Wine Talk

Snooth User: Hollytron

For some reason, it wouldn't let me choose newb corner: Wine cooler question!

Posted by Hollytron, Jan 11, 2010.

I live in a home where we have no AC, and the heater never comes on. For that reason, the temperatures get pretty extreme indoors. In the winter, it's dropped to 59 inside before (usually its about 65-70 though). In the summer, as high as 101 (INSIDE). I'm getting wary though because the winter has not been so cool... And summers start very early. I was hoping to get a 6-12 bottle wine cooler for my house. I looked on Craigslist and it looks like I can find good prices there, but I wanted to ask about trusty brands or good bargains... Just so I know what I am getting or should be. I found a 12 bottle one online at Best Buy by a brand called Danby, which was the best deal, as far as that goes.

Any help appreciated!


Reply by Gantt Hickman, Jan 11, 2010.

Danby is a brand often used by hotels for mini refrigerators and mini bars. I would imagine their products being pretty reliable.

On a side note, and I am sure I will not be the only one that will say this. Get one bigger than you think you need. Unless of course space is an issue. You will find yourself filling up that 12 bottle cooler pretty quickly. I am now in this same boat as I have a 36 bottle cooler and now have 40 bottles more than I have cool space. I am hurrying to find the right cooler now.


Reply by kylewolf, Jan 11, 2010.

I agree with Grantt and SK, but if you are set on a 12 bottle, Danby will work, I also have a Haier (sp), that has worked marvelously, very quiet, and it can actually fit 13-14 bottles depending on your bottles and your creativity.

Reply by GregT, Jan 11, 2010.

If you're only going to keep 12 bottles or so, I'd keep them in the fridge when the temps get too high but besides that I wouldnt worry too much.

You're probably going to drink them pretty quickly no? You're not going to select only 12 bottles for long term storage, and I think the manufacturers kind of take advantage of people by putting those really small units out. Maybe for your office, but basically I'd just keep the bottles in the house. For a month or a few, they won't have any problems.

I don't know what the cost is, but for $100 or so you can buy a fifty bottle cooler at Home Depot, or at least you could a few years ago.

Reply by Hollytron, Jan 11, 2010.

gregt: The fridge crossed my mine as an option, except that there is zero space. I live in a house with a middle aged couple and their daughter. They are somewhat pack rats, and anywhere that there is space, it's taken. Fridge, pantry, bathroom cabinet even... Everything is really packed. In fact, where I have my wines is a tight fit. :( I also have two bottles that I want to save/age, and a couple that will be saved for some time, until an occasion arises. :)

gantt/kylewolf: Thanks, looks like Danby might be ok. Was looking at another one that had good reviews at Best Buy. I'm going to go out and shop before buying. :)

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 12, 2010.

I don't know if this is too much, but one rule of thumb is that you can never have too much space for properly storing wine.

Just got this in the mail today, no association, blah, blah, blah.

nice looking 28 bottle cooler, $338 delivered.

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