Most people don’t have the luxury of a wine cellar in their house and sometimes finding space for a wine cooler inside your home can be a challenge. When considering placing your wine cooler in your garage, the most important factor to consider is the efficiency of the compressor. The noise or look of the refrigeration unit will be secondary as you won’t hear or see it from the garage. Because there are frequent temperature changes in your garage, it’s important to to purchase a wine cooler with a strong compressor. Here are our top picks for the best wine coolers that fit nicely in most garages:
Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler
With its sleek polished cabinet and black tinted mirror glass door, the Whynter Thermoelectric Wine cooler is our top choice when it comes to storing wine in the garage. The reasons for this are many – first we would like you to take note of the fact that even though this is a thermoelectric cooler, its small size and advanced air circulation technology allows it to keep drinks as cool as a slightly higher priced compressor based cooler.
The adjustable thermostat lets you change the internal temperature and keep it under control at all times, within a range of 46F to 65F. The LED lit interior looks really good, especially during the dark when the soft blue accents highlight the wine bottles, and you can see the shining outlines of each bottle in the dark. Five premium quality removable chrome-plated scalloped steel racks give you the option to adjust the capacity of your cooler, from 4 per rack, up to 20 with all 5 racks installed.
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Haier 6-Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls
If you’re not that big of a wine connoisseur, or you simply don’t have the necessary budget and storage space for a larger cooler, then the Haier 6-bottle Wine Cellar will be perfect for you. Its design has been optimized for storing red and white wines, and there are a total of 3 racks with each rack holding two bottles. The transparent door is made from posh looking smoked glass and has black trim on the edges.
The cabinet itself features a really cool polished black metallic finish, and there are soft lights in the interior so you can showcase your prized collection of wine in style. The temperature range for the thermostat on this wine cooler is between 46F and 66F. There are soft touch buttons to increase and decrease the temperature, right next to the blue backlit LED display.
Whynter 28 Bottle Wine Cooler
If our top pick, the Whynter Thermolelectric Cooler doesn’t have enough storage capacity for your needs, then you can always go ahead and choose the Whynter WC28S SNO cooler instead. What is the difference between the two? Well, apart from looks, the latter features an extra two rows of storage, extending the capacity from 20 to 28 bottles. The thermostat temperature range is slightly more restricted however, since it can vary only between 52F and 64F.
Just like the Thermoelectric, the WC28S also uses highly efficient and advanced semiconductor circuits to draw the heat away from the interiors, and there are powerful fans to circulate cool air inside the soft lit chamber. There are a total of 7 rows in this free standing cooler, and each rack is made from premium chrome plated steel.
Kalamera Wine refrigerator
The Kalamera 15” Wine Refrigerator might put a dent in your pocket, but if you truly need the best and most powerful cooling possible, along with a capacity of 30 bottles, then this is definitely worth considering. It costs a fair bit more than any other wine cooler on this list, but here’s why – it is equipped with a compressor based cooling system, along with a specialized low-vibration motor and fan structure so that there is absolutely zero disturbance in your wine bottles. No more need to suffer from bitter sediments created by vibrations in older, inefficient wine cooling units.
This cooler delivers the vibration and noise-free operation of a thermoelectric cooler, along with the power of a condenser based machine. The single zone, one-touch thermostat control can be accessed from the touchscreen display which allows you to choose from a wide temperature range of 40F to 66F. The double-layered glass tempered door is held by a brushed stainless steel frame, and the interior features intelligent soft lighting.
Choosing The Best Wine Cooler for a Garage
When it comes to choosing a wine cooler for your garage, you need to think differently compared to how you would if you had to purchase a cooler for indoor usage. While choosing a cooler for your man cave or personal bar leaves you with many design choices and capacities to choose from, you don’t have the same degree of freedom with garage wine coolers. The reason for that happens to be the fact that the garage interiors are usually hotter than the rest of your home. The extra heat means that you’ll have to choose a cooler with extra cooling power, and that almost always means a compressor based cooler instead of the cheaper and simpler semiconductor based coolers. The compressor and fans are extremely essential for dealing with the extra heat in your garage.
The next thing you should consider is the size and type. By size, we mean bottle capacity. All wine coolers hold the bottles in the horizontal position, so that the wine touches the wooden corks. Capacities range between 6 to over 30 bottles for most consumer grade or personal garage wine coolers. There are models that support as many as 150 bottles, but we don’t think that you’ll ever need to store that many wine bottles in your garage, no matter how much of a wine aficionado you happen to be. Always get a cooler that fulfills your current needs, and add in an extra 20-30% for future expansion. For example, if you plan on storing 4 bottles maximum at all given times in the cooler inside your garage, then it would be best to get a cooler with the capacity to hold 6 bottles. You will almost always try to get a free standing wine cooler, instead of the built-in or integrated types that are more suited for in-the-home usage.
Finally, take a look at the overall build quality, temperature ranges, and lighting. A dual zone cooler allows you to store drinks at different temperatures in different parts of the cooler. This means that you can always keep a batch of wine ready for immediate consumption (say, in the top section), and a second batch at a slightly cooler temperature, intended for long term storage and preservation. Also note the quality of interior lighting, as well as the build quality and overall finish of the body, along with the door design.