I started with a cheap Danby model for 24 bottles, used it for many years. Still works, however it does have plenty of limitations...
- 1. Because it's built like a standard fridge it tends to be noisy and vibrates when its running
- 2. It does not have humidity control
- 3. It can drop and rise in temperature easily by 5 degrees
So after using the Danby for 3 years, I decided to make an investment into a proper wine cooler. I ended up choosing Sub-Zero based on reviews and posts I read. Haven't been happier with my wine cooler I bought at Goemans... I can now trust it to keep my expensive bottles.
Wine Cooler checklist:
- Cooling method; Thermoelectric, etc (you want one that will have minimal vibrations)
- Glass Door? If so, ensure it has UV protection and double pane
- Single vs multi temperature zones (your choice)
- Humidity control (important for long term storage)
Hopefully this make-shift guide will help someone make a smart purchase.