Whynter Wine Fridge Review – 28 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler

Are you in the market for your first ever wine chiller?

If you’re looking for something that’s relatively compact, you should take a look at the Whynter Wine Refrigerator.

Why?  It’s quiet, compact, and has a couple surprises inside.

Let’s explore a little further…

Size Does Matter

whynter wc282ts wine refrigeratorBy most standards it’s small.

Overall, this appliance measures just 18 1/8 inches wide by 20 1/2 inches deep by 29 1/2 inches high – including the door hinge. Despite the small size – it’s a good wine fridge nevertheless – with plenty of advantages.

And it could be the solution you seek.

Let’s face it, for most people just getting into the wine scene – a 28 bottle limit should be more than enough. On the other hand, if you’ve been accumulating more wine than you’ve been able to enjoy, you may want to consider a larger wine cooler like the Allavino wine cooler.

It’s surprising how quickly these things fill up.

Invariably, buyers think they have more than enough space, irrespective of the model they select. But sooner rather than later, those wine coolers get maxed out like a credit card during the Christmas shopping rush.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh…

One thing buyers seem to like most about the Whynter wine fridge is that it features thermal electric cooling. This means that there are no harmful toxins like Freon inside the unit.
It doesn’t require the kind of venting space that most compressor and Freon units do either – so you can fit this unit almost anywhere you want.

And the Whynter, 28-Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler tends to operate much quieter than compressor driven refrigerators – which is icing on the cake.

Forced air circulation on the inside of the cabinet helps maintain a relatively even temperature throughout the appliance. This helps protect wine which can be susceptible to dramatic temperature changes.

Temperature, Temperature, Temperature

whytner digital temperature readoutIt also ensures that whatever bottle you pull – whether from the top or bottom row – should already be within the range considered just right for consumption.

It’s effortless to manage the temperature inside with the built-in, soft-touch control panel LCD temperature display. Just set the thermostat at your preferred temperature – anywhere between 54 degrees and 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Since there’s just one cooling zone, it’s great for those who stick to one type of wine – red OR white. That way, you can enjoy every bottle at the temperature that experts agree is best for that particular wine.

The manufacturer claims that this unit offers an “Adjustable thermostat for storing different wine varietals”.  But I don’t think they meant storing multiple types of wine at the same time.  After all – It’s one open box – so how could you accurately alter the temperature in different locations within that same box?

Like any fridge, there may be slight variations within each opening. But good wine needs to be stored and served within a specific temperature range for maximum enjoyment.

(Want to learn more about temperature?  Read all about the best temperature for wine.)

You can certainly find the proper range with the Whynter wine cooler. But I don’t recommend mixing your red, white and sparkling wines at any one time.

Maybe the answer is to get two of three of these. Or, perhaps you’d be better off with another model altogether – like this one.

Will It Fit?

whytner fridge shelvesWith intelligent design, Whynter has managed to pack a whole lot of usable storage space into a relatively small area. With six attractively scalloped stainless steel shelves, this slick cooler can accommodate up to 28 standard size bottles.

As with most (ahem…all) wine coolers, you’ll get slightly fewer bottles inside if they happen to be something other than standard – like most Pinot Noir or Riesling bottles, for example.

As soon as any larger-than-average bottle is added to most wine coolers, it reduces total bottle capacity – so that’s something you need to be aware of with any wine fridge.

Although 28 bottles is stated as the maximum this cooler can handle, that number might realistically be 24 or 25 if you routinely add oversized bottles to the mix. The shelves inside can be removed to accommodate those larger bottles, whenever it’s necessary.

For anyone bothered by the noise that a standard refrigerator makes, Whynter’s got you covered.

This model features state of the art thermoelectric technology, which minimizes the usual vibration and noise evident with most compressor-based models. It’s what helps make this model one of the quieter wine coolers on the market.

Build It In!

whynter wine coolerThe Whynter Wine Fridge 28-Bottle model is a freestanding unit that can be built right into your existing cabinets – without much of a problem. Just make sure you have adequate space, first.

If you’re building it into your kitchen, you should have plenty of space on the depth. That’s because standard lower cabinets are 24 inches deep. That’s what the fellow told me at Home Depot and when I returned home, I checked it myself, just to be sure.

And If your countertop sits at the proper height of 36 inches, your Whynter wine cooler should fit with plenty of room to spare. As for the width, if you’ve got 18 1/2 inches or more – you’re golden.

Be sure to locate your wine cooler near a power receptacle. Like most appliances in its class, this one features a short cord that will plug into any standard, 120-volt outlet.

If you don’t have an outlet in the right location, it would be a wise decision to pay an electrician to install one where you need it – instead of running a long extension cord that may not be of the required type. For safety purposes, it’s best to have a dedicated outlet for any major appliance and that includes your wine cooler.

And Now On To Advanced Instruction

If the width is excessive, (more than about 1/2 inch on each side) you can always create a built-in look easily and inexpensively. You don’t need to be a carpenter or cabinetmaker either to pull this off.

All you have to do is measure the total gap on each side and subtract half an inch – to get the fridge in and out – if necessary. This will give you the proper width for your filler pieces.

Next, you simply find two pieces of wood (preferably the same wood or laminate-covered material to match your kitchen cabinets) and you rip it to the exact size. Or, if you’re inept like me, you could have it done for you at a local wood shop. I have even had the guys at Home Depot make this kind of cut for me, you could try there too.

Next, pre-drill 3 to 4 holes on the edge of the cabinets that butt up to the wine cooler. This is where you will screw on your filler pieces from inside the cabinet. It’s easier than you think – particularly if you have a couple of clamps handy to hold the piece in the perfect position. Just take your time and the result will be well worth the effort.

You can do the same on the top, though that piece might be wider. If it’s too wide to accept screws through the width, you can always add a secondary piece of wood on the inside. In effect, what you’re doing is creating an “L-bracket” configuration.

The wider panel will be the finished front and the narrow piece of the bracket is what you use to secure it to the top from underneath. Another option is to use a couple of metal L-brackets on the inside edge of the filler panel.

Either way works just fine. Just be absolutely sure you’re using screws that are strong enough but won’t go through the countertop.

It’s a fairly easy job. Just remember the #1 rule of the inept homeowner: measure twice (or 5 times) and cut once. And when it doubt – consult someone who actually knows something about the subject. If you’re the least bit concerned about your ability to do this – the neighborhood handyman might be your go-to guy. But when in doubt – ask!

What Some People Didn’t Like About The Whynter Wine Cooler

One of the problems cited with this model is that it lacks a lock on the cabinet – making it easy for anyone – including children – to access alcohol. Another potential problem is that it’s a somewhat tall and narrow box design, making it more susceptible to tipping over.

In a house with toddlers, this probably isn’t the safest option, despite the other advantages of the Whynter wine chiller. You could add a locking mechanism yourself. But it’ always seems to look better when the lock is factory installed, instead of an after-market add-on.

The winter wine cooler features a soft touch digital control panel. But the only problem is that the digital controls are located inside the cabinet. So to make any adjustments, you have to open the door and every time the door is open, the interior temperature is going to change, just as it does with any refrigerator.

What’s the Final Verdict?

At the economical price offered by Whynter, this wine cooler makes a solid choice for someone who’s just beginning to explore the fascinating world of wine.

It’s more than capable of cooling 28 of your standard size bottles of red or white. All in a compact frame that will fit just about anywhere.

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