Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 103
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ElvisFan Nothing fancy, but well worth the money.
I have bought several of these (3) as gifts and for myself. I purchased the first one 6 years ago and it is still going strong. I got the second one as a gift for friends 2 years ago, and they're very happy with it. The third seems to be working great a couple of weeks in.
I like to keep a few special bottles around ($80-100) and stock up on value wines that I can buy a bunch of and store when I find ones I like at a good price. This works perfectly for me. I don't have to worry about my apartment getting too hot in the summer with the wines safely put away... and lets be honest, it looks cool to have a special place for your wine even on a budget.
I know other's have said they've had quality control issues or damaged deliveries, but I've been nothing but happy - 3 for 3, over a seven year period.
High bottle count, low cost.
Easy set up, just plug it in. Simple. Aesthetically pleasing in black and grey pairs well with any decor from white to stainless.
Can easily change the side that the door opens from with a simple hand held philips head screwdriver.
Not a built in, so you can put it where you want it, and it comes up to counter height so you'll get an extra surface to display a decanter and glasses, place a small toaster oven or microwave on top, or set a cutting board on top to extend your kitchen work surfaces.
It does have that interior light to show off the contents, but I never bother turning it on... maybe once or twice to show people how cool it looks.
CONs (although this is getting really picky)
The compressor does make a little noise now and again so it's not TOTALLY silent, but it's less noise than my refrigerator and doesn't bother me at all when I'm in the room with it, or in the next room watching TV or reading.
Temperature isn't a perfect setting or digital, but it does keep the wine below room temp within a safe range for storage. I would hope a "serious" collector would be looking at a much higher end solution given the cost of their investment in wine.
All entry level wine refrigerators are designed for bordeaux bottles, so the fatter syrah and pinot bottle have to be alternated to fit. The wire racks don't look quite as high end as the wood, but they do help with storing odder shaped bottles. The truth is you never get as many bottle as they advertise into one of these, so you may as well get a little more room than what you think you might need.
September 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYGuy Solid Wine Cooler - Fantastic for the price
We wanted a relatively inexpensive wine cooler for our home bar setup and this Danby model was a great choice. It is extremely spacious and keeps the wine adequately cool.
It looks like a standard wine fridge. It won't turn heads, but it's also not an eyesore.
My only complaint is that the wine cooler will occasionally make a popping noise that is loud enough to hear in the next room. We're not sure what is going on with it - but we've chalked it up to 'you get what you pay for'. Would still buy again!
January 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PLaRue Decent small wine cooler
This wine cooler came all assembled. It was too heavy for one person to handle but with two it was easily manageable. There is only one leveler foot so if you are placing this on a carpet, you may need a shim or some other leveler. I have owned this one month or so now and it is working fine. I would recommend this cooler for those who do not wish to spend more than $2-300. I have my own temp gauge that I leave inside the cooler and it is constant. I indeed holds the 35 bottles as advertised.
October 21, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Petal Terrible wine cooler if you care about your wine
This cooler arrived with a dent on top. But that is the least of my concerns.
The temperature control is a dial - with no way to know what your'e setting it for. I put my own thermometer in to test it. After much adjustments over a week or two, I determined that there is a fluctuation of nearly 15 degrees between top and bottom shelves.
My bottom shelf is about 49 degrees and the top shelf is 63 degrees. Middle shelf is the only one about right at 56 degrees. The top and bottom shelves are TOTALLY unacceptable.
I admit, I knew this was a cheap cooler. I have a 166 bottle "NFinity Pro for most of my wine, but needed another smaller one to keep in the kitchen. I was hoping to get away with spending a small amount of money on this second one, since I had spent so much on my big one. However, I see that is not possible.
I am returning it.
September 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ned Meets all my needs
Easy to assemble and quite compact. Very good value.
October 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Wandarella Love it!!
We were looking for a wine cooler that was affordable and with a stylish look. We ordered this cooler and we're very satisfied with our purchase. We ordered it online and it was shipped to the store in a timely manner. The size of the unit is ideal for the space we have for it and it is very quiet. The bottles are chilled to our liking and we look forward to entertaining now that we have made such a great purchase.
February 13, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Fooled NOT a refrigerator,just a Cooler
Friend fooled into thinking this had a real compressor,but is just thermoelectric,incapable of getting unit more than 20 degrees below room temperature.
September 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SeahawkRef Has all the features you REALLY need, and it works.
I already had a 35 bottle Danby Designer for several years, and still happy with it (6-7 years). It still works like the day I bought it. My collection grew and it was time to add another.
I Researched for several weeks for another wine cooler, even Danby, but most were too expensive; like in the price range of $400-$800 for the 35 bottle cooler I needed. I even went to Ebay and almost pulled the trigger on one for about $189-$200 (a 28 bottle cooler).
I eventually saw this one on the Home Depot website and started comparing. The price was great, the manufactor I already trusted, and I'd be buying it from a reputable store like Home Depot so I knew if I had warranty issuses, I'd have NO PROBLEMS returning it or getting it repaired. Oh yes, and the shipping was free.
O.K., now the review: Cooler was deilvered; looked huge in package but don't fret.....it's just packed very well. It may take two people to get it out of container if you're small.
Plugged it in and bingo. Note: you will hear a humming or some type of sound from unit when first plugged in, but it'll go away once item is cool inside, then it's quiet.
You can slide racks out if you wish.
Cooling controls are in the rear, but near the top in the corner for easy access. I'm use to my other coolers controls in the back so I didn't mind. There is a light switch to use if you want to see your wines at night. I call it a "ego" light.
You can set temp from low, medimum to high. I set mine on low and kept it there....well cold enough fro me and the bottles felt very cold.
Some folks were complaining that the controls were not in the front and had LED controls. Personally, that light would be bothersome to me after a while, and honestly, you're probably set your temp control once or twice in your life so if you want to spend and extra $100-$300 for something you won't use, go for it.
This is nice cooler. I really like it and it does what it says it does, and it fits in corner tucked away. You will be happy with it I believe. You'll be happy with money you save too.
note: if your bottles are not all the same size, you may only be able to put 4 on a rack, or but one in backwards to get 5.
September 5, 2012