May 8, 2021

Avanti Wine Cooler Reviews

In this post, we share our Favorite and...NOT so Favorite Avanti Wine Coolers...

With more than 7000 retail partners in North, Central and South America, Avanti is a serious contender in the consumer appliance space. It is a leading manufacturer of refrigerators, wine coolers, water dispensers, freezers, microwave ovens etc.

Avanti was founded over 45 years ago and is also quite popular with hotel chains throughout the Americas. Let us review some of the most popular and not-so-popular Avanti wine coolers in the US.

Even though the first few models in our list have a lot going for them, some of the latter ones are not up to the mark, either in terms of performance or customer satisfaction. But don’t worry, we’ve mentioned fabulous alternatives wherever needed!

​Avanti Wine Cooler Reviews

Let's get started!

​1) Avanti WCF281E3SS 28 Bottle:

 Avanti WCF281E3SS 28 Bottle Designer Series Wine Chiller with Seamless Door

This Avanti wine cooler looks quite smart and is suitable for stand-alone or built-in installation.

We Like:

  • Temperature range of 40 to 68 F
  • Stylish seamless stainless steel door
  • Roll-out vinyl coated shelves with wooden stops
  • Soft touch electronic controls with display
  • ON/OFF LED interior lighting
  • ADA compliant

We Dislike:

  • Lack of dual zone cooling
  • A little pricey for what it offers

​The Avanti WCF281E3SS 28 Bottle is a decent wine cooler but it’s a little expensive considering that there are no separate cooling zones for red and white wine.

​2) Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler:

Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler - Model EWC1201

This is one of the best selling entry level wine coolers in the US. It is not fancy but it does the job without a fuss. While this model may not be suitable for serious collectors, it works quite well as your first wine chiller or as a counter-top addition to a bigger wine cellar.

We Like:

  • Can hold 12 bottles in all. 4 in the vertical position, 8 in the horizontal. Vertical space works well for open bottles.
  • Thermoelectric cooling is environmentally safe, no vibrations, no noise. Does not disturb the bottle sediment of wine.
  • Price is very affordable. The unit makes for a very good gift.
  • Black cabinet with platinum accents. Curved glass door for a contemporary look.
  • Soft touch digital display and mellow interior lighting.

We Don’t Like:

  • Doesn’t work under the counter. Needs a good amount of ‘breathing’ room or else it doesn’t cool effectively.
  • No dual zone cooling for red and white wine.
  • The Avanti 12 bottle thermoelectric wine cooler is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but at this price, nobody’s really complaining.

3) Avanti WCP13IS Wine Chiller:

Avanti WCP13IS Wine Chiller, 18", Platinum

This is more than just a wine chiller, it’s also a wine dispenser and wine preserving unit. The preserving and dispensing is via an argon gas cylinder.

We Like:

  • Novelty factor associated with dispensing a pre-measured quantity of wine.
  • Holds 13 bottles, which is not too bad considering it can preserve and dispense too
  • Thermoelectric coolings = next to no noise and vibrations
  • Temperature range of 45 to 64 F.
  • Temperature read out in Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Attractive platinum finish

We don’t like:

  • Argon cartridges are not easily available and expensive
  • This is a nice show piece but it feels a little gimmicky and not entirely practical.

4) Avanti WCV38DZ Dual Zone:

Avanti Avanti WCV38DZ

This ADA compliant side-by-side dual zone chiller looks good on paper. But does it really fare well in the real world?

We Like:

  • French door design is very practical and clever
  • Each door is for a separate zone with individual soft touch temperature controls with automatic locks to prevent accidental changes in settings. Store white/red wine at the ideal temperature
  • 40 to 65 F temperature range
  • Glass door with durable stainless steel frame and handles
  • Slide-out wire shelves are vinyl coated
  • 19 bottles in each zone. 38 bottles total

We dislike:

  • Compressor cooling – a tad noisier than thermoelectric wine coolers.

All in all, the  Avanti WCV38DZ Dual Zone seems okay but it is expensive and the customer satisfaction score is not great at all. Hence, this model is not a ‘safe’ bet.

Our Recommendation: We recommend the​ Aobosi 15'' Wine Cooler​ in it's place.
​It holds ​28 Bottles​ and happens to be one of our top choices for dual zone wine ​Coolers!

5) Avanti WBV19DZ Side by Side Dual Zone:

Avanti WBV19DZ Side by Side Dual Zone Wine/Beverage Cooler

​This model serves as a wine fridge as well as a beverage cooler. As you may know, wine is served at a higher temperature than other beverages such as soft drinks and beer. Hence, there are two zones – the one on the left is for wine and holds 19 bottles while the other one is for beverages.

We like:

  • Smart and pragmatic French door design
  • Wine cooler has a temperature range of 40 to 65 F
  • Beverage cooler has a temperature range of 39 to 55 F
  • Slide-out wire shelves with vinyl coating
  • glass door with durable stainless steel frame and handles
  • Top mounted control with automatic lock
  • ON/OFF lighting switch for each zone

We Dislike:

  • Expensive
  • Performance issues

This model is really clever and everything makes perfect sense theoretically. However, many customers have reported performance and quality problems – these don’t do justice to its 4 digit price tag. Hence, we recommend skipping this one. ​

Our Recommendation: We recommend the​ NutriChef ​18 Bottle Dual Zone ​Wine Cooler in it's place.

​It holds ​18 Bottles​ and happens to be one of our top choices for dual zone wine ​Coolers!

6) Avanti WCR506SS 50 Bottle:


This unit is just 2 feet wide and yet stores 50 bottles with ease. It even has space to store larger burgundy bottles. So does all this make it a good buy then?

We Like:

Reversible double pane tempered glass door with stainless steel handle

  • 40 to 65 F
  • ADA compliant
  • Security lock with key

We dislike:

  • No dual zone cooling
  • Some basic assembly required – this can be frustrating
  • Too many complaints by existing customers

Even if we were to ignore the performance issues, it is hard to ignore the lack of dual zone cooling. If you have 50 bottles, some of them are going to be red and the others – white. So lack of dual zone cooling is a little hard to forgive, especially at this price.

Our Recommendation: We would like to recommend the ​Aobosi 24'' Dual Zone Wine ​46 Bottle Wine Cooler instead as it’s also ONE OF the best dual zone wine fridge in our humble opinion. 

7) Avanti EWC18N2PD Wine Cooler:

 Avanti EWC18N2PD Wine Cooler, 36 lbs, Black

This one seems to tick all the right boxes. Has dual zone cooling, just the right amount of space and is quite a looker too. Read on to find out more.

We Like:

  • Dual zone cooling
  • 18 bottle capacity – neither too little nor too much
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Thermoelectric cooling – no vibrations and next to no sound
  • Very well priced for what it offers

We Dislike:

  • Too many customer complaints
  • Fans keep malfunctioning frequently

Our Recommendation: Unfortunately, this is not a very reliable model. Hence, we suggest going for the ​NutriChef ​18 Bottle Dual Zone ​Wine Cooler in it's place. ​Like the Avanti, It holds ​18 Bottles​ and happens to be one of our top choices for dual zone wine ​Coolers!

Hopefully, you enjoyed going through the AVANTI wine cooler reviews. We have tons of reviews on other top ​wine coolers & fridges as well, such as Vinotemp, Edgestar, NewAir, Danby etc. Feel free to check out those too!

Enjoy wine responsibly 🙂

About the author 

Karina Kahale

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After years of travel, exploration, and education, I founded Underground Wine Merchants in 2019.

Currently, I work as a sommelier at a fine dining restaurant here in Hawaii. I pursued my education at the prestigious ICE Sommelier Institute in Los Angeles, which has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to excel in my profession.

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