Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 112
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by micj I would recommend this unit...but you get what you pay for.
Let's face it, this is not a high end wine cooler. You get what you pay for. However, it is a very good cooler for the price and works as described. It holds lots of bottles (50) and you can fit those wider pinot style bottles on some, but not all shelves, whereas other coolers don't handle them at all. The wire shelves do not smoothly "glide" out but they do "ok". There are 4 specific points I would like to address:
1) Bottle temp is rock solid: There are some reviews that complain about temperature fluctuation. I agree with the one review that states air temp fluctuation is not important, it's bottle temperature fluctuation. I totally agree with that and my bottle temperature (measured at various location using a thermometer pushed in through a corked bottle) is steady even though the air temperature fluctuates between 57 and 60F.
2) Unit is quite: I can hear the unit running when it cools but just barely. I have no problem with the noise (very soft fan blowing type noise) it produces and it's way quieter than the refrigerator it replaced.
3) There is no on/off switch. The only way to turn the unit off is to unplug it from the wall. Not good for an undercounted placement. You do not want to have to slide a fully loaded unit out from under a counter. But then again, if it's full of wine, you probably are not going to want to turn it off and warm up your wine...right?
4) Build quality: What can I say...it's made in China and it has that build quality. The front door is well made and looks nice, the rest of it has a cheap feel. Mine came with a bent door hinge which I had to straighten out to get the door to seat squarely on the front. The damage had to come during assembly as the box did not show any dropping damage. But the door does seal nicely and tightly.
September 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by drey Great built-in wine fridge
My #1 reason for getting this fridge was because it was designated "built-in". We were finishing off a small bar and wanted to place a fridge between two cabinets. I really wanted to get one that was made to work in an enclosed space and this was by the far the least expensive. So far its been great (4 weeks). It doesnt run too loud and certainly keeps our whites at a nice chilled temperature.
As some of the other comments have pointed out, the shelves do not slide out, and while this feature is most missed when packing it with bottles, I've really not missed it while taking out bottles to drink. There are some bottles (thicker champagne) that will not fit in here, but most everything else we've tried has fit well.
April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer Great little wine cooler
I really wanted to replace my dishwasher (which I never used) with something more practical that I would use. So I decided on a wine cooler. I found out I needed an actual under the counter one so my hopes for a dual controlled one were dashed since I wasn't ready to spend that type of money. After researching I settled on this one and am quite happy with it.
I know some people had mentioned it was loud but I will have to say it isn't (and no tweaking was necessary). The hum is quite low and barely noticeable. I have all sorts of beverages in there, including wine, water and wine coolers. I can now see that eventually I will want a dual control so I can better manage the temps but for now it's great and I really have no complaints.
It's a great little wine cooler for the price. This isn't a wine cooler with all the bells and whistles of a more expensive one (pull out shelves, wood shelves, dual controls) but it is a great entry level one to see if you will get use out of it.
And, it looks really nice under the counter. Very sleek and goes with appliances that are either black or stainless.
I, personally, think it's a great little cooler for the price.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by denny go so far....very happy with purchase
looks good and keeps good temperature control.
delivery was smooth and undamaged.
holds plenty of bottles.
light gives a cool effect.
February 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Islanders Expensive looks, low price!
Bought this brand of chiller because it was the same as the one that was there when we bought the house and we knew that it would fit in the same spot. The compressor no longer worked, so it didn't chill. I believe the unit was 6 or 7 years old. Replacing it with the same one for under $400 seemed more logical than trying to get the compressor repaired. The chiller seems of higher quality than it is priced. It does maintain a constant temperature when set. The compressor kicks on when it goes 2 degrees below the setting. Operation is very quiet....we can barely hear it running. A good buy for the price.
March 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Joey Product not very stable
The device does not set or keep temperature consistently.
April 28, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Bubba Nice for the price, but too many things I didn't like
I had a (expensive-brand) built-in wine cooler that broke and a replacement was completely out of my budget. The Vissani seemed like the best low-priced unit based on the features and reviews, which are mostly negative for almost every brand. Because of the reviews, I purchased an extended warranty. Any comparison to my previous unit is unfair, since it is over three times the price, but it is what I had before so it had set my expectations. Regarding other reviewers complaints of uneven cooling in different sections, my previous unit's manual specifically tells you which sections are cooler (back and bottom) and warmer (front) so I do not consider that a defect in any way, just a shortcoming in the Vissani manual.
Based on reviews, I removed the back and checked for any reason the fan or compressor might be noisy, and found everything satisfactory. The lower grill cover was very bent. This may have happened while trying to remove the unit from the packaging, but I don't know. It was definitely sitting on the Styrofoam in a way that bent it. I was able to straighten it somewhat by putting it on the carpet and stepping on the middle while pulling the bend out. It was still bent, but as mentioned by another reviewer, it is down low so it was tolerable. The door was very crooked. I considered reversing the door to see if it would be better, but in the process discovered that by pulling the door as much as possible while tightening the screws, that I could make it straighter, but not straight. Sine the unit is built-in and you only see the door, I un-leveled the unit with the adjustable feet to make the door appear straight when it was installed. This had the unfortunate side-effect of making the door slam into the cabinet while I was retrieving wine.
One bit of obviously poor design is that there is no off switch. As soon as I plugged in the unit, it came on with no way to turn it off, so I slid it into the built-in position under the counter with it running. The owners manual suggests turning it off when not in use for an extended period, but this is not possible when built-in and the plug is behind it.
The shelves slide out in a simple way, with a clever protrusion to prevent them falling and allowing the shelf to tilt. This is all true only when empty. Once I had wine on the shelves, they no longer slid freely, and the shelf was in danger of dropping out when slid forward. I was unable to add or remove wine bottles without shaking most of the bottles in the cooler.
I set the thermostat to 52, and it never got below 57. I lowered it to 50, and it got to 55. Sensing a pattern, I lowered it to 47, and it promptly went to 48. Setting it to 49 let it fluctuate in the lower 50s. My previous unit did not have a digital thermostat, and I have no idea whether it fluctuated - I had simply set it to a position where I liked the temperature of the wine. I bought a thermometer and verified where the temperatures were colder/warmer, and that the fluctuation on the digital display was in fact understating the variation in other parts of the cooler.
The real clincher in my unhappiness with the unit is how the wine bottles stack. My previous unit alternated the bottle position on shelves, so that a bottle was under the bottle two shelves above, and between the bottles on the shelf above. This lets you see the labels. The Vissani stacks them all above one another and you cannot see any labels. It also makes the fit for bottles much tighter to add or remove them. I've looked at pictures of other units and see that this is true of most brands. I hated this. Since pulling out the shelves shook everything, this was a deal-breaker for me and I began prowling craigslist and eBay for a unit like my old one but in my budget.
The longer I owned the Vissani, the less disgruntled I became, and decided that if I could not find a used replacement within the 90 days of the return policy that I would keep it and could be happy with it. Fortunately, I found a used replacement like my old cooler and returned the Vissani for a full refund, including the warranty. Thank you Home Depot for your great return policy. I'm now a happy camper, and my used wine cooler, which has no warranty whatsoever, is steady at 52 degrees and I can see the labels.
I recommend the Vissani only to someone who is unwilling to purchase a used cooler without a warranty, and whose budget cannot go substantially higher than this price point. (Wait for it to go on sale.) It's reasonably quiet, has the same bottle layout as most other brands, holds plenty of bottles, can be installed built-in, and does its job in its inexpensive way. I, however, am really happy I don't own it anymore.
February 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DaveM So Good I Want Another
Had this unit for 4 or 5 years. Holds 52 bottles. Digital temp set. No problems, just set and forget. It is full, so I need another one. This is my oeno-file.
September 21, 2013