Review of the NewAir 28-Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

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Because of my newly started monthly wine club and a general increase in alcohol consumption, I decided a couple months back that I needed a wine fridge. I was torn between getting a dual-zone fridge, two single-zone fridges, or just one single-zone fridge. I finally decided that keeping reds and whites at different temperatures wasn’t worth the added expense, and settled on one single-zone fridge: the NewAir 28-Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler.

Pros:

  • It does the job. It has no problem cooling down wine into the low 50’s (Fahrenheit).
  • It looks good and professional. I like the LED color at night.
  • It’s reasonably quiet. You might not want it in your bedroom, but the sound is never a bother in the dining room. Much quieter than a full-size refrigerator.
  • The shelves are reconfigurable.
  • Price. It’s one of the cheapest (yet highest-rated) wine fridges in this size.

Cons:

  • The default shelf configuration will only hold normal grocery-store sized wine bottles. Forget squeezing large chardonnay or champagne bottles in there. I ended up removing one shelf and spreading out the bottom 3 shelves so that I can put my bigger bottles down there. This also kept me from storing bottles in the very bottom of the fridge, so it brought my usable capacity down to 20 bottles.
  • The thing seems to run all the time; it’s probably using a lot of electricity. Also, despite the front being double-paned glass, it’s still cool to the touch. The dogs like laying in front of it to cool down (see picture at top of post).
  • This one is nitpicky, since I knew what I was getting into, but it’s only a single zone. So I have to keep both reds and whites at 55 degrees. It’s not too bad; I normally just take reds out about half an hour before drinking them.

The verdict? We’ve already gotten a lot of use out of it and I’d probably buy it again. But I don’t feel great about the misleading storage capacity and the energy efficiency.

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