Pros / This compact, countertop wine cooler can chill up to 18 standard-size bottles in dual zones. It has digital controls and is designed to run quietly.
Cons / If you require replacement parts, you will need to contact the manufacturer; you cannot simply order parts from the Wine Enthusiast website. Additionally, the door is neither reversible nor lockable.
Verdict / Wine Enthusiast Silent is small and efficient, making it especially suitable for a small kitchen or vacation home. This dual-zone, free-standing wine cooler will properly chill both white and red wines.
"Wine Enthusiast" is a wine magazine that also has a website featuring select wine accessories such as cellars, coolers and glassware. The Wine Enthusiast Silent 18 Bottle Touchscreen is available on its website with free shipping. It is a capable introductory cooler that is compact enough to fit on a counter or table. It is one of the smallest dual-zone wine fridges available and could be a good addition to your small kitchen, office or vacation home. For a larger wine cooler, check out the EdgeStar CWF340DZ.
Each zone of this wine cooler can hold up to nine bottles. The top zone is designed to chill red wines and can maintain a temperature of 54 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit. The lower, white wine zone cools to as low as 46 F. But it can also maintain to as high as 66 F, which means you could fill the entire fridge with 18 bottles of red wine if you desired. However, this wine refrigerator will not cool sparkling wines to the low temperatures at which most people enjoy the bubbly.
The unit is all black (cabinet and door frame) with a reflective, smoked-glass Thermopane door. The temperature controls are located in the middle of the door, with a digital thermometer displaying the respective temperatures of each zone. It has four slide-out chrome shelves. While it is created for standard-size wine bottles, you can remove shelves to fit wider-circumference bottles. However, the inside of the wine cooler is less than 14 inches deep, so it cannot fit unusually tall bottles.
This cooler model is freestanding and is not meant to be installed inside a cabinet or under a counter. This is mainly because the thermoelectric cooling system requires adequate ventilation space. Thermoelectric coolers are more environmentally friendly as they do not use harmful CFC coolants, and they require less energy to run. While there are advantages to this type of cooling unit, it cannot reach low temperatures for sparkling wines and it does not operate well in areas with a high ambient temperature (over 77 F).
The Wine Enthusiast Silent 18 Bottle Touchscreen comes with a one-year limited warranty and a 30-day return policy. If you ever need to contact Wine Enthusiast customer service, you can reach a representative by email or telephone. Wine Enthusiast also has a live chat option on its website that connects you to a service representative.
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For the price, this is a good introductory wine fridge that will adequately cool a small collection of white and red wines. If you are looking for an efficient, countertop option, the Wine Enthusiast Silent might suit your needs.