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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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Why did you choose this?
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need an economical solution
Aloysius L on May 8, 2016
Size and cost.
Richard S on May 2, 2016
need an economical solution
Aloysius L on May 8, 2016
Replacement needed for malfunctioning unit. Size is similar and have owned a WE unit before that worked well.
Loren P on May 6, 2016
Size and cost.
Richard S on May 2, 2016
was going to get the EuroCave Professional for $1,899 but said 12 - 16 weeks for delivery
Gary G on Apr 2, 2016
good value
james D on Mar 28, 2016
I have used your products in the past, and after moving to Arizona I need a larger unit (maybe 2) for my entire collection
TIM W on Mar 28, 2016
Dimensions, description, price......
Rodney G on Mar 11, 2016
Good value for the storage size
Robert B on Mar 9, 2016
I like the unit overall. Features are priced right compared to competition.
Christopher L on Feb 10, 2016
The 166 capacity for the price was a good buy. The video was also helpful.

John P. S on Feb 4, 2016
Perfect for my reds, I'm not into whites.
John P on Feb 4, 2016
Size and Price
Richard L on Jan 23, 2016
stephen b on Dec 30, 2015
We chose it because it offered the best storage capacity for the price. It also had many good reviews.
Donald D on Dec 27, 2015
The look, the size, the price, and the white glove delivery.
JOSEPH G on Dec 18, 2015
I picked this unit because it's the proper size for my needs, looks nice in black and I liked the idea of the recessed side handle. I felt it was also a good value from a trusted name.
John W on Dec 17, 2015
Great price for such a large cooler.
Rhett R on Dec 11, 2015
Jeffrey L on Nov 16, 2015
Good value for storing a fair amount of wine
Michael B on Nov 16, 2015
price and reviews
Robert C on Nov 15, 2015
Price and size
Charles S on Nov 13, 2015
Because of the price.
Scott Z on Oct 28, 2015
Looks beautiful and got great reviews
Mark C on Oct 21, 2015
Ralph P on Oct 14, 2015
Price and features. A good basic wine cooler
James C on Oct 12, 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
Replacement needed for malfunctioning unit. Size is similar and have owned a WE unit before that worked well.
Loren P on May 6, 2016
was going to get the EuroCave Professional for $1,899 but said 12 - 16 weeks for delivery
Gary G on Apr 2, 2016
Are there adjustable feet to level the unit?
Donald D on Dec 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: yes, the manual refers to front leveling feet, the manual is on wine Ent. Web site under the product you want. I don't know why they couldn't answer the question.
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.)
Is it suitable for the garage? Sr
Steve R on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't put this unit in a garage unless your garage is insulated and maintained at less than about 80 degrees. Current unit has worked well in my basement, which ranges from about 55 degrees to 80 degrees seasonally. But most of these freestanding units do not do well once temps exceed 80 degrees for any prolonged period of time, or under conditions with widely varying temps. Certainly designed for use at room temp, w/o rapid temperature fluctuations. If able to build an insulated room in the garage, with exterior A/C unit to keep room cooled to below about 75-80 degrees year round, then this sort of unit would likely function well (provided humidity is also maintained in room, to offset A/C unit effects). Of course, at that point it might be worth just building your own cellar in the garage, using a Breezeair unit internally and the A/C unit to cool to larger room within which the cellar is constructed.
How noisy is it?
Sarah B on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine is in the study right next to my bedroom probably 30ft from where my pillow is. I leave both doors open when I sleep. When running normally I can't hear the frig when I'm in the study on the computer 5ft away. The compressor will turn on I'm guessing for 5 minutes every 1 or 2 hours. I can hear that definitely in the study. Its a little more than a hum. I hunted everywhere making sure there wasn't a bottle rattling or a shelf touching something but it's definitely coming from inside the unit where I can't get to it. I can't hear the compressor in the bedroom though which is good.
Does the Classic maintain a constant temparutre through out or does the temparutre vary?
Dave257 on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Honestly, I've never placed an internal thermometer inside it.
Temperature eems to be fairly uniform....but if you open the door for any length of time the Digital temperature readout climbs quickly.
can you quantify the noise level from this wine cooler in dB?
Stuart A on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, the answer is no. I have mine in my (three car) garage, where I also have a woodworking shop, so noise is not an issue. It's in a large space and although it makes some noise (probably about as much as my 10+ year old GE refrigerator), I don't find it noticeable or bothersome. I think things might be different if I had it in the house, especially in a relatively small space or a space where I expected quiet..
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.
will the unit automatically restart after a power outage or do you have to do it manually?
Gary M on Apr 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not know this for certain, but I recently moved to a very remote area of the Napa Valley.
in the past 3 months we have had no less than 5 power outages. I keep this unit in the garage and never thought to check on it, but it has come back on and I have never had to turn it back on manually, so I believe it will come back on with the power.
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.
how long is the power plug?
Bryan C on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bryan, I am very happy with this product, which I keep in a garage with HVAC. I'm guessing, but the cord must be at least 4 feet because the receptacles in the garage are half way up the wall and I had no problem connecting. But again, just a guess. If necessary, couldn't you use a three-prong extension cord?
The cellar promo pictures shows 102 bottles through the door, but description says 166 regular size bottles. What does yours hold?
faye s on Jan 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bottles nest from the back facing forward and from the front facing toward the rear. Every advertisement shows the cork end of the bottle, they should be shown bottom toward the door
Can this freestanding unit be pushed flush (not squashed, just flush) with a rear wall, or do you have to leave free space behind the bars at the back where the coolant circulates?
Joan W on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The unit can be placed against the wall. The coils on the back create enough space for it to work without needing additional space to do its job. I have it flush against a garage wall and have for almost two years. It works great.
The lock function is for the control panel only? Can a lock be added to door to secure the wine?
Ann R on Feb 20, 2016
The lock is for the control panel only on this model. We do not offer a lock that can be added on.
If you want a lock i recommend looking at our Classic 166 Dual Zone cellar.

Thank you.
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.
my detached garage has a closet. can I place this in there without any issues?
jkalina on Dec 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Classic 166 should be placed in a conditioned space where temperature never exceeds 77 degrees.
Where is the filter on the back: as you look at the front of the unit, is it centered, or more to the right or left? Is the filter removable?
Lawrence F on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Lawrence,
There is no filter to replace on this cellar.
Thank you.
Hi - I'm moving condos and need to move the unit. Can it be shipped on it's side in transport?
NXL16 on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This should be moved in a full upright position . When it is placed in the new area , let it rest for 48 hours before turning it on .
Are the shelves on this unit interchangeable with the shelves on the 166-bottle dual zone unit?
kchen on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The shelves on this model are not interchangeable with the Classic dual temp or other models.
How much does it weigh?
Kenyakid on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's pretty heavy - required two guys to lift in getting it off the truck. 100-150lbs?
Customer Reviews

3.7 / 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
over 2 years 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
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
over 2 years ago
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
over 2 years 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 3 years ago
First wine cellar
I have only had my wine cellar a few weeks but I am very happy so far. The delivery was easy enough and the cellar has performed fine so far. It has kept a constant temperature and is simple to load and unload.
January 4, 2016
5 months 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
over 2 years ago
Small Size Large Capacity
Great access with its slide out shelves
April 24, 2014
over 2 years ago