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Avanti SWC1600M-1 Wine Cooler Review

A 16-Bottle Unit with Thermoelectric (Superconductor) Cooling Technology

This model is no longer manufactured but it is very similar to other 16-bottle wine fridges (see selection on the left hand side) by Avanti so read our review to find out about its strengths and weaknesses.

Features Overview

  • Capacity: 16 standard bottles (Bordeaux style, 750 ml)
  • Design: Cabinet color: black, Door: mirror finished with touch button digital controls and blue LED display, non-reversible
  • Cooling method: thermoelectric (also known as superconductor or Peltier) cooling with auto defrost
  • Number of zones: one
  • Built-in/Freestanding: freestanding only (ambient temperature: 72°F – 78°F/23°C – 26°C)

Temperature Control/Display:

  • Thermostat (Mechanical/Digital): adjustable digital thermostat
  • Temperature Range: 46°F – 65°F (8°C – 18°C),
  • Display: blue LED, can be set to indicate temperature either in Fahrenheit or Celsius.

Setting the Temperature

  • Press the POWER button for 3 seconds minimum to start your wine cellar.
  • Press the SET button before setting the temperature.
  • The wine chiller is equipped with an “automatic” control panel lock, that will activate 12 minutes after the last time a button has been touchedPress the UP and DOWN arrow buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds to unlock the control panel. You will hear a “BEEP” sound to alert you that the control is now active.
  • Use the UP and Down buttons to set the wine cooelr to the desired temperature.
  • After a power failure, control functions will be locked for up to 5 minutes. To reset, press the “ON” button and start operation as normal. After 5 minutes unit will automatically turn on and revert to the factory default setting.
  • When you store mostly red wines, the temperature needs to be set at between 14º – 18ºC (57º – 65ºF). The indicator marked “RED” will light up in GreenWhen you store mostly white wines, the temperature needs to be set at between 9º – 14ºC (49º – 58ºF). The indicator marked “WHITE” will light up in Green[/ezcol_3quarter_end]
  • Shelving: 4 pull-out chromed wire racks:
  • Interior Light: low-intensity LED lighting, You can turn the interior light ON or OFF by pushing the button marked with the “Light” symbol (after 10 minutes the lighting will automatically turn off).
  • Noise: no data
  • Electricity consumption (estimated): no data
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 21″ x 18.25″ x 20.25″)
  • Weight: 33 lbs.
  • Price range: $100 – $150 ($6.25 – $9.38 per bottle).
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor. Proof of original purchase date (receipt) is needed to obtain service under warranty.

Pros & Cons (based on consumer reviews)

Pros:

  • cheap
  • great size

Cons:

  • early failures, complete breakdowns (within a couple of months)
  • after power outage the control panel will be locked for 5 minues, then it returns to factory settings

Our Rating: 2 star

User Review

(by Bob Gautreaux)

After owning the wine chiller for 4 months it quit working. I called Avanti customer service and had to leave a voice mail.

After not receiving a response for several days I called again. This time I got a live person who transfered me to another extension where I had to leave a voice mail.

I have called 4 times over a period of about 2 weeks and have never received a return call.

My chiller would completely shut off, no lights or controls. After several hours it can on again, cooled down and they shut off. Pretty much worthless since the wine gets warm during the time it is off. I have never experienced a worse customer service.

Rating: one star (useless)

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