Our Top 10 Best Wine Bottle Chillers and Ice Buckets will keep wines at proper serving temperature in the hot Spring and Summer months ahead. Running back and forth to the refrigerator every time you or your guests need a refill of chilled wine is not only inconvenient, but opening and closing the fridge drives up energy costs.
We’ve run the full range of products here, from chillers for individual glasses to a small wine refrigerator that holds a dozen bottles. From low tech to high, we’ve found wine chilling solutions for just about every situation. Whether you need to update your wine bar for entertaining this summer or are on the hunt for the perfect gift for a wine lover, you will find our recommendations helpful.
Here they are, our Top 10 Best wine chillers and ice buckets, cheers!
The simplest, most reliable and cost-effective method of chilling wine is to immerse the bottle in a solid bucket filled with ice and cold water. This one comes with a matching stand so you can place the bucket closest to where you are serving without risk of water damage on furniture or creating a potential slip hazard on the floor. Hang bar towels in the side rings to dry the bottle each time you remove it from the bucket.
Bottle coolers that cover more than 80% of the bottle are handy on hot days when wine left outside may be exposed to direct sunlight. The Vineglacé insulated chiller maintains proper serving temperature while shielding the bottle and is easy to pour without removing the bottle from the chiller. The small window lets you know what’s in the bottle if there is no label on the exposed neck. Use indoors or out to keep your wine cold.
This countertop device reduces the temperature of bottled and canned beverages quickly and evenly. Add ice and water, set the desired temperature and it does the rest. Great when you can’t wait for the refrigerator or ice bucket to do the work. Standard 750ml wine bottle cools in six minutes, smaller bottles in three minutes, cans in one minute.
4. BirdRock Home Stainless Steel Beverage Tub with Stand
When you need a larger ice bucket with space below for glasses, napkins or extra beverages waiting for space in the ice, this tub provides it. Wide carrying handles are also great for hanging bar towels.
When serving wines minimally chilled, whether a light red or bold white, have their temperature properly maintained on the table with this classy marble chiller bucket.
The Vacu Vin is an easy and convenient tool for chilling a standard 750ml bottle of wine and then keeping it at proper serving temperature. Re-freezable elements within the chiller hug the bottle to reduce chilling time and maintain chill for hours.
Want the convenience of an ice bucket that also comes with removeable freezing elements? This stylish wine chiller can be filled with water and ice or with re-freezable inserts to keep your wine chilled wherever you go.
Here is a unique chiller for those who like to sip chilled wine slowly on the patio on warm days. This glass chiller has two parts – a stand and a re-freezable cradle. The cradle holds most medium or smaller white glasses and keeps the glass and wine cold between sips. Just store the cradle in the freezer and attach it to the stand when you’re ready to sip.
The Wine Chiller Stick maintains the proper serving temperature range for up to an hour. Just put the chilling rod in the freezer for at least an hour before using. Pour a glass of wine from the bottle, insert the stick with pouring spout attached, then afterwards hand-wash and return to the freezer so it’s ready for the next bottle. It’s like putting ice cubes in the bottle, but it doesn’t melt and dilute the wine. If you entertain outdoors and have several bottles open at the same time, buy several chiller sticks!
Wine refrigerators that hold fifty bottles or more can cost thousands of dollars, but often all we need is a small fridge set to the proper serving temperature for a few bottles. This twelve bottle capacity wine refrigerator runs quietly and fits on the floor or counter in the kitchen, dining room, den, office – wherever you need it! Shelves are configurable.
What is the correct servicing temperature for wine? Here are WSET guidelines for white, red and sparkling wines.
Want to check your wine’s temperature before you pour and as you keep it chilled? Check out the AllTemp Infrared Thermometer. Quick, accurate readings with the push of a button.