This Antarctic Star looks expensive, but it’s actually the best value in the built-in 15-inch category. Why? You save $200-$400 with this unit compared to premium brands in its class. It has many high-end features including a seamless stainless steel frame. The door frame is made from a sheet of stainless steel without any joining-seams. It has a dual-pane glass door, reliable and quiet compressor cooling system, and a full-length stainless steel door handle.
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Brand: Antarctic Star 28-bottle wine cooler (right hinge)
Type: Built-in under-counter or free-standing unit
Temperature Zone: Dual-zone cooling
Cooling system: Compressor
Dimension: 14.9” W x 34.2” H x 22.7” D (without handle)
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Capacity and design: This 15-inch wide Antarctic Star is a great fit for a narrow under-counter installation. It stands at 34.2 inches tall and it has a front-vent system designed for built-in application.
This premium unit can accommodate 28 bottles. It also has a slightly larger vertical space between shelves. Yes, you can store various types of bottles without having to remove a shelf.
This Antarctic Star is fully finished on all sides. It looks gorgeous as a free-standing if you prefer.
Tip: Just like you would with any appliances, you want to make sure your unit is level. Make adjustments using the front leveling feet at the bottom of this cooler.
Digital control. You manage the lower and upper zone settings, LED light and the automatic lock temperature setting via the control panel.
Dual temperature zones. This Antarctic Star 28-bottle has two separate temperature zones. The upper zone has a range of 41°-54°F – a good range to store your whites and sparkling wines. The lower zones covers range of 54°-68°F – suitable to keep your reds.
Interior light. This 28-bottle has a beautiful soft blue LED light inside the cabinet. You can view your collection without having to open the door.
Automatic lock temperature setting. You don’t have to worry about an accidental modification to your temperature setting. Your set temperatures will be locked after 3 minutes on non-action on the control.
Tip: To unlock the control panel, press the icons “+” and “-“ at the same time.
This is a right-hinge unit. Make sure its door swing is what you want for your space configuration.
Door handle. This wine cooler has a long door handle measuring at 17.7 inches or 45 cm. This stainless steel handle is the same height as the glass insert.
Security Lock. This Antarctic Star has a built-in universal hexagon bolt lock. The advantage of locking your cooler is to prevent any unwanted access to your wine collection.
In general, it is a good practice not to open and close the door unnecessarily. Why? Your wine collection appreciates consistent temperature and humidity. The less disturbance to its environment, the better for it.
Wooden shelving: This Antarctic Star has six beech wood shelves. These shelves are removable. This cabinet has a 28-bottle capacity.
There is a generous vertical height between two shelves. This means you can store various types of bottles without removing a shelf.
Warranty and support. This 28-bottle unit comes with one-year limited warranty by Antarctic Star. The manufacturer also provides one month unit replacement and refund.
Fun note. The first time I learned the word “Antarctic” – I was three – according to my Grandpa Jack.
He had this print of an Antarctic tern in his library, taken in one of his expeditions. He said I wanted to know what it was, and that I repeated “Antarctic tern” a dozen time per day for weeks.
Two dozen years later, I had the good fortune of travelling to the southern ocean with Grandpa Jack to see this beautiful bird with dark red bill and unforgettable plumage.
Summary: This Antarctic Star 15-inch 28-bottle (view on Amazon) is a premium and beautiful wine cooler. It fits nicely in a narrow opening under any counter. It can also be installed as a free-standing unit – as it is beautifully finished on all sides.
This Antarctic Star dual-zone is one of a handful wine coolers with seamless stainless steel door frames. It is more expensive to have smooth and shiny stainless steel without any joining seams. This cooler has another exceptional feature – a full-length stainless steel door handle. This unit is a great choice for any 15-inch wide under-counter installation.
- If you are looking for a 15-inch wide reversible door model in your evaluation, check out our popular 15-inch Kalamera under-counter unit.