A wine cooler is one of the classiest things that you can add to your kitchen or wet bar. But with this appliance, it’s not only about style. A good wine refrigerator is designed to keep your prized collection under the ideal conditions so it can mature properly.
With this in mind, there are certain requirements for a wine cooler to meet. You’ll have a better understanding of these requirements after reading this review of the EdgeStar TWR215ESS 21-bottle wine cooler.
EdgeStar TWR215ESS 21-Bottle Wine Cooler
EdgeStar is an American appliance brand. As for this model, the EdgeStar TWR215ESS is a small dual-zone wine cooler for home use, though you might be able to make do with it in a small-scale commercial application. It is a freestanding thermoelectric fridge and therefore not suitable for under-counter installation.
Who is this product for?
It might be better to rephrase the question to, “Who won’t be able to make use of this product?” Obviously, if nobody in your household drinks wine. Or if you need to chill 100 bottles at a time. For all other intentions and purposes, the EdgeStar can work.
Those who are looking for a reliable cooler should find the EdgeStar’s features and performance more than satisfying. This is true for regular folks and aspiring wine aficionados. Either way, you’ll always have your merlot, pinot, and chardonnay chilled to perfection.
Best of all, the EdgeStar TWR215ESS 21-bottle is dual-zoned and reasonably priced.
This wine cooler comes fully stocked with a surprise selection of fine wine. Kidding!
Like any other wine cooler on the market, the 21-bottle EdgeStar ships fully assembled with just the fridge, as far as the hardware goes. The package also includes a user manual and the purchase comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. According to the manufacturer, you need to register the product for the warranty to take effect.
Overview of features
First of all, this cooler is quite compact at 13.4 x 20.2 x 32.5 inches and 46 pounds. This means that you can easily find a new place for it in any sudden spur of home redecoration. One of the reasons for low weigh is the thermoelectric cooling technology.
At the same time, this type of cooling makes the unit silent and vibration-free, as opposed to having a compressor that turns on and off like a regular fridge. However, thermoelectric systems don’t cool as well, which is why freezers are all compressor-based. For this wine cooler, the cooling performance depends on the ambient temperature, so the cooler might struggle to reach the set temperature if you put it in a hot room.
Under normal conditions, the upper zone temperature of 40°F to 60°F is for chilling your whites. The lower zone of 50°F to 60°F would be for reds. The temperature control panel is inside the unit in the form of buttons and LCD thermometers.
In total, there are seven racks or shelves — two in the upper section and five in the lower. Like almost all wine coolers, the EdgeStar TWR215ESS is designed to hold 750ml Bordeaux-style bottles (2.7” diameter). There is more room on the lowest rack for storing bigger bottles.
As for the other features, the unit has a thermopane (double-glazed) glass door with stainless steel trim. The cooler also has an auto-defrost design. Of course, like all non-compressor fridges, there’s an internal fan to distribute the cold air.
How to install it
As a thermoelectric freestanding model, this EdgeStar is very easy to install. You don’t need any special tools or skills. That said, there are certain things that you should know.
First, the ventilation is at the back, which means that you shouldn’t set it flush to a wall. Allow for at least 5” from the wall on all sides to ensure proper air circulation.
Other than that, you can just plug in the cooler, fill it up with wine, and set the desired temperature. Or let it cool down first before stocking if you will.
- Dual-zone cooling
- 21-bottle capacity
- Silent and vibration-free
- Removable shelves
- No door safety lock
- Only two racks in the upper cooling zone
The Koldfront TWR247ESS 24-bottle wine cooler might give the EdgeStar a good run for the money.
This model is also a dual-zone freestanding wine cooler that features thermoelectric refrigeration. However, it has four racks in each zone and the temperature control panel is on the door; you don’t need to open the cooler to change the settings. In addition, the Koldfront comes with a door lock at the bottom.
The right balance of price and features makes the EdgeStar TWR215ESS one of the best compact wine coolers. It has just the right capacity for home use, though it won’t look out of place in a small bar or restaurant. In fact, the interesting industrial design makes it particularly appealing.