Top 5 best Beverage Refrigerators
The Magic Behind a Beverage Refrigerator
Whether you host a dinner for your family or gather your friends at home to watch your favorite sports broadcast, a beverage refrigerator is a practical and fun way to calm everyone`s thirst.
These appliances are sold in many ways and formats with price tags ranging from $100 until thousands of dollars, however in between there are great options that will satisfy 99% of homes.
The main advantages of beverage coolers:
-their high capacity that enables to keep cool up to 160 beverage cans
-the convenience factor: no need to store your beers away in the kitchen
-an isolated place to keep every drink apart from food
-easy control of stock levels from your favorite drinks
Let's take a look at the best options available in the market
1-Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center - Stainless Steel
At this price point this is one of the top choices in the market as it packs a lot ( up to 120 cans) with a fine crafted tempered glass.
It has some very cool features such as the auto defrost, which keeps everything cool and tidy, or a light that turns on as you open the cooler door ( you can tweak this so the light can stay on even with the door shut).
In what concerns storage this unit its very userfriedly as you can adjust the layout to best serve your needs. For example you can remove the second from the bottom shelf to hold 4,5 liter kegs, or you can place a case of beverages in the bottom section. Bigger bottles? No problem- 16oz water bottles can be placed vertically as all you need is to remove a shelf .
If you search for reviews on the Danby DBC120BLS one of the most praised features is its quietness: the fan and the compressor work very quiet and quickly almost unnoticed as if the unit was switched off.
One thing to remind is that refrigeration systems have oil in their mechanism that can infiltrate the coils when the its set out of the vertical position so make sure you leave the cooler 4 or 5 hours on its vertical position before you swithch it on for the first time.
-great capacity ( up to 120 cans)
-One of the best bang for your buck
-integrated lock with key
-Cools drinks quickly
-Light could stay on with door shut by default
-may not suit those who want extremely cold drinks : there are better options
2-Newair 126-Can Stainless Steel Beverage Cooler
Sturdy, pretty, handsome, these are some of the adjectives you can hear from people who have this beverage cooler.
The Newair beverage cooler packs so much for a reasonable price is probably the best cooler out there for those who want fast ice colds and a piece of furniture that will complement any home or office décor
Over sized bottles or cartons are not an issue here as if you don’t use the whole 126 cans space you just remove shelves so wine bottles, 16 oz bottles ( horizontally placed) and even mixers can be stored, how cool is that?
-Loads of space
-Cools very fast ( less that 1 hour)
-Great design: looks cool almost anywhere
-Bellow the $800 space there is no competition for the Newair
-The door can swing fully open so watch out not to damage it or your walls
-LED lighting requires some space to permit lighting the whole unit inside : can be fixed by removing the top two shelves
-a bit heavy: 2 persons required to move it
-lights must be turned on manually
3-Haier HBCN05FVS 150-Can Beverage Center
This beverage center is very well built and has a solid and reliable record like any Haier product. It can store and chill up to 140 12-ounce cans and the adjustable shelves ( vynil-coated) can also hold bottles.
One of the coolest features of this refrigerator is the reversible glass door with recessed handle which can be really usefull when storing or taking drinks from the unit.
Also unique is the lock and key that can be very usefull if you have kids or somehow want to restrict the access to the Haier Beverage center.
Unfortunately some of the custummers who bought this cooler complained about the difficulty to get the temperature bellow 48 degrees which is not acceptable specially if we want the unit to store beers. The besty thing here is to place a thermometer inside to make shure temp is adequate.
- good looking LED light with toggle switch.
-can be locked with keys
-does not build up ice
-not the coolest cooler out there: you won’t get ice cold beer here
-can be a little tricky to find the optimal temperature
-a bit noisy specially if you are watching TV
4-NewAir AW-181E Thermoelectric Wine Cooler
Despite being specifically build to cool wine bottles this unit packs so much quality that is worth a review.
Even before you turn the NewAir on you can feel the quality of this equipment from the brushed stainless material to the door hinges or the double pane window and seal thaw wraps around the frame so nicely .
The cooler is very user friendly with only up and down temperature control buttons and one light button for controlling the LED light inside.
Once turned on the temperature will reach its ideal figure ( around 53 degrees) in twenty minutes as this is meant for wine which is not as demanding as beer for cool temperatures.
Another plus of the NewAir is that being a thermometric and not a refrigerator cooler is very environmentally friendly as it consumes much less energy.
-very cool looking
-superb built quality
-efficient : only takes 20 minutes to reach optimal temperature and keeps it steady for long periods
-the right size for a good stock of wine
-not for beers and other beverages that require lower temperatures
-very”wine specific” unit
-slight buzz that never ceases as fans are on all the time
5-Whynter WC-211DZ 21 Bottle Dual Temperature Zone WineCooler
This is another cooler that despite being wine-oriented is worth a closer look as it is one of the top selling units out there.
One of its best features is the temperature zone as which has 2 levels according to your preferred wine. For example if you are into a red wine mood the 58 degree temperature zone is there for you.
This Dual Zones feature is so cool that you can place reds on the top at 55 and whites and other colder wines on the bottom at 50 degrees.
Despite being very well put together and looking great this cooler lacks the space for champagne or sparkling wine bottles so do make sure you don’t need it before you decide to pull the trigger. However some of the buyers of the Whynter wine cooler found ways to accommodate odd size bottles by playing with the racks layout so not a major issue here.
- great price
- can fit into a space bellow your kitchen counter top
-Looks slick and cool and gives a touch of luxury to your kitchen
-very easy to operate
-great customer service if you need it
- slide out shelves and racks feel kind of cheap
-can`t cool the way down enough for champagne and other cold-served wines.
-a bit loud: as noisy as a full sized refrigerator Filters.
-cant fit champagne bottles or other “non traditional” sizes