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Best 100 bottle wine cooler

Querquegirl May 13, 2012 08:05 PM

We are building a new home within the next year. We want to put a wine cooler in our utility room. We want one that holds about 100 bottles. I need one that is quiet and hopefully energy efficient. Does anyone have any suggestions for one that I should consider or even ones to steer clear of?
Thx so much for any recommendations.

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    goldangl95 RE: Querquegirl May 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    The good ones seem to be rather ridiculously expensive. The cheaper ones tend to have a few problems one should look out for:

    1. There is a "slot" for each bottle, and that slot only fits narrow Bordeaux styled bottles. Leaving one to shove all other sized bottles in ways that can scrape the label and makes everything a pain...

    2. They are "thermaelectric" this helps cut down on vibration - which is good, on the other hand this means that the refrigerator will really struggle in 80 degree + heat. If you live in an area that gets that warm, you want to be careful about this problem if you plan to store bottles long term

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      Querquegirl RE: goldangl95 May 14, 2012 05:52 AM

      Thank you for explaining to me the limits of "thermoelectric". Reviews often mention the fact that most coolers that claim "X" number of bottles are stretching the truth.

    2. BillB656 RE: Querquegirl May 15, 2012 10:24 AM

      I have this "75 bottle" cooler as my back up to a La Cache.

      Have had it for about 8 years with no issues. The shelving is adjustable which is very beneficial for odd sized bottles. I use it mostly to store 375s and bottles up in the drink-soon queue. Shelving is pretty deep too so I can usually push the bottles back and lay 2-3 bottles in front of each of the top to middle rows. Bottom two rows arent as deep as the compressor is in the back bottom.

      Currently I have 99 bottles in it (according to CellarTracker) with 25 of those as 375s.

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        Querquegirl RE: BillB656 May 15, 2012 10:35 AM

        This will be in a utility room/office so I don't want one that is noisy or produces a lot of heat. Any feedback on those 2 criteria? Thx

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          BillB656 RE: Querquegirl May 15, 2012 10:48 AM

          When I was in an apartment this was in our dining room (now it's in a laundry room) and wasn't intrusive. It gives off the hum of a refrigerator with minimal heat.

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        jmills RE: Querquegirl May 21, 2012 05:53 AM

        I have had a U line with about half that capacity that has performed well for ten years. It is very quiet as well.

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          Querquegirl RE: jmills May 21, 2012 07:37 AM

          A U line? Can you explain what that is?

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