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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.
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hOmelabs Cooler Capacity and Cooling
Obviously, a cooler tagged as “18-bottle” will hold 18 bottles. This is true if you’re talking about standard size, 750 milliliter 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 model 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 in 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 temperature indicator so you can see the temp at a glance. You can set the 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 cooler shouldn’t be used where temps can rise above 80 degrees.
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 Wine Cooler Warranty
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.