Last updated on December 22nd, 2020 at 10:17 am

What are dual zone wine cooler refrigerators and why would you consider buying one?

If you’re a serious wine drinker (considering quality not quantity) then you know that red and white wines are perfect for consumption at different temperatures.

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When to Buy a Dual-Zone Wine Fridge?

a stainless steel two-zone wine fridge built into under a counter
Wine Fridge Built Under The Counter

If you love both reds and whites then you might need a dual zone wine refrigerator in order to cool them to drinking temperatures most favourable for both wine types.

Most red wines taste the best at 50 – 64°F, while the majority of white wines require cooler drinking temperature (41 – 50°F) to fully appreciate their flavour.

You should get a a dual temperature zone wine cooler if you want to

  • store reds at around 55°F in one of the two compartments, and
  • to chill whites to serving temperature in the other zone.

A dual zone wine cooler comes handy if you often have guests and you want to have ready-to-serve serve wine at temperature perfect for consumption.

Kept at the right temperature, your wines will preserve their natural flavour and aroma for a longer period of time.

Independent Temperature Controls

2-temperature-zone wine coolers have separate temperature controls and displays for each zone.

You simply set the desired temperature for the whites in one of the two compartments, and adjust the suitable temperature for reds in the other compartment.

But if you’re looking for a simple wine storage solution then a single zone wine cooler will be a more cheaper and reasonable choice.

Which Brand/Manufaturer?

EdgeStar/Koldfront has a range of wine refrigerators with two temperature zones,but other manufacturers like Wine Enthusiast, Koolatron, Ivation, Kalamera, NewAir also offer 2-zone wine storage units.

Many wine coolers, however don’t have two distinctive temperature zones. So make sure you check this feature when you compare wine coolers

Best Small Dual Zone Wine Coolers 2020

The smallest capacity wine coolers with two temperature zones are 12 – 28- bottle units.

yellow double arrohead pointing to the rigthKoolatron 12-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

The Koolatron WC12DZ is a slim, small footrpint model that sells for around 200 USD.

front view of the wine chiller with the door partially open, bottles are placed on metal wires inside the black cabinet
Koolatron 12-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Key Features:

  • Black cabinet with black trimmed tinted glass door
  • Thermoelectric cooling
  • Upper Zone: 54 – 66°F (12 – 18°C): perfect for red wines, Lower Zone: 42 – 66°F (5 – 18°C)
  • Digital touch control to set the temp. for both zones
  • Interior light
  • Both zones have space for 6 – 6 bottles of wine
  • 4 removable wire shelves – hold average size, 750 ml bottles
  • Low noise – the fridge will emit some hu,mming noise, but it isn’t distrubing.
  • Freestanding installation only

Dimensions:

  • Height: 26″
  • Width:
  • Depth: 20.25″

Price

  • ccc. 194 USD (16.16 USD per bottle).

What Users Say?

According to some owners the Koolatron WC12DZ is not a true dual zone cooler: they set the upper part to 65°F but it’s 55°F , while the lower part was set to 50°F and the display shows 54°F.

Others love the small footprint and quiet operation. Few experienced early failure.

All in all, the Koolatron WC12DZ is an affordable wine chiller with space saving design.

yellow double arrohead pointing to the rigthWine Enthusiast 18 Bottle Dual-Zone Max

It’s a compressor operated cooler with split temperature zones. Store reds in the bottom zone to let them reach their full potential after several years and keep whites and roses at serving temp. in the upper zone.

Wine Enthusiast 18-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Wine Fridge

Just press the buttons on the digital control panel on the top of the door to adjust temperature for both zones. Alternatively, you can set the two parts to the same temperature to use it as a single zone cellar.

More Features:

  • Black cabinet with black trimmed, double thermal pane glass door
  • Door is non-reversible and has an integrated handle.
  • Temperature range (for both zones): 41° – 64°F (5 – 17.7°C)
  • Temperature display in blue LED on the front of the door. Buttons for setting the temperature you want the fridge to cool to are also here.
  • 5 curved, chrome plated metal shelves, and 1 stationery shelf at the bottom. It’s slightly tilted to better display the bottles.
  • Efficient, long-lasting compressor cooling
  • Recommended for freestanding installation. Ventilates at the back so it is not suitable for building it into cabinets, or putting it under a counter with not enough cearance.

Dimensions:

  • Height: 32.75″
  • Width: 13.75″
  • Depth: 19″
  • Weight: 50 lbs.

Price & Warranty

  • Price: cc. 350 USD (19.4 USD per bottle)
  • Warranty: 1 year parts & labor, 3 years on sealed system

What Users Say?

Most owners are satisfied their Wine Enthusiast 18-Bottle Dual Zone Max cooler. It keeps stable temperatures, attractive and easy to set up.

Quite a few people complained that the fridge is noisy.

See other 18-bottle wine coolers.

yellow double arrohead pointing to the rigthAntarctic Star 28-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler

Antarctic Star 28-Bottle 2-Zone Cooler, Buil-In

This is an elegant wine chiller with brushed, stainless steel framed glass door. the is dual layer for max. thermal insulation.

The slight tint of the glass protects your wines from UV light.

The door has a long, sturdy stainless steel bar handle: 17″ (45 cm).

More Features:

  • Compressor cooling with fan air circulation ensures efficient yet fairly silent operation and consistent temperatures.
  • Door opens to the right and hinging is not reversible.
  • Security lock so you can keep your collection safe from unwanted access (e.g. children)
  • Upper zone: 41° – 54°F (5 – 12°C) : ideal for whites, roses, Lower Zone: 54° – 68°F (12 – 20°C) best for storing reds.
  • Simple temp. setting by a press of the +/- buttons.
  • Auto lock temperature setting: the set temperatures will be locked after 3 min non-activity on the control pad. No worrying about an accidental change. You can unlock the controls by pressing the +/- buttons simultaneously.
  • 6 gliding beechwood shelves, unpainted, hold the bottles. There is enough vertical space between the shelves that you can place wider bottles on them.
  • Plesant blue LED lighting inside the cabinet – stylishly shows off the bottles.
  • Narrow design suitable for built-in installation under the counter. But it is an attractive appliance that looks good freestanding too.
  • Noise level: 42 dBA
  • Power usage: 70 watts
Control Panel: Antarctic Star 28-Bottle Unit

Dimensions:

  • Height: 34.25″
  • Width: 14.96″
  • Depth: 22.75″
  • Weight: 88.2 lbs.

Price & Warranty:

  • Price: cc. 530 USD (cc. 18.9 USD per bottle).
  • Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty and 1 month replacement and refund.

What Users Say?

Many owners have praised the stylish look, easy set up and stable temperatures in both zones of the wine cooler.

Major complaints include: poorly written instruction manual, the fan turns on too often.

Some mentioned that the auto lock temp. setting feature (the control pad locks up if left untouched for a few minues) as an inconvenience.

Overall, the Antarctic 28-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler is one the best in its category. At a reasonable price it boasts premium design that goes well with any decor.

yellow double arrohead pointing to the rigthSchmecke 33-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cellar

It’s a generously-sized black wine cooler designed for freestanding installation. Holds 33 standard height and width bottles.

Looks great especially with the affordable price tag (cc. 370 USD or less).

shows a hand pressing the touch controls on the digital screen located on the top of the wine cooler's door
Schmecke 33-Bottle Wine Cellar

More Features

  • Compressor cooling with fan-assited air circulation: constant tempeatures, stable storage environment for your wines.
  • Digital press button controls for both zones. After setting the desired temperature just touch the “lock” icon to freeze the settings.
  • Easy to see LCD display shows the current temperatures.
  • Top Zone: 54 – 64°F (12 – 17.7°C): suited for storing reds, Bottom Zone: 41 – 57°F (5 – 13.9°C): good for chilling whites and sparkling wines.
  • Double layer, thermopane glass door with black trim and recessed handle. Door glass is tinted to filter UV rays.
  • Door can be locked, comes with 2 keys.
  • Removable chromed metal racks hold the wine bottles. To make room for wide, larger bottles just pull out a shelf.
  • White LED interior light shows off the wines nicely.

Dimensions:

  • Height: 33.4″
  • Width: 19.4″
  • Depth: 16.9″
  • Weight:

Price & Warranty:

  • Price: cc. 370 USD (11.2 USD per bottle)
  • Warranty: 1 year limited manufaturer warranty.

What Users Say?

Most owners are very satisfied with their purchase. According to reviews, the Schmecke 33 bottle wine cellar cools to and holds the set temps.

It’s silent and a great, affordable addition to any wine lover’s home.

Similar Units

Medium Size Dual Zone Wine Chillers

46-Bottle, Dual Zone Avanti Wine Cooler

Avanti Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator, 46 bottles

This medium-capacity wine refrigerator by Avanti can be used as built-in or as freestanding.

The upper temperature zone can hold 32 bottles of red wine while you can chill 14 bottles of white or sparkling wine in the lower compartment on wooden shelves that are fitted with rollerr-assembly for easy pull-out (except for the bottom shelf) and to be able to remove them.

Temperature adjustment for the two zones is simple with the touch-pad digital control panel integrated in the top part of the unit.

Each of the two compartments has its own control buttons: the lower zone’s control is on the right-hand side and you can set temperature for the upper part with the touch buttons on the left.

You can also select temperature to be displayed either in Fahrenheit or in Celsius degrees.

In the upper compartment you’re recommended to store red wines for which you can set the temperature between 55°F – 65°F.

The lower zone is for chillig whites and sparkling wines to serving temperature. Here you can adjust temperature in the 40°F – 55°F range. If you drink mostly whites you can store them in the upper zone.

Price: cc. $700- $800 ($15.22 – $17.4 per bottle).  Read a full review on the Avanti 46-Bottle wine cooler.

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Medium-Capacity Dual Temp. Zone Wine Cooler Refrigerators

Large-Capacity Two-Zone Wine Refrigerators

Orien Usa 100 Bottle dual zone wine cooler FSW-100

When you grow out your mid-sized home wine cooler and you look for a more capacious wine storage unit (100+ bottles) then it’s best to choose a dual temperature zone wine refrigerator so that you have space and flexible storage solution for a wide variety of wines.

More Dual Temperature Zone Wine Cellars

Thermoelectric Two-Zone Wine Refrigerators

NewAir 32 bottle dual zone wine fridge with two doors

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly 2-zone home wine cellar then consider buying a thermoelectric (also known as Peltrier) unit which doesn’t contain compressor and cooling agent.

TIP: Read more about the benefits of thermoelectric wine refrigerators.