Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Where are you located? Do you have access to Vintage Keeper products? They've been the focus of some negative comments in the past because their cooling units have been known to fail after a year or three. But I believe that they have changed cooling units in recent years and they're much more reliable. I've owned a VK240 a year and a half, and a VK500 for nearly a year, and they are fantastic.
I know other Toronto forumites who have owned them for many years with no issues. Some people have had to replace the cooling unit after 6 or 7 years, but they are relatively inexpensive ($300 or so) and require little time or effort to replace.
One consideration: they aren't the quietest fridges. When the fan is running, there is a steady whirring noise that sounds like... well, like a fan.
I have mine in the basement in the workroom. I wouldn't want to put them in the kitchen or dining room, for example.
What Sunnylea said. My cooling unit lasted 14 years before requiring replacement at $300. Recommend the VK500. It has a good assortment of racking to handle a mix of bottle sizes and shapes up to magnum. Could put a 3 litre or larger in the bottom, but it would take up a lot of space.
Re: Dual temp - don't really see the point there. Different wines don't need different temps for storage, only serving. It's easy to adjust the bottle temp for serving and you'll spend a lot for dual temp vs. single. Also, dual temp may limit the flexibility of what you can store if the zones are fixed. What if the mix of wines you have, or your palate shifts? This has been known to happen...often. Spend the money you save with single temp on more wine