Chill Wine Quickly
A single bottle wine cooler comes handy when you need chilled wine quickly. When you have unexpected guests just place a bottle of wine in the single bottle cooler and you’ll have finely cooled wine in about 20-30 minutes.
Without an electric chiller you can put the wine in the freezer to accelerate cooling but you might forget about it and the wine will be too cold for drinking.
Another solution was to place the bottle in a bucket of ice.
But the cooling tends to be slow and it’s a lot messier than chilling wine with the elegant and practical single bottle coolers.
They’re small thermoelectric wine coolers using the Peltier effect as cooling technology.
There’s a an aluminium container 3.5 inch in diameter where you place the bottle of wine.
You set the temperature you want the wine to be cooled down at and go about preparing the dinner or chatting with your guests. A LED display indicates the temeperature.
A single bottle wine cooler operates silently and uses only 65-70 watts electricity.
Depending on the brand you can get a single bottle wine cooler for US$ 30 – 60.
They’re nice gifts for wine lovers.
Manucaturers usually give 1 year warranty on single bottle coolers.
Another benefit of a single bottle wine cooler is that you can take it with you on vacation. They’ll usually come with a 12 Volt car charger so you can take it with you on the road and have a bottle of your favourite chilled by the time you arrive.
How about arriving at a party wiht a perfectly chilled wine? Far more convenient than messing with heaps of melting ice.
Besides the ability to chill wine fast single bottle wine coolers have the added benefit of looking elegant and stylish on the dining table.
Recommended Single Bottle Wine Coolers
Electric, single-bottle wine chillers become more and more popular as they’re practical appliances in any wine lovers’ household and they’re nice gifts for wine-appreciating family members and friends.
All of these chillers use thermoelectric cooling systems based on the Peltier scientific principle.
Koolatron WC02G-CA 1-Bottle Wine Chiller
This chiller has an aluminium housing with 3.5 ” diameter and utilizes the thermoelectric cooling ensuring silent operation. The Koolatron single bottle cooler chills wine down to 40°F in about 30 minutes.
It comes with a 12V adapter so you can take it along with you on the road.
- Height: 12 “
- Width: 8 “
- Depth: 7 “
Price: cc. US$ 50 -72.
With the Koolatron single bottle wine cooler you can set 8 different temperatures.
Read about other Koolatron Wine Coolers.
Danby’s single bottle, tabletop chiler key features include:
- 10 pre-set temperatures
- electronic thermostat for temperature setting in the range of 37°F – 122°F
- LED display
- removable air filte
Price: cc. US$ 50.
Maytag Handy Chiller Wine Cooler US$ 60
Besides wines you can chill canned soft drinks, beer and othe rbottled drinks with less than 1 litre capacity. It really cools fast because it chills a 0.33 can in 1 minute, a bottle of wine in 3.5 minutes.
The device comes with 2 containers in which you have to put water and place it in the freezer to make ice.
If you already have ice cubes at hand you can use them too instead of waiting for the water in the container to freeze. The chiller can take about 20-30 ice cubes.
Once the ice is placed in the container you have to pour water over it so that the water level is above the minimum level mark.
The chiller is ready to use. Press the appropriate buttons on the control panel on the front of the cooler.
You can select from:
- can, wine,
- no spin, and
- extra which chills the drink to a super cold tempearture but it’ll take twice as much time than with the regular settings.
The chiller will rotate and pump iced water over the inserted drink and cools it to the set temperature. If you don’t want the drink to be spinned simply press the No-Spin button.
With 30 ice cubes you can chill around a couple of bottles of wine or 5-6 cans. The cooler will signal if more ice is needed to add though the cold water will still cool the drink without ice but at a slower speed.
The Maytag Handy Wine chiller is available in silver and black finishes and it’s a really useful addition to any modern kitchen since it chills your favourite drinks much faster than the fridge.
Price of the Maytag Handy Beverage Chiller: GBP 55 – 60 (cc. US$ 60).
It carries a 12-month warranty. It comes with a user-friendly manual that contains step-by-step instructions with photos on how to use the appliance.
NScessity NSBC 867T Wine Cooler & Warmer – US$ 60
This comapct device allows you to chill whites or warm up reds to the desired drinking temperature. It doesn’t require ice for the chilling because it uses the fairly new thermoelectric cooling technology (also known as Peltier technology).
The device cools a bottle of room temperature wine to 7ºC in 2 hours but if you pre-cool the bottle in the fridge you can reach the desired drinking temperature faster.
It comes with pre-programmed temperature settings for different grape varieties and all you have to do is select the type of wine you want to cool/warm from the digital display. T
he aluminium canister is wide enough that you can place and cool champagne in it.
- Height: 22.5 cm/li>
- Width: 13 cm
- Depth: 17.5
Due to the chiller’s compact size you can conveniently place it on the kitchen counter or the dining table. It’s availbale in silver and titanium finishes.
Price of the NScessity NSBC 867T Wine Chiller & Warmer: cc. US$ 60 .
Waring Pro Single Bottle Wine Chillers – PC 100 and PC150 models
These sleek tabletop chillers look attractive with the black outer case and the blue LCD screen.
You can place and chill (or warm) a standard-sized, room-temperature wine bottle in the 3.5-diameter cooling area. With the push button controls you can choose from the pre-programmed temperatures.
The Waring Pro 100 chillers coolest feature is the database including cooling temperatures of 33 types of red wines, white wines, and champagnes.
The PC 100 Waring Pro model’s same database contains temperature data of 26 wine varieties.
Reviews: many users of this chiller have complained on its inability to chill the wine to the selected temperature and that it takes much longer than 15 minutes (this cooling time is stated in the unit’s manual) to reach the set temperature.
The problem can be that the thermometer of the cooler senses the temperature of the bottle or the air around it.
Also if you place a 70°F-wine bottle in the chiller expect to wait 1-1.30 hours to chill it down to about 45-48°F. (To reduce chiiling time place the bottle in the freezer for 25-20 minutes)
One consumer have noted that the chiller is rather noisy that can disturb conversation around the table.
Another problem is that only a few types of champagne bottles fit into the unit.
TIP: Some had very good experiences when chilling red wines in the Waring Pro chiller. Whites, and sparkling wines need more time to reach their recommended drinking temperatures.
So the Waring Pro wine chillers seem to best suited for red wines. In case of whites or sparkling wines put them in the fridge for a while before chilling them in the single bottle wine cooler.
In order not to get disappointed keep in mind that these chillers are for chilling or warming room temperature wines to the desired temperature.
The device needs mimimum 15 minutes to bring a wine from 70°F to 64°F and at least 2 minutes/degree to continue with chilling. However in lower temperature ranges (40 – 50°F) it requires 5 minutes/degree for further cooling.
Price: cc. US$ 100 .
Other Single Bottle Wine Chillers
The main inconvenience with this type of chillers is that you to have to put ice and water in them, but they do a good job of cooling wine to the desired serving temperature.
Cooper 1-Bottle Wine Coolers
Cooper beverage chillers work by rotating the bottle or can while contimuously sprinkling it with iced water. A Cooper cooler chills a 12 oz. can from 77°F to 43°F in about 1-2 minutes.
Yeap, they’re indeed fast! But to achieve rapid cooling put as much ice in it as much you can.
Cooper HC01 Rapid Beverage Chiller
- You can’t turn off the device only if you unplug it. In standby mode the flashing light in the front can be rather annyoying.
- The paper labels on bottles come off or become torn.
- Operates rather noisy even in the “no-spin” mode.
- To get rid off the water from inside the unit you have to unplug it then take it to the sink to pour out water. (After pouring out the water leave the chiller to dry or wipe it out with a soft cloth.)
Price: cc. US$ 60 .
If you wish to chill two different types of wines at the same time consider buying a dual bottle wine cooler.
TIP: The EuroCave Sowine Home Wine Bar preserves and keeps chilled 2 bottles of wine for up to 10 days.