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NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review

  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
  • NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review

Quick Facts

  • Single Cooling Zone
  • 18 Bottle Capacity
  • Undercounter Size
  • Freestanding Installation
  • Priced starting at $199.95

The NewAir AW-181E is a single-zone, 18 bottle, freestanding undercounter wine cooler. It uses vibration-free thermoelectric cooling and has 5 pull out scalloped chrome shelves for easy access to your wine. This stylish model features a digital temperature display, striking blue LED lighting, a stainless steel and glass door with a large stainless steel handle, and a black cabinet.

The NewAir AW-181E is available on Amazon..  If you prefer local pickup, you may also consider the ship-to-store option on BestBuy.com.



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Capacity

Capacity is of the “store for drinking” class.

The NewAir AW-181E holds 18 Bordeaux-sized (standard wine) bottles, one and one-half cases of wine. If you drink 2 or 3 bottles a week, you can store about two months worth.

The shelves are closely spaced so larger bottles may not fit (e.g. champagne) without removing one or more shelves. Internal depth is about 12″ so extra tall bottles may not fit unless you put them sideways.

If you drink a lot of wine that comes in larger than standard sized bottles, you will be able to store it, but you should adjust the capacity down by 3 bottles per shelf removed.

Zones

A single zone makes the NewAir AW-181E best suited for you if you prefer white wine or red wine but not both.

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 on the outside of the unit so they are easy to read and adjust without opening the door. Most reviewers report good temperature control, although as with all thermoelectric units, ambient room temperature will have an impact on the cooler internal temperature.

Cooling

Thermoelectric cooling means low vibration and noise, a plus, although it is not silent (there is a low volume hum / fan noise, like a quiet computer fan).

Cools to about 54 degrees F (ideal temperature is around 55 degrees so this is OK). If you like your white wine really chilled, this may not work for you – or you can transfer “tonight’s bottle” to your household fridge when you start preparing dinner.  Temperature can vary from top to bottom shelf by about 7 degrees.  It is normal, especially in lower priced units, to have some variation.

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Fit and Finish

Fit and finish is standard good consumer grade (think LG, GE Profile), with a magnetic strip to latch the double-paned door and four plastic adjustable leveler feet.

Customer Reviews

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Warranty

One year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Reviewers on Amazon who had problems with the initial shipment report easy return and replacement.

Design

We like the sliding chrome shelves that can be removed and/or adjusted. The door hinge is not reversible so make sure a right-side hinge works for your installation.

Wow Factor

The AW-181E has a very pleasing design with its glass and stainless steel door with a large, distinctive handle, matte black cabinet finish, and cool blue LED lighting.

The NewAir AW-181E is a relatively inexpensive, attractive single-zone cooler with thermoelectric cooling, sliding chrome shelves, and  a digital temperature control.

While NewAir is not as widely known as some of the other brands, it is a consistent top seller on Amazon.com, has good reviews and a fair price.

Price

Starting price is $199.99. The box on this tab shows a recent Amazon.com price – hover your mouse cursor over the “Price Disclaimer” to see when it was last updated, or just click anywhere in the box to visit the product page on Amazon.com.

Recommendation

The NewAir AW-181E is a relatively inexpensive, attractive single-zone cooler with thermoelectric cooling, sliding chrome shelves, and  a digital temperature control.  Older reviews mention some quality issues but more recent ones are positive.  Space between shelves is tight and storing larger bottles requires removing a shelf.  Worthy of consideration but make sure you understand the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Digital Temperature Control with Readout
  • 18 Bottle Capacity
  • Sliding, removable, adjustable chrome scalloped shelves
  • Attractive stainless steel, glass, and flat black finish with cool blue LED lighting
  • Relatively quiet thermoelectric cooling

Cons:

  • Single cooling zone – can’t keep both reds and whites at ideal drinking temperature
  • Minimum temperature of 54 degrees will not chill whites as much as some people like
  • Shelves are spaced for standard size bottles, less capacity if you store larger ones such as champagne
  • Hinged on the right, not reversible

7.8 Total Score
CoolChoice™ Rating: Very Good

The NewAir AW-181E is a single-zone, 18 bottle, freestanding undercounter wine cooler. It uses vibration-free thermoelectric cooling and has 5 pull out scalloped chrome racks for easy access to your wine. This stylish model features a digital temperature display, striking blue LED lighting, a stainless steel and glass door with a large stainless steel handle, and a black cabinet.

Features
7.67
Quality
8.33
Style
8.0
Value
7
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NewAir AW-181E Wine Refrigerator Review
Newair AW-181E Wine Refrigerator

The NewAir AW-181E is a relatively inexpensive, attractive single-zone cooler with thermoelectric cooling, sliding chrome shelves, and a digital temperature control.


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