You can’t put all the wine bottles you want to keep chilled in your refrigerator. Not only does it not look cool to remove a bottle from your fridge, a regular fridge doesn’t keep your wine at the right temperature. Instead, you need a wine fridge to keep those bottles chilled to just the right temperature. And, oh yeah, it should look cool, too!
If you’re going to buy one of the available wine fridges there are a few helpful things you should before you buy. Not every beverage cooler is a wine cooler. Beverage coolers are made for soda and beer and so their low temperatures are too low for wine. Likewise, small refrigerators aren’t good as wine coolers.
Wine coolers are designed to hold wine bottles. They have very specific holders built-in to the cooler that are made for the size of a wine bottle. If you buy an 18-bottle wine cooler, you shouldn’t expect that you’re going to be able to cram 4 or 5 more in there. While it’s okay to cram beer and soda together, wine bottles maintain a more even temperature when they have room around them for cool air circulation.
If you have vintage bottles of wine that you aren’t planning to drink for several years, a wine cooler is not a good choice. Wine coolers are for those vintages you’re planning to drink within a year or two. More sophisticated models exist at greater cost to handle long-term aging.
Your wine won’t rest if it’s being vibrated and shaken its entire life. Thermoelectric cooling is designed to be effective while also being vibration-free. One caution; thermoelectric cooling is only capable of cooling to about 30 degrees below ambient air temperature. This means that once the temperature gets above 85 degrees, the wine fridge temperature inside cooler will rise above the recommended 55 degrees for optimum wine storage.
More expensive models with compressors vibrate so make sure that some isolation is provided like rubber mounting for the compressor and vibration dampening racks to hold the wine.
If you like the look of a glass front door to show off your collection, make sure the glass has UV protection as the sun’s UV rays can damage your wine.
Another thing to look for is value. You can spend a lot of money on a wine cooler fridge. Let me say it again. You can spend a lot of money on a wine refrigerator. If you’re not storing a vintage collection for the long term, you can save money by going with a name brand thermoelectric model that stores the number of bottles you want to store.
In this review, we are taking a look at an 18-bottle model that we really like from NewAir; their model AW-181E Thermoelectric Small Wine Fridge. It has all the features we’ve talked about and all at a value price. It’s a great size for those just getting started on their collection or those who aren’t sure they want to collect at all, but just want to have a classy place to store their wine.
For those of you not familiar with NewAir, they make appliances with exceptional design quality and original detailing that make your life easier and set them apart from any other brand. They strive to perfect all of their appliances through a constant process of research and testing. Take a look at the NewAir AW-181E Wine Fridge and see if it’s the perfect wine cooler for you!
NewAir AW-181E Thermoelectric Wine Fridge
We’ve given you a number of features to look for in a great wine cooler and the NewAir AW-181E Thermoelectric Wine Cooler checks all of the boxes. It not only has all the features we look for in a great mini wine fridge, it will also look great in your home. It’s handsome black and stainless steel finishes will add an air of sophistication to virtually any setting. It’s also compact and designed to fit into smaller spaces, so it’s easy to place almost anywhere in your home. Simple to operate with digital controls, it sports all the features you need.
- Complete digital temperature control with easy-to-use push buttons for accurate, custom chilling from 54-66 degrees F
- Thermoelectric cooling technology is quiet and vibration-free keeping your wine well-rested and exceptionally chilled.
- A beautiful black wine fridge cabinet with stainless steel door and chrome-plated shelves highlight this sleek, polished freestanding design which requires only 4 inches of clearance on all sides.
- You will love showing off your wine collection with its heavy-duty glass door and blue LED lighting that gently illuminates your wine collection and improves visibility.
- 5 full-width racks are removable, interchangeable, and smooth sliding
- Stores Up to 18 Wine Bottles based on Bordeaux-sized bottles
- Interior LED Light – Show off your wine collection with the NewAir AW-181E wine cooler, which has an interior blue LED light that gently illuminates your wine collection and adds visibility.
- Great value
- Compact size
- Very stylish design
- Consistent temperatures
- Some complaints about not cooling enough
- Power outages cause temperature reset to default low temp
- Noisy operation
- Some complaints about shelf size being too small
Wine Cooler Comparison Chart
|Title||Wine Enthusiast 18-Bottle Touchscreen Wine Refrigerator (Slimline - 2-Temp)||NewAir AW-181E Space Saver 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler, Stainless Steel||NewAir AW281E 28 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler||EdgeStar 21 Bottle Dual Zone Stainless Steel Wine Cooler - Stainless Steel||Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler with Black Tinted Mirror Glass Door||SPT WC-2461H Double-Door Dual-Zone Thermo-Electric Wine Cooler with Heating|
|Feature||A thermoelectric, energy-efficient, CFC-free wine cooler. ETL approved.|
Two zones: top holds 10 bottles, bottom holds 8. 7 pull-out chrome shelves. Exterior digital touchscreen with temperature display
Touch Screen Top Zone adjustable temperature range of 54-66°F provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites
Touch Screen Bottom Zone adjustable temperature range of 46-66°F provides ideal storing conditions for reds and whites, and optimum serving conditions for most whites Exterior digital touchscreen with temperature display
18-bottle capacity***Note: Shelving is meant to hold standard Bordeaux size bottles, using larger size bottles may limit the capacity. If you would like to store larger bottles you can easily remove any of the shelves. This will also prevent scraping the labels on the larger bottles.
|Thermoelectric cooling technology operates quietly & is vibration free for storing wine to its best advantage|
Insulated door maintains the interior temperature & reduces UV penetration for wine chilling consistency
Handsome stainless steel & black finish complements home decor, adding sophisticated elegance to virtually any setting
Compact, freestanding design fits in small spaces easily, making it perfect for any room
Easy-to-read, push button digital temperature controls allow for simple custom chilling
|Removable chrome-plated wine racks can be used for custom storage & slide out smoothly for easy wine selecting|
Thermoelectric cooling technology features quiet operation & vibration free storage for well-rested wine
Freestanding design is perfect for small spaces & makes placement in your home easy
Chrome-plated wine racks add sophistication, provide durability & are easy to maintain
Digital temperature display is easy-to-read & ensures accurate temperature control
|Thermopane glass door with stainless steel handle, Includes six (6) fully removable scalloped chrome shelves, Storage for three (3) bottles per shelf|
Two (2) independently controlled zones, Upper zone: Mid 40 -mid 60 degrees F; Lower zone: Mid 50 - mid 60 degrees F
Blue interior LED lighting, Internal fan to evenly circulate air & temperature, LED display
Auto defrost; Freestanding application
Perfect anywhere you want to store red and white wines
|Capacity: 20 standard wine bottles|
Black tinted mirror glass door with sleek black cabinet and space saving recessed handle
5 removable premium stainless steel trimmed scalloped chrome shelves
Adjustable Thermostat, 46°F - 65°F, with soft-touch digital control panel
Soft interior LED lighting with on/off switch
|ThermoElectric cooling and heating system maintains internal temperature setting|
24 standard bottles (12 + 12)/66L capacity
LED temperature display with touch-sensitive controls
Environment friendly (refrigerant free)
No vibration (bottle sediment is not disturbed)
|Model||272 03 02 18||AW-181E||AW-281E||TWR215ESS1||WC-201TD||WC-2461H|
|Warranty||1 Year Limited Parts & Labor||1 YEAR PARTS & LABOR||1 YEAR PARTS & LABOR||1 year parts; 90 days labor; mail-in||One Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty|
|Height||37.5 inch||25.75 inch||29.25 inch||32.5 inch||22 inch||24.5 inch|
|Weight||46 pound||55 pound||46 pound||33 pound||54 pound|
|Width||9.88 inch||19.38 inch||20.88 inch||20.67 inch||20.5 inch||20.5 inch|
|Length||20 inch||14 inch||18.13 inch||21.7 inch||16 inch||20.3 inch|
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