Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 12
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Dave Excellent unit in this price bracket!
I did a great deal of research on multiple models and manufacturers before purchasing this cooler. I generally saw the same complaints over and over when looking at models under $400. They were loud, failed to maintain temperature, and could not handle larger bottles without sacrificing a lot of capacity.
This one reached target temperature very quickly, much faster than the several hours (or more) that other models apparently require. It holds the set temperature very well, but like any small fridge, the temp will climb quickly when you open it. It rebounds very quickly though.
If you keep your house fairly warm in the summer, it will probably run almost all the time, but it doesn't draw a tremendous amount of power. Even if it's running full out all day and night, in the most expensive market in the US, it will still be less than $0.50/day to operate.
Something to keep in mind with almost all of these small coolers: They're Peltier cooled units, they really do need a little air flow, much more so than your fridge might. I don't think it would do well completely enclosed within a cabinet or tightly fitted under a counter unless you added a ventilation fan for it. Also, it's a good idea to get a can of computer duster and blow the dust off the fans and heat sinks on the back every few months. If they get caked in dust, it will start to have trouble maintaining temperature. I didn't see this in the manual, but it should be added.
It's quiet, far more so than my refrigerator or my desktop PC. You can tell when it's on if the room is silent, but the noise is almost undetectable if you've got a TV or radio on, even at low volume. My aquarium water pump is considerably louder.
It comes with 10 removable shelves, each holding two standard bottles. The removable shelves make it possible to store champagne or other large bottles on the bottom while only losing two bottle spaces. It also makes it possible to store boxed wine, particularly the smaller boxes, while still holding 12 standard bottles (see photo)
It's deep enough that taller white wine bottles and champagne bottles fit just fine.
It looks good, the finish is clean and it looks well assembled. The doors seat firmly and crisply, and stay closed securely. The display is bright and the control buttons are crisp and simple.
When it arrived it was well packaged, all parts were present, and it went together quickly.
My only complaints are pretty minor. The interior light is mostly useless, it really only illuminates the top two bottles, and even then it's relatively dim. It's really more mood lighting than utility.
It lacks a door lock, which would be nice in a house with kids. It isn't an issue for us though.
During assembly, the manual is a little sparse, but it's pretty straight forward. The only complaint I had there is it never mentions where they hide the handles, which are taped inside the rear of the unit and aren't really easy to spot. This caused a few minutes of panic on Christmas Eve when I thought it was missing the handles completely.
This might be ridiculously specific, but I'm a ham radio operator, and the Peltier cooler generates a ton of RF noise. If you're a ham, don't install this anywhere near your radios. You won't be able to hear a thing when it's running.
All in all, a great price, great product, and it was dubbed "The greatest Christmas gift ever" by my girlfriend, which is the important bit.
There are certainly better overall units on the market, but I couldn't find one for under $550. It blows the $200-$300 units out of the water, and is well worth the extra few bucks.
February 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lynn Spectacular product
Home Depot did it again with another great product. I received this beautiful Wine Cooler that was packed like a delicate flower!!! Nothing was getting in the way of me and my beautiful new Wine Fridge! I love it...it is all set up and working like a charm. Quiet and beautiful. The only disappointment is that it is very short...I had to find a table for it. That was listed in one of the reviews by another customer but I guess I was like...how small can it be...it is not listed as a countertop product....but yes...it is small and needs a table unless you are under 4'11". lol
Thank you Home Depot....love love love it.
April 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Satisfiedsofar Early Report
This unit arrived promptly and was very well packed for shipment. If NFL helmets were as well protected there would be no concussions. Set up requires four screws, two per handle and the machine is off and running after a scheduled two hour delay, as per the instructions.
The only advice that I have is to be sure to allow enough space on both sides of the machine to allow for air circulation to cool it. Heated air is discharged from vents in the rear-sides, both left and right, and obstructing those limits the lowest temperature that can be reached and overheats the unit.
I will write again when we have had this machine 6 or more months.
December 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Michelle Wine cooler
I love my new wine cooler. I added it to my dream closet and I can't keep my friends out of it.
November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Winelover Nice size and very quiet
I had been looking for a wine fridge that would fit in a specific spot in my kitchen. I was having difficulty finding anything that was short enough and could hold more than 12 bottles. I like the double doors as well as it takes up less space when the doors are open. This is exactly what I was looking for at a great price.
December 23, 2014