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Vite Series 305 Bottle Single-Zone Wine Refrigerator - Black Door with Left Hinge: I purchased this unit to replace a Vintage Keeper 220 that was on its 3rd AC unit and finally spit apart at the base from moisture / condensation. This unit fits that space very well. It is noticeably taller and heavier than the old unit. I ended up fabricating a base plate for this unit to avoid floor damage on the Hardwood. I also shimmed and leveled the base plate to make the unit leveling easier. The Good: The unit runs fairly quiet after the compressor initially kicks on. It pulls the temperature down quickly. The design of shelving was geared towards maximizing bottle storage. The shelve adjust-ability is necessary unless you just collect normal thickness Bordeaux glass bottles. It has a nice modern look to it and the door feels more solid than my last cabinet. The shelves are solid and the tracks are ball bearing and sort of lock / snap back into their closed position albeit stiffly. The Bad: The feet on the unit are not easy at all to get access to due to the way the base frame is designed. It was easier for me to lever the front of the unit up and block it, then move the front feet while unloaded and set the unit down again. Once level i encountered problem two; the condenser coil that covers the entire rear of the unit was rattling against the rear panel when the compressor was running. It was extremely annoying. So save the little white foam squares from the shelve centers from shipping. These placed in several spots between the coil and the frame provides an excellent damping for that rattle. Also definitely use some form of strapping on the rear wall to lock this tall heavy unit down. Also there IS a plastic coating on the left and right panels from manufacturing that should be removed to reveal the actual nice black finish of the unit. The Wine Fridge: This unit is actually a fridge with its condenser coil covering the entire rear panel so the recommended 3" air space...
The wine cooler is quiet, attractive, sturdy and the racks roll smoothly. The 305 bottle capacity is based on standard Bordeaux size bottles, as clearly stated, so capacity goes down with champagne or burgundy shaped bottles. To partially accommodate those odd sizes, the racks can be moved up or down. Overall. for those who have a mix of bottles, probably 200 is a more realistic capacity. Still, it is well priced on a bottle/dollar basis and I'd buy it again. Caveat: this is a free standing unit and can't be used as a built in.