Pros / It chills low enough for sweet white wines.
Cons / This is a single-zone unit.
Verdict / The small but versatile Avanti EWC1201 has an impressive temperature range for a thermoelectric fridge.
This wine fridge holds 12 bottles at one time. Although it is much bigger than other units that hold the same amount of wine, the Avanti EWC1201 is still compact enough to fit on a counter. It has a curved glass door that gives it a unique, attractive look, and the glass is tempered to keep UV rays out and the inside temperature consistent. The metal shelves hold standard-size wine bottles, and there’s a section where you can place bottles upright. This is good for both taller wine bottles and opened bottles that are safer stored standing up.
The digital controls of this single-zone fridge make it easy to set the temperature to chill either red or white wines, including sweet wines. You can set the temperature between 64 and 48 degrees, which is impressive since it uses a thermoelectric cooling system. Wine coolers with this type of system typically don’t chill that low, so this is a definite plus of the Avanti EWC1201. The only downside is you can chill just one type of wine since there aren’t two chill zones.
You can choose to display the temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, and the controls also lock and unlock the unit. It isn’t easy for young children to figure out the digital combination to unlock the Avanti EWC1201, but teens likely will figure it out.
Because the Avanti EWC1201 is a freestanding model, it shouldn’t be placed in a cabinet because it needs enough space around it to vent properly. It also isn’t designed to handle outside temperatures that fluctuate, so don’t place it in a garage, porch or basement that isn’t temperature controlled. If you do, it could invalidate the one-year warranty that comes with this wine cooler.
This Avanti freestanding wine cooler is compact and visually beautiful with a unique curved glass door and metal racks that hold bottles lying down and standing up. This single-zone fridge uses a thermoelectric cooling system, though it still gets as cold as 48 degrees, which is good for all sorts of white wines. The Avanti EWC1201 only holds 12 bottles, which is decent for a small, personal collection. However, if you need more space, consider the Danby DWC93BLSDB, which is also a single-zone, thermoelectric wine fridge that cools enough for white wines and holds 36 standard-size bottled wines.