Emerson 8-Bottle Wine Cooler Review and Recommendation

by coolerman on November 4, 2008

Emerson 8-Bottle Wine Cellar Review (FR24RD)

Our Rating:
Based on: 13 reviews/ratings
Approximate price: $80
Capacity: 8 bottles


  • LED displays temperature and adjustable control
  • Interior light illuminates the bottles inside
  • Thermoelectric cooling system; compressor-free design operates silently without vibrating
  • Tempered glass door
  • Stainless steel look (not actual metal)
  • 10.7Hx19.6Wx16.2D”


  • Thermoelectric, so energy-efficient and quiet, with no vibration
  • Stylish
  • Inexpensive as wine coolers go


  • Reliability problems
  • Limited capacity (compared to larger models – true for all 8 bottle wine coolers)
  • Some concerns about temperature accuracy
  • Being thermoelectric, cannot cool more than 20 degrees lower than ambient temperature

Sampling of owner comments about the Sunbeam 8 bottle wine cellar:

  • “sleek, elegant design, very quiet, chills to perfect temperature”
  • “effective wine cooler for the price”
  • “a very thoughtful gift”
  • “will not hold oversize bottles, uses a lot of counter space”
  • “too big for a doorstop, too small for a closet, too warm for a fridge”
  • “poor customer support”
  • “stopped cooling after about 18 months”
  • “won’t work for long”

Our review:

The Emerson 8-bottle wine cooler seems like it would make a very nice gift for a wine lover. It is very stylish-looking, small enough to keep on display, and is inexpensive as wine cooler/chillers go. Furthermore, it’s a thermoelectric cooler, so it’s quiet and energy efficient. It is small, although not as small as some buyers had expected.

Several customers bought this unit thinking it would fit nicely on a counter-top, but it does take up considerable space. And, it should be noted that the stated 8-bottle capacity is only for a “standard” sized water bottle – generally, a Bordeaux bottle. Longer bottles, such as Rieslings and Champagnes, may not fit at all. Wider bottles, such as Burgundies, will reduce the number of bottles that will fit..

Unfortunately, a large percentage of current (or previous) owners report problems with the unit. In our sampling of a dozen reviews, 4 reviewers noted that their coolers had failed completely, in less than a year. Two other reviewers noted that the actual temperature inside did not match the temperature indicated on the unit. Another reviewer complained about an odor coming from the unit that was bad enough that they had to move it to another room. More recent buyers (7 reviews, all less than 2 months old when we read them) report being quite happy with their Emerson wine cooler – possibly due to their having owned it only a few weeks. Nevertheless, we are concerned with the long-term reliability of the Emerson 8 bottle wine cooler.

Bottom line recommendation:

The Emerson 8 Bottle Wine Cooler is NOT RECOMMENDED.

More details

Check out our other recommendations for 8-bottle wine cooler/chillers, and our wine cooler buyer’s guide.


Bob Brown May 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I originally purchased a Magic Chef 8-bottle wine cooler for my wife. She loved it for about 14 months (when it no longer cooled). I ended up purchasing an Emerson 8-bottle cooler as a replacement. Unfortunately, after about 5 months, I notice the thermostat wont shut down when reaching the desired temp. Unless unplugged, the cooler runs continuously and gets colder and colder inside. I set the temp to 60, but the cooler will cool below 48. The other day as a temporary fix, I installed a timer between the wall outlet and the coolers power cord. I set the timer to be on 15 minutes, then go off for 30 minutes. So far, the temp (according to an actual thermometer I placed inside the cooler) is staying between 50 and 55 degrees. If I cant find any actual fix online, I guess I’ll try yet another make/model.

Christ January 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

My Emerson FR24RD gets cool fast when unplugged goes from 66 top 58 in about 10 minutes (which is great) BUT!!!!!! then it starts going back up next thing I know its 71 ones degrees WHAT GIVES!!!!! I am soooooooo unhappy, I got this for a Xmas present and do not want to tell the person who gave me this, they would really freak out.

Christ January 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I think this model needs to be recalled!!!!!

Monica May 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

Oh my God my Emerson wine cooler only lasted about 6 months then the fan wouldn’t cool anymore. We removed the backing and the fan just stopped working. I cleaned it and it turned for about 3 hours going from 84 degrees to 64 degrees then back to 81 degrees then nothing. Of course Target won’t take it back and exchange it due to the length of time lost. Oh well…I wish somone would make a product and stand by it.

Aubrey Smith October 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’ve had this model for two years. After a year or so I began to have similar issues with temperatures hovering around 68-70 degrees. Seeking a solution, I visited several sites including Target’s reviews on the Emerson model. One reviewer recommended cleaning the filter at the back of the unit, and that did the trick! The air filter was full of dust, and running it under the faucet for a few seconds and drying it with a kitchen towel solved the temperature issue. So far so good!

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