It has never been easier to start your own wine collection. Great wines from all over the world are now at your fingertips due to the rising popularity of wine subscription services and specialized wine stores. But how and where do you store your collection?
Building a wine cellar would be a great thing, but most aspiring collectors may not have the space or the means. Until you decide to take your collection to the next level, a great wine cooler is more than enough to mature your pinots, chardonnays, and merlots the right way.
This write-up takes a look at the Aobosi JC-145BH 28-bottle wine cooler and you can make up your mind about whether it’s for you.
Aobosi 28-Bottle Wine Cooler
One of the best things about the Aobosi is that it can work as a built-in or freestanding unit. It is also a dual-zone cooler which allows you to keep both your red and white wines at serving temperature. This is the current-production upgraded version that comes with upgraded cooling features, aesthetics, and construction.
Who is this product for?
The Aobosi JC-145BH 28-bottle wine cooler is versatile for regular folks and wine collectors. For example, if you already have an enviable collection, the Aobosi and its 28-bottle capacity can work as a secondary refrigeration unit.
In addition, it wouldn't look out of place at a bar or restaurant. It is designed to be eye-catching and presentable, and 28 bottles are enough to cover the refrigeration needs of smaller establishments.
Given its versatility, capacity, and build quality, the Aobosi is a premium wine cooler with a price that reflects that premium status.
What you see is what you get. The factory packaging holds the wine cooler itself, an instruction manual, and that’s pretty much it. It’s worth pointing out that the Aobosi JC-145BH 28-bottle wine cooler is compressor-powered, so it’s going to be heavier.
Overview of features
To start with, the Aobosi offers temperature memory. This means that the wine cooler can go back to the set temperatures after the power is cut for whatever reason. There is a screen lock that prevents you from changing the settings by accident. Also, the unit has an alarm that informs you if the door has been left open.
Despite being a compressor-powered cooler, the Aobosi JC-145BH 28-bottle wine cooler is relatively silent and doesn’t vibrate too much. There is no need to worry about disturbing the wine sediment. The noise level is specified at 42 dB, which is of course only true when the compressor is running. (Like your kitchen fridge, the compressor only turns on as needed. For comparison purposes, the noise level of normal conversations is 50 dB.)
As mentioned, the Aobosi is dual-zoned: the upper section at 41°F to 54°F and the lower 54°F to 68°F. There are only two shelves in the upper section and four in the lower. The racks are slide-outs and wooden, designed to fit standard Bordeaux-style bottles.
That said, there is more room on the first rack for storing larger bottles. The double-glazed door uses tempered glass and a stylish stainless steel trim, which might include the matching 18-inch handle on the left. At the bottom of the door is a safety lock for controlled access.
Last but not least, this cooler measures 14.9 x 22.9 x 34.0 inches, which is about right for a 28-bottle unit. It is 96 pounds unpacked.
How to install it
The installation is different based on how you’d like to use this wine cooler. If you want it as a freestanding unit, the installation is pretty much plug-and-use. Remove all the protective packaging, level the cooler, and position it anywhere.
With a built-in/under-counter installation, there might be more work. You might have to modify your kitchen cabinetry. The cool thing about compressor-based fridges is that that they can be placed right up against walls.
Needless to say, it’s best to measure the space first and figure out where you’ll put the cooler before buying.
- Dual-zone cooling
- 28-bottle capacity
- Works as a built-in or freestanding unit
- Door lock and open-door alarm
- Appealing design
- Upper price range
The Phiestina 29-bottle wine cooler is a potential alternative. This model is also dual-zoned and compressor-powered, but it comes at a more affordable price and holds one more bottle.
However, you only get five slide-out racks and the highest and lowest racks are designed for two rows of bottles. The Phiestina also sports a more industrial look, which might be more appealing to some users.
When all is said and done, the Aobosi JC-145BH is a serious wine cooler. It has all the features needed for proper wine maturation, including a safety lock and an open-door alarm.
Long story short: If you are looking for an eye-catching wine cooler for your home or restaurant, you can hardly go wrong with the Aobosi.