Last updated on October 4th, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Affordable Choice for Storing Wine at Home

NewAir wine coolers are made in China and are retailed in the USA by  Amazon, Air & Water Inc., Wayfair, and other stores.

The company is based in California and offers affordable cooling, heating and purification appliances for residential and commercial use.

The company was founded in 2002. NewAir’s wine cooler line offer inexpensive, stylish wine storage appliances in various sizes.

slightly angled front view of an 18 bottle New Air model. All black cabinet with glass door.

The storage capacity ranges from 12 bottles to 52 bottles.

Most units use thermoelectric refrigeration technology (also known as superconductor cooling) offering the benefits of less noise and vibration compared to compressor cooling.

NewAir Wine Coolers come in various bottle storage capacities:

Thermoelectric Models:

  • 12-Bottle model (NewAir AW-120E and AW-121E )
  • 18-bottle ( AW-180E, AW-181E, AW-182ED dual zone unit)
  • 21 bottle (AW-210ED and AW-211ED),
  • 28-bottle (NewAir AW-280E and NewAir AW-281E), and
  • 32-bottle (AW-320ED, AW-321ED, AW322ED) models

Main Features of NewAir Wine Coolers

Design: black cabinet with black or stainless steel-trimmed dual pane glass door, curved metal handle, non-reversible door hinge.

Cooling Method:

Number of Zones:

  • single temperature zone models: NewAir AW-120E, 181E, 180E, AW-280E and AW-281E
  • dual temperature zone models: NewAir AW-182ED, AW-211ED, AW-210ED, AW-320ED, AW322ED, AWR-460DB

Installation (Built-In/Freestanding):

The majority of units are for freestanding placement only, venting is at the back, the coolers operate the best if they are placed in a room where the ambient temperature is 50 ‐ 80°F (10 ‐ 26°C).

All units have front leveling legs.

Temperature Range:

  • 50 ‐ 66°F (10 – 19°C)

Temperature Control:

  • digital thermostat with one-touch buttons to set the temperature by 1 °F increments.
NewAir AW-211ED Dual Zone 21-Bottle wine cooler, freestanding

Display: blue LED digital readout, the coolers can be set to display tempearture either in °F or in °C.

Interior Light: low-intensity LED lighting (light switch is on the control panel)

Shelving: pull-out chrome-plated wire racks

Price Range: cc. US$ 120 – 400.


  • all NewAir wine cooler models carry 1 year warranty.

Are NewAir Wine Coolers of Good Quality?

Common Complaints by Users

NewAir 33 bottle wine cooler, single zone, freestanding

New Air wine coolers seems to be cheaply made.

All models look appealing with the

  • digital display,
  • one touch control buttons and
  • see-through door glass.

But the bottom line is that these aren’t durable, long-lasting appliances that work without a hitch for many years.

According to owner reviews New Air Wine Cooler models have quite a few serious quality problems:

  • temperature fluctuation is too high
  • only cools down to 55 °F
  • interior fan works all the time
  • noise (caused by the moving fan)
  • flimsy shelving – the shelves come out of the slot easily when pulling them out
  • plastic interior lining is too thin
  • unit dies within 1-2 years.

If you can’t afford to spend on a better quality wine refrigerator then you can try a NewAir model as a starter cellar.

You might be lucky and get a unit that works without problems. But if you have time and patience to save enough for a high-quality wine cooler/wine cabinet (EuroCave, Sub-Zero, Viking, Liebherr, Transtherm, Le Cache, Marvel) then do it rather than spend on low-quality units that die on you within a year or two.

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