Wine chillers, those under-the-counter or free-standing fridges for wines, are a big item with wine lovers, especially here in generally warm Southern California. They’re expensive and vary in quality.
That's why it's good news that Consumer Reports has just issued its report and buying guide on 10 wine chillers. The magazine looked at several under-counter and seven free-standing models with capacities ranging from 28 to 60 standard bottles. They consider temperature uniformity, the logic of shelving, noise, energy use, digital controls, locks and more, in general doing the thorough job of consumer testing we expect from the venerable magazine.