As we mentioned in our article on How We Review Wine Refrigerators, we pass up a lot more units than we review. Our philosophy to wine refrigerator reviews is simple. It’s hard enough to make a choice with so many options. Why waste your time reviewing wine refrigerators that have a high chance of disappointment?
With any manufactured and shipped product, there will be problems with some units. We don’t expect perfection. But when you look across multiple sources and see a pattern of not-so-minor problems, it’s best to find another unit.
We thought it would be interesting to show you some of the ones we’ve passed up and tell you why. It will help you understand how we think.
You will notice that most of the wine refrigerators we do review get good grades. That’s not because we are easy graders – it’s because a lot of students can’t get into the class!
Note we are not saying these are all bad units! Some of them are probably just fine. But a major filter for us is looking for positive consumer feedback across multiple sites. If more than half the feedback is negative, we keep looking.
There are some wine coolers that looks promising but there’s not enough supporting evidence yet. We put them on the “Watch List” for a possible review later.
Note the predominance of low cost, countertop units in the list. Wine refrigerators cost less than ever, but the very low cost ones have inconsistent quality. Look carefully in that price range and category.
Bonus: we are adding more coolers we won’t review so you can see more than 10. Some are tough choices as comments are very mixed, but when extremely negative experiences are there more than 20% of the time, it’s a red flag for us. There are products out there with less risk, why not go with one of them?
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