Koldfront needs little introduction for those who are familiar with the wine refrigeration industry. The Texas-based company is known for its innovative approach to wine cooler design. It offers a wide range of models for any budget and preferences.
This write-up takes an in-depth look at one of Koldfront’s most popular models – the freestanding Koldfront TWR247ESS 24-bottle wine cooler. It is a good choice for those who are just starting a collection and veteran wine connoisseurs who don’t go overboard.
Koldfront TWR247ESS 24-Bottle Wine Cooler
The Koldfront is a dual-zone wine cooler that utilizes thermoelectric cooling. As indicated, it is a medium-sized model. There’s also a larger 32-bottle and a smaller 18-bottle version of this model.
Who is this product for?
Obviously, the Koldfront TWR247ESS 24-bottle wine cooler is designed for residential use. But if you consider its capacity and dual cooling zones, you may also make it work in a small bar or restaurant. With this in mind, the range of applications is quite broad.
More importantly, this wine cooler is budget-friendly. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better 24-bottle wine cooler at this price.
This wine cooler includes everything you need except the wine. Like any other appliance, the Koldfront comes in a package with everything fully assembled. It is a plug-and-use model that doesn’t require any special tools or installation. That said, there are a few installation tips, which will be discussed as we go along.
Overview of features
The Koldfront TWR247ESS 24-bottle wine cooler has a lot to offer. It features four shelves in each cooling zone, which has its own dedicated temperature control. The upper zone with 54°F to 66°F temperature range is suitable for white wine. The lower one also peaks at 66°F but it starts at 46°F (guess which type of wine goes here).
Like most wine fridges, this Koldfront is designed to house 750ml Bordeaux-style bottles (2.75” diameter). You can store larger bottles if you are comfortable with lowering the capacity. The shelves are completely removable. They are made of wood and accommodate three bottles each.
The manufacturer did a good job with the door design, though there is one minor downside. But we’ll start with the positives. The door features tempered glass, stainless steel trim, and a long slim handle for easier access. The temperature controls are incorporated into the door, so you can adjust the settings without exposing the wine to ambient conditions.
However, the doors cannot be reversed. But you do get a lock at the bottom to protect your prized possessions from whatever. The dimensions are 14 x 22.25 x 33.5 inches and the appliance weighs about 48 pounds. The low weight can be attributed to the thermoelectric cooling, which also makes this unit silent and energy-efficient.
How to install it
As said, it’s easy to install the Koldfront on your own. First, you need to remove all the tape and packaging materials. The shelves will be secured against moving during transit, so you’re going to have to remove all of that.
Next, just plug in the unit. It runs on any US household regular outlets. After that, you may need to adjust the legs to level the cooler to your floor.
The perfect location is any room that is not warmer than 78°F. It’s worth to point out that this Koldfront is a freestanding wine cooler and not for built-in installation. You may need to allow for 10” clearance at the back and 5” on both sides to ensure sufficient air circulation.
- Dual cooling zone
- Eye-catching design
- Energy-efficient, silent, and vibration-free
- 24-bottle capacity
- Doors are not reversible
When all is said and done, the Koldfront TWR247ESS 24-bottle wine cooler offers features and pricing that are hard to match. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to explore other options that are in the same category.
For example, the Wine Enthusiast 18-bottle is a great alternative to the Koldfront. It is also a dual-zone cooler that features thermoelectric cooling and external temperature controls. It uses wire-style removable shelving and it can house larger bottles of wine.
Unlike the Koldfront, the Wine Enthusiast allows you to store bottles in the upright position, which would be for storing opened wine bottles. This model is much slimmer than the higher-capacity Koldfront, which makes it great for small bars and kitchens.
However, the Wine Enthusiast’s door is only see-through in the upper section. The finish is all matte black. This design might be perfect for some, but the Koldfront does look classier.
To quickly recap, the Koldfront is dual-zone, cool-looking, energy-efficient, and budget-friendly. Can you get any better than that? Probably not, and the only downside of the unit is that the door cannot be reversed, which might not be an issue for most people.
There are also bigger and smaller models from the same manufacturer for you to explore.