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In Depth - Avalon Bay AB-WINE21DS Wine Cooler


ab-wine21ds-unit-articleThe Avalon Bay AB-WINE21DS wine cooler is a sleek black unit that stores up to 21 standard wine bottles in its six removable metal racks.


  • Product Dimensions: L: 21.63" x W:13.63" x H: 31.63"
  • Product Weight: 40.90 lbs.
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Watts: 140 watts
  • Amps: 2.0 amps
  • Frequency: 60Hz
  • Noise Level: 25dB


  • 21 Bottle Capacity
  • Temperature Range: Upper Zone: 44-64°F; Lower Zone: 51-64°F
  • Dual Zone
  • Cooling Technology: Thermoelectric
  • Freestanding
  • 6 Removable Wine Racks
  • Temperature Control Type: Push Button
  • Digital Temperature Readout
  • Stainless Steel Doors
  • Interior LED Light
  • Rear venting


  • Adjustable thermostat from 44-66°F for custom chilling
  • Black cabinet with stainless steel trimmed doors add a decorative touch
  • Chills red and white wine independently for best results
  • Operates quietly and offers a freestanding design for easy placement
  • Vibration free cooling preserves tannins and acidity for better flavor
  • Wine racks gently cradle wine bottles to prevent jostling and shaking

The removable shelves allows you to accommodate larger bottles.

This unit is also operates very quietly. This is the advantage of it being thermoelectric. There is only a slight low hum when the unit is cooling your wine to the set temperature.

Additionally, the LED lights do not emit any heat, so you can leave them on to show off and illuminate your wine collection without having to worry about affecting the temperature inside your wine cooler.

What does this wine cooler do?

  • The AB-WINE21DS wine cooler stores up to 21 standard sized bottles of wine.
  • It has removable shelves to accommodate for larger bottles.
  • It is a dual zone unit that allows for separate storage of red and white wines.
  • It will keep your wine cool at their optimum temperatures.

shop-all-wine-300Why should I use this wine cooler?

This unit is versatile and allows you to store both red and white wines at their specific optimum temperatures. Since it is thermoelectric, it is quiet, vibration-free, and can be stored in a variety of locations.

Where exactly can I use this wine cooler?

This wine cooler is a freestanding unit that can be placed almost anywhere. Though because it has rear venting, it is not exactly made to be used as a built-in wine cooler, so if you were to put this unit under your kitchen counter, you would have to give it about 6 inches of space between the unit and the wall.

  • Keep the wine cooler on a flat surface for optimum cooling and general functionality.
  • Do not place the cooler on any inclines or in places where it can fall and break easily, such as a staircase.
  • Keep your wine cooler out of sunlight.
  • Also, any area that gets hot easily is not ideal for a wine cooler. Making sure you place the wine cooler in the correct spot is key to keeping any maintenance costs low.

Is this a freestanding or built in unit?

The AB-WINE21DS is a freestanding unit, which allows it to be placed virtually anywhere. As long as there is enough room for proper ventilation of its rear-vents, there should be no problem placing it wherever you like.

Which is a better unit, single zone or dual zone?

Pros of Single-Zone

  • It is great for beginners who are just starting off a wine collection, but with just one kind of wine.
  • Easy, seamless temperature function means there is no need to constantly fool around with the temperature inside.
  • The single zone cooler is also less expensive than other types of wine coolers, because it is not overly-complex, and only handles one temperature and one kind of wine. This kind of cooler is perfect for wine enthusiasts who like to play favorites.

Cons of Single-Zone

  • red-wine-2Because of its one-temperature feature, it cannot hold a variety of wines.
  • This will also cause a problem when it comes to maturation, since the temperature cannot be fluctuated to fit specific maturation temperatures that each type of wine might hold.
  • Customers may need to buy more than one wine cooler if they have to have the single zone cooler, but they have different kinds of wine.

Pros of Dual Zone:

  • It is perfect for those who like a range of wine, since they can be stored in the same cooler, in separate temperatures.
  • The temperatures do not need to be messed with, they are already set at the perfect temperature.
  • The dual zone cooler is ultimately cheaper for holding different wines at the same time.

Cons of Dual Zone:

  • Those who like one kind of wine will never use the other compartment, so it becomes a waste of space.
  • If you favor white over red, you may be out of luck since most dual zone wine coolers have less storage space for white wines than red.
  • Finally, it is a hefty investment, both in size and price. It is more expensive then the single zone cooler, so unless the plan is to hold different kinds of wine, the dual zone cooler may not be the right choice.

Which is better, front venting or back/side venting?

They each have their perks.

white-wine-pour-articleFront venting units can be stored under counters and out of the way. Built-in wine coolers are typically constructed this way.

Back venting and/or side venting units keep the front face of the unit looking sleek. It all depends on the aesthetic you're looking for and where you would like to place your wine cooler.

Which is better, thermoelectric or compressor wine cooler?

Pros of Thermoelectric Units:

There is no alternating mechanism and no motors or compressors in the thermoelectric cooler that would make a bunch of noise and vibrations.

  • The thermoelectric technology is silent and free from vibrations owing to the absence of moving parts. It is therefore a better alternative for preserving the quality of wine.
  • Over-freezing is also not possible with the thermoelectric cooler.
  • The equipment will typically reduce the temperature inside the cooler by 50 degrees F to 54 degrees F (or 10 degrees C to 12 degrees C) as compared with the outside temperature and maintain it at this automatically.
  • The thermoelectric cooler is versatile, and can be used just about anywhere.
  • It is not a huge energy consumer, thanks to its mechanism, and because of this, can be considered eco-friendly.
  • And finally, it is lightweight since it does not have any compressors or other heavy parts weighing it down, which makes it highly mobile.

Cons of Thermoelectric Units:

  • Chilling the wine inside takes some time, so placing them inside beforehand is a good idea.
  • It is easily influenced by its environment. So, if it is stored in a hotter area, it will adversely affect the inside's cooling capacity.
  • Unlike the compressor cooler, which can chill the inside to a wide array of temperatures, the thermoelectric cooler is a little less predictable, and again is easily influenced by its outside environment, temperature-wise.
  • It can also only hold a minimal amount of bottles, due to its cooling capacity, and works well in a moderate setting, but not much more.

Pros of Compressor Units:

  • As soon as the compressors sense that the interior of the cooler is heating up, even the slightest bit, it turns itself back on and will cool it back down to the temperature that it is preset to.
  • Working the opposite way, once the compressor senses that its preset temperature has been reached throughout the wine cooler, it shuts itself down so the contents to not over-freeze. Basically, it continuously works to keep the temperature at a perfect limit.

Cons of Compressor Units:

  • The compressor technology in the cooler gives rise to vibrations and noises. While they may not be significant enough to bother the cooler owner, the vibrations may reduce the shelf life of the bottles of wine stored slightly.
  • It consumes a lot of electricity and also makes use of environmentally detrimental chemicals in the cooling process, therefore, it cannot be considered eco-friendly.
  • It incorporates heavy machinery (the compressor), so it has decreased mobility. Once it is placed in its spot, it is stuck there, unless the consumer decides to install it in another spot. It cannot be moved all the time.

shop-all-wine-300How do I clean the AB-WINE21DS?

Cleaning your wine cooler

1. Unplug the wine cooler and remove the bottles.

2. Wash the inside with a solution of warm water and baking soda. The solution should be about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water.

3. The outside of wine cooler should be cleaned with mild detergent and warm water.

4. Draw out the water box at the bottom, and wash.

Moving your wine cooler

1. Remove all the bottles.

2. Securely tape down all loose items inside your wine cooler.

3. Turn the leveling legs up to the base to avoid damage.

4. Tape the door closed.

5. Be sure the wine cooler stays in the upright position during transportation.


Do not dispose of this product as unsorted municipal waste. Collection of such waste separately for special treatment is necessary. Take the cabinet to a recycling plant.

Please remove the door before you dispose of your refrigerator.

How often should I clean the AB-WINE21DS?

In general, the wine cooler will need a good scrubbing about once or twice a year. Of course, if it is used more frequently, or an accident happens such as a bottle breaking, it should be cleaned more often.









Remove the exterior and interior packaging. Check to ensure all parts are included:

  • 6 shelves
  • 1 handle with 2 screws
  • 1 owner's manual

If any parts are missing, please contact the dealer where you purchased the unit or Avalon Bay customer service.

Handle Assembly

Before installation, attach the handle to the front of the unit with the included screws. It may be necessary to push aside the rubber seal on the inside of the door to reveal the screw holes. Avoid over-tightening the screws, or you may cause damage to the unit.


1. Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth.

2. Place your wine cooler on a surface that is strong enough to support the appliance when it is fully loaded. To level your cooler, adjust the front legs at the bottom of the appliance.

3. For proper ventilation, allow at least 2 inch clearance between the back of the unit and any adjacent walls

4. For best results, install away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc.). Direct sunlight may affect the acrylic coating and heat sources may increase electrical consumption. Extreme cold or hot ambient temperatures may also cause the cooler not to perform properly.

5. This cooler is not designed for placement in attic or basement. The appliance is for indoor use only.


It is recommended that you install the wine cooler in a place where the ambient temperature is between 50- 80°F (10-26°C).

If the ambient temperature is above or below the recommended temperatures, the performance of the unit may be affected. For example, placing in extreme cold or hot conditions may cause interior temperature to fluctuate.

The desired range of 44-64°F (11-18°C) may not be reached. The temperature may fluctuate depending on whether or not the interior light is on or off or whether the bottles are located on the upper, middle or lower section.

How to Set the Temperature

There are three touch-buttons on the control panel:

ab-wine21ds temp increase  Increase set temperature by 1°F

ab-wine21ds-decrease-temp Decrease set temperature by 1°F

ab-wine21ds-light Turns on or off the interior light

The top compartment has a cooling range of 44-64°F (11-18°C).

The lower compartment has a cooling range of 51-64°F (7-18°C).

This product will provide maximum cooling of 25 degrees below the external temperature. When the external temperature is at 77°F (25°C) or less, this unit can maintain an interior temperature range between 51-64°F (11-18°C).

How many bottles does each zone hold?

The upper section holds 6 bottles, while the lower section holds 15.

What are the temperatures for each zone?

The top zone is 44-64°F. The bottom zone is 51-64°F.

How long does it take for the unit to reach the set temperature?

For a unit that comes right out of the box, you may have to wait overnight (or about 12 hours) before the cooler reaches the lowest temperature setting.

Keep in mind that this is a thermoelectric unit, which means that it is more easily effected by ambient temperatures. This means that if the unit is placed in a warmer room or area, it will have to work harder to keep the interior of the wine cooler steady at some of the coldest set temperatures.

The more the unit is opened, or the higher the number of "warmer" bottles that get added, also affects the interior temperatures. The more new, un-chilled bottles there are in the cooler, the longer it will take for the unit to acclimate.

Will this wine cooler run continuously if it is set in a warmer room or climate?

The warmer the ambient temperature, the more the wine cooler has to work to keep cool. Be sure to place it in a cool part of your home and out of direct sunlight to optimize its functioning.

For reference, the unit will cool about 18 degrees below ambient temperature.

Can I use this unit as a built-in wine cooler?

This unit is a freestanding appliance that needs proper ventilation. The vents are located in the back of the unit, which means that if it is placed against a wall, it will need about 6 inches of space to ventilate properly so it does not overheat.

Electrical Warnings

  • Improper use of the grounded plug can result in electrical shock. If the power cord is damaged, please contact customer service.
  • This unit should be properly grounded for your safety. The power cord of this appliance is equipped with a three-prong plug, which is compatible with standard three prong wall outlets to minimize the possibility of electric shock.
  • This appliance requires a standard 120 volt, 60Hz electrical outlet with a three-prong ground.
  • Plug the wine cooler into a dedicated, grounded wall outlet. Do not, under any circumstances, remove the third (grounded) prong from the power cord. Direct any questions concerning power and/or grounding to a certified electrician.

shop-all-wine-300Important Safety Instructions:

  • Do not operate this appliance if it has a damaged cord.
  • If the power cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer, its service agent, or a similarly qualified person in order to avoid a hazard.
  • Only connect the wine cooler to a properly polarized outlet. No other appliance should be plugged into the same outlet. Make sure the plug is fully inserted into the receptacle.
  • Do not run the power cord over carpeting or heat insulators. Do not cover the cord. Keep the cord away from high traffic areas and never submerge it in water.

Additional Safety Tips

  • Never clean appliance parts with flammable fluids. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
  • Do not store or use gasoline or any other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
  • Do not store explosive substances such as aerosol cans with a flammable propellant in this appliance.
  • Do not store food in this wine refrigerator, as the interior temperature may not get cold enough to prevent spoilage.
  • This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.

Avalon Bay AB-WINE21DS Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

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