I'm thinking of purchasing a small (maybe 30-40 bottle) wine refrigerator as an anniversary gift for my husband. It will not be built in to our kitchen, rather stashed underneath a stairwell and generally hidden from view.
Aside from the usual Viking and Sub-Zeros, can anyone recommend one that they like or have heard good things about? I don't even know where to start looking for information! I tried Consumer Reports on line, but I can't find that they've reviewed them at all. I've seen the brand names Danby, Avanti, Summit, and Heier all mentioned.
Thoughts anyone? Any info is GREATLY appreciated!
My only comment on wine ( and small refrigerators in general) is that the ones I've looked at are horribly inefficient and often take more energy to run than a full sized frig. Since I pay upwards of $0.25 a KwH (generated by 48% coal and 48% nuclear) I pay attention to those things
What a great gift. I would recommend to keep it simple, especially since it will be hidden. I have a Marvel which I never heard of and it works fine. Rather than Sub Zero (of which I have their refrig) I would go with a more economic model because that is all that is needed. I would check out amazon.com or yor local appliance super store like PC Richard. With the $$ you save on the wine cooler I would package it with a nice '97 Brunello which would be a great start to the new cellar.
I would strongly recommend Vinotemp. They make a full line of great wine lockers, coolers and storage units. I own two of them, a small 60-75 bottle unit designed to be "in counter", and a larger 1000 bottle unit that is the size of a super huge Sub Zero fridge. Their quality is great, and I have had both units for years, and haven't had any problems. They are fairly consultative in their approach, so make sure to tell them what/where/how you plan on using the unit so that you are sure to get the proper item. Also, I recall that when I did the pricing comparisons, Vinotemp stacked up very well... I don't think they were the least expensive, but they were clearly a very good value. Enjoy!