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Hi,

Just getting into wine and have been thinking about getting a wine fridge for the past year or so. Going to lay out to get some bottles of red that are about $100 a pop and set them down for a couple of years and so definitely want to get one now.

What wine fridges under $500 would people reccomend?

I've had a couple of friends say that perfectly adequate ones can be procured at Home Depot: Yes? No? Maybe?

Thanks much.
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I've had a couple of friends say that perfectly adequate ones can be procured at Home Depot:



And the answer is Yes? No? Maybe?

It all depends on what you are looking for in storage. Are you looking to store near term drinkers say 5 - 6 years from now, are you looking to store drink now wine or are you looking to buy high dollar stuff and store it for 10+ years?
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Originally posted by Mateo:
Probably a combination of near term and now.

The longest I'd envision holding onto a bottle at this time would probably be about five years. And that's what I really want it for.

And then using it to just store wine for current consumption, that's an added bonus.


If that is your intent then head to Home Depot and get the Magic Chef.
I have had a few small fridges, including the Magic Chef and a Sanyo from Costco. If you keep the wines for only 5 years these will do fine. Humidity is not really a problem with these. Make sure you buy something without vibration, as this can make a differance in how your wine ages. To reduce this, don't put the fridge on a hard surface, but instead place a piece of carpet under it.
You should be able to buy from Home Depot or Costco for under $400 and hold about 60 bottles.
I've also just come across someone selling Eurocave wine fridges that they claim they bought 5 years ago for their restaurant, which they're now liquidating.

In his email, he said one is the "Confort Vieillotheque V-264" and the other is "Confort Eurotheque E-264 (dual temp)" and he's asking $750 per. Is that a good buy?

Thanks!
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Originally posted by Mateo:
I've also just come across someone selling Eurocave wine fridges that they claim they bought 5 years ago for their restaurant, which they're now liquidating.

In his email, he said one is the "Confort Vieillotheque V-264" and the other is "Confort Eurotheque E-264 (dual temp)" and he's asking $750 per. Is that a good buy?

Thanks!


Are they nearby Los Angeles? I wouldn't mind having one if you don't want them. That's probably about 1/3 of what they cost new.
I have a Haier 36 bottle cellar that i bought in 2003. I just opened a bottle that I had in there which I bought at almost the same time as the fridge, and the cork snapped right in half, dry as a bone.

Now I'm really worried about all the other bottles I have in there, some of which are pricey, and all of which have some sentimental value.

Long story short, DEFINITELY worry about humidity, that bottle wasw only in there for 3 years!!!
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I have an EdgeStar 18 bottle (single zone) w/ the obligatory bowl of water to help keep the humidity around 60%. While these wine fridges won't remove humidity from the air inside like a regular fridge, putting a hydrometer inside an keeping tabs on the humidity is a good thing, even if it costs you the space for a single bottle. It's better than opening up a bottle you laid down three years ago and having the cork snap in half b/c it's so dry.
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Is $995 a good price for a Eurocave 100? I must resign myself to a tiny unit until we buy a bigger place.


I don't know how you feel about buying used, but I'd check eBay...There is a 260 btl Eurocave Comfort there right now that is selling for $501 at last bid...

eBay item #250056253200

(And, as an non-disclaimer, I have absolutely nothing to do with that auction whatsoever...)
Let me add to this thread this note:

I have a Haier cooler, which i purchased because the brand was highest rated in consumer reports (and, yes, I now know how hated this publication is in these parts)

In any event, I will look in on the thing and see a 5 - 7 degree variation in temp over the course of a couple of days, or even one day.

I don't know if this is a major problem for the wines within, and I have had few if any corked or otherwse ruined wines since I have had it, but just with the number of wine cooler related threads around here it was worth mentioning.
My wife and I are relatively new to wine as a serious venture. We've always been around and enjoyed wine, as we have both worked in restaurants for 10 years, but our appreciation in last year or two has been amped up a bit.

For Christmas, I received a Kenmore 24-bottle fridge. While Consumer Reports rated it as an 'Editor's Pick' in its capacity range, I know nothing w/r/t its limits and storage longevity. Outside of monitoring humidity levels, I am prone to think that a fridge is a fridge. Kenmore? Any opinions?
Calicab and ChrisW,

You need to measure the temp inside a bottle to know what your temp. variation is per day. You can get a temp probe with high low data storage from Radio Shack. Put the probe into a bottle with some water and then check your high low temps. I have a Breezeaire with a 300 bottle unit and see 3-5° swings in air temp, but only 0.5° changes in bottle temp.
Ressurecting an old thread here....


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Originally posted by indybob:
Interesting, I'm in the same boat as Mateo, and am learning a lot here. Anybody have experience with the Avanti refrigerators? In terms of reliability or anything else.

I am ready to get my first cooler (albeit a small and VERY affordable one). I was looking at the Avanti, and about to hunt one down. Would you recommend it over the Magic Chef, or vice versa?

Thanks!
Ott: I just got my second cooler, an Avanti 166 bottle cooler. I just went with the single temp as you get a lot more storage from much less money. This Avanti is so much nicer than the haier 48 bottle one that I had that I cannot imagine what the eurocaves are like.

This has wooden shelves that slide out and is very, very, very heavy, and quiet and I have really not noticed any temp variations outside of +/- 1.0 degree on a daily basis.

I am using the new one for reds and the old one for whites (right now), and then will have to start putting my whites into ice buckets after they get kicked out of cold storage when I fill up the new one.

Dale
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Originally posted by Dale451:
...when I fill up the new one.

That is the most relevant part of Dale's response. Given that you're looking at a very small wine fridge, I don't think I have a chance in hell of convincing you of how many bottles you are eventually going to want to store.

Just go with the cheapest one right now. In a year or two it's going to be irrelevant to you, and in the short term whatever you get will probably be fine. I'm guessing you're not going to be storing anything in it that will require 5-10-20 years before it's ready to drink.
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Just go with the cheapest one right now. In a year or two it's going to be irrelevant to you, and in the short term whatever you get will probably be fine. I'm guessing you're not going to be storing anything in it that will require 5-10-20 years before it's ready to drink.

Good advice. I'm looking for one now that I can get for under $200 or so, and those seem to hold 24-28.

Good point about quality, as one day down the road I will surely be replacing it. So for now I'll go with a basic feature set and the cheapest price I can find.
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Originally posted by OTTnMIA:
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Just go with the cheapest one right now. In a year or two it's going to be irrelevant to you, and in the short term whatever you get will probably be fine. I'm guessing you're not going to be storing anything in it that will require 5-10-20 years before it's ready to drink.

Good advice. I'm looking for one now that I can get for under $200 or so, and those seem to hold 24-28.

Good point about quality, as one day down the road I will surely be replacing it. So for now I'll go with a basic feature set and the cheapest price I can find.


Hey OttnMia,

I got the Avanti 28 bottle model for the Holidays as a gift. It looks good, works well for me, although since then I've almost tripled the capacity. The extras I have either in the rack in the dining room (under $20 daily/weekly drinkers), or in a dark spot of the closet. The pricier built for aging wines are in the Avanti.

Do I buy more wine than I probably should, yes, but the small Avanti keeps me from going overboard with the high priced vinos.

Another word on the Avanti, until the summer humidity comes, I keep a little dish of water in the unit (eats up one spot), as I understand that even a little extra humidity can keep corks from drying. Also, make sure you give it the recommended amount of room behind, so the fans don't overheat.

Good luck,

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