Best Wine Rack
Now that winter is here, a looming snowstorm is always one miscalculated weather forecast away. If you are not prepared, you could find yourself snowed in with nothing but a bottle of iced tea and a half carton of milk in the fridge. Having a wine rack with all of your favorite bottles stored for easy access the next time you get snowed on, or whenever you have unexpected house guests can be a real lifesaver. These units are not only made to look neat and organized and add quite a bit of class to your kitchen or dining room, but they are also designed to prolong the life of your bottles. Keeping the cork from drying out is the key to preserving your bottles for years, and many designs hold the bottles to ensure that the corks never dry out. In this guide, we have weighed the pros and cons of various design options, as well as considered what past users have had to say to determine the best of the best.
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Easy to assemble
Can hold 20 bottles
Top 10 Picks
Easy to assemble
Can hold 20 bottles
Some users do not care for the artificial wood grain
Hands down, this is our favorite option. It allows users to store a lot of bottles without taking up that much floor space, it has a solid and classic design that will work in pretty much any room, and it comes in at a price point that many users find to be incredibly fair.Read more
Ease of use:
Pulling together this unit is simple and easy. It includes an instruction booklet that is easy to read and many users found to be incredibly helpful. It comes with all of the tools and threaded screws that you will need to put it together, and many found that it took them about 20 minutes to assemble from start to finish.
This unit is made from a composite wood that is topped with a dark wood finish. The exact materials used is called CARB P2 MDF which fall in line with the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
This unit measures in at 17 inches long, about 10 inches wide, and 28.5 inches high, and it is able to comfortably hold 20 bottles at a slight angle to keep the corks moist.
The style of this unit has thick, solid lines that offer a classic design that will worth perfectly in many styles of kitchen and dining rooms. It is also narrow enough to place against a wall without jutting out too much.
What users really like about this option is that you get a lot of bang for your buck. This will likely set you back about the same price that you would pay for a few nice bottles to store on it.
Taking into consideration how sleek this unit looks as well as how it is able to hold quite a few bottles, this is one of the best options out there on the market in our option, and it comes in at a price point that won’t break the bank.
Unique honeycomb design
Does not hold all sizes of bottles
The RooLee design is something of a work of art. It sports a honeycomb shelf to place bottles that is unlike many of the other options out there on the market. What users really love most about this option, however, is the very affordable price point without sacrificing quality.Read more
Ease of use:
Users will not need to spend any time reading instruction booklets for assembly, because this unit comes completely put together. Once it arrives, the only heavy lifting that you will need to do it mounting all of your bottles into the unit.
This unit is made from a high-quality metal that is easy to clean, and users have reported that they find it to be incredibly sturdy.
Measuring in at 14 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 6.8 inches high. It can also hold about 8 standard bottles.
What users really like most about this option is that it is offered in a fun and unique honeycomb design. Plus, it will hold the bottles at an angle to ensure that your corks will stay nice and moist.
The RooLee option is one of the more affordable options out there on the market. While most similarly priced options will only hold 6 bottles, this unit will hold 8.
Not only does this unit look much like an art installation, but it will also hold your bottles to keep the corks moist, and it comes in at a price point that won’t break the bank.
Offers a lot of style for small spaces
Had a drawer that will display used corks
Some users found that it was great in their RV
Some users found the metal was a little thin and dented easily
Will only hold 5 bottles
What we liked about this unit is that it is a great way to hold a few bottles and glasses in a really stylish way that will certain generate a ton of compliments from your guests. While it doesn’t hold as many bottles as most, this is a great way to hold a few extra options for a rainy or snowy day.Read more
Ease of use:
The best part about this option is that it comes completely assembled so that you can go straight from the box to wall. Due to the fact that this is a wall unit, you will have to spend a moment to carefully hang it in the right spot with mounts that are not included with purchase.
The great thing about this option is that it is made completely out of metal, so you know that it is sturdy enough to hold 5 bottles easily.
One thing to note about this option is that it is quite a bit smaller than many of the options out there on the market- perfect for those working with smaller spaces. It measures to be 17.5 inches long, 4.8 inches wide, and 7.5 inches high. It can also comfortably hold up to 5 bottles.
What we liked most about this option is its unique style. It has the words ‘home’ mounted on the front of the unit, and it has cutouts on the base that can hold glasses in an elegant fashion. What makes this design unique is that it has a drawer that will hold all of those used corks for a unique finish.
Considering that it can only hold 5 bottles, this unit comes in at a higher price point. However, if you were in the market for something that is a little more flashy at the risk of capacity, this is an excellent option that will set you back about the same amount that you would spend on 2 bottles you would pick up at the supermarket.
This is a really great option because it offers up quite a bit of style to a room that has limited space to work with. It is important to keep in mind that this option isn’t designed to hold bottles for a long time because it won’t keep corks moist- so you will just have to drink them!
Will keep corks moist
Incredibly sturdy frame
Will only hold standard side bottles- will not hold wider or longer shaped bottles
What users really like about this option is that it is simple and understated, and it draws more attention to the bottle and less to the stand. Plus, it comes from a trusted company and it also is offered at an affordable price point that won’t break the bank.Read more
Ease of use:
The good news about this option is that there isn’t going to be any time spent putting it together. It comes as one solid unit. Plus, you can opt to purchase additional options if you need to store more bottles. They can be stacked on top of each other or side by side.
This unit is made from a high-quality metal with scalloped edges to draw more attention on the bottles. Plus, you know that it will be able to handle higher weight when stacked on top of each other.
One unit measures in to be 16 inches long, 6.5 inches wide, and stands to be 13 inches high. It is also able to hold up to 12 bottles, with the capacity to hold more with additional purchases.
Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to this design. The sleek metal frame makes the eye focus more on the bottles and less of the stand. Plus, it pivots bottles in such a way to keep corks moist and bottles are able to be shelved for longer periods of time.
What we liked most about this option is that you get the most bang for your buck. It costs about the same price that you would spend on a nice bottle, and it is able to hold an impressive 12 bottles without taking up all that much room.
Users love that this model is simple, affordable, and it gets the job done. You will be able to preserve an impressive 12 bottles in this unit, and it works great for those that are working with limited space.
5. Winsome Wood
Users really loved the functionality of this option. It will not only hold a good deal of bottles in a fashionable way, but it also has a flat top to serve as a quaint bistro set for intimate evening in, or it can be used to display special bottles or accessories.Read more
Ease of use:
You will have to set some time aside in order to get this unit assembled. The unit ships in one box, and users claim that putting it together is quick and easy, even for those that are very skilled at putting things together.
According to the manufacturer, this unit is made out of wood. While the actual type of wood is made unclear, users can opt for a natural grained look, or select an option that has a glossy black finish.
This unit is going to take up a little bit more room than some of the other options out there on the market. The base measures in to be 31 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 35.6 inches tall. The top of this unit measures to be 31 inches long and 16 inches deep. It can hold an impressive 24 bottles.
What users really liked about this design is that instead of simply serving a practical storage purpose, it also serves as a very sharp piece of furniture. Users can store their bottles safely underneath, and use the table top as a functional table or as a place to store their much needed accessories or glasses.
Just as a piece of furniture, this unit comes in at a pretty steep price point, and it one of the more expensive units to make our list. However, if you are in the market for a new piece of functional furniture, this is an excellent option.
While it might cost you a bit more than some of the other options, users find that the higher price point is well worth the functionality and sleek look of this solid wood option.
Easy to put together
Rounded holder will not hold all size of bottles
What we liked most about the PAG options is that is offers a sharp design while still holding your prized bottles safely in place. This unit comes in at an affordable price point, and it is also made from high quality materials that are pretty low maintenance.Read more
Ease of use:
The great thing about this option is that you will not need to struggle to put anything together. This unit ships intact, and users will need to assemble the feet that the bottom without the use of any tools.
This unit is made from a high-quality metal that has been powder coated for a sharp, glossy black finish. The material is also considered to be rust resistant as well.
Measuring in at 9.2 inches long, and 13.5 inches high, this unit is able to hold 6 bottles. Each bottle hole is only 3.5 inches in diameter, so it won’t be able to hold all sizes of bottles.
The curved top design gives it a little bit of extra appeal but sacrifices storage space. The glossy black finish is incredibly sharp and is bound to fit into any style kitchen or dining room.
What we liked most about this option is that it comes in at an incredibly affordable price point. This is one of the most affordable options out there on the market, which makes it perfect for those with a modest collection that just needs a small unit to store their bottles without breaking the bank.
Keep in mind that this unit isn’t able to hold as many bottles as some of the others designs, but it is perfect for those that want something small that will look great on any countertop or table.
Easy to clean and shatter resistant
Can hold 12 bottles
It can only hold standard size bottles
The mDesign is great because it looks sleek and professional, and it is something that will not become outdated the longer your store your bottles. Plus, it is made from a sturdy and durable material that will make it the last option you might ever have to buy.Read more
Ease of use:
Put that toolbox away, there is no assembly required for this design. This option comes in a pack of 4 that is able to be stacked one on top of each other to create one shelf, or they can be separated to put in various rooms of your home as simple as moving building blocks.
These units are made from a clear plastic that is considered to be shatter free, BPA free and is made without chlorine. Using this type of material makes it easy to clean.
Each individual unit will hold three bottles, and measures to be 8 inches long, 11.3 inches wide, and measures to be 4 inches high.
Style takes a backseat to functionality in the case of the mDesign option. The good thing about this simple and clear plastic design is that it is something that is timeless, and you won’t have to worry about it going out of style.
While this design might be simple, it comes in at a price point that is slightly higher than most. However, considering that is made from sturdy BPA plastic that is easy to care for and shatter desistance, this will likely be the last unit you will ever need to buy.
Users love this option because it is easy to use, and the stackable shelves mean they can be separated and used in a wide variety of ways. If you want something simple and easy, this is hands down your best choice.
8. J.K. Adams
Made from high quality materials
Some users had trouble getting tight dowels in place
Forget options that use treated particle board for their designs, because perhaps you want something that is made from a high quality cut of wood. If that’s the case, the J.K. Adams is going to be your best bet. It may come in at a much higher price point, but users feel the expert craftsmanship is well worth it when it comes to storing their prized bottles.Read more
Ease of use:
Putting this unit together is simple, but it is going to require a little bit of effort on your part. To ensure that each high-quality component is secured correctly into place, you are going to need to employ the use of a rubber mallet.
This is where this unit really shines. It is constructed of high-quality Ash wood that has been cut and crafted in Vermont.
Once it is assembled, this unit will hold about 12 bottles. It measures to be 12.5 inches long, 11.2 inches high, and 3 inches deep. It is able to hold about 12 bottles.
There really aren’t any other options that look quite like the J.K. Adams design. It has handcrafted Ash wood planks that are connected together with black pegs. This unit just looks like it is something that is special, making it a perfect place to store all of your special bottles.
The bads news here is that this unit is one of the more expensive designs out there on the market, and rivals the cost of many of the tabletop designs. However, a J.K. Adams product comes with a lifetime warranty in case anything goes wrong with your design, making it well worth the padded price tag.
What we liked most about this option is that it is made from high-quality materials that make it look like something truly unique and special. The addition of the manufacturer's warranty makes it something worth checking out.
Stylish and decorative
Will hold glasses
Made from solid wood
Great for a small space
Can only hold 5 bottles
Will not keep corks moist
This option from WoodArt is a great way to store a few extra bottles in a unique way, and it is also perfect for storing extra glasses as well. Users often get a lot of compliments on the design of this unit, although it might not be the best way to store bottles for long periods of time.Read more
Ease of use:
You can put away that toolbox, because you won’t be needing it. What is great about this option is that it ships completely assembled, so all you will have to do it mount it and hang it on the wall (hardware is not included). Users can also opt to place it freestanding on their countertop, although they will not be able to store glasses if they place it in this way.
The materials used to make this design is simply solid wood. WoodArt does not state what type of wood is used, but users can expect a solid wood design that has a darker stained finish.
Measuring in at about 16 inches long, 4.7 inches wide, and 11.8 inches high, this unit can hold about 5 bottles, or 3 if they are slightly larger bottles.
This units receives an A+ in the style department. It has a basic dark wood frame that has the words ‘time for a glass of wine’ cut out of the front panel.
The cost of this unit will set you back about the price you would pay for a good bottle. While this price tag runs pretty par for the course for the the more decorative options, it might seem a little steep when compared to units that are designed to hold multiple bottles in a simple frame.
If style is your end goal when shopping around for the best option for you, this is a great choice. Due to the fact that it doesn’t position the bottles to keep the corks moist means that you won’t be able store bottles for as long without running the risk of the corks drying out.
10. Kings Brand Furniture
Faux marble table top
Some users have found their bottles slide out the front of the unit
The very first thing that we noticed about this option is that it has a sharp and unique design that is bound to get you a ton of compliments at your next party. It is a smaller shelf/table that won’t take up as much room as some of the other similar designs, but it does come at a slightly higher price point.Read more
Ease of use:
Users have found that the assembly required is simple and easy, and all of the screwed needed are included with purchase. It should be noted, however, that you will have to employ the use of a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten everything up right.
The tabletop of this unit is made from a particle board that is finished with a marble veneer. The base of this unit is constructed from a solid and sturdy metal.
This unit measure in to be 15 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 33 inches high. The tabletop measures to be 15 inches long and 12 inches deep. The base is also able to hold up to 11 bottles.
The most notable feature about this product is its unique design. It has a narrow base and a wider top that it made to look like a wine glass. The tabletop design can be used as a table for two, or be used to store accessories and glasses.
The cost of this unit is quite more expensive than some of the other units out there on there on the market, but users find that the quality, as well as the design, make it well worth the padded price tag.
If you are looking for something that is functional at storing all of your expensive and important bottles, but also has a design that will generate a ton of compliments at house parties, this unit is a great choice.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
No one likes sitting on the floor with a bag of screws, an allen wrench, and unclear instructions, which is why we selected products that require little to no assembly.
What we want from a product is something that is going to be easy enough for you to assemble. The last thing that users want to do is bust out their toolbox and get to work to assemble their new product. That’s why we opted for design that had little to no assembly required. Of course, with the larger options that can hold more than 24 bottles, you are going to have to engage in a little bit of assembly. We wanted to make sure that when it came to those design options that we selected products that not only had separated accessory bags for all of the screws and tools that you will need to put it together, but we also wanted to make sure that it came to detailed instructions for assembly. We found that users are likely to say in their reviews whether or not the instructions were clearly marked and each piece labeled. With the selections that we picked for our list, most of the users raved about how easy and how fast is was to put together. If it isn’t assembled properly, you might run the risk of it being unsteady and one of your prized bottles could slip out ad break on the floor.
Superior materials means that it will last longer without breaking or cracking.
Another thing that we took into consideration was the materials that were used to make each product. For the most part, the material isn’t going to do anything to positively or negatives effect your bottles. We don’t really find much wrong with using materials such as CARB P2 MDF or others types of composite wood. These design typically have a pretty sound structure. The only problem that some users have experienced is that the finish on these products can bubble up if exposed to excess moisture. Our thoughts on that is that if you want to keep your prized bottles in perfect condition, they should be stored in cool dry locations, so the issue of the finish becoming damaged on CARB P2 MDF materials should not be an issue if your are storing your bottles properly.
We wanted to make sure that we selected designs that were suited for small collections as well as extensive bottle collections.
While it might not be an issue for some, other that have an extensive collection or a rather small space will need to check to make sure that the size if right for them. If you are just a casual collector of expensive bottles, or you just like to have a few bottles on reserve for a special occasion or unexpected visitors, you might benefit from one of the smaller options that can store between 5-12 bottles. If you live in a small space that has little to no tabletop or floor area, the designs that are meant to be mounted on the wall might serve you best. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the wall mounted options are not for bottles that need to be store for long periods of time because the bottles stand upright and the corks will dry out over time. If you have quite the extensive collection, be sure to note how many bottles each unit holds. We tried to select a wide variety of options that start at about 5 bottles that went all the way up to about 24 bottles. Many of these options are also able to be stacked, so as your collection grows you will have the option to purchase additional pieces that will match and lock together.
Of course, you want to display your most treasured bottles as stylishly as possible!
For most users, these products are going to be used not only to keep your bottles stored and safe so they do not spoil, but also to display all of the bottles that you collected over the years. Some of the more stylish options often focus more on style and less on preservation, so keep that in mind as you make your selection. Wall mounted units that will only hold about 5 bottles but can also store glasses are great for adding a little bit of charm to your kitchen or dining room, but they aren’t ideal for preservation. Before you select a style that is right for you, determine which feature is more important to your storage needs: presentation or preservation. That isn’t to say that there aren’t models out there on the market that cannot achieve both style as well as presentation- such as the Kings Brand Furniture option. This option is able to store multiple bottles at the correct angle to promote preservation, but it also brings quite a bit of style. The downside to this option, however, is that it comes in at a much higher price point and takes up a lot more room.
Saving money is important, because it means that you will have enough money left to buy more wine!
The last thing that we took into consideration was how much each unit would cost you. Many solid wood options could carry a price tag that far surpassed some of the other wooden designs. What we wanted to ensure was that the styles that we selected were priced within the realm of reason without sacrificing the quality of materials used. Than meant that sometimes we would opt for composite wood that was often less expensive, but still offered users the same immediate appeal of that of some of the heavier, and bulkier treated wood options. Saving a little bit of money where you can is important, but never at the risk of sacrificing quality or craftsmanship.
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The reason that we took materials into consideration had to do with how long the product is going to last. Often when using cheaper materials or thin metals, these product has a tendency to not even make it to the 6 month mark before they begin to crack and bend. Plus, higher quality materials will often give a nicer finish, and these products are something that you are going to want to display proudly.
We wanted to find that sweet spot that lives between quality and value to ensure that you bring home a product that is made from high quality materials, but also comes in at a reasonable price point. What we discovered was that there were just some brands out there that charged a lot for their options, and arbitrarily so.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Why would I want to store my bottles on a rack?
If you have a number of special bottles that you are saving for a special occasion or just a Tuesday, you want to be able to store them in a pleasing way. These options come in a lot of differently styles that user various type of material that will be able to showcase not only the bottle but the label to each bottle as well making it easy to select your favorite brand. These units are also great because they keep your bottles up off of the floor or tables where moisture may linger and effect it.
q: Do I have to store it on it's side?
You might have noticed that almost all styles out there on the market have bottles that are stored on their side. Why is this important? To protect the lifespan of your special bottles, it is important that the contents isn’t exposed to oxygen. One way oxygen can make its way inside is through the cork. If the cork dries out, your contents will begin to spoil and taste like vinegar. A great and simple way to avoid this is to store the bottles on their side so that the contents is always pressed up against the cork to constantly keep it moist to prevent it from drying out.
q: Can I used it for whites and reds?
One very common question is if reds and whites need to be stored differently. While white wine is best served at room temperature, white wine is generally served chilled. Does this mean that you will have to store your whites in a different place? The good news here is that the temperature that you need to store and the temperature that you need to serve are two different things entirely. You can easily store both your whites and your reds in the exact same place in the exact same conditions. When the time comes to serve your whites, simply pop it into the fridge to cool it down promptly before serving.
q: Will it store glasses as well?
While some units out there on the market will only store bottles, there are designs that will hold glasses as well. Glasses holders are typically just slats in the wood found at the base of the unit (for mounted designs), or at the top for floor models. User can hang their glasses upside from these slats from the stem for quick and easy access. Why do users prefer to store their glasses in this manner rather than in the cabinets? The answer to that question is one word: dust. When sipping on a fine glass of merlot, you want you glass to be as clean and free of particles that are found in the air. When you store them in a cabinet, they can often get a little bit dusty on the inside. Even if you store them stem side up- they will still smell a little musty when store for longer periods of time. Storing them in the open in such a way will ensure that your glass is perfect without the need of rinsing and drying your glass before pouring.
q: Where should I put it?
The most important thing to remember when storing your bottles is to make sure that they are in a clean, dry, and cool environment. For users that don’t travel by yacht or have access to a classical wine cellar in their basement, this can be a bit of a struggle. The good news here is that most homes that are in a temperate climate or have access to temperature control in their homes shouldn’t have much trouble achieving a pretty good environment for their bottles. As far as placement is concerned, that is just a matter of personal preference. Some users like to keep their bottles in the kitchen with the rest of their food and snacks, while others opt to keep theirs in the dining room or in a rec room to proudly display their collection.
q: Will they be able to hold all sizes of bottles?
The answer to the question lies solely on the type of design that you choose. If you find that your collection is composed of odd shaped bottles- whether they are a little fat or taller bottles, the most important thing that you will want to keep in mind while shopping is the method in which the bottles are stored. Steer clear of design options that have a circular cradle for each bottle. This design feature is made to further secure standard bottles to the shelf, but can be problematic for various sizes of bottles. These holes range in size from about 3-4 inches in diameter, so if your bottles are bigger than than you might want to select a design that has bottle cradles that are a little more versatile.
q: Can they be used for anything else?
As a matter of fact- they can! Many users find that when they no longer need to use their design, or they upgrade to a different model, these units can be used for small, rolled up towels to be used in a bathroom to save on space. Some users even purchase these options solely for this purpose. Just be sure that you select a design that doesn’t have the rounded holes that measure to be about 3.5 inches because they might not be the best option for towels.
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