Wine Cooler Reviews
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If you want to have the luxury of enjoying perfect wine in your home but don’t have the space or money to build a wine cellar, then a wine cooler could be the answer for you. Also referred to as a wine refrigerator, these appliances keep your wine at a precise temperature and also protect your bottles from possible damage. While wine coolers aren’t mean to store your wine for years and years like a wine cellar is, they are perfect for temporary wine storage. This means you can guarantee that your wine will be ready to serve for parties, celebrations or just a quiet evening by the fire.
Not all wine coolers are the same, though, and you’ll want to do some research before investing in a wine fridge for your home. Here are some wine cooler reviews to get you started in finding the perfect wine cooler for you.
EdgeStar TWR121SS 12 Bottle Slim Fit Wine Cooler
The EdgeStar slim fit wine cooler has 12 bottle capacity and is priced at approximately $190, making it a great value. With a reversible door made of stainless steel trimmed thermopane tempered glass and quiet, vibration free operation that’s also energy efficient, this model could go great in either a house or an apartment. It’s small and quiet, meaning it can be placed just about anywhere. It also has removable shelves so you can have more space between your wine if you want.
However, the TWR121SS doesn’t have a touch digital control for the temperature, opting instead of a dial. This means that precise temperature control of the wine is impossible. The shelves/wine racks are also close together when they’re all installed, so the labels on the bottles of wine could rip when removing them. Finally, if you are looking for a wine cooler for extra tall bottles, this model won’t work for you because it’s not deep enough. If you want a basic and attractive wine cooler and aren’t bothered by the problems mentioned, then the EdgeStar 12 bottle wine cooler could be the right addition to your home.
Koolatron WC12G 12-Bottle Wine Cooler
The Koolatron WC12G is a smaller wine cooler that is good for storing up to 12 bottles of wine. It’s not very big, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your home. This makes the WC12G a great choice if you have an apartment or condo instead of a house. It’s a quiet wine cooler that doesn’t have a compressor, meaning it won’t disrupt your dinner with humming. This also means it won’t vibrate and damage the wine in its bottles. However, the shelves are not adjustable, and several people reported receiving broken units when the WC12G was shipped to their home. This could be a supplier problem, but it also could be a potential manufacturer problem. If you are looking for a wine cooler to properly age your wine by keeping it at a precise temperature, you probably don’t want this wine fridge since it does fluctuate temperature slightly. But if you’re looking for an affordable and attractive wine refrigerator for your apartment, this could be the right model for you.
Franklin Chef FWC36 36 Bottle Wine Cellar
This wine cooler, which also appears to be the Everstar HDC36SS sold at Home Depot locations, is a large wine cooler that doubles as a wine cellar. Instead of dedicating an entire room to your wine, you can simply place this wine cellar in a closet or some other area in order to enjoy the benefits of a wine cellar without the cost. Priced at $699, though, it’s somewhat expensive. It holds 36 bottles of wine and has dual temperature zone control, meaning you can have individual temperature control for each wine compartment and set your bottles of wine to different degrees of coolness. Both sides can be independently locked as well, making this unit almost like purchasing two wine cellars for the price of one. Some people have reported major reliability issues, however. Some said the unit started dripping water, and others reported the following problems:
- High temperature alarm goes off too frequently
- Overheats the room it’s stored in
- Requires a lot of space around the unit when used as a built-in wine cellar
- Stops working after a few months
On the other hand, it has been reported to be a very quiet wine cellar by one wine cooler reviews. With the potential problems and high cost, however, you’re probably better off finding a different model for your needs.
Magic Chef MCWC8DCT2 8 Bottle Wine Cooler
The 8 Bottle wine cooler made by Magic Chef is attractively priced at about $100, and for that price, it’s quite a value. While it doesn’t have the capacity of some wine coolers, holding only 8 bottles, it can be exactly what you need to keep in a living room cabinet or in your kitchen so that your wine is ready to go for those special moments (or just when you need a drink). This wine cooler has adjustable shelves, very quiet operation and a small, attractive space-saving design to look good just about anywhere in your home. It only has a single zone wine temperature control, but at this price, you might purchase 2 if you’re thinking of having multiple cooling options for your wine.
Some of the problems people reported with this wine cooler are temperature problems and inaccuracies. It’s also a thermoelectric wine cooler, so it takes a while for it to chill your wine bottles. For most people, a slightly inaccurate temperature won’t be a problem, but for true wine connoisseurs, this could be a deal breaker. Still, it’s got a very low price and a small design. If you need a basic wine cooler or are looking to buy your first wine cooler, this could be a low-cost way to try one out and determine if you need a bigger model.
You have many choices when it comes to choosing a wine cooler for your home, and the models listed above are only a few of your options. They’re almost all reasonably priced, and these should give you a good idea of what’s on the market.