|Item Weight||45 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||20.2 x 15.8 x 21.6 inches|
|Item model number||WC-20TL|
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Sunpentown WC-20TL ThermoElectric with Touch Sensitive Controls 20-Bottle Wine Cooler
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20 Standard bottles capacity with removable shelves. Mirror glass door with black trim and cabinet reflects a contemporary look. Touch sensitive control panel with LED temperature display on door. Thermoelectric Technology (no compressor) offers a quiet operation with no vibration. Adjustable temperature between 54 to 66°F. Please note: This is not a build-in/under-counter unit. 5-inch clearance is required on all 4 sides for ventilation (left, right, back and top). Maximum temperature variance is 35 F degrees.
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- it's compact, looks MUCH better in person than the picture posted here
- easy to set up, plug and play
- has 5 shelves for 4 bottles each
- temperature can be controlled from the outside with digital controls (ranges from 54 degrees to I think 62 degrees)
- has a blue light on the inside that can be operated from the outside (looks nice, but not very useful)
- perfect size for some like me who's not looking to go crazy on a large professional grade cellar, but still cares abut the select wines purchased
- shelves are removable but this doesn't serve any purpose because removing even 2 shelves will not allow for a larger bottle to be stored vertically (a bottle shouldn't be stored vertically anyway)
- reasonably quiet. It does have a hum to it that takes a day or so to get used to.
- price is unbeatable for a good looking small-medium sized cellar
The not so good:
- The shelves are perhaps just an inch too close to each other. I personally don't think they are flimsy, they are fairly standard and hold up well when the cellar is fully loaded. However, they do seem to feel heavy if a heavy bottle is inserted. So far they seem to be holding up fine.
- This is a lightweight portable wine cellar. If only the top shelf is loaded with bottles and lower shelves are empty, I fear that it will topple. I make it a point to keep the weight evenly distributed with an extra bottle in the bottom shelf. I see another reviewer mentioned they have this on an IKEA coffee table - NOT a good idea!!
- Others have already pointed out that it doesn't accommodate Burgundy style bottles unless you remove a shelf.
- No humidity control. Now this is not really a negative for this product - I didn't expect it for this price, and most such cellars, even the expensive ones, don't include humidity control. It's just a feature that would have been awesome to have. It would make this a much longer term solution to storing wines.
When installing this for the first time, I noticed a strong plastic smell as soon as I opened the door - maybe from the packaging. Left the door open (not connected to power) for an hour and the smell was mostly gone. Connected it and set the temperature to 58 degrees. It went from the initial reading of 68 degrees to 58 degrees in about 2.5 hours. Once this temperature was reached, I loaded it up at this time.
All in all this is a great portable, inexpensive wine cellar with storage for 20 bottles that is just the right size for my needs.
UPDATE 08/22/13 - After having used this for almost a year, I still recommend this product highly. It is working great. The only thing I thought of pointing out is that in the event of a power failure, the unit will restore itself to 54 degrees once power is restored. Remember to turn the temperature back up to your desired setting after such an event.
The Cons: Space for wine in racks is sub-standard. For low to mid-quality liquor / grocery store wine, that I presume is consistently smaller in circumference, size is fine. However, for our finer wines with bottle circumference of 10.5" (or even 10"), they have to be jammed in, reducing space for other rows. Also, it takes almost two days to get down to 55-54 degrees the first time you plug it in.
The Pros: Love the size, it fits under my favorite pub table perfectly - so why couldn't they have made it an inch bigger to accommodate bigger bottles! Seems well made and sold, but LIGHT. I like the smooth glass door with recessed handle, rather than one that has to be installed and sticks out. It has stayed nice and cold and no condensation. I wanted to give it a 4, and really think at this price (paid less than $150) it's HARD to complain since it does work, but I'll say 3 because it should have been EASY to make it an inch bigger.
My recommendation: BUY it for everyday wine storage of average to small size bottles. If you are looking for a long term storage solution for high end wines, this isn't really the best choice.