For anyone Who has purchased a metro brand shelving unit, you know that they are more expensive than this and now I know that there's a reason why. If you thought this was a Chinese knockoff of a widely available commercial unit, you're right. If you thought quality would lack, you're right again. The plastic holders are hard and slippery and the grooves are shallow leading to slippage during assembly. The do not snap into place and hold like the American made metro product. Manufacturing tolerances are also looser so some of the shelves require elbow grease to fit properly. Of the 10 units I purchased, only 5 arrived intact. One was an empty box, devoid of contents. Bottom line: you get what you pay for.
For less than *** it can hold well over 100 bottles of wine. I am not sure it can really hold 168 as advertised though? You do have to stack 3 high on each shelf but the top shelf this would be questionable. It does have small metal bars at the sides for the lower 6 shelves to ensure bottles don't roll off but I am not comfortable doing that on the top. I do have the regular shelving units like this and they are very sturdy.
Our only complaint is the directions. The words and the picture didn't match. After about an hour, we finally figured it out. It was almost like a cross between doing one rack and two rack insturction. They need to be more precise in the distance between the shelves. The side wires we just guessed where they went. If it wasn't for the poor directions, we would have rated excellent.
A very practical solution to holding several bottles of wine. We had collected several bottles of wine after visiting California and had them in several boxes. This rack is sturdy and pleasant looking. We put it in an enclosed space so it not out for public view. If you looking for a low coat rack that will hold several bottles of wine and is extremely sturdy, this would be my recommendation. It takes a little effort to assemble and having two people speeds up the process, otherwise it can be tricky to slip the sleeves over the four poles.