12 Bottle Wine Cooler Reviews

Small Wine Cooler Technology – Thermoelectric

All of the 12-bottle wine coolers we’ve reviewed to date are thermoelectric models. Thermoelectric coolers do not use compressors, so they are considerably quieter by nature, they don’t contain CFCs (such as Freon), and they don’t vibrate.

However, thermoelectrics do have limitations – due to the way they work, they cannot attain an internal temperature less than 20 to 25 degrees (F) below the ambient temperature. Many owners who do not understand this limitation complain about their coolers not working properly. This limitation may be acceptable if the normal temperature of the room where it will be placed is maintained at less than 78 degrees F or so. If your storage location will be warmer (say, in a garage, sun room, or toasty kitchen), you’ll want to consider a wine cooler that uses the more traditional compressor technology.

12 Bottle Wine Cooler Reviews

Avanti 12-Bottle Wine Chiller Review (Avanti EWC120B)


Our Rating:
Based on: 23 reviews/ratings
Approximate price: $110
Capacity: 12 bottles
Capsule Review: The Avanti 12-Bottle Wine Chiller gets excellent reviews from users, overall. Most people liked the compact size, pleasing appearance, quiet operation, overall practicality, and good value of this cooler. This cooler has been considerably more reliable than other coolers in this size and price range. This would be our first choice in a 12-bottle wine cooler.

Avanti 12-bottle wine chiller (EWC120B) Full Review/Recommendation

Sunpentown 12-Bottle ThermoElectric Wine Cooler (WC-12)


Our Rating:
Based on: 15 reviews/ratings
Approximate price: $180 ($155 online)
Capacity: 12 bottles
Capsule Review: The Sunpentown 12-Bottle ThermoElectric Wine Cooler gets excellent reviews from users, overall. Most people liked the attractive appearance, quiet operation, overall practicality, and good value of this cooler. It is a thermoelectric cooler, so is limited in its cooling capacity in a warm environment, but this is the norm for this size wine cooler. This fridge would be a very good choice in an inexpensive, 12-bottle wine cooler.

Sunpentown 12-Bottle ThermoElectric Wine Cooler Full Review/Recommendation

Note:
Before launching into the Haier 12-bottle wine cooler review, it should be noted that Haier currently makes at least 3 different models of 12 bottle wine cellars. The two tabletop models (HVT12xxx, where xxx is a 3-digit code signifying color, and HVUE12xxx) look very similar, but do have some differences. In addition to these countertop models, Haier also makes a tower model.

Wal-Mart sells a “Haier 12-Bottle Table Top Wine Cooler”, no model number given, which may, in fact, be a special version only marketed through Wal-Mart, or it could be the HVT.

Haier 12 Bottle Table-Top Wine Cellar Review (HVT12ABS/ HVT12ABB/ HVT12AVS/ HVT12AVW)

Our Rating:
Based on: 30 reviews/ratings
Approximate price: $90
Capacity: 12 bottles
Capsule Review: Based on the fact that 10 out of 13 reviewers stated that their Haier HVT12ABS wine coolers died within a few months of purchase, we would encourage shoppers to look elsewhere for a reliable wine cooler.

Haier 12 Bottle Table-Top Wine Cellar (HVT12ABS) Full Review/Recommendation

Haier 12 Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Control/LED Display (HVUE12ABB/ HVUE12ABS/ HVUE12BSS)


Our Rating:
Based on: 13 reviews/ratings
Approximate Price: $90
Capacity: 12 bottle
Capsule Review: Many of the reviews for the Haier 12 Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Control/LED Display (HVUE12ABB) had positive things to say about this cooler. They thought it was a good value, liked the appearance and functionality. However, 3 of 13 reviewers cooler indicated that their cooler died within a matter of a few months (sometimes less). So, in spite of its nice features, and perceived value for the money, we would probably look elsewhere.

Haier 12-Bottle Wine Cooler with Electronic Controls Full Review/Recommendation