What to Expect From a Sub Zero Wine Cooler?

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Considered one of the best choices for storing wine at perfect temperatures, Sub Zero offers several choices for the aficionado. A preliminary search for information on this well-regarded appliance shows that Sub Zero has six models to choose from.



Various designs are intended to fit the size of your collection, budget and appearance of the area in which wine will be stored.

Some of the adjectives used to describe Sub Zero coolers are:

  • quality

  • durable

  • and efficient.

Sub Zero Refrigerators - Different Sizes Available

Models range in size from those that comfortably handle about two dozen bottles to large-volume coolers that are really small wine cellars with temperature control (more than 140 bottles).

The smallest version, with a capacity of 26 bottles, is one of the freestanding models. Designed to fit under the counter or in another convenient location, Model 315 has “roller-glide” shelving that is attractively hidden behind a face of cherry wood.

Key features of Sub Zero wine cooling appliances:

  • Silent-operation compressors

  • Easy-touch controls

  • Sabbath mode – to keep lights, alarms etc. off during religious holiday

Sub Zero Single Zone Coolers

The smaller models of wine refrigerators and coolers from most companies are single-zone coolers, of course. This is the case with the Sub Zero 315.

Sub Zero wine cooler 315 W

Temperature settings range from 45 degrees to -55 degrees Fahrenheit. According to company information, all other coolers from Sub Zero have dual-zone temperature control.


Sub Zero Dual Zone Coolers

Dual-temperature units allow temperature to be varied between 38 degrees and -65 degrees, a great feature in all top wine coolers because various wines should be stored at different temperatures for the best results. The two zones are physically separated to allow true temperature control in each area.

Sub Zero refrigerators with two temperature zones include:

  • the 424
  • 424FS
  • 427
  • 427R
  • and the largest of the line, the WS-30.

Designed to store up to 46 bottles of wine, the “400” series features shelves equipped with roller/glides and a separate fixed holder for up to six bottles. (FS indicates the free-standing model, while the original 424 is intended to be built in.)

Sub Zero wine regrigerator - model 424

How much does a sub zero wine cooler cost?

This mid-range cooler has a price range of $2,500 and up.

Sub Zero WS-30 model is a built-in wine cellar that will accommodate larger collections (up to 147 bottles of wine).

These larger models are available with stainless steel, framed or overlay designs, tempered glass or solid door. Each unit has a unique lighting system for ease of use. According to company information, the upper area of the WS-30 holds 50 bottles, with space for up to 97 bottles in the lower zone.

Shelves are metal and rust-proof. Be prepared to spend about $5,000 for the larger models.

Key Benfits of Sub Zero Wine Coolers

Extensive reviews of the Sub Zero products indicated that a key benefit is long warranty periods, which indicates this veteran of the wine-cooler industry is confident in the quality and design of their products!

Depending on the model, Sub Zero products come with warranties ranging from 2 years to 12 years. Several independent testing and review organizations place this company’s coolers at the top of their recommended lists.

Sub Zero - The Company

Sub Zero was started more than 60 years ago by W.F. Bakke. He constructed his own free-standing freezer in the basement of his Wisconsin home.

According to the company’s marketing information, Bakke was a “businessman with a keen ability to anticipate post-World War II refrigeration trends. He founded Sub-Zero Freezer Company just two years later in an old two-car garage.

From its modest beginnings, Sub-Zero has become what it is today: the recognized leading manufacturer of premium built-in home refrigerators.”

Modern Designs + Great Technology

One of the other key features of this company’s products is that the designs are intended to be built into the modern kitchen or other area of the home.

The detailed Web site includes several helpful pages that take potential customers through design ideas and tips for proper placement of wine coolers and refrigerators. In addition, Sub Zero wine coolers include technology that provides true, two-zone temperature control for complete control of each section.

In recent months, this company has actually added workers at its manufacturing facilities. Builder magazine recognized company CEO Jim Bakke with an innovation award, recognizing the company for its leadership in the field of refrigeration and appliance design over the past 30 years.

The company’s mission statement might be best indicated by one of the tag lines it uses on the Web site: Superior Preservation.







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