Haier America, a New York company, celebrated its 10th year as the sales and marketing sector of the Haier Group. In that time, management personnel have taken the company to the lead in the air conditioner, compact refrigerator and wine cellar industry. The Haier wine cooler and other appliances have helped the company garner a number of industry awards for quality and reliability.
Creativity and innovative design are two key factors in the Haier America statement that have allowed the company to offer wine coolers and wine-cellars for all aficionados. Whether you have a small selection or a huge collection of the world’s finest wines, Haier probably has a cooler or cellar design that will fit.
Functionality goes hand in hand with appearance. The Haier wine cooler features sharp LED displays, “soft interior lighting” and precise temperature controls (dual zone in some models). For the wine lover who needs a cooler that will fit in a finished room, free-standing wine cellars may be the answer. These units are attractive enough to be placed in any room in the house and reliable enough to give you years of service. Capacities for larger free-standing units “range from 40 to 102 bottles” and fit most needs.
Small or Large?
Haier begins its wine cellar/cooler line with four-bottle and six-bottle units that are perfect for smaller spaces and serving needs. The $80, six-bottle design gets good reviews for both functionality and appearance.
When the design moves to eight-bottle capacity and 12-bottle capacity you may select a more horizontal design. One of the 12-bottle units is available in three distinct colors. Another 12-bottle design allows dual-zone temperature control.
Mid-range capacity ranges from 15 bottles to 32 bottles. Some designs are vertical towers while others are more rectangular, allowing you to fit your Haier wine cooler where it needs to be.
If your collection generally has 40 bottles or more, you might want to look into one of Haier’s larger wine cellar models. Some 40-bottle units offer dual-zone temperature control. A 50-bottle wine cellar is perfect as a free-standing unit or built in to become a key part of your wine room.
Smaller wine coolers begin at about $100 and generally receive excellent reviews. One customer did state that his small unit “died” after two years of use. Another customer review stated that his 12-bottle unit was good enough to move him to buy a second one.
This cooler size is available from various merchants from $100 to $130. For approximately $140 you can purchase the Haier 24-bottle wine cellar/cooler. This is a good mid-size storage unit, according to customer reviews.
The Haier 40-bottle wine cellar with two compartments and dual-zone control (HVZ040ABH) is criticized by some as holding less than 40 bottles comfortably. Price on this model ranges from $400 to $450, depending on the source.
Another design in the 40-bottle range is the HVZ040ABH5S. This unit has slide-out racks and ranges in price from $430 to $530. Customer reviews are positive.
One of the key elements of buying the right wine cellar/cooler is getting the correct size. Haier America’s wide range of sizes meets the needs of most any individual or business.
If you are sure that a smaller unit will work for you, it may be best to decide on an eight-bottle design (even if you think the four-bottle size is big enough).
Eight-bottle wine coolers have a nice appearance and are quite reliable. As mentioned earlier, plan to spend $100 and up for a product in this category.
You can purchase a Haier wine cooler that uses thermoelectric technology. This system was developed by an engineer/scientist by the name of Peltier.
Thermoelectric systems transfer heat from one area to another area but don’t use the traditional fan-and-compressor used in other chilling appliances. While thermoelectric cooling may be slightly less efficient over a long period of use the units require less maintenance and run very quietly.