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So you’ve discovered you like several flavors of wine, and now you need some place to store the bottles. You don’t want to stand them up in your refrigerator, and you don’t (yet) have a full-blown collection that requires rows and rows of racks. The solution to your problem is one of the best beverage coolers in the market – the Magic Chef 6-Bottle Wine Cooler.
In this article, I’ll show you the features and specifications of the Magic Chef MCWC6B so you’ll have a good idea as to why this is the best chiller / cooler for a small wine bottle collection like yours.
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The Magic Chef MCWC6B Is a Countertop Model
Since this Magic Chef wine cooler can hold just 6 standard size bottles (fewer, if you remove one or both shelves and insert larger bottles), it should be considered a countertop cooler. It’s not made to sit on the floor or underneath a counter.
As such, you should have no problems giving it the recommended 5 inches of clearance on all sides, so that it can maintain its temperature setting as well as possible.
To keep your wine cool, this unit uses thermoelectric technology. There are no moving parts, like a fan, inside, so it should be much quieter than larger coolers.
According to the user manual…
“There is no compressor inside this unit. The cooling system is called a Peltier System.”
Peltier is really just the formal term for thermoelectric. Here’s what’s going on in such a cooler, according to Wikipedia.
“The device has two sides [in this case, an inside and an outside], and when a DC electric current flows through the device, it brings heat from one side to the other, so that one side gets cooler while the other gets hotter. The “hot” side is attached to a heat sink so that it remains at ambient temperature, while the cool side goes below room temperature.”
Again, according to the user manual…
“The actual cabinet temperature in thermal electric units is dependent on the ambient room temperature. Thus, the unit may not reach the desired preset temperature. For example, when the ambient temperature is 77°F, the lowest cabinet temperature thatthe wine cooler can reach is approximately 50°F. When the ambient temperature is 82°F, the cabinet temperature can reach approximately 55°F.”
“The interior temperature can be set between 46°F (8°C) and 66°F (18°C) only at the room temperature of 77°F (25°C).”
The upshot of all this is that, if you want your red wines and your white wines to be as cool as possible, turn the temperature dial (located inside at the top right corner) down all the way and keep the cooler in a cool room and away from sources of heat.
As you might expect, this is a single-zone cooler. You can’t have different temperature settings for different areas inside. After all, it only holds 6 bottles. There simply isn’t room for varying temps.
There is a soft blue LED light inside that is controlled by an internal switch. If you turn this light on, it stays on when the glass door is closed. If you want it turned off, you have to flip the switch again.
Magic Chef MCWC6B Specs and Warranty
I interpret the model number this way. The MC means Magic Chef. The WC means Wine Cooler. The 6 means it can hold 6 bottles. And the B stands for Black. Simple enough. Now you should be able to translate similar Magic Chef models on the fly.
The MCWC6B has leveling legs that you can adjust in case your countertop isn’t perfectly flat. Most of the time you should be able to just keep these turn in all the way.
The door handle is recessed, so it shouldn’t get in the way of other items on the countertop nearby. Note that there is no lock on this door, so you’ll have to monitor who has access to it as needed.
The outer dimensions of the unit are 15 inches in height, 10.9 inches in width, and 20.1 inches in depth. The inside measures about 11 inches by 7.75 inches by 12.5 inches. However, you need to remember that there is a control box that takes up about a 3 inch cubed space in there at the upper, right front.
The cooler weighs just under 20 pounds, so you should be able to lift it and move it around (while empty) with a fair amount of ease.
The warranty is for one year on both parts and labor. The usual caveats apply here. Since it has no moving parts, there isn’t likely to be a time when you need to invoke this warranty.
Conclusions about the Magic Chef MCWC6B Cooler
If you normally have six, or fewer, bottles of wine in your home that need chilling, this is the perfect small appliance for you. It shouldn’t cause problems; it doesn’t weigh much; and it doesn’t take up much space. It frees up space in your refrigerator and stores wine bottles horizontally as they should be.