FlexCount Classic Series 172 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator - Right Hinge Stainless Steel Door Reviews

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FlexCount Classic Series 172 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator - Right Hinge Stainless Steel Door Reviews

Average Customer Rating:
(3.5)
(based on 2 reviews) 
Sleek and high quality
by:Nuclear Mom (10-04-2016)
Boston
Comments:This unit is beautiful and functional. It's very well made and maintains the dual zone temperatures extremely well. The shelves are very sturdy wood and its great that you can view your bottles well when you pull them out and it's well lit. The stainless door ties in my other appliances. We love it!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
OK.........SO FAR.
by:Jack (08-20-2016)
Washington
Comments:I bought this cooler to replace my (similar) Danby cooler that expired after 6 years. The cost to repair it was estimated to be roughly 75% of the cost of a new one, so the decision was easy....to replace with something better than a Danby.

A good bit of research led me to select this product.

It arrived with ONLY TWO punctures in the crating, but because of the excellent packaging design, the cooler itself was unscathed.

I installed it 10 Aug 2016 according to the clear instructions, and after the prescribed waiting period, plugged it in and powered it up.

On initial power-up, it made a hideous, mechanical rattling-vibration noise. Totally unacceptable. Had to decide whether to (1) send it back, (2) get a repair person, or (3) take a look myself.

Having been without a cooler for several weeks, I decided to begin with option 3. I pulled it back out of its cavity and removed the rear cover which protects the compressor, condenser and condenser fans. The source of the noise turned out to be a stupid assembly error which caused the edge of the condenser bracket to be in contact with the (vibration-isolated) compressor. I modified the bracket to remove the interference, and VOILA, normal refridge sounds....Not as quiet as some; not as loud as others.

(Kind of makes me wonder about the company's "QC Program".)

On the plus side, the refrigeration system appears (from the outside) to have been fairly well thought out (two fans moving air across the condenser instead of just one on the Danby, vib isolators well-matched to the compressor's major excitation frequency, etc.) It is attractive, apparently well-made (except as described above) and holds A LOT of bottles.

I don't like the "feature" of the upper section holding significantly fewer bottles than does the lower section. I also don't like the design "feature" which provides a temperature range of 40 to 56 F for the upper section, and a range of 54 to 65F for the lower section.

That combination of "features" more or less suggests that one use the lower section for reds and the upper for whites, especially if one has more reds than whites.

Running the upper section at a colder temperature than the lower section means that the cooling system has to work harder to maintain those settings. Cool air is more dense, hence tends to fall to the lower areas of a refrigerator (check out the temperature variation from the top shelf to the bottom shelf in your kitchen fridge). From a heat management perspective, it would be easier for the machinery to maintain a cooler temperature in the lower section and a warmer temperature in the upper section. Why make the machine use more energy trying to counteract natural circulation?

As far as reliability goes, it is FAR too soon to say; it has only been in service for 11 days as this is written, so....time will tell. As of now, it keeps the wine at suitable temperatures.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.