Summary: Works well, so long as you leave sufficient room at the rear of unit for air circulation. If you push the unit up against a wall (such as sitting on a countertop) it will overheat and not chill the wine. I had to turn the unit sideways on a counter to get sufficient air circulation - works for my situation on a dining room cabinet, but would be a problem on a kitchen counter.
Summary: Have had this unit for 2 weeks now and love the design, compact size, easy access door, and that cool blue LED interior light...wow. However, it makes more noise than expected, and the noise is more noticeable when you put it on the kitchen counter. The cooling fan NEVER turns off. It cranks up after you have added bottles or lowered the temp and eventually backs down to a high pitched hummmm. But its an irritating hum.
Summary: I've had it for a couple of months, so far I'm very pleased. It keeps a steady temperature and is very quiet. I'm not to happy with the shelving; you must open the door wide and pull out the shelves just to fit a bottle in. This is not the most convenient thing to do. I guess if that's the only problem, I can live with it.
It takes some maneuvering to make it work properly
Sam Goldgeier, Amazon
5 May 2011
Summary: The basics: At first when I set this up, I thought that this was not going to work at all. It took a little bit of fooling around with, but I think it's now useful enough to keep. Why I chose this product: After my older 8 bottle wine refrigerator stopped working properly, I needed a new one. So, I decided to upgrade to a larger sized 12 bottle wine fridge. Because I was going to place it on a countertop, I really wanted one that was 4 bottles wide by 3 bottles tall.
Summary: There is only one flaw: you have to open the door beyond perpendicular in order to slide shelves out. This defeats the purpose of being able to put it on a counter or in a small space. I ended up putting it in a different room. The reviews about not accepting large bottles - red wine bottles are fairly consistent in size, so don't expect to keep whites in there too. I didn't have a problem with the shelves being too tight as some complained about.
Summary: Its a nice piece and price/value. It came dented in the mail and Amazon gave a partial credit with was awesome. I checked the the internal temps and verified with my own monitor and it read accurate. My own concern is the owner manual lists a lot or reasons why the temp might now hold, and being in Florida seems like it will add extra stress to the unit, so im curious to how it will hold up. On a 1-5 scale of quiteness 1 being dead silent.
Summary: I read the (few) negative reviews for this product with some consternation. I really feel the consensus on this product is unduly harsh. I agree that it's not really a "12-bottle" setup, in that if even one of your bottles is not "standard" size, then forget about loading it in the pre-made shelving. Thus, this device is really an 8 unit cooler, as I had to immediately remove one of the three shelves in order to accomodate my white wine bottles.