Wine collectors will love this 28-bottle thermoelectric wine cooler. With no vibration or noise, this cooler will keep your wine perfectly chilled. Six pull-out chrome racks and a digital display for temperature control make this cooler a must-have....more
After unpacking the cooler was missing one leg which was bad enough. Then hinge cover fell off revealing wires to control panel were broken or cut. Never had such bad service from overstock. Hard to repack for return shipping so a complete pain.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Poor
Very budget low quality type item. The metal seams and edges were very rough and caught fabric very easily. Not the safest item to have near kids. It cools to about 60 degrees, which I don't think is very cool. The shelves and lighting are tacky. Typical made-in china type item.
I actually purchased this cooler, the NewAir AW-281E, for cigars. In the climate where I live, temperature is a much bigger concern (and much harder to manage) than humidity in preventing the dreaded tobacco beetle from hatching and devouring your smokes from within. To that end, this thing works like a charm! It got down to 66°F in about 10 minutes in an indoor environment that I can barely get below 80°F between May and October. (Even if I had an air conditioner capable of it, I couldn't afford the bill.) And thanks to its use of thermoelectric technology as opposed to old-school coils-and-compression, it does this at a maximum operating load of approximately 100 watts. Most surprising is that the interior, within about 12 hours, also reached (and has since held) a steady level of 67-69% relative humidity, as is, with no modifications (i.e. no substitution of humidified Spanish cedar shelving or drawers for the steel bottle-racks.) All it took to do that was three crystal humidification jars, 1 large and 2 small. In half a day it was completely ready for use. (Here, though, your mileage may vary— remember that I'm describing how it performs in the quasi-rainforest environment of New Orleans. You may need a little more patience and a few more humidification devices in, say, Las Vegas.)
Please note, however, that had I been purchasing a cooler for storing / aging red wine, I would have gone with a compressor-driven model. Again, that's dictated by the environment in which I live. At an ambient temperature near or above 80°F, the thermoelectric method begins to reach the limit of its ability to provide the necessary 55°F interior temperature for optimum long-term wine storage. But it has no problem at all attaining the desired 65-70°F range for storing and aging cigars under the same ambient conditions.
The sleek black / stainless / glass styling on the exterior doesn't hurt, either. It's simple and utilitarian in appearance, which is all I ever want from an appliance aesthetically.
This is a great product - however - Packaging is terrible. We had to reorder this product twice and our final refrigerator is still dented and somewhat damaged. It took us over a month to finally get our wine in refrigerated storage. The product weighs about 50 lbs and comes packaged with very little styrofoam (approximately 1/4 inch thick). Overstock did reimburse some of the cost and provided a nice discount for future purchases. Having to return this item and now look at a damaged item certainly takes away from our initial excitement about adding this unit to our kitchen.
It's a decent wine cooler. It's quiet and the temperature is consistent.
My biggest issue is that the shelving is not a high quality metal or wood. I believe it's some form of hard plastic. It's tough to pull the shelves in and out.
The exterior looks wise, looks really nice.
Thank you for contacting us, nolmos. For this model, the vents should be located on the sides or back of the unit. This unit is a freestanding unit and is not meant for built-in. If you did want to build it in, there has to be a 6 inch clearance all around the unit.
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overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 24, 2014
Thank you for shopping with us ljljlj. The light has an on and off switch. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 16, 2013
I don't understand the answer to the temp range question. What are the minimum/maximum temps that can be set?
And can the interior light be disabled? Repeated exposure to light can damage wine.alba007 on Jul 18, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello alba007, I am sorry for the confusion. The cooler only has a temperature range from 54-66 degrees. It can be adjusted in 1 degree increments. There is an off button for the light. This does use LED light to reduce the heat that is given off from traditional lights. I hope all this information helped you. Thank you for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 24, 2013
These are the only info I found but usually you should keep it in the upper 50:
Store your wine selection in the beautifully crafted NewAir AW-281E 28 bottle single zone stainless steel wine cooler and enjoy superior results. This single zone wine cooler offers a sleek, compact design to complement home decor and custom storage options for personalized use. Featuring thermoelectric cooling, this cooler operates quietly and is vibration free for the best possible results. Interior Light - Show off your wine collection with the NewAir AW-281E wine cooler, which features a built-in LED light. It also increases visibility, making it easier to find the bottle you are looking for in your collection. Increased Insulation and UV Protection - Protect your wine from UV damage with the double paned glass window. This also offers increased insulation properties for improved temperature control. Stylish Design - This wine cooler features a sophisticated look with a black cabinet, stainless steel trim and chrome plated racks. Thermoelectric Technology - The NewAir AW-281E wine cooler offers a thermoelectric cooling system with few moving parts. This results in quiet operation and less vibration.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 27, 2012
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