Humidity and high temperatures are the two main enemies of fine wine. But how can you prevent moisture and heat from coming in contact with your wine? Get a wine cooler.
Not just any wine cooler. Do you need dual-zone cooling? A built-in or a freestanding wine fridge? These are just some of the questions to explore.
To help you make the right choice, this article reviews the Kalamera KRC-30SZB 30-bottle wine cooler.
Kalamera KRC-30SZB 30-Bottle Wine Cooler
If you are looking for a highly capable built-in wine cooler in terms of performance, the Kalamera KRC-30SZB might be perfect. In addition, and as you might already know, there’s nothing to prevent you from installing a built-in wine cooler as a freestanding unit anywhere in your house. This is a single-zone cooler, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to chill both white and red wines. The secret is that cold air sinks and hot air rises.
Therefore, all you have to do is put something that you’d like to chill more on the bottom and the rest on top. (Wine matures at around 55°F regardless of the type, though white wine is often served at a lower temperature.)
Who is this product for?
This cooler can excite veteran wine collectors. Naturally, this also means that it can also excite those who are just starting their collection, if not actually putting these fellows over the moon.
The Kalamera is a looker with its stainless steel door and handle, blue LED lights, and wooden shelves. It can serve as an accent piece at home or business premises. On top of that, it is reasonably priced for a built-in wine cooler.
The Kalamera KRC-30SZB 30-bottle wine cooler comes preassembled in protective wrapping. So just remove all that stuff before you position and hook up the cooler. Other than that, you don’t get any extras and there’s nothing needed to install and run this cooler (except muscle and electricity).
Overview of features
The Kalamera has a compressor-powered refrigeration section. Compared to thermoelectric, it has greater cooling power, and thus it’s much better at maintaining temperature and not affected by the ambient conditions – it’ll just overpower the ambient temperature, which is why your fridge and freezer unit works just the same in the height of summer. But like your fridge and freezer, compressor coolers make noise and vibrate when the compressor turns on.
That said, you don’t need to worry about vibration or noise with this model. The reduction gear minimizes vibrations and the high-quality compressor and fans limit noise. The temperature control panel is on the inside where you’ll find touch buttons and an LCD display. The temperature range is between 40°F and 66°F, which gives you plenty of room to chill different types of wine. And remember, the bottom is to be slightly cooler than the top.
When it comes to physical specs, the Kalamera is relatively compact at 14.9 x 22.4 x 33.9 inches and 72 pounds, which is light compared to other compressor-powered models of the same size. Due to this, it should be easy for you to install the cooler built-in or freestanding.
The door is another highlight. There are two layers of tempered glass (of the so-called double-glazed construction) to keep the interior temperatures stable, prevent fogging, and filter out some light. This model also has a safety lock at the ventilation grill and built-in temperature memory.
How to install it
Installing a compressor-powered wine cooler is not rocket science. If you decide to go with the freestanding option, just install it like you would a regular refrigerator.
On the other hand, the under-counter installation may involve carpentry work. After freeing up a spot, just slide the cooler in and plug it in.
- Lightweight for a compressor cooler
- 30-bottle capacity
- Low noise and vibration
- Easy to install
- Reasonable price
- Temperature controls on the inside
If you are willing to store one less bottle in exchange for dual cooling zones, the Phiestina PH29-BD 29-bottle wine cooler is a good alternative. Other than that, both models are similarly priced and share the same specs.
With the Phiestina, you’re going to have to stack two bottles on top of the first row for the top and bottom shelves. There are five shelves in all for the Phiestina PH29-BD, as opposed to six for the Kalamera, and the Phiestina doesn’t come with a safety lock. Still, these are minor compromises to make if you need two different cooling zones.
So you’re looking for a wine cooler that can impress your guests, chill the wine to perfection, and hold a small collection of chardonnays and pinots? The Kalamera KRC-30SZB 30-bottle wine cooler fits the bill!
The wooden racks offset the stainless steel facade nicely and the blue LED light affords the entire unit a cool and charming glow that you’ll have to see to believe. To top it all off, it has a highly capable refrigeration section. The only thing missing is an automatic door that responds to your voice command, Open Kalamera! (But having a dog named Kalamera who knows how to open doors might solve this minor issue.)