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Old 10-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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New Wine Cooler

We're looking to install a built-in wine cooler in place of an old dish washer we don't use. We'd never been dish washer users to begin with so we don't need a new washer. We'd like a built-in, front vented wine cooler in its place as it's a standard under cabinet appliance opening.
We want to move up to a nicer, larger capacity cooler from the small, counter top unit we currently have. Any particular type or brands we should look at or avoid?

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Old 10-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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I think I'm going the used route on this appliance, after visiting a couple of showrooms and pricing them. New, under counter units run between $600 to $2,000+ and I'm definitely not going to spend that kind of money just to chill a few bottles of wine. Similar units on Craigslist, for instance, can be found for about a third of the price of a new one. I'll keep looking...:)
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #3
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I hope you get some answers. I'm curious. If I had space, I would probably get one.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:05 PM   #4
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I can't offer any suggestions. I have two freestanding wine fridges. But for the most part, I just keep most bottles in the cellar, which stays at about the right temperature most of the year.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:13 PM   #5
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For us it was a matter of what we were going to do with that empty cabinet space where the old, ugly, broken KitchenAid dishwasher used to be. It was either getting a new dishwasher which we will never use or a wine & beverage cooler which obviously will get practical use.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #6
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As much as I love my wine, I'd rather have the under counter refrigerator drawers to be used for so much more than just wine. I see however that they are very expensive too.
Have you thought of having a professional make a matching cabinet or drawers for that space? That would probably be the least expensive.
Keep in mind, if you ever sell your house, not having a dishwasher would be a negative factor.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #7
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Kayelle.....I'm actually looking for a dual zone cooler so half the cooler space can be set at much lower temps for other beverages, which will free up some space in our main fridge.
And if we ever decide to sell the house the kitchen would need a major make over anyway so a dishwasher would be re-installed.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:49 PM   #8
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So you're looking at something like this RF? Magic Chef Dual Zone Digital Wine and Beverage Cooler - MCWBC77DZC


Sounds like a plan!
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:31 PM   #9
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^^^ Yes, in fact I've looked at that exact unit under another brand name, similarly priced. I'm actually leaning towards a unit with French doors, a little more expensive, new, but seen a couple used ones listed on Craigslist.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:40 PM   #10
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If I were doing it again, I would probably go with a wine/beverage cooler combo. Ours is pretty much meant for wine only, the temp goes from 41-65F. When we built the house 9 years ago, they were just becoming popular around here and we didn't know much about them. We bought a VinoTemp from Costco. It really isn't zoned other than it is cooler in the bottom racks, we keep beer and club soda and such in it and it's pretty cold. I also use it for extra fridge space for individual salad plates etc. when entertaining. The racks are adjustable. Hope you find what you are looking for Roadfix! Click image for larger version

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