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Hi all,

New user here, and please to meet all.

I've recently decided to start collecting red wines as a side hobby (not a big collection, rather ~16 bottles). Since the NY weather fluctuates a lot, I am leaning towards purchasing an 18-bottle wine refrigerator.

My question (and a rather technical one): does anyone have an estimate of how much electricity these wine refrigerators uses?

Thanks for the input!
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I agree with Syd. My predicament is similar. Thing is, the more you read about wines and learn about ther characteristics through tastings, the more you'll want. Right now, you're probably saying something like "I don't intend to spend more than 20 bucks per bottle." But believe me, you'll figure out ways to earn extra cash, or scrimp on other things to justify buying that 50 dollar Brunello, or that 500 dollar 1/2 case of Bordeaux futures. My advice, make this your last post, and run far away if you don't want to get sucked into the vino-life.

I received a 28 bottle Avanti cooler (which I love BTW) for Christmas last December, thinking the same as you. I currently have it full, plus have another five+ cases in offsite storage, mostly stuff I won't start touching until 2009. I can easily see it doubling by years' end. On these boards, I'm small-time.

Simply put: Go Big or Go Home.
Maybe you can elaborate on the specific product. I don't really see the need for an 18 bottle unit unless it was designed to hold wines at a specific temp for serving. Even units designed for 50-100 bottles are not really good options for an active buyer and drinker interested in long term storage. I see these mostly as display items, or units being used outside the primary residence to keep wines available without having to carry them around.
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Originally posted by yg_jonzz:
My question (and a rather technical one): does anyone have an estimate of how much electricity these wine refrigerators uses?


That's sort of like asking what kind of mileage does a Ferrari or a Bentley get? Or much fuel will a yacht burn? If you are concerned about that type of minor expense (in relation to what you would be spending on wine), collecting wine may not be for you.

That said, power consumption will be much less if kept in a climate controlled space rather than a garage or somewhere that temps vary widely. Keep in mind the temperture differential when kept indoors would normally be only 20 degrees, much less than the 40 degrees for a refrigerator or 60 degrees for a freezer. Therefore, less usage than a refrigerator. I have replaced many incandescent bulbs with flourescent recently, and have seen a noticeable decline in usage. That would more than offest a wine cooler.

On space, I agree with others that bigger is better. However, another option is offsite storage which is what I use. I have two 50 bottle coolers at home for near term drinkers, with the rest offsite. Works well for me.
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Originally posted by vinole:
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Originally posted by yg_jonzz:
My question (and a rather technical one): does anyone have an estimate of how much electricity these wine refrigerators uses?


That's sort of like asking what kind of mileage does a Ferrari or a Bentley get? Or much fuel will a yacht burn? If you are concerned about that type of minor expense (in relation to what you would be spending on wine), collecting wine may not be for you.

That said, power consumption will be much less if kept in a climate controlled space rather than a garage or somewhere that temps vary widely. Keep in mind the temperture differential when kept indoors would normally be only 20 degrees, much less than the 40 degrees for a refrigerator or 60 degrees for a freezer. Therefore, less usage than a refrigerator. I have replaced many incandescent bulbs with flourescent recently, and have seen a noticeable decline in usage. That would more than offest a wine cooler.

On space, I agree with others that bigger is better. However, another option is offsite storage which is what I use. I have two 50 bottle coolers at home for near term drinkers, with the rest offsite. Works well for me.


Thanks for all the input. I understand that collecting wine is a big investment. The reason why I'm asking about the additional electricity cost is that I have a roommate and he tends to get quite stingy with these things. But my discussion with him about these things are beyond this forum.

Points taken, though. I will be looking into bigger units and will be placing the it somewhere in the living room.
you and i are in the same boat.
my roommates complain about electricity unit but one of them NEVER turns off the TV (running when i fall asleep and running when i wake up). The other one has 2 computers plus his own TV constantly running with a separate mini fridge.

and they questioned me when the electricity bill went up with my one computer and no tv -_^
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Originally posted by yg_jonzz:
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Originally posted by vinole:
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Originally posted by yg_jonzz:
My question (and a rather technical one): does anyone have an estimate of how much electricity these wine refrigerators uses?


That's sort of like asking what kind of mileage does a Ferrari or a Bentley get? Or much fuel will a yacht burn? If you are concerned about that type of minor expense (in relation to what you would be spending on wine), collecting wine may not be for you.

That said, power consumption will be much less if kept in a climate controlled space rather than a garage or somewhere that temps vary widely. Keep in mind the temperture differential when kept indoors would normally be only 20 degrees, much less than the 40 degrees for a refrigerator or 60 degrees for a freezer. Therefore, less usage than a refrigerator. I have replaced many incandescent bulbs with flourescent recently, and have seen a noticeable decline in usage. That would more than offest a wine cooler.

On space, I agree with others that bigger is better. However, another option is offsite storage which is what I use. I have two 50 bottle coolers at home for near term drinkers, with the rest offsite. Works well for me.


Thanks for all the input. I understand that collecting wine is a big investment. The reason why I'm asking about the additional electricity cost is that I have a roommate and he tends to get quite stingy with these things. But my discussion with him about these things are beyond this forum.

Points taken, though. I will be looking into bigger units and will be placing the it somewhere in the living room.


Just leave space in there for a sixer of your roommates' Meister Brau and he'll be happy.

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