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Wine Coolers Reviewed - The Difference Between Thermoelectric Cooling & More

You spend hundreds of dollars on your favorite bottles of wine and you want to store it to its best advantage. So what are your best options?

If you have the space, you can build a wine cellar or install a large cold room, but if you are like most of us, you probably don't have the space or the funds to make it happen.

Compact wine coolers are a great way to store a wine collection in an attentive way. Wine coolers are an ideal storage option for a short term basis. However, if your the queen or king of wine then perhaps consider a high end wine cellar or storage cabinet.

Choose from a thermoelectric or compressor wine cooler. Thermoelectric cooling is a way to remove thermal energy from a device by applying a voltage of constant polarity to a junction between semiconductors. In a NewAir wine cooler, there is a heat-conducting chip sandwiched between metal panels or semiconductor pellets.

The negative side stays cool while the positive side, which is linked to a heat sink, dissipates thermal energy though the back of the unit. An internal fan blows cooler air throughout the unit. A thermal electric cooler maintains an interior temperature based on the ambient temperature outside the unit.

With compressor cooling, a compressor applies pressure to refrigerant gas, raises its pressure, and pushes it into coils on the outside of the cooler. When the hot gas in the coils meets the cooler exterior air, it becomes a liquid.

In liquid form and at high pressure, the refrigerant cools down as it flows through the coils back inside the cooler. As refrigerant absorbs the heat inside the cooler, it cools the interior temperature. The refrigerant evaporates to a gas then flows back into the compressor where the cycle starts again.


The advantages of thermoelectric cooling

  • Vibration free
  • Quiet
  • Inexpensive
  • Portable and lightweight for easy setup

The disadvantages of thermoelectric cooling

  • Designed for short term storage
  • Ambient room temperature affects cooling capacity
  • Constantly running so there is more wear on the motor
  • Requires 4" of clearance on all sides for proper airflow

The advantages of compressor cooling

  • Cools no matter what the ambient temperature is
  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Turns on and off as needed to maintain a reliable temperature
  • Typically bigger with more storage room

The disadvantages of compressor cooling

  • Some vibration similar to that of a home refrigerator
  • Front venting required for built-in use
  • More expensive
  • Produces some noise as the compressor is running

Direct and indirect cooling is new to the market and can be referred to as compressor and fan cooling. Compressor cooling is also considered direct cooling and operates the same way your refrigerator does.

The compressor acts as both a motor and a pump that moves the refrigerant through the system. Temperature sensors signal the compressor to start when the temperature inside the fridge rises above the set point. The basic components include a compressor, a heat exchanger, an insulated piping system, a fan coil, and a thermostat.

Indirect cooling consists of a fan that works in conjunction with the compressor and to move cooler air throughout the unit. Insulated walls contains the cooler air for better temperature consistency. Together the compressor and the fan provide efficient and even cooling through the wine cooler.

The benefits of direct and indirect cooling

  • Compressor cooling that flows throughout the unit
  • Even cooling through the top, sides, and back
  • Indirect and direct cooling technology combines two factors:
  • Fan directed airflow
  • Compressor cooling

The disadvantages of direct and indirect cooling

  • Compressor makes some noise
  • Compressor can cause some small vibrations
  • New technology to the NewAir brand
  • More expensive than other options

Below we review NewAir wine coolers and discuss the differences so you can determine which is best for you. Using the most advanced cooling technology, NewAir produces contemporary and elegant wine coolers.

Exceptional design quality and original detailing set the NewAir brand apart from any other manufacturer. Through constant research and testing, they continuously strive to perfect their units and provide incomparable merchandise exclusive to the NewAir name.




The NewAir AW-280E 28 bottle capacity wine cooler uses a thermoelectric cooling system to chill vintage bottles of wine to ideal temperatures.

  • Reduced vibration
  • Freestanding
  • Single zone chilling
  • Metal racks


The NewAir AW-211ED wine cooler is also a thermoelectric cooler; however, it includes dual cooling zones that are independently operated.

  • Reduced vibration
  • Freestanding
  • Dual zone chilling
  • Wood shelves


The NewAir AWC-270E is compressor cooled and includes storage for up to 27 bottles of standard sized wine.

  • Minimal vibration
  • Freestanding
  • Single zone chilling
  • Metal shelves


The NewAir AWR-460DB is compressor and radiant cooled and offers room for up to 46 bottles of wine. This unit utilizes direct and indirect cooling, is fully insulated, and features two cooling zones that are independently operated.

This unit costs more than other units. Advanced cooling technology maintain an even temperature, it's front vented so it can be built-in to existing cabinetry, and the secure door seal ensure proper chilling.

  • Minimal vibration
  • Front vented for built-in installation
  • Dual zone chilling
  • Wood shelves
Thermoelectric CoolingYesYes--
Compressor Cooling--Yes-
Direct & Indirect Cooling---Yes
Dual Zone-Yes-Yes
Single ZoneYes-Yes-

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