Pros / The Avanti WCR5404DZD is a freestanding, dual-zone wine cooler that can hold up to 46 standard-size bottles. It has an attractive mirrored-glass door, wood shelves and LED interior lighting.
Cons / This unit is a bit noisier than thermoelectric units; however, it can cool to lower temperatures than most thermoelectric units, and installing the unit perfectly level will help reduce noise levels.
Verdict / This is a sturdy wine cooler that weighs over 100 pounds. It can properly cool all types of wine, from sparkling wines to deep red wines. It is also an attractive unit with a reversible door and a child-protecting lock.
The Avanti WCR5404DZD is a dual-zone, freestanding wine cooler that is a generous 24 inches wide to accommodate nearly 50 bottles of wine. It features full wood shelves rather than just wood-trim shelves, and it includes shelves for accommodating larger burgundy bottles. It is also over 20 inches deep, so it can fit some taller wine bottles as well. Utilizing this cooler’s dual zones you can chill all wine types, even sparkling wines, to the desired serving temperature. This Top Ten Reviews Silver Award-winning wine cooler is a fitting choice for those who are looking to chill a wide range of wines using one unit. If you need something a little more simple and smaller, consider the Sunpentown WC-20TL.
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This wine refrigerator has two separate cooling zones, which chill using a compressor-type cooling unit. While compressor coolers are a bit noisier than thermoelectric coolers, they can cool to lower temperatures and manage ambient temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit – a bit higher than the more energy-efficient thermoelectric models. To help reduce the noise this type of unit might produce, be sure to follow the installation instructions and install the unit flat using the adjustable feet.
Using this wine fridge you can cool your white wines in the top zone and your reds in the bottom zone. The top zone can hold up to 16 standard-sized bottles at a temperature between 40 and 55 F. The bottom zone holds up to 30 bottles and cools to 55-65 F. This unit needs to be installed in a well-ventilated area to work properly and performs best in rooms with an ambient temperature between 60 and 90 F. It is not designed to be built into cabinets or installed outside. The Avanti is a good choice if you live in a warmer area where temperatures often reach over 70 F inside your home. Unlike thermoelectric units, this compressor-type cooler can perform adequately in warmer areas.
To adjust the temperatures of the zones, you simply adjust the digital controls for each zone to the desired temperature. You will benefit from testing the temperature differences from shelf to shelf, especially in the bottom, larger zone. Exact temperature measurements using a digital thermometer will help you determine which shelf will be best for specific types of wines. You may discover that your heavier reds fare better at the top of the unit and your lighter reds, which you might want to serve cooler, should be stored at the bottom of the unit. Temperature variances between the bottom and the top of zones is to be expected from this type of unit.
This Avanti wine cooler is heavier and holds more bottles than the other units we reviewed. It holds up to 46 bottles of wine and weighs over 100 pounds. It has a wider base (24.5x23.5 inches), making it more difficult to tip and safer around curious, climbing toddlers. It also has a lock to keep little ones out of the unit. Additionally, the unit locks your temperature preferences so that the desired temps cannot be accidentally changed.
The Avanti WCR5404DZD features six wooden shelves, including five pull-out shelves. It utilizes a roller assembly, which ensures that the wooden shelves roll out smoothly. It includes a section for larger burgundy bottles, and it can hold taller-than-average bottles. However, as with most coolers, if you put larger bottles in the unit, it will hold fewer bottles.
Avanti is based in Florida. You may contact the company by telephone, fax or email. This wine cooler comes with a standard one-year warranty, and you may contact the warranty department by telephone if necessary. As with all similar products, ensure that you follow the installation and operating instructions to make sure you do not violate the terms of the warranty. You can easily find a copy of the user manual online if you lose your paper copy, and the website includes step-by-step instructions on how to reverse the door. The website also has an image that relates every part of the unit with its associated part number so you can easily order replacement parts if needed.
This Avanti dual-zone, freestanding wine cooler is durable and aesthetically pleasing. It includes a stylish mirrored-glass door, full wood shelves and digital controls. With this unit you can store up to 46 bottles at ideal temperatures for serving. It is an apt choice for those who want to be able to serve a wide variety of wines on the spur of the moment.