|Brand Name||Wine Enthusiast|
|Model Info||272 03 02 18|
|Item Weight||55 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||20 x 9.88 x 37.5 inches|
|Item model number||272 03 02 18|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Installation Type||Free standing|
|Part Number||272 03 02 18|
|Form Factor||Stand alone|
|Door Material Type||Glass|
Wine Enthusiast 18-Bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator (Slimline - 2-Temp)
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- A thermoelectric, energy-efficient, CFC-free wine cooler. ETL approved.
- Two zones: top holds 10 bottles, bottom holds 8. 7 pull-out chrome shelves. Exterior digital touchscreen with temperature display
- Touch Screen Top Zone adjustable temperature range of 54-66°F provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites
- Touch Screen Bottom Zone adjustable temperature range of 46-66°F provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites, and optimum serving conditions for most whites Exterior digital touchscreen with temperature display
- 18-bottle capacity***Note: Shelving is meant to hold standard Bordeaux size bottles, using larger size bottles may limit the capacity. If you would like to store larger bottles you can easily remove any of the shelves. This will also prevent scraping the labels on the larger bottles.
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At last, a wine refrigerator for narrow spaces! Fits perfectly in those empty nooks & corners of your kitchen, living room, or any room Store & serve from 2 separate zones. This thermoelectric, energy-efficient, CFC-free wine cooler. . . Protects the taste of reds & whites w/ updated, virtually silent cooling technologyin 2 zones. Exterior digital touchscreen. ETL approved. Reflective Thermopane smoked-glass door w/ recessed handle and stainless trim. 4 pull-out chrome shelves. Interior LED lighting. Size: 37-1/2inH w/ hinge x 9-7/8inW x 20inD
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Wine Enthusiast, according to some, cannot be trusted for customer service or quality. Some of the same reasoning, however, can be found for other brands. So, I chose this one based on the design (tall and slim) so it would fit between a basement bookshelf and table, noise (it is very quiet), attractiveness in a living area (black metal with tempered glass front surrounded by stainless steel trim), and cost for the goods received (18 bottles 750ml each storage for Amazon's price proved highly desirable).
Future buyers caveat: DO NOT do anything with it until you read the small manual included which you will find inside the unit. Too many people do not understand the need for the air temp parameters in the room where it will be located, allowing the unit to reach room temp before plugging it in, keeping it upright for at least 2 hours before plugging it in (I let mine sit overnight just to be sure any lubricants in it settled properly), and positioning it where it will get the best ventilation around the the sides and back. This is not a unit to be built in under a cabinet and you have to keep it away from air conditioners or heat sources. There is a statement in the manual that reads "In order to reach the lowest temperature (lower zone), the best ambient temperature will be around 60-65 F". Mine is in the finished basement area where the temp is typically 66 in the winter and might get to 70 in the summer on very hot days.
When you plug it in you should set the temps desired and wait for the two sections to reach those temps before loading in case there might be some type of malfunction. I left mine overnight because after 3 hours it was still adjusting and it was time for lights out. The next morning the two sections were correctly reading my settings. If you have difficulty remembering, recall that HEAT RISES so the top part should hold the reds and be set warmer and the lower will have your whites which will be 8-10 degrees cooler. The design provides different high and low for each section.
I then loaded the wine bottles that had been in the refrigerator (where the interior temp was 40deg) and both sections of the wine refrig dropped a few degrees. About four hours later the sections were reading back to the settings. Remember that these little starter coolers are not for fine expensive wines but are only to allow you to provide your bottle at the proper drinking temperature when the meal is ready...in addition to freeing up all of your refrigerator space if you like to have 10 to 18 bottles on hand of different varietals.
So, after 48 hours I can tell you that everything is mellow and the first bottle from the Slimline was at just the right temp for the Sunday meal. No more fumbling through a lot of bottles on a fridge shelf, estimating when to take the bottle out and leaving it on the table with the hope that it will be at the right temp when the serving plates are passed around.
If there are electronic problems in the near future, i.e. up to one year, I will return and update. WARNING: I thought I would look into Wine Enthusiast's 2,3 and 5 year extended warranty plans considering the problems that these types of appliances have. When I clicked on each one all three stated that due to "overwhelming demand" the plan was no longer available. Something smells about that notice. How does a company "run out" of extended warranties unless they already know that the consumer bought a lemon? At best, they should not have even offered such a plan on their site if they could not deliver. This was something I was unaware of until after delivery and I had to register the unit with the company.
Unlike many, however, this cooler DOES get cold enough for proper white wine storage (I have it set to 46 degrees). The dual zone function is awesome (I have my reds at 55). You get nine bottles per zone. It's very attractive, 100% silent (folks saying theirs isn't have defective units and should return), and works great. If you're on the fence, make the leap; this has taken our wine consumption to new levels (quality, not quantity).
My only complaint would be that the wire racks are a bit flimsy and the storage space is very tight, which means you won't be able to fit 18 bottles if you have anything even a little bit oversized (champagne).
Save your time and rely on my research. This is an outstanding product.
UPDATE: Dropped down to 3-stars. After a few weeks of use (no changes in the product's environment), the unit is unable to hold the correct temperature for reds. It's still rocking for my whites, but it's too cold for reds (set to 55, but it won't go above 51). Could be worse, but worth mentioning.
UPDATE #2: Back to four. We moved to a slightly cooler climate and this thing is able to hold temps like a dream. If you buy knowing what you're getting (a passive cooler that has limitations bound by physics), you won't be happier.
It's sold by NetRush, and I have to give them props. Their customer service is amazing. I got the order very quickly, it was less than a week. However, the shelf system was different from what I was told. I called NetRush, they apologized and informed me that the maker, Wine Enthusiast gave them incorrect information. It was really just an honest misunderstanding, no big deal. At that point they gave me the choice to either return the order (free of charge, UPS would've picked it up from my house), or get the self system I wanted shipped to me. I opted for the latter, and I got it within a couple of days. NetRush emailed me regularly keeping me updated about everything. Great product, great service, I'm happy!!!