DWC113BLSDB - Danby 38 Bottle Dual Zone Freestanding Wine Cooler - Black and Stainless Steel
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Danby 38 Bottle Dual Zone Freestanding Wine Cooler - Black and Stainless Steel
The Danby 38 Bottle Dual Zone Freestanding Wine Cooler (DWC113BLSDB) is a mid-size wine cooler capable of holding over 3 cases of wine across different temperatures at one time. Measuring just over a foot and a half wide, this unit manages to cram in considerable storage capacity while retaining a space-efficient form factor. As a freestanding unit, the cabinet is fully finished in black and the back of the cabinet is completely flat, allowing you to place the cooler flush against walls to save space. The door comes with a classy stainless steel trim with a matching long bar-style handle, and the door is also reversible, providing increased placement options.
For stylish and organized storage, the upper zone features two (2) beechwood shelves, while the lower zone has four (4) shelves of the same finish. Each zone also has its own digital adjustable thermostat with a wide temperature range between 39.2° and 64.4° F to accommodate the needs of both red and white wines. The blue LED interior lighting helps showcase your collection without contributing any detrimental heat, and the cooling system employs frost-free operation, so there's no need to ever worry about defrosting your valuable wines.
Dual Temperature Zones:Separately-controlled temperature zones allow you to simultaneously store your favorite red and white wines
Frost-Free Operation:This model doesn't require the use of a defrost system, automatic or manual, as it prevents any frost from forming in the first place
Fully Finished Cabinet:The sleek black cabinet is completely wrapped with a flat back design, allowing you to set it flush against walls as a freestanding unit
- Model: DWC113BLSDB
- Brand: Danby
- Capacity: 38 standard 750 mL bottles
- Designed for freestanding use
- Dual temperature zones
- Two (2) digital adjustable thermostats
- Temperature Range: 39.2° - 64.4° F
- Two (2) beechwood shelves in upper zone
- Four (4) beechwood shelves in lower zone
- Warranty: 1 year parts & labor
- Danby 38 Bottle Dual Zone Freestanding Wine Cooler
- Fully finished black flat back cabinet
- Stainless steel trim glass door
- Stainless steel towel bar handle
- Blue LED interior lighting
- Reversible door
- Frost-free operation
- Input Voltage: 120 V/60 Hz
- Weight: 97 lbs.
- Dimensions: 33.06" H x 19.44" W x 24.94" D
Wine Cooler Refrigeration Basics
What is the difference between a freestanding and a built-in unit?
A freestanding unit is meant to stand by itself or on top of counters. Built-in units (also called zero-clearances or undercounters) can be built into counters and cabinetry because of the front venting, which also causes them to be more expensive.
What would happen if I installed a freestanding cooler under my counter?
Since freestanding units do not include front ventilation, the heat produced by the unit during operation will remain within the built-in enclosure and eventually overheat the unit, causing it to malfunction or break. This overheating could also decrease the cooler’s ability to maintain a proper internal temperature for cooling your wine. At the very least, you will run the risk of shortening the cooler’s lifespan significantly because the compressor will be continually overworked. Operating a freestanding unit in a built-in space could also invalidate the included manufacturer’s warranty.
Is there any way I could install a freestanding unit under my counter?
Yes, but you will need to allow sufficient space around the unit for the heat that is produced during operation. A gap of 2-3 inches on each side, as well as on the top and back of the unit, will help this heat to properly dissipate and not overheat your cooler. While you won’t be able to achieve a true built-in appearance with these gaps, it will still allow you to utilize a freestanding unit within a built-in space.
What exactly is thermoelectric cooling?
Unlike the traditional compressor cooler, thermoelectric cooling is used in many smaller wine coolers on the market. Thermoelectric wine coolers contain a “cooling node,” which is a ceramic tile that has an electrical current passed through it. As the current passes through the node, the outside of the tile will heat up while the side facing the cooler will cool down, helping the keep the interior of the unit cool. Typically, a thermoelectric wine cooler will contain small internal fans that evenly distribute the cool temperatures being created by the node throughout the interior of the unit. Thermoelectric coolers produce fewer vibrations than compressor units, which will ultimately mean fewer disturbances of wine sediment in each bottle. However, thermoelectric wine coolers are not completely silent: the internal fans needed to distribute the cold air throughout the cooler will produce at least some noise.
How do I store white and red wines in the same cooler?
Because white wines should be stored between 46º-56º F and red wines at 58º-68º F, the best way to accommodate both wines within the same unit is to purchase a dual zone wine cooler. Dual zone coolers allow you to maintain two distinct temperature zones within the same cooler, that way you can keep your wines at their optimal temperatures. Dual zone units will often offer a larger storage capacity for one style of wine over the other, so you should be sure to purchase the unit that best suits your individual drinking preference.
Of course, you may also store both red and white wines together in a single zone unit. By placing your red wines in the top shelves of the unit, you will be storing them in the warmest section of the cooler. However, there is usually only a 5-8 degree difference between the top and bottom of a single zone wine cooler, so depending on how you set the thermostat, you red wines could end up too cold or your white wines could be too warm.
Could I use a wine cooler to store my other beverages?
The average wine cooler will not offer temperatures below 46ºF degrees. Due to this limitation, we suggest purchasing a dedicated beverage cooler or traditional refrigerator if you wish to store beverages other than wine.
What is the difference between a refrigerator, a beverage cooler, and a wine cooler?
A wine cooler is set to a higher temperature range than a refrigerator or beverage cooler because wine is not stored as cold as other products. A beverage cooler and refrigerator are similar, but refrigerators often have adjustable shelves and door storage while beverage refrigerators do not, but they do often have glass fronts to display their contents. Wine and beverage coolers have wide temperature ranges so they can be interchangeable; but if you want to store both wine and beverages at the same time in the same unit, you’ll want to keep in mind that the wine might be too cold or the drinks might be too warm.
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