Recently I was contacted by a representative at Air & Water who wanted to know if I’d be interested in giving one of their wine coolers a try. As I have beer and wine stuck in nearly every nook and cranny of my house, their offer had immediately piqued my interest and I agreed to try one of them out. Low and behold, a few days later there would be a knock on my door and my brand new NewAir AW-210ED 21-bottle dual temperature zone wine cooler had arrived. Not wasting any time, I enlisted the help of a fellow Mutineer and after getting it out of the box, we screwed in the door handles and plugged it in. A few hours later, the unit would be cooled down and operational, ready to be filled with my favorite bottled beverages. The NewAir units seem to stick with two aesthetic options, a very sleek and modern black casing and a classic stainless steel casing, either of which will fit most decor with little trouble. The AW-210ED we received was the sleek black model and we were immediately impressed with the aesthetics of the unit. There are two control units for the wine cooler, one for each temperature zone and located on their respective doors. Each control unit is a digital touch button panel and you have the option to view the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit and you can adjust the temperature to as low as 52 degrees Fahrenheit or as high as 66 degrees Fahrenheit by simply pressing the up or down arrows. There is also an interior blue LED light in each of the two temperature zones which is aesthetically pleasing and adds a very cool ambiance while putting some light onto the subject. On the topic of lighting, the control panels are also very bright which is nice for the day, but if you are planning on keeping one of these units in your bedroom, it might get slightly bothersome if you’re trying to sleep. If you keep the unit in your kitchen or a common area in your house, it shouldn’t be a problem.
This is a 21-bottle unit and as such, it fits 21 bottles quite nicely. Designed with wine in mind and with dual temperature zones to separate your white and red wines, it is quite versatile. I drink more beer than anything and have been storing beer in mine as well as wine and haven’t ran into a bottle that I haven’t been able to fit between the chrome plated racks, though some of the wider based 750mL bottles are a tighter squeeze, they’ve all made it in fine.
The unit stays cools as it should and runs surprisingly quiet, which they say is due to their thermoelectric technology which eliminates the need for a compressor and in turn, helps keep the unit vibration free and quiet. I have noticed that if I crank the temperature down significantly, you can slightly hear it operating which again wouldn’t be worth mentioning if stored in a kitchen, but if you plan on keeping this in your room and you’re trying to sleep, the novelty might wear off quickly if you like complete silence while you sleep.
Overall, I have no complaints about the unit. I wouldn’t want to keep this in a room where I sleep because of the light it emits from the temperature readout and there is no dimming feature, but I would have no problem storing this in a kitchen, office, or other similar rooms and I think for the most part it is a pretty superficial concern.
At $220, I do feel that it is a great buy and up to this point of ownership of my NewAir AW-210ED wine cooler I would look to another NewAir unit if I was in the market for purchasing another wine cooler.
For more information on NewAir wine coolers, check them out at Air & Water.
Interested in a NewAir AW-211ED? Tune into the Mutineer blog on Monday and find out how you can win one of your very own!