Originally Posted by Iusteve
What are your overall reviews of this unit? What does it actually get down too temp wise do you know? Any problems with it cooling when its totally full? I may have to go with a compact refrigerator rather than a beverage center then.
For an inexpensive unit, I'm very happy with it. I'm pretty sure I paid $150 or less.
It is quite
Easy to level
It keeps a constant temperature even when full (but again, 45 is cold for me)
Holds a lot of bottles, and pub cans even with taking out 2 shelves (3 cases or more)
The big wire shelf bows when full of bottles. I cut a piece of Plexiglas to fit (with space around the edge) and this gives added strength.
It does on occasion need defrosting. The back wall will ice on occasion. Not all the time, but maybe twice a year. I think it is maybe when the humidity changes or something. It doesn't seem to matter how full it is, and I have leveled a couple of times.
Don't get me wrong...spend $300, $500, $800 and there are nicer units. But I wanted to build on a budget but work well, and this does the trick. I'll find a deal one day on an upgraded model, but so far, no real complaints. Now if you look at my pictures in the bar thread, you will see I left plenty of room on all sides in case I ever do get another unit AND to make sure this unit didn't over heat.
I'd encourage you to research and also write the companies. I don't believe these small beverage centers are designed to get to 34-35 degrees, but I could be wrong.