Last updated on October 2nd, 2020 at 02:05 pm

If you have  medium to large collection of wines then it’s a good idea to find adequate storage place for it, preferably with ideal temperature and humidity conditions and proper racking.

Built-in wine coolers/wine refrigerators are manufactured exactly for this purposes.

They are zero-clearance appliances designed to sit flush with and fit neatly in your existing cabinetry.

The ventilation (forcing the hot air out of the cabinet interior) is in the front so you can install the appliance with its back against the wall (you still need to leave some space, cc. 1/2″ for proper air circulation).

Built-in wine coolers and wine refrigerators are availbale in various sizes from full-height, large capacity units to small undercounter wine fridges.

a double door wine cooler built under the counter

The smallest built-in wine coolers can hold around 18 – 28 bottles but there are large capacity units which can accommodate 100 or more bottles of wine.

To save space you can build in the wine cooler under the counter or any other suitable place in your kitchen (library, recreational room).

Slim design built-in wine coolers occupy as much space as a kitchen trash bin or garbage compactor does.They take up less room than freestanding wine coolers, however you can use most models as standalone.

You can choose from different decors to have it match with the overall design and look of your kitchen.

Larger, high-end built-in wine coolers with multiple temperature zones are rather expensive and some models require a professional to install them.

Slim, Built-In Wine Coolers

undercounter built-in wine cabinet

If you have only a narrow space to fit in the unit, look for a wine refrigerator with 15 inch or less width:

The Summit SWC 1530 wine cooler holds 28 bottles. This compact unit with 15″ width can be conveniently fitted in your kitchen’s cabinetry or you can place it freestanding.

It costs cc. US$ 680-700 .Vinotemp TC32-BL 32-bottle wine refrigerator for around US$ 440 (US$ 13.75 per bottle) is another good compact wine bottle cooler for built-in placement.

It’s an attractive unit with black cabinet and double pane, reversible glass door.

With the electronic temperature control you can adjust temperature in the 48ºF – 60ºF range.

You can monitor the interior temperature on the digital display.

The wire shelves can be removed to fit in wider bottles, but the cooler can accommodate max. 32 standard-sized (750 ml) bottles.

The Vinotemp TC32-BL wine refrigerator carries 1 year warranty on the compressor, the balance of the cooling system and on the cabinetry.

15-Inch Built-In Wine Cooler Refrigerators

15″ wide wine coolers are specifically designed to fit into existing kitchen cabinetry to prvide space-efficient wine storage solution in households.

These compact wine storage appliances come in many various designs, providing ample decor choices and, in case of higher-end models, several customization options (custom stain and finish of wood shelves, custom door frame etc.).

Recommendations for Narrow Models

Mid-Capacity Built-In Wine Cooler Refrigerators

Danby 50-Bottle Wine Refrigerator – Single Zone

Danby DWC508BLS 50 bottle wine cooler

The Silhouette line of Danby, a US manufacturer of household appliances incl. wine storage coolers, offers several built-in models with varying bottle count.

The Danby 50 Bottle Capacity Wine Cooler (DWC508BLS) is a great mid-sized home wine refrigerator with 1 temperature zone. It’s simple yet elegant.

  • Although it’s a single zone model, it has a fairly wide temperature range (39°F – 64°F / 4 – 18ºC).
  • Store reds on the top shelves where the temperature is a bit higher than at the bottom part of the cabinet, which is best for storing whites.
  • You can easily set the cooler to any temperature within that range with the digital thermostat. An elegant blue screen displays the set temperature.
  • The tinted, tempered door glass with the stainless steel trim lends elegance to the unit which is further enhanced by the 6 and one half size natural beechwood shelves.

More Built-In Models by Danby

The door hinge is reversible allowing you to choose the most favorable placement in your home. The door comes with lock & key set to keep your wine collection safely closed.

Besides the attractiveness of the wood shelves they have the advanatage of not scraping the labels on the bottles unlike wire racks.

The wine cooler comes with a plastic reservoir that you fill 3/4 full with water and place it in the middle of the top shelf as an attempt to maintain some kind of humidity level within the cabinet.

As a zero clearance appliance the Danby Silhouette DWC508BLS wine cellar can be used both as a freestanding and as built-in, under the counter.


  • Height: 34 7/16″
  • Width: 23 13/16″
  • Depth: 23 11/16″

Weight: 123.5 lbs.

This wine cooler has a very nice per-bottle price making this unit one of the most cost effective mid-capacity wine refrigerators.

Price of the Danby Designer Series 50-bottle wine cooler: cc. $700 – $770 ($14 – $15.4 per bottle).

User Opinions

The Danby 50-bottle wine cooler has received fairly good reviews (average ratings: 4 out of 5 points).

  • A few users of this model have complained that wider bottles won’t fit in due to the non-adjustable shelving.
  • Another problem is that the door must be fully open to be able to pull out the shelves which extend to only 3 inches.
  • A bit loud when the compressor is on.
  • Other positive coments from users of this apliance include that it keeps the set temperature accurately, has a nice modern look, moderately priced.

TIPS for More Mid-Sized Wine Coolers

More Built-in Wine Coolers

Large and Luxury Built-In Units

Allavino built-in wine refrigerator, 32 bottles, AWR30-1BR

There are many other 100+ bottles capacity wine cooler refrigerators for built-in placement. The 166-bottle Avanti wine refrigerator model can be placed either as freestanding or used as built-in.

Allavino, EdgeStar, KingsBottle offer attractive, 100-200 bottle models with front ventilation allowing you to either build it in flush with cabinetry or use it freestanding.

The N’FINITY line of wine cabinets (by Wine Enthusiast) offer less pricey alternatives: there are several models in the 100+ bottles capacity:

High-End Recommendations