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Our Classic Wine Cellars are the economical solution. These no-frills, single-zone, free-standing cabinets are highly effective, protecting your investments with top-quality wine storing technology.
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name, pricing, size
Cherie L on Sep 21, 2015
Had a similar one from this source in use in Africa with excellent results for many years now.
Ipoola A on Jul 8, 2015
name, pricing, size
Cherie L on Sep 21, 2015
Number of bottles it held and the price
PAULA D on Jul 11, 2015
Had a similar one from this source in use in Africa with excellent results for many years now.
Ipoola A on Jul 8, 2015
Size and number of bottles
S WORTH D on Jul 7, 2015
Because of the price and storage capacity. It also matches the other wine cellars we already have.
SOPHIE R on Jul 3, 2015
We have the 266 Wine Cooler and are very pleased with it. Need more storage wife enjoys great wine as do I
DAVID M on Jun 22, 2015
This is a sharp looking unit with removable trays and large capacity. It is also reasonably priced.
Richard H on Jun 12, 2015
great discusion with sales rep
stacie y on Apr 11, 2015
I needed an inexpensive place to store wine until my cellar is completed
Mark B on Mar 7, 2015
price point
Russ C on Dec 19, 2014
best price for large number of bottles
Charles S on Dec 13, 2014
Perfect wine storage for us - we have a non-glamorous cellar that is serviceable but not great for our general collection . We have 3 small units - which means everything is divided up. This will consolidate a portion of the collection that is in need of longer, safer cellaring!
Diane W on Dec 12, 2014
Price and quietness.
Christine H on Dec 5, 2014
the original one I would have chosen was out. This was the next best option for our son.
Brett S on Dec 2, 2014
we have been wanting this actually - and suddenly it was 10% off - so we bought it! we have some nice wines in a NYC apt - they need better care
Patricia W on Dec 1, 2014
good price
Stephen Y on Nov 29, 2014
price, style and ratings
Gale H on Nov 26, 2014
I was looking for a wine fridge of the same one I had. The company doesnt make it anymore or they way I like it with the all black fridge. I look at Wine Enthusiast because I get the magazine all the time. I saw this fridge and its the same size that I have and the rest is history.
Jeffrey H on Nov 23, 2014
Alice I on Nov 20, 2014
price...and look
carisa s on Nov 18, 2014
Size and basic trim level for my planned location (basement)
Charles W on Nov 14, 2014
Looked like a good value.
David S on Nov 13, 2014
Terrance M on Oct 22, 2014
Ryan L on Oct 20, 2014
Basic needs. Decent ratings. Need by mid November latest please.
Ronald M on Oct 18, 2014
we needed one this size, good price, good reviews
Kathryn R on Oct 14, 2014
economical choice and good reviews
John M on Oct 12, 2014
I wanted a basic wine cellar. It will be in our garage so there was no point in buying a fancy model.
Barry C on Oct 11, 2014
capacity and price
A Jacob C on Oct 10, 2014
basic unit, adequate size, reasonable price.
Daniel L on Oct 2, 2014
Great Value
Robert Y on Jun 26, 2014
Right size and price, and good reviews
John S on Jun 24, 2014
Price point value
Douglas K on Jun 15, 2014
I have one of the original models that is at least 15 years old. It has served me well. Moving and leaving the old unit behind for the new owners. No reason to change to a different model.
Charles W on Jun 10, 2014
Attractive price, reasonable delivery date.
Lindsey P on May 18, 2014
Number of bottles it held and the price
PAULA D on Jul 11, 2015
Size and number of bottles
S WORTH D on Jul 7, 2015
Does it hold champagne and Prosecco bottles?
Juliann G on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes and no... These somewhat larger bottles (including some pinot noir bottles) will not fit comfortably on the 'normal' shelves. However, the topmost shelf has greater height than the others, and it will accommodate about eight or nine champagne bottles. Also, the bottom portion of the cellar will allow you to stack oversize bottles on their sides; that portion has a height of about 8.75 inches, so these bottles might stack 2-high there. (I use this bottom portion for magnums.)
How noisy is it?
Sarah B on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I think it depends on where you install it. Mine is in the garage, and doesn't seem to me very noisy. If I had it in the house, especially in a room where I either listened to (relatively soft) music or had conversations regularly, I think it would seem a lot noisier.
As you look at the wine cooler, which side is the power cord on?
Lawrence F on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It's in the back and can go to either side; mine goes to the right but there's plenty of cord length to go either way.
Does Item # 269 01 66 03 have humidity control?
thomas m on Aug 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No it does not have a humidity control. It does keep the wine at 55 degrees perfectly and they only time I have heard noise from it is after I have opened it and it is getting back to the set temperature. Very good value for the price.
Can the shelves be completely removed for bigger bottle storage ?
Juliann G on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, shelves can be removed. The standard shelves will hold bordeux bottles fine, but the larger pinot noir style are a very tight fit. So for magnum and pinot bottles, I have removed a few shelves quite easily. BTW, the unit itself is very quiet and does a good job keeping desired tempature.
can the shelves be extended more?
curious on Aug 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not sure what you mean by "extending". We were able to put 11 bottles on every shelf no matter what the size with only one exception. We had one wine that the bottle was fat and long that did not fit well. Our solution was to put those in the bottom of the cooler along with our magnums. We have 4 magnum bottles and 9 other bottles in the bottom section. This section does not pull out, but is not all that difficult to access. If you are referring to how far the shelves pull out, what you get is what you get. To get 11 bottles on a shelf you put 6 in front and 5 behind them. The bottles in front are very visible when the shelf is pulled out. The ones behind are not vey visible because they have to be placed with the neck facing forward. We simply organized the placement of the wines so that al of the bottles of a label are grouped in the same front/back area.
Can the door be positioned to right OR left open?
Sam_I_Am on Aug 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for you question,on this wine cellar the door can only be opening to the right with handle on the left and hinge on the right as you face the cabinet.
Does this unit maintain relative humidity in the ~70% range for long term storage?
Ken T on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This unit does everything I ask of it, and I recommend it highly as a cost-effective solution to wine storage, but I am totally clueless about its relative humidity. I have absolutely no idea the effect of humidity on wine storage.
Customer Reviews

3.5 / 5.0
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A Real Classic
The Classic 166 is a compressor based one temp unit that has 14 slide out shelves and is affordable for the everyday collector. Perfect for the basement, pantry or game room, this unit comes with everything that you need to get started right out of the box.

The Classic 166 comes with 14 epoxy coated slide out shelves that can house all your standard 750ml's bottles and they are removable if you would like to store larger format bottles such as Champagne.

The sleek double paned tinted glass door allows one to see their collection on display while you turn on the LED lighting!

The temperature setting is ideal for all your entertainment needs as it has a range anywhere from 41-64 degrees. With an ambient temperature of 80 degrees, just be sure to place in a conditioned space and leave a few inches off the back wall for many years of enjoyment out of your new Wine Enthusiast Classic 166 Wine Cellar!!
April 4, 2013
Good value
Local delivery service was superb: on-time, very professional, moved unit up tight circular staircase with great care.
December 7, 2013
1 year ago
Revised review - this is a terrific unit
I had an issue with the legs, but after persisting a bit, this was swiftly dealt with
September 22, 2013
Good product, bad service, bad delivery
Even though I declined the extended warranty, Wine Entusiast kept houding me about it. I received 3 seperate emails that kept asking me about purchasing the warranty. "White Glove" delivery is misleading. They were just regular delivery men. They did a good job of placing the item in the right spot, but refused to adjust the legs or to balance the unit. They also left the power cord under the unit.
April 19, 2014
1 year ago
Great entry level cooler!
Great entry level cooler at an attractive price. The only addition should be a door lock.
April 8, 2013
over 2 years ago
Entry Level Wine Storage
If you are looking for an entry level storage cellar, this one will work. However, the unit is anything but quiet so plan on putting it in a closet or your basement. If I could do it over, I would spend the extra and purchase a Eurocave or the N'Finity series. For now, I have this one.
November 12, 2013
So far so good!
The cellar was delivered promptly and set up in our wine basement profesionally. However, we plugged it in on a Saturday and all of the buttons worked except the on/off switch. So we unplugged it and went through a tedious attempt at customer service, which had to wait until Monday. As it turns out, the on/off switch needs to be held down for a few seconds for it to work. Why in the world wasn't that simple instruction in the owner's manual? Especially when the service tech said "we hear that problem all the time". Sheesh.
February 3, 2014
1 year ago
Awesome! Wish I had ordered 2!
This was our 2nd cellar we have purchased, this one the shelves hold the bottles of wine in place better and other than the standard wine bottle do actually fit. Which is a huge plus! I'm really considering purchasing a 2nd one and getting rid of the original one we purchased a couple of years ago!
March 31, 2014
1 year ago
Small Size Large Capacity
Great access with its slide out shelves
April 24, 2014
1 year ago
Great Wine Cellar
excellent, prompt, helpful delivery team
December 12, 2013