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Introducing the Wine Enthusiast Evolution Series compact cellar. Sleek in design, state-of-the-art performance, and creating a great way to showcase your investments.
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Good Reviews
Krishna T on May 22, 2016
biggest unit that fit under the shelf.
Paul F on Feb 21, 2016
Good Reviews
Krishna T on May 22, 2016
Right size and need a compressor cooler.
David S on Apr 10, 2016
biggest unit that fit under the shelf.
Paul F on Feb 21, 2016
Right size for location
Robert J on Jan 10, 2016
popular product reviews
Bryan C on Dec 19, 2015
right size, reasonable price, relatively good reviews
Paul G on Dec 15, 2015
It was the size I wanted and it will hold riesling bottles. I had to call to find this out.
Clair G on Dec 3, 2015
As a gift :)
Kris H on Dec 2, 2015
I wanted this size and a single zone, not dual zone
JOHN M on Nov 15, 2015
This is the size I was looking for and the basket at the bottom is good for oversized bottles.
Kevin C on Nov 1, 2015
Great price, free shipping and the size was perfect for a standalone wine cooler.
Daniel N on Oct 25, 2015
Perfect size for family of two
Tikam S on Oct 15, 2015
Wanted a compact free-standing wine refrigerator (16-22) bottles) that could cool wine in the 40 -50 degree range.
Robert R on Oct 9, 2015
Good starter .
Albert N on Sep 3, 2015
i liked the size though after a year and a half the first one stopped working . called the company spoke with them and appears would be more effective to buy rather than try to fix. will give this one a try though if happens again will be upset. last time did not have to pay the 50 dollar shipping cost another bummer
VICTOR I on Jul 21, 2015
Donna W on Jul 5, 2015
Better be a good one, I am relying on wine enthusiast reputation.
Richard M on Jun 19, 2015
Reviewed comments on your site. Seem like a good choice. I needed additional capacity to augment my 50 bottle GE Monogram cooler. Has worked very well for me.
KEVIN L on Jun 16, 2015
for a coffee/beverage center
Lawrence H on Apr 20, 2015
Reviews were positive.
Wes K on Apr 9, 2015
About the same size as the one I'm replacing, so it will fit on the same space.
Mark S on Mar 30, 2015
Good reviews in Amazon. My Sunpentown cooler died, and their products were poorly reviewed.
Albert M on Mar 11, 2015
I chose this item because space is at a premium in my tiny winter home. I like and need to "stow away" the storage rather than have it out for display, and convenience is not an issue.
Dawn B on Mar 10, 2015
right size for space
lynn c on Mar 8, 2015
The reviews.
Ed S on Feb 10, 2015
I've looked high and low for a unit that would fit under my bar off of the family room. I purchased the perfect unit only to realize it was a free standing only unit. By calling customer service I was assisted in finding this unit that I think will work perfectly uner the bar. I can't wait to get the unit and have it installed and have access to wine that is the correct temperature.
martha d on Feb 6, 2015
Looks nice and is a good size for my kitchen.
Michele M on Feb 5, 2015
I'm a wino
Peter R on Jan 22, 2015
Chose it because it has the conventional compressor and flexible bottle layout
Gregory C on Jan 7, 2015
excellent temp range and style functional for what I am needing with a great price for quality
BRIDGET D on Dec 18, 2014
It the only one that fit in the cabnet
FREDDY V on Dec 16, 2014
Jim K on Dec 15, 2014
DAWN B on Dec 14, 2014
it seemed to get the most positive reviews, and it will fit in to the area we have prepared for it.
Carole M on Dec 14, 2014
We have a Eurocave that holds maybe 40 bottles and we love it. We are buying this to give to close friends!
Martha S on Dec 14, 2014
more like a real fridge
chet f on Dec 12, 2014
Just the right amount of bottle storage and ability to fit a number of different bottle sizes
Keith M on Dec 11, 2014
new small compressor technology
KEVIN D on Dec 10, 2014
the reviews offered
Leonard D on Dec 9, 2014
Dimensions worked for the space I have available. Reviews suggest it can accommodate a variety of bottle sizes (including rieslings). Wasn't as "fridge-y" looking as some other coolers. It's my first wine cooler so I wanted to start small and keep it simple.
Paulette D on Dec 9, 2014
Looks nice. Has single zone temperature control. Has a real compressor which allows cooler temperatures.
Gerald D on Dec 9, 2014
it was optimal for what I was looking for and it is not thermal electric, which I had before and didn't really like.
samuel A on Dec 7, 2014
wanted a wine chiller
Philip S on Dec 5, 2014
don't drink lots, think this will be good for some cans also and with adjustable shelves should be able to stand bottles up if we want. will see.
debra k on Dec 4, 2014
Size and silent. Have had similar ones in the past. This will make three in total.
Smith H on Dec 1, 2014
size and capacity
Sandra O on Nov 28, 2014
Brand had good recommendations on websites I researched.
pat M on Nov 25, 2014
good reviews, good price
Tyla K on Nov 21, 2014
Deborah L on Nov 17, 2014
We had specific needs for a client and this unit fit the bill in both size and temperature range.
Audrey M on Nov 14, 2014
Right size and need a compressor cooler.
David S on Apr 10, 2016
Right size for location
Robert J on Jan 10, 2016
I bought a 20 bottle unit about 6 months go. Since then, a decent amount of ice has accumulated on the back of the fridge; one of the shelves is stuck-frozen to the back. Is it common? what is the best way to defrost the fridge without damaging it?
Yadviga on Aug 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought one of these for my son-in-law for Christmas and so far he has not had the issue you are describing - he stores about 25 bottles (uses the front of the racks) and he seems happy with the product
thermo electric or compressor?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We keep our house at 80 degrees in the summer and this cooler maintains the set temps with no fluctuation (maybe 1 degree occasionally). So your garage might bean OK location, but might make the unit work a bit harder. How cold does your garage get in the winter? That might be an issue.
Does this model come as a dual zone refrigerator?
Jennifer G on Nov 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, this model is only available in the single-zone. We do offer the Evolution 29 bottle in a dual zone, Item # 268 68 20 01
Where are the fans located? Is it possible to place the unit under cabinet?
jc explorer on Jul 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The fans are located in the back of the unit. This unit is free-standing. It should not be placed under a cabinet.
Will the bin hold 1.5L (magnum) bottles?
Red on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The bin will be hit or miss some may fit some may not. It will depend on the magnum
I read from customer reviews that the 34-bottle Evolution refrigerator holds 34 bottles based on Bordeaux-sized bottles, and that it holds less if, for example, you're mixing in California bottles. Does the same hold true for the 20-bottle model? Does it hold fewer than 20 if the bottles aren't all Bordeaux?
Ken on May 9, 2014
Yes, the same holds true for the Evolution 20. Bottle capacity is based on standard Bordeaux size bottles.
Can the door be switch from right to left? I don't see that in the specs. Thank you.
Patricia on May 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The evolution series is only hinged on the right so the door opens from left to right.
Does it maintain a specific humidity? Does it maintain the temperature setting when the power goes out? If not, what setting does it default to after a power outage?
Dr. Suz on Mar 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your questions. The Evolution series maintains temperature but it does not maintain humidity. If the power goes out the Evolution 20 will come back on to the factory setting of 55.
How much does this unit weigh?
examiner6000 on Dec 5, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. This 20 bottle Evolution weighs 60 lbs. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at 800 356 8466. Best.
Can you purchase one with multi voltage?
I am only here for 3 years and would want to take it back to Europe with me !
Sally on Oct 17, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Evolution has only115V current so if you are here for 3 years you would either need to get a European converter or sell it before you go back to Europe
what are the interior dimensions of it?
Amanda on Sep 18, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, the interior dimensions on the Evolution 20- Bottle refrigerator are the following: 15 d X 14 w X 21.5H. There is a 6" lip in the bottom back of the interior that houses the compressor unit, thus the bottom 6” section is only 9" in depth.
With-in these measurements; does that include the top right hinge and the bottom feet? I have a space that will make this unit a very tight fit with the measurements given.

Thanks Sheryl
Sheryl on May 31, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The measurements provided were from the bottom of feet to the top of the door hinge.
The specs list this piece as 25 1/2 h x 17 w x 18 3/4 d. However, in a FAQ answer to another person the measurements are different. Which are correct?

Does this unit light up with LED lights, vertically down two sides, like my older model 272023518, s/n 071007000391?

Thanks for the info!
Pat on May 14, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. The dimensions are 25 1/2" H x 17" W x 18 3/4" D. Regarding the lighting, there are placed on the sides of the unit. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 800 356 8466. Thank you again.
1] Is this an energy efficient model?
2] How many watts does it use?
3] is it cold enough to keep 1 litre soda bottles very cold?
hondo on Apr 27, 2013
BEST ANSWER: It takes a decent amount of energy, but its just like every refrigerator. It uses 115 watts.The Temperature range of the refrigerator is between 39F-64F degrees, which should be fine for the cooling of soda bottles.
What are the power outlet requirements?
Rod on Mar 23, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, this wine refrigerator plugs directly into a US 110 Volt outlet on a dedicated 15 AMP line.
Can the Evolution 20 be stacked on top of an other?
Bill W on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not recommended . You'll have the heat from the top one right above the top of the bottom one..
Manual says not to let the bottles touch the bottom step question where is the bottom step in the wine cooler?
Alexandra on Jun 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The bottom step is where the compressor is located. However, there is a basket which can accommodate additional bottles if they are placed on there side.
My cooler has stopped cooling. It is stock on 84 f, what can be done to make it cooler
jay on Mar 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry to hear about the cooler. When you have a moment, please call our technical department at 800 648 6058. Thank you.
Where are the fans located? Can the cooler be put under a cabinet??
Hal on Dec 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This unit is to be free standing because it vents out the back.
Is the glass on the door double-pane or single-pane glass?
Dave on Dec 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The glass is double pane on this unit. This not only assists in the unit keeping temperature but it also prevents condensation forming on the glass.
I have an armoire with a huge section cut out in the back, which is significantly larger than the dimensions of the fridge, providing multiple inches of free space above & on both sides of where the fridge would go. Can I place the unit inside the armoire, if there's plenty of room for ventilation?
Steph on Nov 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You need a minimum of 4" all around for venting. If the armoire is an open front you can do so as the unit will then get fresh air. If you are closing doors in front of the unit it will suffocate the unit.
I just received my Evolution 20-Bottle Wine Refrigerator and it appears that the door opening orientation is reversible. Is this possible?
Daryl on Nov 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hello Daryl,
The door is not reversible.

Thank you
What are the dimension of the box this comes in? We need to see if it will fit into a car trunk.
M. on Jun 4, 2014
19L X 17W X 26H @ 60LBS
Can this be placed under counter/in a cabinet in which venting holes have been drilled?
Sunshine State Pinot Lover on Feb 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No-this is a free standing item, not to be enclosed in cupboard or cabinetry.
How long is the power cord on this unit. Does it come out of the left or right side - as you look at the back of unit.
Beth on Dec 20, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The power cord is 5 ft long and it comes out the back bottom right when facing the unit. Please call us with further questions at 1-800-356-8466.

What is the warranty timeframe on this fridge?
aehyeon on Jul 10, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This comes with a 1 year warranty and an option for a second year coverage.
What are the dimensions of it?
Patty on Feb 12, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Dimensions: 17"H X 18.75" W X 25.5" D
my thermo electric cooler stopped cooling. Where can I take it to get it fixed? Charlotte, NC area
Charles S on Mar 18, 2016
Customer Reviews

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Very nice!
Had the unit a month and so far so good. Does the job well. I especially like that it's an actual compressor based refrigerator and not the thermal type. Seems much more durable. Only reason I didn't give it five stars is that it's still new.
September 26, 2013
Nice so far but only had 3 weeks.
We use this cooler in our kitchen undercounter. Have only had the refrigerator for 3 weeks so too early to know how it will last. Love the front display of temperator & the ease of adjustment for temperature on door. Also has an interior light which is nice & adds class!
July 30, 2013
over 2 years ago
Highly recommend !!
Researched for months, Fits Reislings and just about any bottle of anything! Good looking, Cools fast and down to low 40's if desired. Quiet unit. Love it so far, had for 3 weeks.
November 26, 2013
Update to my review
Several reviewers, myself included, have commented that the temperature varies a bit. After thinking about this a bit I came to the conclusion that this cooler is very precise as far as temperature control is concerned. I have mine set to 52 degrees F. If varies from 50 to 53. However, the wine will settle at the AVERAGE temperature due to the thermal mass of the liquid. So, it is keeping my wine at 51.5 degrees for a setting of 52 degrees. In my opinion that is extremely accurate.
December 20, 2014
Jewels stash
Quiet, small, but fits variety of bottle sizes. Perfect for small assortment .
September 26, 2013
over 2 years ago
Nice Wine Refrigerator
I have only had this wine refrigerator a few days, but I already like it. It is attractive, simple and holds quite a bit of wine. Like others have said, it would be nice if the shelves could be spaced an inch or so further apart, but that is not a big deal. The temperature varies a couple degrees, but I don't consider that a big deal either. It emit a hum that some might find annoying, but I don't have it in a living space, so I never hear it. The one disappointment I have is that I thought the bottom part was a pull out basket and it is not. The bottles just sit on the bottom of the refrigerator. There is a wire piece in front that keeps them from rolling out. It's a bit difficult to put bottles in there. All in all this is a good buy, and it is a real compressor-based refrigerator.
November 19, 2014
Nice wine cooler
Delivery prompt, in good condition and well packaged.
November 24, 2013
Fridge needs more foot adjustment
Attractive design and easy to use. Very quiet. However, I have 2 complaints. On the bottom of the unit there are 2 adjustable feet. The foot on the main body has a lot of adjustment. The foot that is on the door has 3 or less turns before it falls out, making it almost unusable as an adjustable foot. Secondly, I have set the temperature for wine at 58 degrees, and the temperature reads 53 degrees - too cold for red wine.
January 9, 2014
over 2 years ago
perfect first wine refrigerator
Delivered on time however since the was a gift for my boyfriend I wished the box was not marked with a discription of what was inside and a picture. It kinda spoiled the surprise.
March 25, 2015
1 year ago
As always, excellent price on great quality items from Wine Enthusiast!
May 8, 2014