Best Beverage Refrigerators

Last update March 16, 2017
Man does not live by bread alone but by the favorite beverages too! If you are beverage or wine savvy, check our new review on beverage refrigerators. These are specialized fridges for cooling wine or other beverages. We’ve analyzed the 5 best models to help you choose the one you need. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
BEVERAGE TYPE
INSTALLATION
DIMENSIONS
WATTAGE CONSUMPTION
CAPACITY
SHELVES AND ZONES
TEMPERATURE RANGE
CONTROLS
COOLING TECHNOLOGY
SPECIAL FEATURES
DESIGN AND LIGHTING
 
PROS
A splendid option for storing both wine bottles and beer or soda cans. Two thermostats allow setting the desired temperature separately for each zone, which you can monitor on built-in displays.
CONS
This beverage and wine refrigerator is sold at a high price. Though its rare feature of two independent storage zones compensates for it.
OUR VERDICT
This stunning cooling solution fits for any house and combines the rich beverage center functionality with low power consumption. This beverage refrigerator offers a freestanding or a built-in installation and covers the widest range of storage temperatures.
detailed parameters
BEVERAGE TYPE
Wine/Beverage
INSTALLATION
Freestanding, Built-in
DIMENSIONS
23.5" x 24" x 34.25"
WATTAGE CONSUMPTION
100 watts
CAPACITY
18 standard wine bottles + 60 standard 12oz cans
SHELVES AND ZONES
Beverage zone: 4 x Removable stainless steel flat lattice shelves, 5 levels Wine zone: 6 x Removable stainless steel curved lattice shelves
TEMPERATURE RANGE
36-72° F
CONTROLS
Digital control system, Easy-push buttons
COOLING TECHNOLOGY
Compressor
SPECIAL FEATURES
Dual-zone design, Separate thermostats for each zone, 2 built-in door locks with keys, Adjustable height legs, Auto defrost, ETL certified.
DESIGN AND LIGHTING
Black color body, transparent glass doors with stainless steel rims and handles, blue LED lighting with On/Off switch
PROS
The rugged structure and materials of this beverage refrigerator permit using it outdoors as well as indoors, on a patio or in a bar. The design provides a built-in carbon filter to keep unpleasant odors away.
CONS
The door of this refrigerator is not transparent, which nevertheless does not affect the unit's reliable operation.
OUR VERDICT
The available capacity of this excellent refrigerator allows you to store a number of 12oz cans with beverages enough to bring refreshment not only to your family but to a group of people having an outdoor party.
detailed parameters
BEVERAGE TYPE
Beverage
INSTALLATION
Freestanding, Built-in, Outdoor
DIMENSIONS
33.5" x 23.5" x 24.75"
WATTAGE CONSUMPTION
120 watts
CAPACITY
142 standard 12oz cans
SHELVES AND ZONES
3 x Removable flat glass shelves with holes for the air circulation, 6 levels
TEMPERATURE RANGE
38-50° F
CONTROLS
Digital control system, Mechanical buttons
COOLING TECHNOLOGY
Compressor
SPECIAL FEATURES
Built-in carbon air filter, Built-in door lock with keys, Internal fan for a better air circulation, Auto defrost, ETL approved.
DESIGN AND LIGHTING
Stainless steel exterior with a solid reversible door, LED lighting
PROS
A very affordable beverage refrigerator with a great capacity. It has all the necessary elements for keeping your beverages chilled and providing a good air circulation inside the cabinet.
CONS
A thermostat is mounted to the rear wall, so its access is rather inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
This model will undoubtedly serve well for those who like to have a company of friends at their side when watching a movie or a sports event. The easiness, with which this Danby soda and beer refrigerator becomes a part of you home cinema interior will amaze you.
detailed parameters
BEVERAGE TYPE
Beverage
INSTALLATION
Freestanding
DIMENSIONS
17.9" х 19.75" х 33.7"
WATTAGE CONSUMPTION
93 watts
CAPACITY
120 standard 12oz cans
SHELVES AND ZONES
3 x Full-sized +1 half-width latticed flat removable shelves with black coating, locked position, 5 shelf levels, including the compartment bottom
TEMPERATURE RANGE
43-57° F
CONTROLS
Mechanical thermostat
COOLING TECHNOLOGY
Compressor
SPECIAL FEATURES
Magnetic door seal, Built-in door lock with keys, Internal fan for a better air circulation, Adjustable height legs, Auto Cycle defrost.
DESIGN AND LIGHTING
Black body, reversible transparent glass door with UV-protective coating and built-in side handle, blue LED lighting, activated when the door is open
PROS
The advanced compressor of this glass door wine refrigerator maintains an even temperature while generating very little vibration. These factors are essential for appropriate storage of mature wines.
CONS
The wooden shelves may require additional care.
OUR VERDICT
This beverage refrigerator has wooden shelves that are capable of putting your nectar of wine in an eye-catching way. Its small width (less than 15") and big capacity make this wine refrigerator suitable for every house.
detailed parameters
BEVERAGE TYPE
Wine
INSTALLATION
Freestanding, Built-in
DIMENSIONS
22.4" x 11.6" x 33.9"
WATTAGE CONSUMPTION
90 watts
CAPACITY
30 standard wine bottles (18-, 46- and 157-bottles fridges are also available)
SHELVES AND ZONES
6 x Removable wooden shelves, including the bottom shelf
TEMPERATURE RANGE
40-66° F
CONTROLS
Digital control system, Built-in display, Easy-push buttons
COOLING TECHNOLOGY
Compressor
SPECIAL FEATURES
Built-in carbon filter, Built-in door lock with keys, Adjustable height legs, Plastic water tray, Frost free.
DESIGN AND LIGHTING
Black body, reversible transparent glass door with UV-protective coating and stainless steel rim, blue LED lighting with On/Off button switch
PROS
This small bar refrigerator allows changing the temperature setting without opening the door as it has an exterior control panel. This feature reduces the intake of the outside air and facilitates the fridge use.
CONS
The well-thought-out design of this refrigerator indeed lacks a door lock.
OUR VERDICT
Being a splendid choice for owners of wine collections, this wine refrigerator features a thermoelectric cooling system that prevents the exposure of your precious drinks to vibrations and the tinted glass door - from the exposure to UV radiation.
detailed parameters
BEVERAGE TYPE
Wine
INSTALLATION
Freestanding
DIMENSIONS
22" x 16" x 20.5"
WATTAGE CONSUMPTION
75 watts
CAPACITY
20 standard wine bottles
SHELVES AND ZONES
5 x Removable premium stainless steel trimmed scalloped chrome shelves
TEMPERATURE RANGE
46-65° F
CONTROLS
Digital control system, Soft touch buttons
COOLING TECHNOLOGY
Thermoelectric
SPECIAL FEATURES
Internal fan for a better air circulation, ETL certified.
DESIGN AND LIGHTING
Black body finish refrigerator with the tinted mirror glass door and UV protection, a recessed door handle, blue LED lighting with On/Off switch

What is a Beverage Refrigerator

A beverage refrigerators is a compact device, which inner space is organized in a way that is optimal for storing beverage cans and bottles. You can place such bar refrigerator in any room or even near your swimming pool, so that cool beverages are always at hand, and you don’t need to go to the kitchen to pick them. In addition, the availability of a beverage refrigerator will help free space in your food refrigerator. Further on, you should consider the higher energy efficiency of these compact refrigerators compared to the standard fridge solutions, as well as their cooling efficiency. The wide range of solutions available on the market enables any user to select a beverage refrigerator with an optimal inner space arrangement, no matter what the user prefers: beer, soda, or wine. After reading our review you will be able to easily choose the most suitable beverage refrigerator.

Those, who find wine more to their liking should pay attention to wine aerators that allow enjoying the taste and aroma of this refined beverage in its entirety.

If you want your beverages cool for a basket dinner you may want to use the car cooler bags.

As for choosing a refrigerator model for your main food supplies we suggest you to consider the side-by-side or french door refrigerators.

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What To Look For

First, you need to clearly determine the Cooled Beverage Type you want to keep in a beverage refrigerator you are about to buy, as well as the refrigerator Installation options. The refrigerators of this type are divided into the units designed either for storing beverages or wine. With that, there are combined units with a dual zone storage function for storing different beverage types at once.

There are built-in, freestanding, integrated and outdoor beverage refrigerators. Despite such differentiation, the refrigerating units can allow for several types of installation. It is important for the built-in beverage and wine refrigerators to have a venting on the front side. Owing to their design integrated beverage refrigerators completely blend into the surrounding cabinetry with all their elements including the front panel. The outdoor beverage refrigerators are made of weather-proof materials intended to endure the environment influence. One of the advantages that beverage refrigerators bring is the low power consumption ranging from 75 to 150 watts.

The next important points are refrigerator Capacity and Interior. The wine refrigerators are usually equipped with curved shelves designed for storing wine bottles, for the most part of the standard 750 ml volume. At that, the capacity of the beverage refrigerators is estimated in the maximum amount of 12oz. cans they can accommodate. The refrigerators of this type use flat shelves. The rearrangement of the shelves and their placing at different levels enable you to adapt the interior space of the refrigerators to your needs as well as to vary the size of bottles and cans stored. Owing to the removable design of the shelves used you can easily access even the beverages put deep inside your beverage refrigerator. For the most part, the shelves are the holed glass panels or latticed panels, which serve for maintaining the circulation of the cooled air.

The next essential criterion for choosing a beverage refrigerator or a beer refrigerator is Controls and Special Features of a refrigerator, which depend on the cooling type. You should keep in mind that wine is recommended to be stored in conformity with certain temperature ranges. The suggested temperature for storing white wine lies in a range between 46°F and 56°F, while the recommended temperature range for red wine storage is 58°F - 68°F. The higher the beer strength the less cooling it needs. The beer type with high alcohol by volume (abv) value have the recommended storage range of 50°F-60°F, while the types with lower abv should be stored at 35°F-50°F.

The wine refrigerators must be exposed to vibrations as little as possible in order to avoid the undesired churning and stirring of the wine sediment, which may negatively affect the wine gustatory quality. In this respect, units that are equipped with a thermoelectric cooling system are a perfect fit due to the absence of vibrations otherwise caused by the refrigerator operating principle. There is a drawback of thermoelectric cooling that is worth noticing – the temperature inside the thermoelectric units is heavily influenced by the temperature of the environment. That is why you should look to a compressor beverage refrigerator if it is not possible to install the refrigerating unit in a premise that does not have a big temperature differential.

In the vast majority of cases, the bar refrigerator units have an auto defrosting feature, which prevents the ice build up and frosting. In case of choosing a wine refrigerator, you should pay attention to the availability of humidity adjustment feature that allows avoiding wine bottle corks overdrying and shrinkage. A valuable advantage is the glass door of a fridge compartment, which allows seeing what is there inside the refrigerator and keep you from opening the door too often. With that, a must for the wine refrigerators and optional feature for the beverage refrigerators is the UV-protective coating of a glass door for avoiding the exposure of wine to sunlight. A lockable door is another desirable feature for protecting alcoholic beverages. A charcoal air filter can be used for removing unpleasant odors inside a fridge. A reversible door, adjustable height legs, and door handles provide the largest choice of installation options and make a fridge suitable for both, right-handers and left-handers. The availability of ETL certificates for an undercounter beverage refrigerator ensures its compliance with North American security standards. The prevalence of stainless steel finishing and colors or dark colors in the design of beverage refrigerators makes them fit in the vast majority of environment types. A built-in lighting also serves two purposes: it allows seeing what is inside even at night and highlights the aesthetical look of wine bottles stored in a beverage refrigerator.

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Review of NewAir 18 Bottle 60 Can Built-In  WIne & Beverage Cooler

NewAir 18 Bottle 60 Can Built-In WIne & Beverage Cooler

NewAir 18 Bottle 60 Can Built-In WIne & Beverage Cooler

Cooled Beverage Type and Installation

NewAir AWB-360DB wine and beverage refrigerator is a perfect home solution due to its dual zone design. After buying this beverage refrigerator you are sure to have wine and other beverages stored at the appropriate temperature regardless of the air temperature in the room. This undercounter beverage refrigerator can be easily installed under a table top of your kitchen table, or placed as a freestanding fridge in a home cinema room or dining room. You can enjoy watching an interesting movie while having a get-together with your friends and not miss a single scene of the movie, as you can have this glass door beverage refrigerator near and do not need to go to the kitchen to pick another bottle of wine or a can of beer.

Capacity and Interior

Two storage zones of this beverage refrigerator allow storing 18 standard wine bottles and 60 standard 12oz beer cans or soda drink cans. Owing to the removable design of the shelves you can quickly rearrange the internal space of the AWB-360DB refrigerator for storing the beverages in the vessels of different capacity. The metal grating shelves allow a free circulation of the air inside the beverage refrigerator cabinet and the ability to roll the shelves out, which makes picking the furthest beverages easy.

Controls and Special Features

NewAir AWB-360DB is equipped with two separate thermostats for the two zones that allow setting the appropriate storage temperature for each beverage type. The digital temperature monitoring system adjusts the temperature inside the refrigerator cabinet with an accuracy of 1 degree within the 36-72 °F range. Thus, you can store both red and white wine in this fridge. All the temperature variations are showed on the LED display. The lockable doors for each storage zone will keep your beverages secure and protect them from your children’s meddling. The color design of this beverage and wine refrigerator makes it organically fit in the kitchen or any other room interior due to the use of black and stainless steel colors. The transparent glass doors give you enough time to decide on the beverage you want to pick so as to open the door only after that for a short time thus making it easier for this glass door beverage refrigerator to maintain the set temperature. The blue LED lighting highlights your wine collection while helping you see what is inside the refrigerator cabinet even at night without turning the lights on, which makes it an invaluable solution for cafes that are open round the clock.


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NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Wine & Beverage Cooler
NewAir 18 Bottle 60 Can Built-In  WIne & Beverage Cooler
NewAir 18 Bottle 60 Can Built-In WIne & Beverage Cooler
 
Review of EdgeStar 142 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler, 5.49 Cu.Ft

EdgeStar 142 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler, 5.49 Cu.Ft

EdgeStar 142 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler, 5.49 Cu.Ft

Cooled Beverage Type and Installation

EdgeStar Beverage Cooler is designed mostly for cooling beer, cola or other beverages, which we are used to drinking chilled. The design and dimensions of this beer refrigerator make it possible for customers to use it both indoors and outdoors. Owing to such versatility you will always have an access to chilled beverages while in your garage, or near a swimming pool. Buying this beer and soft drink refrigerator allows you to save the time otherwise spent going to the kitchen from a distant room or a part of your house.

Capacity and Interior

The Edge Star 142 beverage refrigerator can accommodate 142 standard 12oz cans. The capacity offered by this small bar refrigerator permits you to cool enough beverages for supplying everyone at a small party on a patio with chilled drinks. By inserting the 3 removable flat glass shelves at different levels you will be able to place bottles and cans of almost any size inside the Edge Star refrigerator, thus offering your guests or café visitors the refreshing drinks they like.

Controls and Special Features

EdgeStar Stainless Steel Beverage Cooler is controlled digitally with the system that allows you to set the inside temperature with a high precision. The availability of two displays inside the fridge, one of which shows the current temperature and the other – the temperature you set, enables you to monitor the inside temperature changes. The temperature setting in this beverage and beer refrigerator is performed with mechanical buttons in the range of 38-50° F. The built-in carbon filter will clean the air from unpleasant smells, and the internal fan will provide a better air circulation inside the cabinet. The legs of this beverage refrigerator can be replaced with casters to enable its easier navigation, which is especially handy when used for commercial use. The stainless steel used as the exterior material provides a high durability of the device and makes the fridge outside part as well as the inside space easy to clean; the Auto defrost function makes the refrigerator cleaning even easier, and greatly reduces the maintenance time in the heavy-duty operation. LED lighting that automatically turns on when you open the door helps you see what is there inside even in a poorly lit environment.


EdgeStar 142 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler, 5.49 Cu.Ft
EdgeStar 142 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler, 5.49 Cu.Ft
 
Review of Danby 120 Can  Beverage Cooler Center

Danby 120 Can Beverage Cooler Center

Danby 120 Can Beverage Cooler Center

Cooled Beverage Type and Installation

Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center refers to freestanding beverage refrigerators. This model will fit in an interior of any room, where your family spends most of the time or you get together with your friends. A low power consumption makes the DBC120BLS a very energy-effective device, which is a great advantage if you run a small restaurant or a cafe. Upon buying this beverage fridge, you’ll free your main fridge from multiple cans and bottles, and have them all in easy reach.

Capacity and Interior

Danby DBC120BLS beer refrigerator is equipped with 3 full-sized and 1 half-width removable flat latticed shelves. With that, you can use the bottom of the refrigerator compartment as a shelf. This shelf arrangement scheme allows achieving the maximum capacity of 120 standard 12oz cans. This amount of beverages is enough for providing refreshment even for a big company of people on a hot day. You can treat adults with a cold beer while your kids can enjoy soda drinks, pre-cooled on a different shelf.

Controls and Special Features

This beverage refrigerator by Danby is controlled by a mechanical thermostat. The adjustable compartment temperature lies in the 43-57° F range which allows you to use this glass door beverage refrigerator for storing beer of any tap, soda drinks or other beverages favored by children. The black color finish of the body and stainless steel door of this unit turns it into an interior décor element while retaining its functionality as a practical solution to the problem of beverage bottles and cans storage. The reversible door made of tempered glass with a UV-protective tinted coating and a recessed handle provide a comfortable use of this beverage refrigerator both for right-handers and left-handers and help preserve the integrity of the fridge contents. The stylish blue LED lighting makes cans and bottles in the compartment easily discernable even in the dark. The lighting on this bar refrigerator can be turned on or off constantly with a button inside the compartment, which comes in handy if you want to attract the attention of visitors to the refreshing drinks inside in the evening.


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Danby 120 Can  Beverage Cooler Center
Danby 120 Can Beverage Cooler Center
 
Review of Kalamera 30 Bottle Built-in Wine Refrigerator Cooler

Kalamera 30 Bottle Built-in Wine Refrigerator Cooler

Kalamera 30 Bottle Built-in Wine Refrigerator Cooler

Cooled Beverage Type and Installation

Kalamera presents a wine refrigerator, which can be built-in the existing interior and installed as a freestanding device. The comparatively small width of 14.9" allows installing it inside any house and practically any room. This small bar refrigerator has only 90-watt power consumption, which will not add much to your electricity bills. Considering all its features and size this device is a wonderful choice for those who appreciate and love good wine.

Capacity and Interior

Using this wine and beverage refrigerator you will be able to store up to 30 standard wine bottles on its 6 roll-out wooden shelves. Owners of good wine collections can use this glass door beverage refrigerator as a window for displaying some wine exemplars of their collection. On the other hand, the refrigerator will be a clever option for those who are only starting to join in the occupation of wine collection. The manufacturer also offers models with 18 and 46-bottles capacity so that everyone can select an optimal capacity model.

Controls and Special Features

This refrigerator features a compressor-based cooling system. The control system turns it on according to such scheme that permits maintaining the compartment temperature within the appropriate range from 40 to 66° F while exposing the fridge to the resulting vibrations as little as possible. This aspect is crucial for the storage of old and expensive wines so that it keeps the sediment undisturbed and race of wine integer. A digital temperature control system ensures precise temperature setting which is easily verifiable on the built-in display. You can also fill the plastic tray with water and place it on the lower shelf to raise the humidity inside the compartment if needed. The factory built-in lock will keep your collection safe. The bundled carbon air filter will eliminate all the bad smells inside the refrigerator and the duplex gray glass on the door will block UV radiation. The body of this beverage refrigerator has a stylish look combining the black and stainless steel colors and makes the unit an attractive yet nicely fitting element of any interior. The blue LED lighting can beneficially highlight the wine bottles of your precious collection. You can turn on and off the lighting in the compartment by pressing a signle button on the control panel.


Kalamera 30 Bottle Built-in Wine Refrigerator Cooler
Kalamera 30 Bottle Built-in Wine Refrigerator Cooler
 
Review of Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

Cooled Beverage Type and Installation

This wine and beverage refrigerator by Whynter is a freestanding unit, which you can easily install not only in a room, but even in a small cafe. The 75-watts power consumption is low enough to recommend this beverage refrigerator to any household. Whence the compact design makes it fit into a small apartment, flat or a hotel room. This thermoelectric glass door beverage refrigerator is a splendid wine cooling solution, which is both practical and aesthetically attractive interior decoration element.

Capacity and Interior

Wine bottles inside the cabinet of this small bar refrigerator are stored on 5 removable stainless steel scalloped shelves. This arrangement enables you to easily extract the needed bottle without disturbing the adjacent bottles, thus preserving the precious sediment intact. The refrigerator can accommodate up to 20 standard wine bottles of 750ml capacity, the amount enough to make a small party more enjoyable and exquisite.

Controls and Special Features

Whynter Wine Cooler utilizes a thermoelectric cooling technology, rendering it an awesome solution for the storage of such delicate product as wine. Though, you need to estimate the air temperature of the premise, in which you are to install this small beverage refrigerator in, as it directly impacts the compartment temperature. Aside from that, this wine refrigerator operates silently and without any vibrations, because the fan is the only moving part. The black body finish and black tinted mirror glass door with a UV protection will be a brilliant protection for wine performing on par with the commercial use beverage refrigerators. Upon using this wine and beverage refrigerator you can show off your first small wine collection or the most refined part of a bigger collection thanks to its stylish LED lighting.


Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler
Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler