The features of a good wine cooler will start with a high-quality build and a pleasing design. It should have a decent capacity as well (at least twenty bottles and ideally more). You will be looking for thermoelectric cooling in a good wine cooler.
With a thermoelectric system, your wine collection will be kept at the appropriate temperature. It will also be stored at the correct humidity level too (an important feature that can be easily overlooked). A good wine cooler will also run with a vibration free cooling system to ensure that the wine is not disturbed and spoilt by the cooling process.
So the cooling system should have no moving parts so that you get a silent and safe cooling system for your treasured collection of wines.
As well as great functionality a good wine cooler will also look great. Although not an essential feature it is important to show off your collection as well as possible.
You will want it to be an excellent aesthetic visual addition to your kitchen or bar room. A good wine cooler will fit all sorts of wine bottles from the traditional to the very unusual. You will want your wine cooler to hold Champagne bottles, sparkling wine bottles, sports bottles, Chianti bottles and any others that may be longer than the average.
This is an essential feature of any half decent wine cooler and can be easily overlooked. Make sure that the wine cooler you choose is versatile enough to cope with as wide a range of different bottle shapes as possible.
The wine cooler should feature excellent functionality combined with a good looking design. It should be designed to hold bottles safely on a rack, but it should also be straightforward to access any container that you want to take out. So the best will have easy to use sliding sections so you can slide out an individual bottle with ease.
This will let you slide out any single bottle from the wine cooler without disturbing any of the other bottles. The different trays of the best wine cooler will move in and out from the cooler with an excellent action making it as easy as possible to inspect all the individual wine bottles on any single shelf. You may well want your wine cooler to have the handy feature of a glass door that will allow you to see your collection at a glance while it is still being stored under temperature controlled conditions.
A good wine cooler will allow you to set the temperature that you want for your wine quickly. The wine cooler will also be thermostatically controlled and automatically keep your wine at the correct temperature.
It will fit neatly into your kitchen or bar area. Alternatively, you may want to keep your wine cooler in a basement or outhouse. So an essential feature, in this case, is excellent insulation and temperature controls that can be easily set and adjusted. Another important feature will be a real solid stainless steel outside casing to the wine cooler.