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Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

  • Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator
  • Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator
  • Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator
  • Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator
  • Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator
  • Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

Quick Facts

  • Single Cooling Zone
  • 166 Bottle Capacity
  • Full Size
  • Freestanding or Built-in Installation
  • Priced starting at $1299

The 166-Bottle EdgeStar CWR1661SZ is a single-zone, 166 bottle, freestanding or built-in full size wine cooler.  Its compressor-based cooling system has a range of 40 to 65 degrees.  Fourteen full size wood-trimmed wire shelves slide out for convenient access to your wine, and there is one half size sliding shelf at the bottom with room for large bottles.  It has a security lock, a digital temperature display, blue LED lighting, a black-dotted door for UV protection, a carbon air filter and a black cabinet.

The Edgestar CWR1661DZ is a single zone sibling of the Edgestar CWR1551SZ dual zone model, and priced about $200 less.



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Capacity

With a capacity of 166 bottles, over 13 cases, the Edgestar CWR1661SZ is a great size for someone who has moved beyond casual collecting.

The shelves are spaced closely together and are a good size for storing Bordeaux style bottles.  You will need to remove a shelf to hold larger bottles such as Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, which will reduce your overall capacity.   The full size sliding shelves hold 11 bottles, and the half-shelf at the bottom holds 12 bottles stacked five over seven.  Several customers have commented that when you slide the bottom shelf out it will need support if it has 12 bottles on it, so be careful.

If you have a typical mix of standard and larger-sized bottles, expect capacity to be around 155 bottles (assumes one shelf removed to store 11 larger bottles).

Zones

A single zone makes the Edgestar CWR1661SZ best suited for you if you prefer white wine or red wine but not both, or want to use this solely for storing wine, not chilling it for drinking.

EdgeStar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

Nice looking temperature controls, they are inside the unit so you have to open the door to adjust them.

Temperature Control

Temperature control is easy to use with a prominent and attractive digital temperature readout with convenient up/down controls.

The controls are located inside the unit.  They are easy to read but you need to open the door to adjust them.

Reviewers report good temperature control.

Cooling

Compressor based cooling is low noise but not silent.  You can hear it in a silent room but customers report they soon grow used to it and don’t notice it anymore.  Expect some fan noise, and possibly some compressor noise when the cycle starts up.

The cooling range is very impressive, from 40 to 65 degrees, plenty cold enough for the chilled white wine lover but also capable of keeping reds at a good drinking or storage temperature.  Expect some temperature variation from the top to the bottom of the unit – typically 2 to 7 degrees depending on setting and ambient temperature.

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Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

EdgeStar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

The wood trim adds a nice look to the sliding shelves. They are spaced closely so you’ll need to remove one for large bottles.

Fit and Finish

Fit and finish is standard good consumer grade – think LG, Samsung, GE Profile level of quality.

Customer Reviews

Customer reviews on various sites have been favorable, almost completely good to excellent.  The main problems have been with shipping, but the vendor has been prompt in fixing any issues.    Be aware that this is a 230 lb, large refrigerator.  Most freight companies will deliver it to your curb or dock but you will need an appliance truck and some helpers to get it into place.

Warranty

One year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

EdgeStar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

Design and look is a cut above the ordinary.

Design

The reversible, locking door is a plus, and the tinted glass provides UV protection.  The main sliding shelves operate smoothly although they are spaced closely for Bordeaux bottles and you may experience some scratching of labels with the snug fit.  The bottom shelf should be supported better but if used with care it provides a good place to store larger bottles.

A carbon filter purifies air coming into the cooler, a plus if you have smokers in the house.

Wow Factor

The combination of stainless, glass and wood-front shelves gives this a classy look, and the blue LED lighting is an attention grabber.

The Edgestar CWR1661SZ is an attractive single-zone wine refrigerator with sliding shelves,  and a locking, reversible stainless steel and glass door.  It has digital temperature control with a nice LED readout, compressor-based cooling, and can keep your wine over a broad 40 to 65 degree temperature range.  It can be built-in or freestanding.

Price

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Recommendation

The Edgestar CWR1661SZ is an attractive single-zone wine refrigerator with sliding shelves,  and a locking, reversible stainless steel and glass door.  It has digital temperature control with a nice LED readout, compressor-based cooling, and can keep your wine over a broad 40 to 65 degree temperature range.  It can be built-in or freestanding.

This unit provides a lot of storage capacity for your money and is a good choice at the low cost end of the full size range.

Pros:

  • 166 Standard-sized bottle capacity
  • Digital temperature control with readout
  • Can be built-in or freestanding
  • 14 Sliding full size wire and wood shelves holding 11 bottles each
  • 1 Sliding half size shelf holding 12 bottles stacked 5 over 7
  • Can hold larger bottles such as Pinot Noir and Champagne on bottom shelf or by removing a shelf
  • Compressor-based cooling can maintain a wide cooling range
  • Tinted glass for UV protection
  • Reversible, locking stainless steel and glass door
  • Carbon filter to purify air in the cooler
  • Blue LED lighting

Cons:

  • Single cooling zone – can’t keep both reds and whites at ideal drinking temperature
  • Door must be opened to adjust thermostat
  • Bottom shelf is not well supported, need to hold it when sliding out if it’s fully loaded

6.5 Total Score
CoolChoice™ Rating: Very Good

The Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator is a single-zone, 166 bottle, freestanding or built-in full size wine cooler. Its compressor-based cooling system has a range of 40 to 65 degrees. Fifteen wood-trimmed wire shelves slide out for convenient access to your wine, It has a security lock, a digital temperature display, blue LED lighting, a black-dotted door for UV protection, a carbon air filter and a black cabinet.

Features
8.83
Quality
8.33
Style
7.5
Value
8.42
User Rating: 2.56 (18 votes)

Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator
Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator

The Edgestar CWR1661SZ 166 Bottle Wine Refrigerator is a single-zone, 166 bottle, freestanding or built-in full size wine cooler. Its compressor-based cooling system has a range of 40 to 65 degrees. Fifteen wood-trimmed wire shelves slide out for convenient access to your wine, and there is one fixed shelf at the bottom with room for large bottles. It has a security lock, a digital temperature display, blue LED lighting, a black-dotted door for UV protection, and a black cabinet.


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