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Better than expected!,
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This review is from: NewAir AW-281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler (Misc.)
I had concerns about purchasing the AW281E because it seemed to be a no-name brand only sold at a few stores, but the reviews were better than the well known brands so I pulled the trigger and purchased. I'm glad I did. The construction seems to be very good and I love the look. Even with the light off, the digital blue LED temp indicator (haven't checked accuracy yet, but others have commented on this) has a strong glow, which I like. With the light on, it's very nice looking, but I leave it off so as not to adversely effect temperature.
The shelves are adjustable, so despite what others have said, larger bottles, girth wise, will fit. There will be a loss of capacity if you store larger bottles, so get a larger unit if that's an issue. Longer than standard bottles (more than an inch) will have to be put in sideways, or if too long, won't fit. An example of the storage versatility: I put in six boxes of Black Box wine, my daily drink (obviously not an oenophile!), plus another ten bottles, four on the top rack and two stacked on top of each other on each of the three other shelves next to the boxes (I leave out three shelves to fit the boxes). That's 34 bottles worth of wine--some nice bottles and the daily cheap stuff!
As for noise, there is a fan that has run continuously since I've had the unit (three days). If everything in the house is turned off, the fan is easily audible within thirty feet, but it isn't annoying because it's white noise--a constant sound. As soon as you start talking or turn on a TV you will not hear the fan unless you get within a few feet of the unit. If you have a reasonably powerful desktop computer, you have a fan that is going constantly, too. It's noticeable if you listen for it, but does it really bother you? While not constant, your refrigerator probably makes a similar amount of noise. Does it bother you? If they do, then this unit isn't for you, but this would probably apply to any thermoelectric wine cooler, not just this one. While there is noise, and this was a concern while considering this purchase, my wife and I have absolutely no complaints regarding this issue. FYI, I keep the unit in my pantry, with the door almost always open.
I haven't looked into it, but from what little I've read, I believe the only moving part is the fan. If true, this means that the fan is the only thing that would ever wear out and should be easy to replace, when necessary. The front control panel could possibly break and need replacement, but it shouldn't wear out unless you're pushing the buttons every day. There is a drip tray at the bottom back of the unit that is supposed to be emptied and cleaned periodically.