Updated 28 Oct 2014

Liebherr

WKEes 553

Snapshot: The Liebherr WKEes 553 wine fridge is 45cm tall and has a door alarm. It can store up to 18 bottles. Is it a cool performer?

WKEes 553
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$2429

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Test results

Overall score
91
Seasonal change
?/10
Fluctuations
?/10
Uniformity
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent at minimising temperature fluctuations.
  • Excellent at handling seasonal temperature change.
  • Good temperature uniformity.
  • Relatively quiet.
  • Has a door alarm.
  • Has a child lock on the controls.
  • Shelves roll out for easy access.

But

  • High energy use (per bottle).
  • No door lock.
  • Have to specify a right- or left- opening door when you buy it.

How we test

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.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$2429

Specifications

Annual energy usage per bottle (kWh)
10.4
Noise level (dBA)
23
Vibration (mm/s/s)
25
Dimensions (HxWxD) cm
45 x 59 x 55
Claimed number of bottles
18

Features

Number of shelves
2
Shelf construction
Wooden
Shelf movement
Roll out
Stacking type
Single shelf
Reversible door
R or L
Door lock
×
Child lock on controls
Door alarm

More Info

Notes
Available with a left or right hinged door.