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Several years ago when I got interested in wine, I honestly never gave much thought to wine storage. I had a couple of wine racks placed in a bedroom that had blackout blinds and were kept at a decent temperature. As time went on and I became more interested in and more serious about wine, I started to find I had an increasing number of bottles I wanted to sit on for various reasons. Most of them were no longer being produced and some just needed a little more aging. At that point I found a good deal on a single zone wine cooler that currently holds 35 bottles. As my wine collection has continued to grow, I decided I definitely needed another cooler. Deciding what style of cooler has been the biggest question though since there are so many options.
The NewAir Model NWC024SSD0 wine cooler is proving to be the perfect fit. This freestanding cooler offers dual zones with temperature adjustments ranging from 41°F – 64°F, French doors, five adjustable metal shelves per side, space in the bottom of each side for bottles, tinted glass doors perfect for helping keep light out, digital one touch displays, and blue interior lights that can be turned on/off.
The box arrived with a few minor dings but nothing of concern. After clipping the shipping straps that kept the box together, I easily removed the top half. I was impressed with the packing of the cooler because not only did it have Styrofoam on the four corners to protect the hinges, but there was also Styrofoam covered by thick cardboard along the four corners. I saw no issues with the condition of the cooler, so I removed it from the shipping pallet and glanced through the enclosed Owner’s Manual. The manual was only a few pages and I mainly paid attention to any information related to placement. I measured the cooler at 20” x 17½” x 30” which is a little different from what is advertised. It is listed as weighing 70 lbs. and while I cannot confirm this, I can confirm that while it was heavy but I was able to move it by swiveling it around one foot at a time.
I live in an older house that is mostly carpeted, so I decided to place the cooler on the opposite side of our dining room across from the other cooler. In order to get the required 2” of ground clearance I set the cooler on some extra tiles we had laying around. The only required assembly of the unit is attaching the two door handles. There are no instructions in the Owner’s Manual for attaching the handles, but I was able to find some by searching online. The screws included with the handles were not the right size, so I contacted NewAir support first by email and then by phone and had replacement screws within a few days. Once I had the correct screws, installation of the handles was easy.
I decided to use this cooler for my whites and rosés, so I set one side to 52°F for whites and 60°F for rosés. I left the shelves where they were originally placed and easily fit 12 standard sized bottles on each side. Wider burgundy sized bottles can be accommodated by moving the shelves or in the bottom section, but it would only be one bottle per shelf due to their width.
The NewAir Model NWC024SSD0 is going to be a nice addition giving me the flexibility to store wines at their optimal temperature with its dual zones.
Product Model: NWC024SSD0
10% Discount Code: WINELOVER10
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