Product Type: Siemens Wine Cooler
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cools my wine, and my vodka, water, sodas etc
Member Name: europe-chick
Date: 29/08/12, updated on 29/08/12 (78 review reads)
Advantages: holds a lot, supercool function
Disadvantages: the cost!!!!
When we moved into our new house just over a year ago it had just recently had a brand new kitchen installed. All of the kitchen appliances that they had installed are Siemens appliances which I do know to be an expensive and a premium quality brand. One of the Siemens appliances that had been installed was this built in wine cooler. Now I have to say that never in a million years would I ever think about buying a built in wine cooler, but obviously this one came with our house and so we do use it.
For the purpose of this review I've just quickly googled our built in wine cooler to try and find a price as we didn't actually buy it ourselves, and I'm actually totally gobsmacked - this seems to retail for around £1300!!! I'm now absolutely positive that I'd never buy a built in wine cooler, especially not one for £1300, when I can actually just stash my bottles of wine in the fridge!
So our wine cooler is built in, however it doesn't have a kitchen cabinet door on the front like our other Siemens built in appliances, it has a kind of fridge door with a glass fronted door. The glass is a tinted glass, the glass is UV tinted/protected, basically to protect your bottles of wine from the sun. The handle is on the door is just a long slim sleek stainless steel handle, which although it doesn't match our kitchen cabinet handles it does compliment them nicely.
The wine cooler will hold up to 32 x 0.75 litre bottles of wine, or 28 x 1 litre bottles of wine, on 6 shelves, 3 of which are height adjustable. The interior temperature is easily adjustable between 6 and 14°C via a little LED control panel. The wine cooler even has a 'supercool' function which chills the interior down really quickly, which is handy for when you've just bought a couple of bottles of wine from the supermarket and you want to cool them quickly and drink them as soon as possible! You store your wine in this with the neck facing out - not the base, and the instruction manual even shows you how to stack the wine cooler to capacity with both sizes of wine bottles.
Like a fridge this has an interior light, the light on this wine cooler goes one step further though, it actually comes on when you touch the door handle so that you can see the contents without having to open the door, to save energy. The light goes off after about a minute if you've just touched the door handle, and it goes off about 10 seconds after you've closed the door - if you've actually opened the door. The interior light takes a halogen bulb so it's cheaper to run than a standard bulb.
This is obviously located in our kitchen, and I have to say that it is fairly quiet when in use, it's quieter than our Siemens fridge freezer - I don't notice this at all. It's energy efficient too, it gets an A rating for energy efficiency. I find this easy to clean, especially as the shelves are removable. Also the magnetic seals around the door are removable so this this makes the door and the seals easy to clean too.
Now I don't know about you but wine doesn't really linger long enough in our house to warrant needing a VERY expensive wine cooler. Also we don't actually buy expensive bottles of wine, we don't buy Tesco Value wine either, we just buy average priced wine and we always look out for any special offers, we're certainly not wine connoisseurs. I have to admit that our wine cooler is always filled with a mixture of wine, spirits, water, and various other soft drinks. It's a second fridge basically, a drinks fridge I guess. This seems a shame now that I know how much these things actually cost!
I have to say that if I were re-fitting our kitchen I wouldn't actually buy another, we don't drink enough wine, or buy expensive bottles of wine to warrant needing a specific wine cooler fridge. And I do think that it is vastly overpriced, I'm actually still quite gobsmacked at the price! It does chill wine effectively though, mind you so does a fridge! I guess if you are a wine buff then this may be worthwhile, but it's not really an essential purchase in my opinion.
Summary: cools my wine, and my vodka, water, sodas etc
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