This is a great wine cooler! I have had mine for a few months now. It looks great, the LED lights are lovely and the slide-out wood shelves are a great feature. It’s very sturdy and the dual zone temperature control works great! I wouldn’t pay over $400 though. Nebraska Furniture Mart has it for $379 so that’s where I ordered it from and I’m very happy.
After reading all of the reviews I was a bit concerned about the noise level of this product. Now that I have been using it for a month or so I am happy to say that it isn’t very noisy at all. I have it sitting in my dining area which is part of my living area that I watch TV. The noise level is hardly noticeable. The unit itself is sturdy (90+ lbs.). Temperature adjustment is easy enough. Since I have a lonely bottle of wine in it I am looking forward to filling it with the batch of dewberry wine my son and will soon be bottling……
We purchased this cooler a couple days ago at our local Sam’s Club, paid $299 plus tax. We have researched it on the the various websites including Amazon, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Cooler Direct, etc. Some of the complaints were: noise, size and sturdiness, so I will address all three here.
Noise: it’s not noisy at all. I actually had to hold my ear directly to it to hear some faint sound. When you open the door, you can hear it more, but still it’s not loud.
Size: It can nicely fit 30 regular 750 ml bottles, 5 per shelf. You can also alternate direction of the bottles, this way you can fit 6 regular bottles per shelf. With alternating directions of the Riesling type bottles, you can fit 7 bottles per shelf (I played some different scenarios, too much free time lol). The bottom shelf will not fit long bottles (Riesling type), only regular size, and you can’t alternate directions. The top shelf is a little bigger than the rest, it can fit 4-5 Champagne or 1.5 liter wine bottles. So here is the bottom line on the max capacity: you can fit 35 Riesling bottles plus 5 regular bottles on the bottom shelf for the total of 40 bottles, that is if you are REALLY into Riesling. Or if you are storing only regular size wine bottles, you can fit 35 of them (5 shelves of 6 bottles, and 5 bottles in the bottom).
Sturdiness: the cabinet itself looks and feels nice and sturdy, the shelves feel a little flimsy, but they do the job.
Overall it’s a great little cooler, especially for the price I paid. I recommend before buying it online, check your local wholesale clubs (Sam’s, BJ’s, Costco). It’s a seasonal item, usually sold in the spring/early summer.
After much research we decided on this product. We had a few issues with the shipment of the product however Danby went above and beyond to guarantee our satisfaction. The unit is quiet and fits great in our kitchen. I would recommend. Fits our Pinot bottles nicely.
On the plus side: Temperature controls are inside the cooler behind the door so toddlers can’t mess with them. It stores long Reisling bottles and 750 ml bottles on the top shelf. On the minus side: It’s very loud. I have it in my dining room. My room is carpeted and the door rubs the carpet. The shelves aren’t tall enough. It’s difficult to store anything but narrow bottles unless a shelf is removed so that cuts down on the quantity of bottles it stores. Forget the Pinot Noirs. I needed to change the door to open to the left. Parts broke. Customer Service has a 5 day business day lag and then they told me to go to a hardware store for replacement parts. It’s brand new with an extended warranty. What’s up with that!?! I switched the door, and now the ‘Danby’ emblem is upside down.
I received the cooler today. The motor is quite and cooled very quickly. There is a small flange just below the door that is very fragile and was bent during moving in my home using a furniture dolly. This prevented the door from closing but it was easily bent back in to place and the door shut as designed, manufacture should consider a redesign. I gave the cooler a 3 stars because I have only had it a day. I will continue to update my post. My last wine fridge lasted only 1 year before it died (for the record it was a different brand). So I’m very apprehensive about the longevity of the cooler.
First fridge didn’t work. Still waiting on the replacement to arrive. Will update then. I like the fridge lay out, size, shelving, everything is great, exept it didn’t work. Amazon and Danby where very helpful in getting a replacement sent. Had the replacement fridge about a week. Love Love Love this refrigerator. It fits in a 24 inch opening, and the doors were easy to reverse. It has clever door holders that can hold a two liter of pop, large side condiments, and adjustable shelves in the fridge. In the freezer, it has one shelf, non adjustable, and two narrow shelves on the door, which work out great. It has a separate control for the top and the bottom, which I like too. Legs adjusted easily to the floor, it was just perfect for my 5th Wheel. Could not be happier.
Refrigerator arrived in excellent condition and the packaging was unbelievably thorough. The refrigerator was as advertised and arrived and was delivered as advertised. I am very happy with the purchase. HQ
I have had it for several days and It will not cool to below 41 degrees. I’ve tried everything … including customer service and “troubleshooting” through “Danby” with no luck. I do not want a replacement and, unfortunately, physical limitations and demographics prevent me from shipping it back. I’ll have eat the cost.
Very hard to see inside the fridge area as the freezer takes up a lot of height. You have to bend all the way over and stick your head right in to see anything, and then if not careful, you will hit your head on the freezer door when done. (My head hurts, sigh) The energy saving lights are too dark to read labels and can’t seem to change them to be brighter. otherwise, holds lots of stuff, and is quiet, but overall, I’d have gotten something else if I had a choice.
Super nice fridge, installed it in our camping trailer. Cooler good, look forward to years of usage out of this one. Finish is real nice and matches our stainless steel appliances in the camper. Good buy as far as we are concerned
I love all the Danby refrigerators and freezers. I currently have four running just as well as when I bought them years ago or more recently. I would never by the junk fancy feature stuff that fall apart when you touch them. These are sturdy. I have a dorm refrg/freezer, a regular no freezer 11 cu feet refrg, a 5 cu foot freezer, and and the 7 cu foot frig/freezer (last one for my cabin) I have my eyes on the 30″ only refrigerator with no freezer, but I really don’t need one. Sigh
Size and space perfect for a second refrigerator. The ice tray that was included and listed on content list was tiny and impractical for intended use. I find that it is difficult to see into the fridge without bending down. Next time, I will consider the freezer on the bottom model.
Last night a bottle fell from the top shelf and hit the glass top of the vegetable bin. The glass shattered into hundreds of tiny pieces. I have never had that happen in a refrigerator before. This happened at 1 in the morning. Luckily the glass top was safety glass but it shouldn’t have been made of glass in the first place. This refrigerator is also way too small even for a couple, let alone a family and it doesn’t auto defrost– freezer gets full of ice.
I received this refrigerator today, and it was damaged during shipment. Even though it’s a very small refrigerator (1.7 cubic feet), it was shipped only it its product box that has very little protection due to thin styrofoam in some areas and none in others. After waiting at least two hours as noted in the manual, I plugged it in and it seems to be cooling correctly. Since the estimated shipping time on a replacement is one to three months, I am keeping this one if it works correctly.
I bought this because of the very good reputation of Danby products, and this is the only current all-refrigerator model of this size on Danby’s website now. It’s definitely not a good sign that the only other review for this new model on Amazon currently also described damage. I hope this works as well as previous models.
I’ll update this review if I find that the refrigerator doesn’t work well initially, due to damage or otherwise, and will likely also update it after having used it for a few months if it does work correctly.
Extremely nice compact fridge came double boxed no scratches or dents plugged it in So Silent you can’t even hear it keeps things extremely cold one downfall is the reversible door is a little difficult to master at least for me but I got it down pat besides that lots of room inside I love the soda can
Great little refrigerator. We needed a place to store cans of soda and bottled water for all the kids and grandkids. It is quiet and keeps everything cold at a pretty low setting. I would buy it again.
This is for the 3.3 Fridge Only no Freezer. I have this for only a couple of days. I got it for my bedroom, it’s slim fit, sturdy & you can store more then you think. I bought this for beverages. (Large Juices & Soda) You can hear a quiet sound if you try but it’s easily forgotten. The bottom is colder then the top, it actually froze my water bottles.
Very Happy with this purchase, This replaced another one that bit the dust. I have this outside in FL under a large awning by pool and it keeps everything including storage in door ice cold at half setting. It is kept high and dry but outside in heat. No freezer and plenty storage with adjustable glass shelves which is decent for bottle and can storage. Shipped fast and I was impressed with packaging albiet lots of packaging trash but well done!
it is spacious and look modern. I can fit half gallon milk, 6 cans of sodas, a dozen eggs just on the side door of the fridge. It can fit much more as long as you know how to arrange things properly. My only real complaint is that it can get kinda loud sometimes when the compressor is running. I’m still getting used to the loud “clicky sound”. It even woke me in the middle of the night. Good thing that it only lasts a for short while. After that, it would run very quietly. Overall, I’m still satisfied with this purchase.
This little fridge is perfect……arrived in perfect order, cools well and holds a lot of water/soft drinks…which is what I wanted. Very hard to find an all refrigerator mini fridge in black with a light….I’m very glad I ordered this product as it is exactly what I wanted!! AND it was packaged very well…a box inside a box and 2 layers of styrofoam…no dents! It feels very well made and I love the no smudge door.
The only reason I bought this fridge is because I moved into a place with an alcove that will only fit this (uncommon) size. Only Danby, Magic Chef, and I believe one other company make this particular size. Anyway, the freezer has to be manually defrosted. Yes, this is 2015, and I am manually defrosting my freezer. But wait, it gets better. The fridge’s temperature is annoying labile. And if you put anything towards the back of the fridge, it will freeze. In fact, there is a thin layer of frost there, even when the temp in the front of the fridge is at the high end of the acceptable range. This thing is solidly OK because I don’t have much of an alternative, but if I ever remodel my kitchen, this thing will get the boot.
Yup, agree with Lexis. The reasons I got from the mfr (Danby) is that they believe the extra cost would depress sales. What nonesense! I am already paying a huge premium for the compactness – how difficult can it be to make it frost free, especially when the 9.9 CF model offers that. Ridiculous.
Perfect for me… the cost is great, the size ideal for an apartment nook, and it rolls easily. It doesn’t have extras like self-defrosting or automatic ice… but if you don’t need that, this is a wonderful fridge for limited space.
For those of you who are conflicted and confused about what the distinctions are between a “wine cooler” and a “wine cellar”, let this reviewer be clear about this Danby model: it is a mini refrigerator that has a tinted glass door instead of a solid door, and a black interior instead of a white interior, and has wire racks spaced to accommodate wine bottles instead of groceries. Other than those styling differences I am sure that it is made on the same factory line as Danby’s mini fridges, has the same mechanical guts and thermostat, and is otherwise not in any way made especially for wine. It’s a mini refrigerator styled to make you feel good about putting your wine in a “wine cooler” instead of a refrigerator.
That is not a bad thing, in itself. But don’t expect too much beyond that. Many people feel that the ideal temp for wine storage is about 55F. I was able to get the Danby to maintain a roughly stable temp of 55F with the temp dial turned to barely a fraction above OFF. With the thermostat turned higher (stronger) it is likely that the unit would achieve a temp much like a regular fridge, of about 40F. Several reviewers have noted that their units ran “cold”. One thing I did notice, using a digital thermometer, was that there was about a six to seven (6-7) degree difference between the top rack and bottom rack of the unit. If it was 55F on the top rack then it was 49F or even a little colder on the lower racks. Someone thinking about paying a premium price for a cooler model advertised as “dual zone” might want to contemplate this. It may be that wine coolers of this type are “dual zone” by nature, no need to stress and worry and pay extra for this “feature”.
I did a bit of research before deciding to purchase the Danby. The price was right and reviews of other makes tended to say things like “stopped working after n months”. Also, the thermoelectric technology on many of the other makes doesn’t seem to be able to keep things cool if the temperature reaches above 85 or 90, which is quite easy to achieve in NY during the summer. The Danby has an old tech compressor which is time tested and should be reliable for years. The major problem is vibration. When it’s running the thing vibrates the wine bottles excessively. This is bad for long term evolution of wine. But, if you have bottles for long term this thing is way too small to begin with. My long term stuff is in a wine storage facility. The other problem is the temperature control. Wine shoud be stored at 53-55deg. At the very, very lowest setting (knob turned to just above where it turns off) it varies between 49-53deg, as tested by a Taylor 1458 wireless temp/humidity gauge. A little too low but acceptable for short term, at least it’s not too high which will ruin wine faster than anything. Humidity is also diffcult to maintain and is too low (30-40%) even with a bowl of water and wet paper towel. These faults make it useless for long term storage of wine (several years), but for short term (months) it should be fine.
Arrived on time. Works as advertised. Great value. It is not perfectly quite, but not loud either. This is not the cooler for you if you are looking for precise temp control given the analog temp control on the back. It would be nice if the light control were on the outside. Given the price, these are small complaints.
UPDATE: After a year I noticed it would stop cooling from time to time. I would move the temp adjust knob around and it would start working again. Had to have the module replaced that has the temp adjust knob. Everything was handled under warranty by a local service company. Been working great ever since. Knocking it down from 5 to 4 stars. Overall still very satisfied.
This isn’t even worth it for a basic collector. There isn’t a temperature display, but the large problem here is that the temperature control switch offers NO range at all. You could for example set it to highest or lowest settings and get no difference AT All in actual temperature. Not only that but the temperature is too cold for red wine to be properly stored. I hate to be a perfectionist here but hey, isn’t that why we buy these things in the first place? I’ve spoken with other former owners of this hassle of a cooler and heard the same review. The best part was when I called to tell Danby of the problem customer service told me the problem was an isolated problem they’ve never had before and that the temperature should be able to be adjusted. SO I sent back and received another, then another. None of them ever got warmer (or colder) than 45 degrees and I have sent it back a final time. KEEP SHOPPING AROUND!
The Danby DKC5811BSL 5.8 cu ft kegerator is a very good unit for the price. Plus it is American made! That is not the case for the majority of inexpensive kegerators out there. That being said, since this is an inexpensive model there is good and bad. First let’s go with the good: A 5lb aluminum CO2 tank, dual gage regulator showing tank pressure and beer line pressure, enough room to hold two 1/6 kegs without a problem, no problems holding temperature of the keg at 36 degrees, externally mounted CO2 tank to extend the refill time of your CO2, includes a good D type coupler to connect the keg, it looks good. Now for the bad: This is a cold plate refrigerator, so the temperature is constantly fluctuating and a circulation fan is needed (I used a 120mm computer fan with 4 screws to hold up off of bottom and an old 6v cell phone charger to power with the line run through the same hole as CO2 line), Some type of tower cooler is needed otherwise your first beer poured will be foam if sitting unused for a while (I used an old 3 inch computer fan I mounted to a box that I laid in the bottom of kegerator with hose going up into tower), beer line is only 5ft long…which is not a problem for most beers but light beers requiring higher pressures (greater than say 12psi) may cause foam because of speed of flow…a longer beer line would solve that, the pressure CO2 line comes with plastic clamps…need to replace with metal to ensure no CO2 leaks, the 17 inch or oversized coors/miller kegs do not fit (kegerator is only 16 inches deep). Besides a couple of these small modifications needed it is a very good kegerator!
We bought one of these refrigerator/freezers for our basement bar area.
- attractive. Its enameled gloss black steel on the outside with stainless steel [look] doors; inside is white. Danbys web site says this about the door material: Spotless steel finish – looks identical to real stainless steel but without the smudging
- Energy Star rated (uses 20% less electricity than most units)
- The two thermostatic controls are in the refrigerator section against the back wall, out of the way.
- Frost free.
- Set to 3/4 of maximum cold, the freezer gets down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. We couldnt test how cold it would get on maximum since none of our thermometers read lower than 20 below. We leave it at about 5 below.
- These units work by directly cooling the freezer at the thermostat setting, and then circulating just enough freezer air through the refrigerator section to maintain its thermostatic setting.
- Reasonably designed storage areas. Milk, orange juice, soda cans, etc., all seem to have their place. Gallon jugs even fit in the refrigerator door.
- One of the very few small unit designs with the refrigerator section on top. That was important to us.
- We bought ours with an extended warranty from the Sears web site and picked it up in our SUV (to avoid a delivery charge) from the local Sears store. Locally purchased refrigerators are MUCH easer to return if they arrive defective or damaged.
- The two plastic slide-in vegetable crispers in the refrigerator section are cheaply constructed and should have been larger to fully use their allotted space.
We loved this refrigerator for its size and reliability… until after 9 months. A loud motor noise began ruining our lives. When you open the door, the motor turns off – the noise comes back after you close the door. The noise was coming from behind the bottom freezer. Not sure if it’s the fan or compressor. We tried defrosting and taking the plug out and back in to reboot… but no luck… the noise returns. It sounded like a gas-powered lawn mower inside the house and not the usual refrigerator muffled buzz. It’s so loud you need to raise your voice and talk over it. The refrigerator still works but it’s the loud noise that is driving us crazy.
We called Danby customer service and they were responsive. Unfortunately, all their “service depots” that were nearby us were in Canada. None of them would cross the border even if one was located 15 miles away. Danby contacted some refrigeration repair places and none of them would service this refrigerator either due to our location or they only repaired specific brands.
Danby customer service said they would see about some other options and will call me back. I will update this review.
Purchased this model in Nov. 2011 from another online retailer. Still going strong in my Arizona den which is kept air conditioned at about 80 degrees in summer. The main reason for purchasing this unit was because the width and depth perfectly fit an opening I had in my den. It was intended to be a beer fridge and provide extra freezer space to replace freezer space lost when we went from a top freezer kitchen fridge, to a bottom freezer unit during a kitchen remodel. I wanted a bottom freezer in this unit to make getting beers out of the fridge easier and since the freezer was for occasional use items only. There are two adjustable and one fixed glass shelf in the fridge section, one white plastic coated wire rack shelf (not adjustable, but removable) and a white plastic coated slide out wire basket in the freezer compartment. There are no front handles. There are built in (indented) handles at the top of each door.
Interior dimensions (inches): Top shelf area of freezer (usable): 18Wx13Dx7H Bottom basket area of freezer (interior basket usable): 16.5Wx10Dx12.5H Two Crisper drawers in fridge (each drawer, usable space): 8.5Wx12Dx6.5H Rest of fridge divided by two removable, adjustable 2″ increments: 18.5Wx14Dx22H Fridge door shelf (bottom gallon jug usable): 15.5Wx11Dx6.5D Two fixed door shelves above bottom door shelf (usable): Middle – 10Wx4Dx13H, Top – 9.5Wx3.75Dx4H Door soda can holder: fits six 12oz cans
Exterior dimensions are as advertised in the Amazon Product Information section. The doors need about an extra 3/4″ – 1″ clearance to open to 90 degrees.
Likes: + Perfect size for my application. + LED light in top section. + Glass shelves. + Frost free.
I have owned this frig for over 10 yeara and have enjoyed it. I only had a couple things they could do to emprove on it would make the stainless ether look like it was on the sides and have an ice maker option. Ether than that it been great thank you