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Don't Buy wine coolers

These Don't Buy-rated wine coolers won't stay at the temperature you've set them to and will take ages to chill your wine. Find out which wine coolers you should avoid.

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Avoid low-scoring wine coolers

Our tough tests help us find the best wine coolers, which you can rely on to keep your wine in the best condition before you drink it. But the same tests also ensure we can alert you to the worst wine coolers that do a woeful job.

Buy a Don't Buy wine cooler with a terrible score and you run the risk of having your wine spoiled. Don't Buys that score poorly for temperature accuracy could potentially freeze your wine. Not good news if you've been saving a nice bottle for a special occasion. Buy a Best Buy wine cooler instead.

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The best vs the worst wine coolers

You don't want to run the risk of leaving a quality bottle of wine in a sub-standard wine cooler. 

The worst models we've tested fail to sit at the temperature you've selected, plus they over or under-cool your wine when your kitchen heats up and cools down. 

The price of one of our Don't Buy wine coolers might be tempting when you see it in the shops, or it might be from a big brand you've owned before, but once you get it home you'll be left high and dry.

Good wine deserves to be enjoyed at its best. An excellent wine cooler will keep your wine stored in the best condition, with no damaging fluctuations in temperature. 

Make the right choice and you'll get a wine cooler that won't let you down. Avoid the dross and spend with confidence by following our recommendations.

How we uncover the best and worst wine coolers

We test the latest and best selling wine coolers – cheap and more expensive models. 

All the top brands are in our reviews, including Baumatic, Caple, CDA, Haier, Liebherr, Stoves and more, and we've found that price isn't always an indicator of the quality and even good brands can have bad machines. 

Our testing is the most thorough way you'll find to separate the best from the worst wine coolers.

  • We test the accuracy of the thermostat in every wine cooler, so you can be certain that your wine will be at the temperature you want it at when you serve it.
  • A constant, stable temperature is crucial to ensuring wine stays in the best condition during storage. Our temperature tests expose the terrible wine coolers that just can't maintain a steady temperature. These models will over or under-cool your wine when your kitchen heats up and cools down.
  • Some wine coolers are real energy guzzlers. Because your wine cooler is switched on 24/7, they'll cost a fortune to run. The manufacturer's energy rating isn't always the best indicator of how much you'll be forking out. That's why we measure how much energy each wine cooler uses to give you the estimated running costs.

Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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