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We've used a variation of our fridge test method for wine fridges and based it on the ideals of maintaining a temperature of 14C, using a loaded fridge in all scored tests.
Seasonal change: We check the temperature operation range for the wine fridges' ability to operate in external conditions ranging from 10°C to 40°C.
Fluctuations: We measure temperature fluctuations to see if the cabinets can maintain steady temperatures over the short term as the cooling system cycles.
Uniformity: Are compartment temperatures generally uniform, or do some areas get colder or warmer than the rest?
We also measured energy use per bottle to see how the fridges’ energy-use compares, based upon the claimed number of bottles the fridge could store.
We also measured the noise of the fridge during normal operation.
03 Nov 2014, Graeme C.
Product use: 6 months or more
Stores enough wine to constitute a suitable cellar for long-term storage, but I could now do with another. Temperature stability appears suitable in inland Canterbury. I bought my DeLonghi at a considerably lower price than quoted.
Shelves are slightly too close together for Burgundy, Southern Rhône bottles. Tall form riesling bottles also problematic - rated capacity refers to Bordeaux-style bottles.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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