CWR181SZ - EdgeStar 12-Inch 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler - Black/Stainless Steel
EdgeStar 12-Inch 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler - Black/Stainless Steel
For those looking to install a wine cooler underneath counters and flush with existing cabinetry without taking up a lot of space, choose the EdgeStar 12-Inch 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler (CWR181SZ). This wine cooler is unique because it has a more space-efficient design than larger units, yet is still equipped with a front-venting compressor-based cooling system that gives you the power to use it for any application. And at less than 1 foot wide, this model will fit into any number of places. Use it in place of that old trash compactor that you never use, or replace those extra drawers that just take up space. The cabinet is fully finished in an understated matte black so you can let the unit stand on its own, and the stainless steel trim door features tempered glass with black dot-tinting to protect your wine from harmful UV light. The door can also be set up with a right- or left-hinging configuration to give you more options when deciding where to place it.
You can store up to 18 standard 750 mL wine bottles in this cooler, across five (5) full-length wood-trimmed shelves and one (1) smaller wood-trimmed shelf -- all of which slide out to give you easy access to your wine. The digital controls let you select a storage temperature anywhere from 40-65° F with the push of a button, and the eye-catching blue LED display shows the current temperature to give you peace of mind. The wine cooler also comes with an internal fan that helps circulate the air to create an optimally and evenly cooled storage environment. The cool blue interior LED lighting perfectly matches the temperature display and provides a touch of class when showcasing your collection. This stylish wine cooler comes with a large matching stainless steel handle and is sure to give your kitchen or home bar the professional-quality look you've always wanted.
Compressor-Powered Cooling:The cooling system uses an effective compressor and internal fan to supply the interior cabinet with evenly distributed, perfectly cool air
Reversible Door:The door can be configured to hinge on the right or left side, giving you more options when deciding where to install it
Protects Your Wine:The built-in carbon filter minimizes odors, and the black dot-tinted tempered glass door protects your collection from harmful UV light
Built-In or Freestanding Installation:Great for all applications, the use of a front-venting exhaust system allows you to install this wine cooler flush under-counter or freestanding on its own
Replace Your Trash Compactor:At about 12 inches wide, this wine cooler is the perfect size to make good use of the space taken up by that old trash compactor you never use
- Model: CWR181SZ
- Brand: EdgeStar
- Ultra-slim, space-efficient design
- Capacity: 18 standard 750 mL wine bottles
- Digital temperature control w/ blue LED display
- Temperature Range: 40-65º F
- LED display shows current temperature
- Single zone cooling
- Five (5) full depth, slide-out wood-trimmed wire shelves
- One (1) partial depth slide-out wood-trimmed wire shelf
- Powerful compressor-based cooling
- Fan-forced front-venting exhaust
- Internal fan provides even cooling
- Warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
- EdgeStar 12-Inch 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Cooler
- Built-in or freestanding installation
- Reversible tempered glass door
- Black cabinet and stainless steel trim door
- Large matching stainless steel handle
- Blue internal LED lighting
- Carbon filter included
- Black dot matrix protection on glass
- Leveling legs
- Input Voltage: 115 V/60 Hz
- Power: 100 W/1.25 A
- Weight: 66 lbs
- Dimensions: 34 1/4" H x 11 5/8" W x 22 5/8" 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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