The Best Dual Zone Wine Fridges

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If you’re someone who enjoys wine, then you know how sensitive it can be to temperature changes. This is why it’s important to store them at the right temperature to properly preserve and age them.

Additionally, you’ll notice that wine that’s been properly preserved and aged has a different quality to it. Proper storage brings out all the qualities of the wine such as its sweetness, acidity, and body which is important if you wish to maximize your wine tasting experience.

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Like most alcohol, high temperatures can damage the wine, speeding up the aging process and turning it into a brown color. Lower temperatures, although not as damaging, can also be bad for your wine as it slows down the aging process.

Below are some of the best dual zone wine fridges available on the market:

Our #1 Pick: Kalamera 24'' Wine refrigerator 46 Bottle Dual Zone Built-in and Freestanding

With its black and stainless steel appearance, this sleek and modern-looking fridge from Kalamera. It has a 46-bottle capacity that can store all your favorite wines in one convenient place.


Runner-Up: EdgeStar CWF380DZ 19 Inch Wide 38 Bottle Wine Cooler - Dual Temperature Zones

This 38 bottle-capable dual zone wine fridge is our runner-up for the best dual zone wine cooler. With its powerful circulation fans, you are sure to get even cooling for your precious wines every time. The tinted front glass also helps with the preservation of your wine; the stylish look is just a bonus.


Best Budget: Haier 12-Bottle Dual Zone Curved Door with Smoked Glass Wine Cellar

The Haier HVTEC12DABS is not only affordable, but it’s also energy-efficient. Using thermal electric cooling, it’s vibration-free and ultra-quiet which makes it a worthwhile option for storing your wines.


Upgrade Pick: Kalamera 30'' Wine Cooler 66 Bottle Dual Zone Built-in and Freestanding

Wine enthusiasts everywhere will love the KRC-66DZB dual zone wine fridge model from Kalamera for it stores an amazing 66 standard wine bottles. With its smart digital control and built-in alarm, the Kalamera KRC-66DZB is a wine fridge with all the bells and whistles, making it our top upgrade pick 


Best suited for bar: Allavino FlexCount 172 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator with Black Door

For collectors, the Allavino VSWR172-2BWRN is the perfect alternative for storing their wines if a wine cellar isn’t an option. It has an incredible 172 bottle capacity, making it the best option for bars and collectors. Its sleek black design aims to mimic the traditional look of a wine cellar while having all the modern conveniences of technology.


I. Dual Zone Wine Fridge Temperature and What for Red vs White Wine

1. The temperature in your wine fridge

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All dual zone wine fridges have temperature control which allows you to set it at the ideal temperature for optimal storage of your wines. Storing your wine at the right temperature will ensure that the quality, flavor, and balance of your wine is preserved, especially since wines are often damaged by fluctuations in temperature.

Furthermore, properly stored wines last longer for they undergo the proper aging process. Depending on the sugar, tannin, and acid content of your wines, most of them will last around 2-10 years if properly stored.

Some fine reds can even be stored up to 100 years. On the other hand, white wines can only be stored for 2- 3 years.

The ideal temperature for wines varies depending on several factors such as the ones mentioned above (acid, tannin, sugar, etc.), but generally, the ideal temperature of red wines should be somewhere between 10 degrees and 18 degrees Celsius or 50 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature they should be stored at 20 minutes before serving.

Further breaking it down, full-bodied reds should be stored somewhere between 17 degrees Celsius and 19 degrees Celsius or 63 degrees and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, light to medium-bodied reds should be stored somewhere from 12 to 16 degrees Celsius or 54 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, white wines should generally be stored at 4 to 10 degrees Celsius or 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It should have this temperature 1 and a half hours before drinking so as to fully experience what the wine has to offer.

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2. At what temperature should you drink wine?

If you want to maximize your wine tasting experience, there are a few factors you should consider; the most crucial is serving it at the right temperature.

The reason why each type of wine should be served at different temperatures is so that you can fully appreciate the flavor and aroma of the wine. The general rule of thumb for wine-serving temperature is: the lighter the wine, the cooler they should be served.

However, if you cool your wine far too much, then you will risk losing the aroma. To fully appreciate your wine, being able to smell it is also vital.

Red wines are generally said to be served at “room temperature”. However, this doesn’t mean the actual room temperature; this means the room temperature in France before there were any ways to cool your wines for it was the ideal temperature. That “room temperature” actually means 62 degrees to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Serving red wines at their ideal temperature gives a burst of flavors and a heat from the front of your mouth to the back of your throat.

Meanwhile, serving too warm red wines will smell and taste too heavy which can ruin the experience for you. Another thing to remember is to not fill the wine glass completely; leave room for its rich aroma which means filling only half your glass.

On the other hand, white wines are served with cooler temperatures compared to reds as they are a much lighter wine. The ideal temperature for white wines is somewhere between 49 degrees and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Although it’s served much cooler than reds, too cold white wines lose their aroma and flavor. On the other hand, too warm whites can be unappetizing because it feels flabbier.

Like reds, the right amount to fully appreciate the wine tasting experience is just a small quantity of wine, leaving room for the aroma.

To give you more of an idea, listed below are some of the most well-known wines and the corresponding ideal serving temperature.

The ideal temperature of specific wines (from reds to whites):

Wines
Serving Temperature
Cabernet Sauvignon
64 degrees Fahrenheit
Merlot
64 degrees Fahrenheit
Carmenere
64 degrees Fahrenheit
Syrah
64 degrees Fahrenheit
Malbec
61 degrees Fahrenheit
Pinot noir
57 degrees Fahrenheit
Chardonnay
50 – 54 degrees Fahrenheit
Sauvignon blanc
46 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit

See Also: Top 8 Best Under Counter Wine Coolers and Fridges


II. Top 10 Best Dual Zone Wine Fridges and Coolers

1. Kalamera 24” Wine refrigerator 46 Bottle Dual Zone Built-in and Freestanding

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The Kalamera KRC-46DZB is our pick for the best dual zone wine fridge. This 24 inches wide model has a capacity of storing 46 standard wine bottles with each bottle held in its own space. It has 5 sliding shelves, each holding 8 bottles and made of natural beech wood shelving.

It has a silent compressor which gives off only a low level of vibration, ensuring your wines are in optimal storage condition. It features a security lock which will help prevent kids from playing with your collection.

Its black and stainless steel appearance coupled with the blue LED light gives it a stylish and elegant look which is a great addition to your aesthetic. It can be freestanding or built-in, making it easy to adjust it to your preference.

But perhaps what’s most notable about it is its temperature memory function which can restore the set temperature after losing power, something that can save your wine from going bad as temperature fluctuations are bad for wines.

The cooling temperature for the upper zone is around 40 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit while the lower zone is around 50 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, despite its large capacity, it has trouble storing larger bottles like champagne bottles. It leaves less room for other wines.

Nevertheless, it’s a great wine fridge out there. This model is big enough to store many bottles of wine but still compact enough for under-the-counter storage.

Things We Liked:

  • Stylish and elegant look
  • Silent compressor
  • Low vibration
  • Temperature memory function
  • 46 bottle storage capacity
  • Natural beech wood shelves

Things We Disliked:

  • Hard to store larger bottles

2. EdgeStar CWF380DZ 19 Inch Wide 38 Bottle Wine Cooler

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Our runner-up, the Edgestar CWF380DZ has sliding wood-trimmed wire racks which are thin enough to fit in 34 standard wine bottles but also strong enough to carry each of them without bending.

Additionally, it has powerful circulation fans that allow for the even cooling of your wines, ensuring they’re in their optimal condition while in storage. It has an LED dual electric control display which allows you to set the two different zones of your wine fridge.

The upper zone can be set from 40 degrees to 54 degrees Fahrenheit whereas the lower zone can be set to 54 degrees to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

It has a stainless steel-trimmed door with tinted front glass which helps with both the preservation of your wine and its overall aesthetic. It also features a factory-installed lock to ensure the safety of your collection while you’re away.

However, since it uses a compressor, it’s less energy-efficient than a dual zone wine fridge that uses thermal electric cooling.

Although it’s not as energy-efficient, it’s still one of the best dual zone wine fridges and its many features are the reason why it’s among our top picks for the dual zone wine fridge.

What We Liked:

  • Can store 34 standard wine bottles
  • Powerful circulation fans
  • Tinted front glass that helps preserve the wine
  • Stylish and modern-looking
  • Thin yet strong wire racks

What We Disliked:

  • Less energy-efficient

3. Haier 12-Bottle Dual Zone Curved Door with Smoked Glass Wine Cellar

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If you’re looking for a dual zone wine fridge for less the cost then our budget pick, the Haier HVTEC12DABS, is the wine fridge for you. This model uses thermal electric cooling which, in addition to being extremely quiet and vibration-free, is energy-efficient and CFC-free as it doesn’t use a compressor.

Additionally, it has 6 full-width chrome racks which are capable of storing 12 bottles. Its upper zone has a temperature range of 46 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit which is great for red wines while the lower zone has a range of 54 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal for whites.

It has soft inner lighting and curved doors with smoked glass, making it look modern and sleek. Additionally, it has dual touchscreen controls with two LED displays, allowing you to fully control the different zones of your fridge.

The only downside is that it has significantly less storage capacity compared to the other wine fridges.

Nonetheless, despite its smaller storage capacity, it’s still a great value for money which is why it’s our budget pick.

What We Liked:

  • Great value for money
  • Energy-efficient
  • Quiet
  • Vibration-free
  • Sleek and modern-looking
  • Able to fully control your fridge’s zones

What We Disliked:

  • Less storage capacity (only 12 bottles)

4. Kalamera 30” Wine Cooler 66 Bottle Dual Zone

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If you’re looking for an upgraded version of our top pick, then the Kalamera KRC-66DZB is the model for you. With its 66-wine bottle capacity and advanced features.

It features user-friendly controls which have options for controlling the lighting, temperature reading, and LED control. It has a built-in alarm which alerts you when the doors of your wine fridge aren’t properly closed, preventing your precious wine collection from going bad.

Moreover, like the Kalamera KRC-46DZB, it also has slotted beech wood shelves which ensure that the air circulates evenly among your wines. It has 14 shelves, all of which slide out for easy viewing.

It has dual zones with the temperature ranging from 40 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. It features French door-style reversible doors with anti-UV glass, something that further helps protect the integrity of your wines.

However, in the case of most wine fridges, it has trouble accommodating larger bottles such as those for champagnes– although this isn’t that big of a problem because of its large storage capacity.

What We Liked:

  • 66-bottle capacity
  • Beech wood shelves
  • Even air circulation
  • Anti-UV glass which further protects wines
  • User-friendly controls
  • More advanced options

What We Disliked:

  • Difficult to accommodate larger bottles

5. Allavino FlexCount VSWR172-2BWRN 172 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator with Black Door

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For major collectors or bar owners, a dual zone wine fridge is a definite must-have to store their massive selection of fine wines. The Allavino VSWR172-2BWRN is our top choice for bars. It’s a great alternative when a traditional wine cellar isn’t just a realistic option.

It has a storage capacity of 172 standard bottles, all placed on 12 shelves which can store 11 bottles each. An additional of 2 shelves can store 20 bottles each, making its overall capacity a total of 172. Additionally, it can store different sizes of bottles, which is a bonus.

It uses 25% less energy compared to other wine fridges, making it extremely energy-efficient. It’s quiet and vibration-free which means optimal storage for your wine collection. Additionally, it has flex count shelving which means that its shelves, although thin, are also strong enough to carry all those wines.

Its upper zone has a range of 40 degrees to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, which is always 4 degrees higher than the lower zone with its range of 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s designed to look versatile and combine the traditional black look of a wine cellar with the sleek modern look of technology. Its versatility comes from the fact that it can be freestanding or built-in, allowing it to either blend in or stand out whichever your preference.

Remember though that this a large wine fridge, so make sure that it can fit in your home before purchasing one.

What We Liked:

  • Large storage capacity of 172 bottles
  • Can fit different sizes
  • Thin yet strong shelving
  • Versatile design
  • Combined traditional and modern look
  • More energy-efficient despite its large size

What We Disliked:

  • Large and can be difficult to fir in some homes

6. Koldfront TWR187ESS 18 Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler

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The Koldfront TWR187ESS was designed to be both stylish and efficient. It proves this by featuring even cooling and a sleek and modern stainless steel design which is a great addition to any home.

Its removable wooden shelves are capable of storing 18 standard bottles of wine overall, each displayed by a delicate LED interior lighting.

Perhaps the most notable about this model is that it uses thermoelectric cooling which frees it from low-level vibration which can alter the integrity of your wine. Thermoelectric cooling is also more energy-efficient.

It has an LCD display control panel which can control both its zones to optimize your wine fridge’s temperature.

Its top zone has a temperature range of 54 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit while its lower zone has a range of 46 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

The only downsides of this model are that like the others, it can have difficulty storing larger wine bottles and that you have to empty its water pan from behind the unit which can be a hassle.

Nevertheless, it’s one of our more energy-efficient alternatives, so if you’re looking for something that consumes less energy then you might want to consider this model.

What We Liked:

  • Sleek and stylish look
  • Wooden shelves
  • Delicate, non-intrusive LED interior lighting
  • Thermoelectric cooling
  • Energy-efficient
  • Vibration-free

What We Disliked:

  • Difficulty storing large wine bottles
  • Water pan removal is difficult

7. Wine Enthusiast Silent 32 Bottle Wine Refrigerator – Freestanding Touchscreen Dual Zone Wine Cooler

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True to its name, the Wine Enthusiast 2720332 is a great dual zone wine fridge for wine enthusiasts everywhere. It has a 32-bottle capacity which is divided into 7 pull-out flexible shelves that have 2 temperature levels, each capable of holding 16 bottles.

Its top zone has a range of 54 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit which is perfect for most red wines while its bottom zone has a temperature range of 46 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal for most white wines. Both zones are controlled and set via a digital touch screen, making it easier for users to set.

It uses thermoelectric and CFC-free cooling which is both silent and energy efficient. The Wine Enthusiast 2720332 also has reflective smoked glass and thermopane doors, further ensuring the protection of your wine collection’s integrity.

It has an elegant and sleek black metal with a stainless steel rim which is a great enhancement to your home’s aesthetic. It has soft interior LED lighting to showcase your most prized wines.

However, compared to other wine fridges, the Wine Enthusiast 2720332 takes a while to reach the set temperature. Although this can pose a bit of a problem, it’s still a great wine fridge to store your prized wine collection.

What We Liked:

  • Large 32-bottle capacity
  • Elegant and sleek appearance
  • Energy-efficient and CFC-free
  • User-friendly controls

What We Disliked:

  • Long time to reach the set temperature

8. Koldfront TWR247ESS 24 Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler

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Another great option from Koldfront, the TWR247ESS model is a slight upgrade from the Koldfront TWR187ESS model. Reminiscent of old California wine cellars, its wooden shelving can accommodate up to 24 bottles of standard sized wine bottles.

It uses energy-efficient thermoelectric cooling to store your precious wines at the ideal temperature. The top zone has a temperature range of 54 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit while the bottom zone has a range of 46 degrees to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Both zones are controlled through a touch-sensitive control panel, located at the center. It has an LCD temperature displace with buttons to adjust the temperature for each zone and a specific button used to adjust the blue LED interior lighting.

Its tempered front glass offers a clear display of your most valued wines and adds to its sleek and modern design.

However, the Koldfront TWR247ESS is a free-standing model only, which means it cannot be used for built-in designs. Nevertheless, it’s still a great wine fridge model and among the best in the market.

What We Liked:

  • Sleek and modern design
  • Adjustable blue LED interior lighting
  • 24 bottle capacity
  • Energy-efficient
  • Tempered front glass

What We Disliked:

  • Free-standing only; not possible for built-in designs

9. Wine Enthusiast 272031805 Silent 18 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

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The Wine Enthusiast 272031805 is a freestanding dual-zone wine refrigerator that’s capable of storing 18 standard Bordeaux wine bottles, but its chrome shelves can be easily removed and adjusted to accommodate larger bottles.

It uses a thermoelectric cooling system which, in addition to being energy-efficient, makes it silent and vibration-free.

It has digital touchscreen controls which you can use to adjust the temperature of both zones. The upper zone has a temperature range of 54 – 66 degrees Fahrenheit which is perfect for storing your red wines while the lower zone has a range of 46 – 66 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for your whites.

It was designed to be slim which is perfect for narrow spaces, ensuring you maximize every corner of your home. Adding to its beautiful modern design is its thermopane door with reflective smoked glass and stainless steel rim. It also has an interior LED lighting which softly illuminates your wine collection.

However, since it was designed to be freestanding only, it cannot be integrated into shelving or under countertops as it needs proper ventilation. Moreover, it has non-reversible doors which can limit the possible spaces where it can be placed.

Nevertheless, it’s still a great option for those looking something that can fit narrow spaces.

What We Liked:

  • Easily fits in narrow spaces
  • Energy-efficient
  • Shelving can be adjusted to accommodate larger bottles
  • Convenient and easy-to-use controls

What We Don’t Like

  • Freestanding design only
  • Non-reversible door

10. NewAir AWR-290DB Dual-Zone Built-In Wine Cooler

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The NewAir AWR-290DB Dual-Zone Built-In Wine Cooler is a dual zone wine fridge with a maximum capacity of 29 standard wine bottles. Its sliding shelves are made out of beech wood and are fully adjustable to be able to accommodate larger wine bottles.

As a dual zone wine fridge, it has two levels, both of which can be programmed individually through its easy-to-adjust thermostat, ensuring the ideal storing temperature for your wines. The upper zone, meant for white wines, can be programmed within the range of 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit while the lower zone, which is meant for red wines, can be programmed in the range of 50 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Its compact size was designed to fit narrow spaces and its built-in nature allows it to blend in with your space’s aesthetic. It has an insulated, lockable, and reversible glass door with tinted double-paned glass that stops UV rays from getting in, allowing your wines to be stored and aged properly. Additionally, it has a soft blue interior light which helps illuminate your wines.

However, this model uses a compressor instead of thermoelectric cooling, giving it a low vibration which can potentially affect your wines. Moreover, compared to wine fridges using thermoelectric cooling, compressors can be loud.

Nonetheless, if you’re looking for something that will fit into narrow spaces and blend in, this is the wine fridge for you.

What We Liked:

  • 29-bottle capacity
  • Sliding beech wood shelves
  • Compact
  • Insulated and reversible door

What We Don’t Like:

  • Uses a compressor

11. Ivation IV-FWCT181DB 18-Bottle Dual Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

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The Ivation IV-FWCT181DB 18-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler uses vibration-free, quiet, and energy-efficient thermoelectric cooling to reach the ideal temperature for storing and aging your wines. Additionally, it has slide-out chrome shelves which can house 18 standard wine bottles.

It has two zones; its upper zone has a temperature range of 46 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit while its lower zone has a range of 54 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit. It has digital touch controls and an LCD display which allows you to set the optimal temperature for each zone. Moreover, you can select whether the temperature display is in Celsius or Fahrenheit.

Its closed thermopane doors are insulated with CFC-free solid polyurethane foam to ensure that your fridge is properly sealed and that its temperature remains constant. Moreover, its doors are also fitted with dual-paned tempered smoked glass which protects against light and room temperature which can affect the aging process of your wines.

Its sleek and modern design, coupled with its soft interior lighting, makes it a great addition to your home.

The only downsides, however, is that its freestanding only design doesn’t allow for it to be built into cabinets, therefore, making it hard to blend in with your current décor. Moreover, the limited space makes it difficult to store larger wine bottles.

Nevertheless, its variety of features and sleek design still makes it one of the best dual zone wine fridges out there.

What We Liked

  • Energy-efficient
  • Dual-paned glass doors
  • CFC-free insulation
  • Selectable temperature display (in Celsius or Fahrenheit)

What We Don’t Like

  • Freestanding design only
  • Difficulty fitting larger bottles

III. Conclusion

Temperature is one of the most crucial factors in determining the preservation and aging process of wines. Furthermore, each type of wine has a different ideal temperature so storing the red wines and white wines all at the same temperature may prove to be more harmful than good to your wine collection.

Additionally, the temperature has a large effect on the whole wine tasting experience. Too cold temperatures will negate the wine’s flavor and aroma whereas hot temperatures will hasten the wine aging process and potentially ruin it, especially its flavor and aroma.

This is why dual zone wine fridges are essential and are great investments if you’re a collector or simply someone who enjoys good wine. True to their label, dual zone wine fridges have two zones: one ideal for red wines and another ideal for white wines.

The two zones can be set at different temperatures simultaneously, eliminating the need to purchase two different wine fridges. Moreover, not only does it preserve your wines, it protects them too and stores them all in one convenient location.

Therefore, if you wish to maximize your experience with wine, ensure that they’re stored and preserved properly. Doing so brings out the full flavor and aroma of your wines, enhancing your wine tasting experience greatly.

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