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Preserve your favourite vintages in one of these small wine fridges

Cheers to seeing your wines age just like the old adage.
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Whether you’re a budding collector or a seasoned entertainer, having a small wine fridge in your home is a sure way to level up your vino prowess.

A convenient and affordable way to store and chill your favourite vintages for longevity and serving respectively, a humble wine fridge is a thoughtful investment come the entertaining season.

With controlled humidity and minimised vibration, these fridges are usually set at 12°C but opt for 6-8°C for sparkling, 8-13°C for whites and 15-18°C for reds.

To elevate your home bar, we’ve curated an edit of the of the best small and mini fridges currently on the market. Cheers to seeing your wines age just like the old adage.

The best thermoelectric small wine fridges

Devanti wine cooler 18 bottle thermoelectric wine fridge, $306.95 (usually $321.95), Myer

Energy-efficient and eco-conscious, this thermoelectric wine fridge from Devanti use high precision thermoelectric cooling technology and a circulating cooling fan system to keep your vintages at primo temperature.

Key features:

  • No frost cooling and auto-defrost

  • Adjustable temperature control

  • Touch control panel

  • UV-resistant glass door

  • Built-in LED light

  • Silent operation

  • Safety child lock

  • 1-year warranty

“It fitted perfectly into our space. The temperature remains constant and is quite. Happy with the unit so far,” wrote a five-star reviewer.

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Devanti wine cooler 28 bottle thermoelectric chiller storage, $387.95 (usually $422.95), Myer

Another thermoelectric winner from Devanti, this reliable wine cooler boasts a compact design and energy-efficient technologies to preserve your vinos.

Key features:

  • High precision thermoelectric cooling technology

  • Circulating cooling fan system

  • No frost cooling

  • Auto-defrost

  • Adjustable temperature control

  • Touch control panel

  • UV-resistant glass door

  • Silent operation

  • Safety child lock

“Works a charm, keeping the wine at a steady temperature. No dramas at all,” wrote a five-star reviewer.

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The best single-zone small wine fridge

Vintec single zone 35 bottle wine cabinet, $792, The Good Guys

Complementing any décor theme, you can house your curated wine collection in style with this storage cabinet from Vintec.

Key features:

  • Repositionable natural beechwood shelves

  • Top crystal white LED lighting

  • Touch-sensitive control panel

  • Triple-glazed UV-treated door

  • 2-year warranty

“Sensational cellar, easy to set up and adds to the aesthetics of any room quiet operation and have no hesitation to highly recommend,” wrote a five-star reviewer.

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The best multizone small wine cabinet

Fisher & Paykel 38 bottle multizone wine cabinet, $2295, Bing Lee

Generalists, rejoice: this wine cabinet has dual temperature zones to store wines of all varieties at different temperatures.

Key features:

  • Brushed stainless steel finish

  • 5°C to 20°C capabilities

  • UV-tempered glass door

  • 2-year warranty

“We love our recently installed wine fridge,” wrote a five-star reviewer, “the two zones are handy and the great design fits in well”.

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The best small wine cellar

Hisense 30 bottle wine cellar, $549, The Good Guys

Keeping chill in style is easy with this Hisense wine cellar that features a sleek black finish.

Key features:

  • 5°C to 18°C temperature range

  • UV-protected glass door

  • Reversible door hinge

  • Low noise and low vibration

  • Soft LED lighting

  • 3-year warranty

“Light, easy to set up and install, wrote a five-star reviewer, “wine looks good and front window looks great especially with the light on inside and door closed”.

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The best mini wine fridge

LG 8 bottle mini wine fridge, $599, Appliances Online

From 2022 Choice Best Brand of Fridges Award winner LG comes this mini fridge complete with a sleek black finish and hosts eight bottles – ideal for dinner party season.

Key features:

  • Slender design

  • Dual glass door

  • Low vibration cooling

  • 2-year warranty

“We really love how whisper quiet our wine fridge is and how compact it is. We have it on our kitchen bench,” wrote a five-star reviewer.

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How much electricity does a small wine fridge use?

On average, a small wine fridge with a capacity of 20-50 bottles uses between 100-200 kWh of electricity per year. This is significantly less than a regular-sized household refrigerator, which uses around 350-800 kWh of electricity per year. To reduce the amount of electricity your wine fridge uses, you can choose a smaller wine fridge if you don’t need a large one, place the wine fridge in a cool room, opt for an electrothermic wine fridge for energy-efficiency and avoid opening the door too often.

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