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Great Little Cooler, but Understand What You're Buying
on June 27, 2014
I vascillated between giving it 4 or 5 stars. I guess I'd rather give it 4 1/2 stars.
We bought this wine cooler to serve two purposes: the one for which it is intended and also to age cheese. My wife is having a ball making cheese and we needed something to age the cheese at the right temperature, which is between 57 and 60 degrees. This is perfect! There's room on the bottom shelf for the cheese with the wine above.
The unit arrived well packed and undamaged from Amazon. I attached the handle, put it in place, then waited the recommended two hours before plugging it in. I also bought a digital refrigerator thermometer to check the temp. I set the unit to 57 degrees and in less than an hour it had reached the desired temperature. The setting was right on, within 2/10th's of the digital thermometer reading.
The unit is very quiet. We have it in our basement kitchenette. I've loaded it with wine and checked the temp and it is just as I set it.
Before you buy this unit, have a good idea of what you're looking for before you buy. Some of the comments in other reviews are valid. Keep these points in mind:
1. Its lowest temp setting is 57 degrees. We drink mostly reds, with an occasional dry white. If you want to chill sweeter reds or desert wines to a lower temperature, look elsewhere.
2. It will hold 18 grocery store bottles, but it will be a tight fit. You can get larger "fat" bottles on the bottom shelf and possibly the top shelf but that's 6 bottles at most. We just got back from wine country and most, but not all bottles will fit on the shelves. If you buy a lot of nice reds that come in larger circumference bottles, you'll probably be happier with a unit that's larger and probably more expensive. It looks like you can store a bottle with a cork replaced, but I didn't try it. We have little need to store partially full bottles. ;-)
3. It is very quiet, but not silent. Its more quiet than the standard refrigerator that it sits next to. It emits a gental hum. I have to be close to it in the same room to hear it. However, if you live in a very quiet house and place it in a living area like a dining room, you'll probably hear it.
We looked at tons of units in all price ranges and this was the best combination of performance and price that I found. The other unit I was considering was 2 1/2 times as expensive. For our use we couldn't justify the price.
I normally don't buy extended warranties, but in this case I did. I hope the warranty will be a waste of money!