We Review the Top Beer and Wine Combos

We Review the Top Wine and Beverage Combos

Danby 27 Bottle, 60 Can Built In Dual Zone Beverage Center

We Review the Top Wine and Beverage Combos

Avanti 19 Bottle French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler

 

We Review the Top Wine and Beverage Combos

Edgestar 26 Bottle + 80 Can Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center

We Review the Top Wine and Beverage Combos

Magic Chef 16-Bottle/77 Can Dual Zone Wine and Beverage Cooler

We Review the Top Wine and Beverage Combos

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Wine Cooler

The Good Fan forced, frost-free cooling system Customized cooling zones for wine and beer A large capacity, triple zone wine and beverage cooler An inexpensive unit with a flexible storage space for wine and beverages A reliable unit with a wide, adjustable temperature range
The Bad Wine racks can’t be adjusted to hold oversized bottles Small storage capacity compared to other units Very wide and very expensive. Problematic wine storage for red wine lovers Handle is a snagging hazard Small storage capacity compared to other units
The Bottom Line A good, all-round wine and beverage cooler Built in temperature settings are good, but don’t provide much flexibility The triple zone is great, but the unit takes up extra space without providing significantly more storage than competitors Best value for money. All the features at a significantly reduced cost Affordable with flexible cooling and storage options

Beer and wine combos provide a lot of benefits. They free up space in your fridge and they’re the ideal way to keep a collection of perfectly chilled wine, beer, and soda ready at your fingertips, whether you’re relaxing at the end of the day or entertaining friends on the weekend. We looked at the top five beer and wine combos available, reviewed their features and their costs, in order to see which was most effective. Here’s what we found.

Considerations

Cooling Power

Beer and wine combos use the same dual zone cooling technology you’ll find in NewAir built in wine coolers. They use a compressor and fans to pipe cold air into separate zones for wine and canned beverages like beer and soda. Temperature has a big impact on taste, and not just on wine. Your taste buds react more strongly warm food than to cold food, which is why cold drinks such as beer and soda are made stronger and sweeter than drinks like wine, which are served closer to room temperature. Drinking a beverage at the wrong temperature ruins the experience. It’s either too strong to too weak. You need to taste it at the temperature it was made to be served at if you truly want to enjoy it.

Storage Capacity

Storage capacity of a beer and wine combo is not only determined by its size, but also by its level of customization. Shelves can be moved to accommodate larger bottles, or switched from one zone to another in order to optimize storage temperatures and provide more options for beer and wine. (Storage temperatures for beer and wine aren’t always dissimilar. Read Wine vs. Beer – Fact vs. Rumor to learn more.) Beer and wine combos normally come with specially molded shelves for bottles and flat shelves for cans. Since beverage cans take up less space than wine bottles, beer and wine combos can always store more of them.

Design

Beer and wine combos are designed to be attractive and enhance your home environment. They’re designed to be freestanding or installed beneath your countertops or built into your home bar. Wine and beer have strong, positive associations in people’s minds. A beer and wine combo evoke these emotions, increasing its charm and value of your home.

Price

Beer and wine combos are high end appliances, and their price reflects that. The average beer and wine combo starts at around $500. The high-end units cost over $1000.

Cooling Power

Danby Built In 27 Bottle, 60 Can Dual Zone Beverage Center

The Danby Built In Dual Zone Beverage Center can maintain temperatures of 39-64°F in its cooling zones, the ideal range for wine, beer, and soda. Wine is stored at a lower temperature than its served, approximately 55°F for reds and 45°F for whites. Beer and soda are normally served below 55°F.

Avanti 19 Bottle French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler

The cooling zones in the Avanti French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler are each calibrated for different temperature ranges. The range in the left zone is 40-65°F, which makes it better for wine, while the range in the right zone is 39-55°F, which makes it better for beer and soda.

Edgestar 26 Bottle + 80 Can Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center

The Edgestar Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center isn’t a self-contained beer and wine combo, but a combination of a single zone beverage cooler and a dual zone wine cooler. So instead of two cooling zones, it has three: one for red wine, one for white wine, one for beer and soda. The beverage cooler maintains temperatures of 38-50°F, while the wine cooler is capable of maintaining temperatures of 40-54°F in the lower zone (for whites) and 54-65°F in the upper zone (for reds).

Magic Chef 16-Bottle/77 Can Wine and Beverage Cooler

The Magic Chef Wine and Beverage Cooler maintains temperatures of 36-61°F in both its cooling zones, slightly chillier than the other beer and wine combos.

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Wine CoolerWe Review The Top Beer And Wine Combos

The NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer and Wine Cooler has the biggest temperature range of any beer and wine combo we’ve reviewed. It’s temperatures is 36-72°F in both its cooling zones.

Storage Capacity

Danby Built In 27 Bottle, 60 Can Dual Zone Beverage Center

The Danby Built In Dual Zone Beverage Center can store 60 cans of beer and soda, and 27 bottles of wine, an unusually large number for a beer and wine combo. It comes with seven molded wine racks and flat, adjustable shelves in the beverage section.

Avanti 19 Bottle French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler

The Avanti French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler hold 66 beverage cans and 19 wine bottles. Like the Danby Built In Dual Zone Beverage Center, the Avanti French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler uses flat, glass shelves for beverage cans. Solid glass shelving impedes airflow, which forces the compressor has to work harder. The Avanti French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler does have one important advantage: two baskets at the bottom of each cooling zone for extra or oversized bottles and cans.

Edgestar 26 Bottle + 80 Can Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center

The Edgestar Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center has one of the largest storage capacities of all the beer and wine combos we’ve reviewed. It can hold 26 wine bottles (6 in the upper zone and 20 in the lower zone) and 80 beer and soda cans. The set temperature ranges in the wine cooler restricts your storage options, however. If you enjoy red wine, you have to either limit how many you keep on hand or store them in the lower zone subject them to sub-optimal temperatures. The good news is the wine racks are made of wood instead of wire, which improves the unit’s appearance compared to its competitors. The plastic shelves in the beverage section also have holes drilled in them to assist airflow.

Magic Chef 16-Bottle/77 Can Wine and Beverage Cooler

The Magic Chef Wine and Beverage Cooler comes with eight shelves: four for wine and four for beverages. The unit can only fit four at a time, but the extras provide additional storage configurations beyond what you’d find in any other beer and wine combo. You can store your wine up top, and your beer down below. Your beer up top and your wine down below, or use both zones for beer or wine exclusively. It’s the beer and wine combo that can be used exclusively as a wine fridge or a beverage cooler. Storage capacity varies with configuration. When wine is on top, it’s 16 bottles and 63 cans. When wine’s down below, it’s 28 bottles and 77 cans. If used exclusively as a wine fridge its storage capacity is 44 bottles. As a beverage cooler: 140 cans.

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Wine Cooler

The NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Wine Cooler is the only beer and wine combo on our list that uses wire racks in both its beverage and wine zones. The wine racks are molded to fit your wine bottles and all the shelves are adjustable. You can move them from one zone to another in order to optimize space and storage temperatures, and accommodate oversized bottles like champagne. Champagne is normally kept a little cooler than ordinary white wine, 40-45°F, and a beer and wine combo is a good place to chill it before serving. The NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Wine Cooler has the smallest storage capacity of all the beer and wine combos we’ve reviewed: 18 bottles and 60 cans.

Design

Beer and wine combos share many of the same design features – black cabinets with silver-steel trim, tempered glass doors, a lock to prevent unauthorized access, blue LED light to display your collection, digital controls and temperature displays, and built in or freestanding storage – but where they differ is important.

Danby Built In 27 Bottle, 60 Can Dual Zone Beverage Center

The Danby Built In Dual Zone Beverage Center has the smallest door handles of every beer and wine combo we saw. They’re semi-flush, discreet cupped handles located up on the top of the doors. The doors are French. Each opens into a different cooling zone, so you won’t disturb your beverages getting a bottle of wine, or vice versa. The digital controls are located behind the doors, however, so you have to disturb each zone to adjust the temperature. It’s dimensions are 34.4 in. (Height) x 23.8 in. (Width) x 24.8 in. (Depth), perfectly suited for a standard 36 inch countertop.

Avanti 19 Bottle French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler

The Avanti French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler also has French doors, but its temperature controls are located above them rather than behind them, so you can adjust the temperature without upsetting its contents. It’s dimensions are 34 in. x 23.5 in. x 24.75 in.

Edgestar 26 Bottle + 80 Can Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center

Because it’s technically two units, the Edgestar Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center is the widest beer and wine combo we reviewed. Its dimensions are 32 in. x 30 in. x 23.5 in., which means it takes up a lot of space beneath your countertop or home bar. Like Danby, its control panels are located behind its tinted, French doors.

Magic Chef 16-Bottle/77 Can Wine and Beverage Cooler

The Magic Chef Wine and Beverage Cooler is the only single door beer and wine combo on our list, and it has a large, conspicuous door handle you can bang your knees against and snag yourself on. Its control panel is located in the center divider behind the upper and lower cooling zones, behind the door. The door is completely reversible, which lets you avoid obstacles that could stop it from swinging open. The glass door is smoked to improve its appearance. The unit’s dimensions are 34.3 in. x 23.4 in. 24.6 in. It is the only beer and wine combo with a white interior light rather than a blue one. It’s also the only unit without a door lock. It is possible to lock the control panel and make it impossible to adjust the temperature settings without your permission, but there’s no way to keep people from opening the door whenever they please.

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Wine Cooler

The NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Wine Cooler looks great both as a freestanding or built in unit. Its control panels are located behind its French doors. Its dimension are 34.25 in. x 24 in. x 23.5 in.

Price

Danby Built In 27 Bottle, 60 Can Dual Zone Beverage Center

The best price we could find for the Danby Built In Dual Zone Beverage Center as $999.99, marked down from $1,249.99, a good deal for a beer and wine combo this size. These are high-end appliances, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a deal on one for less than $500.

Avanti 19 Bottle French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler

The Avanti French Door Wine and Beverage Cooler retails for almost the exact same price as the Danby Beverage Center: $999.00, marked down from $1,248.75.

Edgestar 26 Bottle + 80 Can Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center

The Edgestar Side-By-Side Wine & Beverage Center was the most expensive beer and wine combo we looked at. We found one for $1,089.00, marked down from $1,453.32. That’s definitely on the high end of the price range, and a bit more than we’d be willing to pay, given the unit’s limited ability to store wine. We love the triple cooling zones, but wish the temperature range for wine was more flexible.

Magic Chef 16-Bottle/77 Can Wine and Beverage Cooler

The Magic Chef Wine and Beverage Cooler sells for $549.00, the cheapest wine and beverage coolers we reviewed by far. This was especially surprising given its average size and large storage capacity, and we didn’t know how to account for it. Besides a door lock, it’s not missing any major features found in any of the other beer and wine combos.

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Wine & Beverage CoolerWe Review the Top Beer and Wine Combos-2

The NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Wine & Beverage Cooler sells for $854.96-$949.95, depending on where you go to buy it, which puts it on the lower end of the price range and makes it one of the more affordable beer and wine combos on the market.

The Bottom Line

All of these units do a great job cooling beer and wine. They’re easy to use, they can hold a lot of bottles and cans, and they’re compressor powered, which means you can place them anywhere without overheating. Of course, we have a soft spot for the NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Beer & Cooler. It’s sturdy, reliable, a powerful cooler, and because its shelves can be adjusted however you like, it provides the most flexible storage options for red wine, white wine, beer, and oversized bottles of all the beer and wine combos we reviewed.

However, we have to admit that not even we could beat the low price of a Magic Chef 16-Bottle/77 Can Wine and Beverage Cooler. It has almost all the same features, the reversible cooling zones give you customizable storage options, it has a large storage capacity, and the smoked glass looks great. We’re not thrilled about the handle. It juts out too far and we’ve banged our knees on similar units too many times (it’s why our handles are rounded off), but if you want to store a lot of wine and want a lot of options on how to store it, you won’t find much to be unhappy about with the Magic Chef 16-Bottle/77 Can Wine and Beverage Cooler.

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