The Kalamera KRC30SZB is a great looking option that has been designed to store up to 30 bottles of wine at optimum temperatures. This unit can be built-in to your kitchen and offers single-zone cooling. To see how it fared against the others we reviewed, head to our guide covering the best wine coolers (opens in new tab) around. If it’s beverages other than wine you want to keep cool, check out the best mini fridges (opens in new tab).
For now, though, keep reading to see what we thought of the Kalamera KRC30SZB.
Kalamera KRC30SZB: Size and installation
- Depth (not including handles): 22.4 inches
- Width: 14.9 inches
- Height: 33.9 inches
The Kalamera KRC30SZB has a total capacity of 2.8 cubic feet and has been designed to hold up to 30 bottles of wine. Inside the cooler, there are six removable shelves that are made of wood and add to the appliance’s overall look.
In terms of installing this wine cooler, you’ll need to measure up where it’s going to go but also ensure it’s going to be placed on firm flooring as this unit is not suitable for carpets. Once you unbox the cooler, you’ll need to allow it to stand for two hours before plugging it into the power socket. Also, make sure that the ventilation at the front is not obstructed in any way.
You can level up and adjust the fridge by using the front legs, and the door handle will need to be screwed on as it’s detached for shipping. If you need to, you’ll also be able to reserve the door swing on the Kalamera KRC30SZB, however, it’s strongly advised that you have another member of your household help you support the door while doing so.
Kalamera KRC30SZB: Features
The Kalamera KRC30SZB is a single-zone fridge that is designed to be used as either a freestanding or built-in unit and holds 30 bottles of wine. The pull-out racks are made from wood, which adds to the high-end feel of the fridge, and the wines are set with the bottom of the bottle toward you, so it’s easier to read the labels.
The Kalamera KRC30SZB chills wines between 40 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can accommodate any type of wine from dark reds to sparkling whites. You can adjust the temperature of this wine cooler using the digital controls on the top of the door. This cooler features memory technology, so if the power goes out, the fridge will remember the last temperature you set it to and will resume cooling to that temperature whenever power is restored.
Since this is a single zone wine cooler, you won’t be able to cool red and white wines to the optimal temperature simultaneously. The Kalamera KRC30SZB also features a compressor that works effectively but isn’t as energy efficient as a thermoelectric cooler.
Designed to prevent any disturbance to the sediments in your wine, the Kalamera KRC30SZB has anti-vibration features and operates quietly. Another handy feature on this wine cooler is the door lock, this will not prevent any unwanted openings of the door - especially if you have young children.
The Kalamera KRC30SZB also benefits from a frost-free design so you shouldn’t ever have to thaw it out. Because of its capacity and its features, the Kalamera KRC30SZB isn’t a budget option. If you’re looking for something cheaper, head to our Antarctic Star INAS90 Wine Cooler review (opens in new tab).
Kalamera KRC30SZB: Design & performance
The Kalamera KRC30SZB is coated with black sides and a stainless steel front. It features a long handle and double-paned, tempered glass that blocks UV rays and keeps the inside temperature stable. The wooden shelves are a nice finish and make this fridge look more expensive than other options we’ve reviewed. If you’re going to use this wine cooler as a freestanding unit, rather than built in, bear in mind that the sides of the cooler aren’t finished in the same way as the front.
The digital controls look sleek and LED lighting helps to avoid any unnecessary heat inside the fridge, as older, traditional bulb types in some wine coolers are not as efficient. The lighting in this fridge is colored blue and can be switched on and off but can’t be put on a timer.
There’s a one-year warranty included with the Kalamera KRC30SZB wine cooler and it’s estimated this unit will cost approximately $23 a year to power.
Kalamera KRC30SZB: User reviews
The Kalamera KRC30SZB scores an average of 4.4 out of five on Home Depot’s website. Users praise how this unit looks and one user adds it’s “super quiet”. The safety lock went down well with users that have young children, and others also mentioned how much they liked the blue lighting. One user adds that this wine cooler ‘comfortably stores 24 bottles’ but 30 is a bit of a squeeze.
In terms of criticisms, some users said that the wine shelves ‘are too close together’ so you can only fit small bottles of wine in. There are very few complaints about the wine cooler itself, other than some arriving damaged and some users also add they were disappointed with the shelving quality.
Should you buy the Kalamera KRC30SZB?
The Kalamera KRC30SZB is a stylish wine cooler that offers a spacious capacity for 24 to 30 bottles. While it’s designed to be freestanding or built-in, this fridge is only finished in stainless steel on the front, not on all sides. Although the Kalamera KRC30SZB is not Energy Star certified, this wine cooler is fairly cheap to run and its compressor works quietly as it cools.