Best Cooler for a Small Wine Bottle Collection: Magic Chef MCWC6B

Magic Chef 6 Bottle Wine Cooler
Magic Chef MCWC6B Wine Cooler

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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.

If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of this wine cooler at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the link just below.

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.

Magic Chef MCWC6B open
Magic Chef Wine Cooler with open glass door

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.

Get your Magic Chef 6 Bottle Wine Cooler at Amazon today.

hOmelabs Wine Cooler: 18-Bottle Model Keeps Plenty of Wine Chilled

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hOmelabs HME030222N Cooler

First, for those not familiar with the hOme brand, that’s not a typo in the headline or earlier in this sentence. The hOmelabs and hOme labels are always stylized that way, both by the company and by others. So the hOmelabs 18-bottle wine cooler is the product we’ll look at here.

You’ll see that this model has many of the same features as other brands do, so the main difference may be in the warranty, of all places.

If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of this hOmelabs wine cooler at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the link just below.

hOmelabs Cooler Capacity and Cooling

Obviously, a wine fridge tagged as “18-bottle” will hold 18 bottles of wine. This is true if you’re talking about standard size, 750 milliliter wine bottles. So just as obviously, if you change the size of those bottles, you’ll fit either more or fewer bottles in the racks.

Speaking of the racks, this HME030222N wine cooler has fairly sturdy slide-out racks so you can easily access that favorite bottle you’ve been hiding in the back. The racks are made of polished chrome and should be easy enough (as easy as racks can be) to clean, should your bottles drip onto them.

Holding everything inside this wine cooler is a glass door with a magnetic seal. If you don’t hold it open too long, it should easily maintain the temperature that you set using the controls. Those controls work with an LCD digital temperature indicator so you can see the temp at a glance. You can set the cooling system temperature from 54 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

The unit should be able to maintain your desired setting as long as you place this freestanding model in a dry, ventilated room, keeping it away from direct sunlight and other heat sources. The wine cooler shouldn’t be used where temps can rise above 80 degrees.

hOmelabs 18-bottle wine cooler control panel
Easy to use digital control panel

Since it only goes down to 54 degrees, this machine is not considered suitable for champagnes and sparkling wines (or for beer, for that matter). Note that hOmelabs does not make this model available for sale in California either.

hOmelabs Wine Cooler Setup and Other Features

When you first install (that is, plug in) this cooler, you should let it run for an hour before placing any bottles inside. Then, set the temperature using the controls to a setting appropriate for the type of wine in your bottles. After an hour or two, the unit should start to maintain the temp you want.

There is a light switch that you’ll most often want to use at night, but depending on the location of the cooler, you might find it handy even during the day.

As mentioned earlier, this is a free-standing unit. It measures 14 inches by just over 20 inches by 25 ½ inches. You’ll need to allow space for plugging in and ventilation as well.

hOmelabs Warranty for Wine Coolers and More

Now to that (possibly) deciding factor, the warranty. Current owners have mentioned that this is one of the main reasons they decided to buy this wine cooler over those from other manufacturers.

I’ll quote the warranty from hOme in part.

“hOme offers a limited two-year warranty on all of our products purchased new and unused from hOme Technologies, LLC or an authorized reseller, with an original proof of purchase and where a defect has arisen, wholly or substantially, as a result of faulty manufacture, parts or workmanship during the warranty period. The warranty does not apply where damage is caused by other factors, including but without limitation: (a) normal wear and tear; (b) abuse, mishandling, accident, or failure to follow operating instructions; (c) exposure to liquid or infiltration of foreign particles; (d) servicing or modifications of the product other than by hOme; (e) commercial or non-household use.”

So far, so good. Here’s a bit more.

“The hOme warranty covers all costs related to restoring the proven defective product through repair or replacement of any defective part and necessary labor so that it conforms to its original specifications.”

Note: “all costs”. That’s pretty cool (no pun intended). As long as you have a receipt and didn’t mangle the cooler yourself, you’re basically covered completely.

Verdict on the hOmelabs Wine Cooler

As I hinted at above, many current owners of this wine cooling machine are extremely satisfied with the unit itself, its size, its ability to maintain a temperature setting, and that warranty.

I think you will be just as pleased when you get yours.

But if you want another option, check out these wine chillers too.

Get your own hOmelabs 18-Bottle Wine Cooler at Amazon today!

12 Days of Cool Deals

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You can get some cool items in the “12 Days of Deals” at Amazon. Some of them are for cooling like those you’ll find here at Chilly Blue, but others are for heating or spicing things up.

One of the cooler ones to check out is this Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller.

If that’s not what you’re looking for just now, there’s sure to be something else you’ll like nearby. Why not head over there now?

See what you like in the 12 Days of Deals.

3 Best Selling Wine Chillers: Igloo or NutriChef?

NutriChef Wine Chiller
NutriChef Wine Chiller

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Products that are popular at Amazon tend to be pretty good quality items or they wouldn’t be classed as popular or best sellers. The three best selling wine chillers at Amazon are currently coolers made by Igloo and NutriChef. I’ll take a look at each of these and tell you how they compare to each other in the review below.

Igloo (which some spell “iGloo” for some reason) is a well-known brand. NutriChef, which is actually a Pyle Audio brand is generally lesser known. (Pyle Audio produces all kinds of products besides audio equipment.) Continue reading “3 Best Selling Wine Chillers: Igloo or NutriChef?”