Koldfront TWR187ESS Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Last updated date: November 5, 2020

DWYM Score

8.6

Koldfront TWR187ESS Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler

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We looked at the top Wine Coolers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wine Cooler you should buy.

Editor's Note November 5, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wine Cooler for a detailed review of all the top wine coolers.

Overall Take

Designed to stand alone, this wine cooler can be placed just about anywhere. It's made from a durable stainless steel and comes with a handy safety lock. The door swings a full 180 degrees, giving you easy access to your favorite wine.


In our analysis of 177 expert reviews, the Koldfront Koldfront Dual Zone Wine Cooler placed 13th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Store various types of wine at their optimal temperatures using the Koldfront 7 Series 18 Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler ( TWR187ESS). This free-standing wine cooler has two temperature zones, both which use thermoelectric cooling to ensure that up to 18 bottles of your wine taste as the winemakers intended. The top zone has a temperature range of 54 to 66°F while the lower zone has a temperature range of 46 to 66°F. Both zones can be controlled by the centrally located control panel featuring a LCD temperature display and temperature adjustment buttons for both the top and lower zones. The LED interior lighting displays your bottles in a delicate, non-intrusive light.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.3
445 user reviews

What experts liked

Koldfront TWR187ESS Wine Cooler is the best option for you if you talk about smartness in terms of both operation and design. The unit is amazing and effective as and when it comes to technical sense as well as aesthetic sense. The stylish Koldfront TWR187ESS gives a very velvety look to your wine while you go and present it. Making sure that your wine tastes as the wine- makers intended it to be, there are two separate zones for two types of wines to meet the need of required temperatures for both red and white wines respectively.
- Popular Wine Coolers
The dual zone wine coolers are for those who have a growing collection of both; the red and the white wines. The LED display of the wine cooler does not only control the temperature efficiently, as it also illuminates the bottles so that you can have a better view. It consists of 6 wooden shelves, which you can remove according to your will.
- Gizmo Freakz
The glossy black cabinet, wooden racks and centrally placed controls and display give this unit an elegant appearance, not to mention the blue LED light that showcases your stored collection in enhanced glamor. The whole device looks quite sturdy, able to withstand long hours of operation and some rough treatment too. The unit hits the mark on all its advertised qualities. The whisper-quiet operation of this freestanding wine cooler for example is a feature that few other thermoelectric ever quite deliver.
- Home Wine Fridge Reviews
Obviously, the very appearance of this cooler speak volumes. Seriously, I just can’t get over how nice it looks. A divider on the door acts as a gasket between the two zones, keeping one temperature steady in one section while also maintaining the temperature in the other. This means that the front of the unit will look seamless but you will still have full control over the whole system. You won’t have to worry about the two temperatures mingling and messing up the whole thing.
- Cooling Wine

What experts didn't like

System might be too small for some large wine bottles. Detachable wood shelves can be a little ticklish and touch- and- go to handle.
- Popular Wine Coolers
This wine cooler is too expensive. Space is a bit restricted for the larger wine bottles. It has small shelves and so the wine bottles can slip out of the unit. One has to open it carefully when there are 18 bottles in the cooler. The water pan has to be removed from the rear of the unit.
- Gizmo Freakz
The Koldfront 18 Bottle Free Standing Dual Zone Wine Cooler really takes some squeezing to get that 18-bottle capacity. The shelves are placed very close together reducing its idealness for larger or odd shaped bottles.
- Home Wine Fridge Reviews

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

An Overview On Wine Coolers

If you love wine, you need somewhere to put it — but not everyone has the room, the budget or the need for a true wine cellar. Enter the wine cooler.

“Wine coolers can also provide that perfect temperature for storing and aging wines at a fraction of the cost of building a wine cellar in your home,” says our resident culinary expert Julie Chernoff, a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, dining editor for Better magazine and food journalist.

Wine coolers can be conveniently located wherever they are needed, but it can be difficult to choose one. They come in a wide price range and with many potential bells and whistles. So, as you’re shopping for one of these useful refrigerators, consider what basic capacity and bottom-line utility you need your wine cooler to have. Also, where will you put it and what size or look fits with your decor? Some common considerations include temperature range and stability, humidity level and the amount of noise the unit makes.

“There are myriad capacities to suit your particular needs, from countertop versions to under-the-counter wine fridges,” Chernoff explains. “The most useful wine coolers provide the ability to adjust temperature and humidity, have adjustable racks to accommodate thicker champagne bottles, dual-zone control to accommodate both red and white wines, and run quietly and efficiently.”

The next step is to look at what extra features you desire. Some coolers come with alarms, LED lighting and particular rack materials to enhance your wine experience.

“A tempered glass-front door provides a way to see what’s in stock without constantly opening and closing the door and letting the cold air out,” Chernoff advises. “It also ensures that you won’t forget the bottles in the back of your pantry.”

If you’re serious about your wine, a wine cooler can upgrade your storage immensely and provide the right climate for your favorite vintages.

The Wine Cooler Buying Guide

  • Decide where your wine cooler will live. Before picking a spot, consider where there’s enough space within your home to keep it and how convenient you need your wines to be. Size may be a limiting factor, so keep that in mind. Should you get something that is free-standing or one that fits on your counter?
  • You may wish to purchase a wine cooler that fits your decor. Check out your options when it comes to appearance.
  • Consider the cooling method. Wine coolers can run on a compressor just like a refrigerator, but some smaller ones are thermoelectric. Thermoelectric units are quiet and efficient, but need extra clearance space and may not work as well if the air around them is warm. Compressors are heavier and a bit louder, but may last longer.
  • How much capacity do you need? Do you like to regularly keep several options on hand?  Will you be storing bulkier items, like champagne bottles? If any of these factors apply to you, you may need a cooler with adjustable racks.
  • Temperature regulation is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a wine cooler. Find a unit that has an adjustable thermometer, and consider dual zones if you’ll be putting both white and red wines in your cooler.
  • Price is also important. Many wine coolers have nice features, so decide what extras you can live without if you want something on the lower end of the price range.