12/12/12 UPDATE: ¬†I’ve been having some issues with the cooler, in that the compressor mechanism has failed. ¬†It’s been a couple of weeks and I am still struggling to get it back to the company to be fixed/replaced. ¬†BE ADVISED. ¬†I will write an update post as soon as everything is resolved, but bear in mind, it could be a while.
Happy day after Thanksgiving, everyone! ¬†I don’t usually partake in any of the Black Friday madness (I’ll just stay home in the comfort of my warm home and shop from my computer in my pj’s), however, I thought I’d take advantage of this traditional day of deals and give you a deal of my own (a $25-off coupon! ¬†See details below)!
NOTE:¬†¬†I do not receive any compensation as a result of purchases from this offer.¬†¬†This review was sponsored by Air-and-Water in the form of a sample compressor unit.¬†¬†However, the views and opinions expressed represent my honest evaluation of the product.
I was recently approached by¬†Air-and-Water to share one of their new products with you all, and as a thank you for reading, offer you all a coupon off the purchase of said product.¬† I agreed to have them send a sample to me, so that I may take a look at it and deem it worthy enough to post on my blog!
Here is some information about the product:
The NewAir AWC-330E is a compressor unit wine cooler that chills 33 bottles of wine.¬† The wine inside the bottles is insulated behind a UV-protected glass door, and provides accurate temperature control by a digital readout.¬† There is an interior soft, blue light which you may turn on and off, to add visibility to your wine collection.¬† The racks inside the compressor unit are easily removable, for easy cleaning and more flexibility in storage space.
Here are the specifications from the company:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Model: AWC-330E
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Product Type: 33 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Product Dimensions: L: 20.50″ x W: 20.10″ x H: 34.30″
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Product Weight: 57.20 lbs.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Product Color: Stainless Steel/Blac
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Application: Ideal for keeping up to 33 bottles of wine perfectly chilled
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Voltage: 120 volts
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Watts: 85 watts
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Amps: 1.3 amps
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Frequency: 60 Hz
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Certifications: ETL
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Bottle Capacity: 33 bottles
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wine Cooler Style: Freestanding
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Type: Single zone
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Finish: Stainless Steel, Black
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cooling Technology: Compressor
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Temperature Control Type: Push Button
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Digital Temperature Readout: Yes
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stainless Steel Doors: Yes
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Interior LED Light: Yes
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Number of Wine Racks: 5
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wine Rack Construction: Metal
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Removable Wine Racks: Yes
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Locking Doors: Yes
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Temperature Range: 39-64¬į F
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stemware Storage: No
Right now, the company is offering free shipping and an extended warranty (though I can‚Äôt promise how long these deals will last).
After testing out the sample I received, here is what I thought about the product:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It appears as though keeping the unit on a carpet is safe.¬† The unit is at ambient air temperature at the touch, and does not appear to be dangerous on a carpeted floor (make sure you leave space for some air flow, however).
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It‚Äôs extremely quiet.¬† Even in cooling mode, it is very quiet and is not offensive to the ears.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The temperature appears to be consistent throughout the unit.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The digital temperature controls are very easy to use.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It looks sleek!
- ¬† ¬† ¬† You can‚Äôt really store too many oversized bottles in this unit.¬† Standard sized bottles fit best, though you can store a couple of magnums on the bottom of the unit.
- ¬† ¬† ¬† The digital temperature readout is bright when in the dark.¬† This is only a problem if you have it stored in a place near where you are sleeping or need it completely dark, as the light diffuses over a large area.¬† On the other hand, it makes a great night light!
- ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†The lock on the door seems easily breakable.¬† NOTE: I did not actually try to break the lock, however, based on its‚Äô on the door, I predict that if someone wanted to break into it, they easily could.¬† The lock is on the very bottom of the door, so when it‚Äôs locked and I gently pull on it, the top part of the door still opens slightly.¬† This indicates to me that if a lot of force is pulled on the door (say, in an attempt to rob it), it could potentially be compromised.
Overall, I think this is a great little wine refrigerator unit, and I would recommend it to my readers.¬† The only thing I could not test was its‚Äô effectiveness over time, since I‚Äôve only had access to the sample for a couple of weeks.¬† So far so good, however, and therefore I give the unit my seal of approval.
As a thank you to my readers, Air-and-Water is offering you all a $25 coupon on the purchase of this compressor unit.¬† All you need to do is input the coupon code ACADEMIC at check out, and you‚Äôll get $25 off!¬† This offer expires on December 31st, 2011. ¬†
NOTE:¬† I do not receive any compensation as a result of purchases from this offer.¬† This review was sponsored by Air-and-Water in the form of a sample compressor unit.¬† However, the views and opinions expressed represent my honest evaluation of the product.
I am not a health professional, nor do I pretend to be. Please consult your doctor before altering your alcohol consumption habits. Do not consume alcohol if you are under the age of 21. Do not drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly!