Danby 36 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler

Economical Dual Zone Wine Storage in A Single Zone Package

I’ve attended numerous wine seminars that ranged from highly informative and engaging presentations to wine tastings that broke down into constant chatter sessions. It’s tough to stay quiet, when the tasting involves four-ounce pours. During one of the sober and highly informative wine seminars, attendees debated the optimal storage temperatures of both red and white wine varietals.

danby 36 bottle freestanding wine cooler with interior lightThe seminar took place in 2014 and over the past 11 years, the wine producing paradigm has dramatically changed. Marked changes in soil and climate have changed the characteristics of several varietals, particularly red varietals such as Merlot and Pinot Noir. Conventional red wine storage temperatures ranged between 62 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, but changes in Merlot and Pinot Noir grapes have lowered the acceptable storage temperature to 55 degrees. The new temperature paradigm makes the Danby 36-bottle freestanding wine cooler the perfect unit for wine lovers that want to chill Merlot and Pinot Noir wine, with white wines in the same unit.

This spacious freestanding wine cooler holds up to 36 bottles, at 750 milliliters per bottle. Instead of running to and from the basement for red wines and back and forth between the bar and kitchen for white wines, the Danby 36-bottle wine cooler puts your most coveted bottles right at your fingertips.

Danby Freestanding 36 Bottle Wine Cooler Detailed Review

Features Overview

Capacity: 36 standard 750ml bottles
Design:

  • Resilient materials absorb the pounding of glassware, wine bottles, and every other object tossed about behind a bar. Danby integrates anti-corrosion stainless steel into the design of the freestanding wine cooler to prevent the degradation caused by prolonged exposure to humid environments.
  • A soft blue led interior light that turns on when the door is opened. The controls for the light are located on the outside of the unit and the light can be toggled to remain on when the door is closed.
  • Tinted tempered glass for UV protection that allows you to easily view your collection.
Cooling Method: Compressor
Number of Zones: 1
Built-in/Freestanding: Freestanding (non-counter top)
Temperature Control & Display: Externally mounted thermostat dial.Temperature range: 43F – 57FShelving: Wire with black plating – 6 front facing wire shelves and 2 side facing wire shelves, all of which pull out for easy cleaning.
Noise level: low
Dimensions: 17.5” W x 20.1” D x 32.8” H (3.3 cubic feet)
Weight: 69lbs
Price: Check price on Amazon
Warranty: 1 year labor, 1 year parts

 
 

Freestanding Because of its Beautiful Design

Unlike counter top wine coolers that place an emphasis on functionality, freestanding wine coolers represent one of the most important design elements of a bar. The Danby 36 bottle freestanding wine cooler is ideal for use as the primary design focal point for a wet bar, wine cellar or patio area. I could easily see this wine cooler the being the center of attention by strategically placing it at one of the front bar corners, close enough for guests to feel the soft light and close enough to realize the machine operates silently. The stylish recessed pocket designed handle enhances the aesthetic appeal and a smooth back design allows the wine cooler to be pushed flush against a wall.

The black and stainless steel color of the 36 bottle Danby wine cooler makes the unit the perfect choice for almost every type of home room décor. The understated design does not dominate, but guests still notice the wine cooler standing next to the china cabinet.

Minimal Shelving for Maximum Capacity

Black wire shelves exude panache and the blue LED interior light promotes a laid back vibe, even as it shines behind the busiest bars. The blue hue accentuates the bottle labels through the sleek tempered glass wine cooler door. Although the wire shelves do not pull out, they offer more than enough space for easily removing and storing standard sized bottles. When empty, they can be easily removed for cleaning.

Ending the Wine Temperature Debate

With the addition of a few red varietals eligible for storage with white wines, the fact remains that most red wines require warmer storage environments than 55 degrees. Bolder reds, such as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon sometimes take years to mature, which make storing the wines in warmer areas the right choice. This means the single temperature Danby 36 bottle freestanding wine cooler limits the varietal choices for storage.

What Other Reviewers are Saying About the Danby 36 Bottle Wine Cooler

Pros

  • Could be used as a budget “dual zone” cooler without the pricetag
  • Good price for the capacity

Cons

  • Does not have a digital temperature readout like many of the higher end units
  • Exterior temperature dial
  • Difficult to maintain temperatures above 60F
  • No humidity control

Tips:

  • Purchase your own thermometer to monitor interior temperature
  • There is a noticable temperature difference between the top and bottom of the unit by about 4 -5 degrees. Some reviewers have used this to their advantage by using the unit as a “dual zone” cooler by placing reds on the top shelves and filling the remaining shelves with white wine. Essentially, this could be a cost effective solution to dual zone cooling for those on a budget.

How Does the Danby 36 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler Design Fare at Home?

For the wine lover who is looking to age their wine, the Danby 36 bottle freestanding wine cooler is not the unit for you. However, if you need an inexpensive unit that is close your bar, dining area or entertainment space, this unit offers convenient storage at a really affordable price. I wouldn’t consider this wine cooler to be a true wine cellar or for long term storage. However, for a budget cooler, this one will protect your wines from big temperature swings and excessive heat. On the plus side, a noticeable temperature difference between the top and bottom of the unit lends itself well to “dual zone” cooling for those on a budget.