The freestanding models are excellent values and great for small spaces, but there are some really beautiful built in models as well. Some day, in my dream home, I will have a built in! If you prefer a more elegant design, several models have wooden racks, both in thermoelectric and compressor styles. While the largest model holds 52 bottles and is compressor based, NewAir is focused on affordable, compact models of wine fridges for every day use.
Living where I do, in the fog belt, I don’t often worry about keeping my wines cool. However, when the sun comes beating in to my living room, and the rare summer day (above 80 degrees) starts to heat everything up, i wonder how I’m going to keep all of my wine in my small apartment sized fridge!
I had been thinking of buying a small wine fridge for a while, but I was concerned about having something with a compressor on my carpets, and also about the noise. While there are many types of wine fridges out there, I just couldn’t fin the one I really wanted.
Enter NewAir. NewAir USA is actually an air conditioning company, but they ventured in to wine coolers recently, after 10 years of cooling products. You may not have heart of them, since there are other prominant bradns out there, but I have to tell you after using my AW-280E for 6 months, I am very impressed.
NewAir makes many types of wine coolers, including those with compressors, without, dual zone, large and small. The model I have is the perfect size for 24-28 bottles, and fits neatly in to a corner of my dining room. I actually think if I had all Bordeaux bottles in there I could get closer to 30-32 bottles in the NewAir, but since I have a Pinot and Rhone fettish, it’s harder to stuff those bottles as much. It’s also perfect for my printer to sit on top of! Hey, when you live in the city, you have to use a piece of furniture for more than one thing right?
So back to the wine cooler. The thermoelectric model I have is whisper silent, something that is important to me. I have seen a lot of wine fridges (mostly with compressors) that have that annoying buzz, or just too much background noise. Not this baby! There are no moving parts, which is also great for collectors with older bottles that need to be still, lest you stir up 40 years of sediment. The thermoelectric cooling technology transfers heat from one side of the element to the other, creating an even cooling effect. The best part is that I have seen no noticeable difference in my electric bill. Even with the larger models, I suspect that you might expect to see a few dollars difference in your energy bill at max. The low impact energy use is one of the great features of these coolers. (Note: I am not an electric engineer so if you have a better explanation for the cooling technology, I’d love to hear it!)
The sleek touch screen temperature control allows you to select the optimal temp for whatever you might be storing, whether it’s all red, all white, or a combo. The chill blue LED display really blends in the to background and I barely notice it now.
If you have your bottles arranged well, the 5 wire racks slide out for easy access, making this a very convenient option for finding the right bottle. There is also plenty of room between the rack and the door, so you can add hangtags to sort your wines.
I definitely plan on buying a larger unit for summer use, as I think that the technology is better than compressor based coolers. NewAir sells a variety of sizes and types, so check them out for yourselves! You can find them online and many retailers, and the 28 bottle model is approximately $250. Compressor based models are slightly more expensive, and dual zone models are as well. The NewAir wine cooler models are very competitively priced I am very happy with wine. Check it out for yourselves!
NewAir wine coolers are available at BestBuy, Overstock.com, Wayfair, and more national retailers online, as well as in store. Check your local purveyor for details.
NewAir provided my 280E for consideration. All opinions are photos are my own.