommendations for the best wine fridges here.


Large-Sized Wine Coolers

Large wine coolers have a bottle capacity of around 36 bottles through to 600+ bottles, and they are most commonly used within a wine cellar, large kitchen, bar or commercial setting (such as a nightclub or restaurant).

Due to their size, they always use compressor cooling systems.

Given that these units are used as commercial wine coolers, they’re often very powerful and have the ability to consistently maintain an ideal temperature for storing a wine collection, whether that’s reds, white or sparkling wine.

In addition to this, the cost of these units really does vary, more so than the other classification of units that we’ve talked about.

Price: A large wine refrigerator will usually cost anywhere from $800 – $7500+, with the more expensive units having dual zone capability and being suitable for built-in usage.

Our Recommendations: Find our list of recommendations for the best large wine fridges here.


Why we recommend buying a more premium-priced unit

As with anything relating to appliances, you get what you pay for.

Given that you’ll most likely be owning a wine refrigerator for a number of years, and for those wine collectors/conneseurs who want to store large collections of wine, including expensive vintage wines, it’s of the utmost importance to rest assured that your wine is chilled in the best possible environment. Otherwise it’s quality could be compromised.

Additionally, it’s equally important for bars, nightclubs and restaurants to pick a reliable unit, as otherwise it could ruin stock and cost the business money.

We certainly hope this article has been useful, and for specific wine fridge recommendations, click through some of the links that we’ve featured throughout the article to read our buyers guides.

Otherwise, if you have a particular brand in mind, be sure to check customer reviews on Amazon, Feefo and Trustpilot, as these sites will give you a great indication as to the quality of the product and of the provided customer service.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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