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Looking for a better way to store my wine, I decided to purchase this wine cooler. Upon deciding between a few different models, I went with the Siemens KF18WA42.
The cooler is a great size. It measures 84 cm tall and 54cm wide and tall. It has 6 shelves, which gives me plenty of storage for all of my wines. Like the picture, I usually keep my bottom shelf clear to store any appetizers I might serve with the wine at a party. If you're using this for personal use, it's good for extra wine storage. In total, it can fit 32 bottles of wine.
A big selling point for me was that this cooler was rated with an A for energy effiency, and is rated to use 150kwh per year. This unit is also very quiet, and does not make any loud cooling noises.
Overall, this unit has worked very well for me over the past few months and I am very happy with my purcahse. If you're looking for a good sized cooler to chill your wine, I would suggest this item.
Having built a stunning new kitchen over 3 years ago my parents wanted to furnish us with a gift. As we do a lot of entertaining and hold lots of parties but better gift I could want than a stylish wine cooler. A friend who had had one for 5 years recommended this one to me. It was purchased just when we were designing our kitchen, as it is an integrated wine cooler.
Energy rating is A which by all accounts is exceptional. Needless to say that the glass door is UV tinted unlike some of the cheaper wine coolers - this feature will ensure that your wine is protected until it is removed from the cooler. The door is opened by a lovely stainless steel handle and as you open it your cooled wine is illuminated by the built in interior halogen light. If you do open the door the light turns off automatically after 10 seconds. The interior is just like a fridge - white. You just have to touch the handle and the light comes on which will save the fridge from losing energy when opened. The temperature can be set from 6 - 14 degrees Celsius. by using the LED control panel It holds up to 32 bottles of wine that can be placed across 6 shelves, 3 of which are fully adjustable so that perhaps a box of wine can be placed inside and 1 glass shelf at the bottom is fixed. The overall size is H 874 x W 538 x D 542 mm, which must be taken into account when planning your kitchen design. One great feature is that it has 2 different temperature zones. It runs very quite and you'll hardly notice it's there. Cleaning is easy, just like cleaning a fridge. The instruction booklet is brilliant as it tells you how to correctly store your wine. It also has a handy 'super cool' function which when enable will quickly cool your wine down in an instant.
Not only can you just store your wine in here but it can also be used for storing party food, or general food that wont fit in your fridge.
It is very expensive and I'm sure that there are other cheaper makes out there, but this really is a quality product that will look amazing in any kitchen.
Purchased from John Lewis for £1200
When we moved into our new house just over a year ago it had just recently had a brand new kitchen installed. All of the kitchen appliances that they had installed are Siemens appliances which I do know to be an expensive and a premium quality brand. One of the Siemens appliances that had been installed was this built in wine cooler. Now I have to say that never in a million years would I ever think about buying a built in wine cooler, but obviously this one came with our house and so we do use it.
For the purpose of this review I've just quickly googled our built in wine cooler to try and find a price as we didn't actually buy it ourselves, and I'm actually totally gobsmacked - this seems to retail for around £1300!!! I'm now absolutely positive that I'd never buy a built in wine cooler, especially not one for £1300, when I can actually just stash my bottles of wine in the fridge!
So our wine cooler is built in, however it doesn't have a kitchen cabinet door on the front like our other Siemens built in appliances, it has a kind of fridge door with a glass fronted door. The glass is a tinted glass, the glass is UV tinted/protected, basically to protect your bottles of wine from the sun. The handle is on the door is just a long slim sleek stainless steel handle, which although it doesn't match our kitchen cabinet handles it does compliment them nicely.
The wine cooler will hold up to 32 x 0.75 litre bottles of wine, or 28 x 1 litre bottles of wine, on 6 shelves, 3 of which are height adjustable. The interior temperature is easily adjustable between 6 and 14°C via a little LED control panel. The wine cooler even has a 'supercool' function which chills the interior down really quickly, which is handy for when you've just bought a couple of bottles of wine from the supermarket and you want to cool them quickly and drink them as soon as possible! You store your wine in this with the neck facing out - not the base, and the instruction manual even shows you how to stack the wine cooler to capacity with both sizes of wine bottles.
Like a fridge this has an interior light, the light on this wine cooler goes one step further though, it actually comes on when you touch the door handle so that you can see the contents without having to open the door, to save energy. The light goes off after about a minute if you've just touched the door handle, and it goes off about 10 seconds after you've closed the door - if you've actually opened the door. The interior light takes a halogen bulb so it's cheaper to run than a standard bulb.
This is obviously located in our kitchen, and I have to say that it is fairly quiet when in use, it's quieter than our Siemens fridge freezer - I don't notice this at all. It's energy efficient too, it gets an A rating for energy efficiency. I find this easy to clean, especially as the shelves are removable. Also the magnetic seals around the door are removable so this this makes the door and the seals easy to clean too.
Now I don't know about you but wine doesn't really linger long enough in our house to warrant needing a VERY expensive wine cooler. Also we don't actually buy expensive bottles of wine, we don't buy Tesco Value wine either, we just buy average priced wine and we always look out for any special offers, we're certainly not wine connoisseurs. I have to admit that our wine cooler is always filled with a mixture of wine, spirits, water, and various other soft drinks. It's a second fridge basically, a drinks fridge I guess. This seems a shame now that I know how much these things actually cost!
I have to say that if I were re-fitting our kitchen I wouldn't actually buy another, we don't drink enough wine, or buy expensive bottles of wine to warrant needing a specific wine cooler fridge. And I do think that it is vastly overpriced, I'm actually still quite gobsmacked at the price! It does chill wine effectively though, mind you so does a fridge! I guess if you are a wine buff then this may be worthwhile, but it's not really an essential purchase in my opinion.
Siemens IQ300 KF18WA42 Built In Wine Cabinet / Short name: Siemens KF18WA42