FreestandingNewairSingle ZoneUnder $300Undercounter

NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator

  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
  • NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator

Quick Facts

  • Single Cooling Zone
  • 28 Bottle Capacity
  • Undercounter Size
  • Freestanding Installation
  • Priced starting at $259.95

The NewAir AW-281E is a single-zone, 28 bottle, freestanding undercounter wine cooler. It uses vibration-free thermoelectric cooling and has 6 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.

The NewAir AW-281E is available on Amazon..  If you prefer local pickup, you may also consider the ship-to-store option from BestBuy.com.


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NewAir AW-281E

Capacity is rated for standard sized bottles. You can store larger bottles with reduced capacity by removing a shelf.

Capacity

Capacity is of the “store for drinking” class.

The NewAir AW-281E holds 28 Bordeaux-sized (standard wine) bottles, just over two cases of wine. If you drink 3 or 4 bottles a week, you can store almost 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 13″ 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 about 4 bottles per shelf removed.

Zones

A single zone makes the NewAir AW-281E 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 constant temperature control in use. If your unit is not holding the temperature, you should contact customer service as something is not working properly.

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 cold, this may not work for you – or you can transfer “tonight’s bottle” to your household fridge when you start preparing dinner.

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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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The stainless steel door and handle looks sharp.

Average online reviews are very positive, mostly in the very good to excellent range.

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.

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The blue LED lighting adds “pop” to the Newair AW-281E’s look.

Wow Factor

The AW-281E 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-281E is a good value – you get an attractive, functional single-zone cooler with advanced thermoelectric cooling and an attractive digital temperature control, good capacity for an undercounter unit, and a price that is around the top of the low end.

While NewAir is not as widely known as some of the other brands, it is a consistent top ten seller on Amazon.com due to good reviews and a decent price for a very nice unit.

Price

Starting price is $259.99. 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.

NewAir AW-281E Recommendation

With a total score of 8.1 and average price starting at $259, the NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator is a good value.  It consistently ranks well up in the best seller lists for this category and a recommended choice by the staff at Wine Refrigerator Guide. We like it and think you will too!

Pros:

  • Digital Temperature Control with Readout
  • 28 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
  • Shelves are spaced for standard size bottles, less capacity if you store larger ones such as champagne
  • Hinged on the right, not reversible

8.1 Total Score
CoolChoice™ Rating: Very Good

The NewAir AW-281E is a single-zone, 28 bottle, freestanding undercounter wine cooler. It uses vibration-free thermoelectric cooling and has 6 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
8.0
Quality
8.33
Style
8.0
Value
8.0
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NewAir AW-281E Wine Refrigerator
Newair AW-281E Wine Refrigerator

The NewAir AW-281E is a single-zone, 28 bottle, freestanding undercounter wine cooler. It uses vibration-free thermoelectric cooling and has 6 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.


 

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