LG 8-bottle mini-Wine Fridge (review)
The LG 8-bottle mini-wine fridge holds white wine and champagne at the perfect drinking temperature, or perhaps store those few precious vintage reds you reserve for special occasions.
The current price of $499 (on sale plus an additional $50 off if you become an LG member) makes it a perfect gift for the entertainer who has everything.
As an 8-bottle mini wine fridge, it is terrific. But there are a few design considerations you need to be aware of that may influence your purchase decision. Read on.
LG 8-bottle mini-Wine Fridge Black GW-V08BT
LG Online special $399 with free local delivery
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|Warranty||Two years on the fridge and three on the Semiconductor|
|Colour||Black gloss finish|
|Shelving||Four fixed (bottom shelf removable for larger 99mm bottles)|
|Maintenance||There is a humidity drip tray that may require emptying.|
A fan circulates the air inside to ensure even temperatures. The filter needs occasional cleaning.
When the ambient temperature or humidity exceeds 27°/70%, cooling may not reach the designated internal temperature.
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First Impression – Black and relatively light
It is an 8-bottle fridge, so it is quite small at 497 x 282 x 534mm (H/W/D – 773 with door opening) x 12kg with a double glass front door and a temperature display top right. Allow a 10cm air gap on the side and rear.
But there are few design or cosmetic considerations you need to be aware of.
- The back is bare metal with screws and a large fan filter. You can’t put it at the end of an island bench that exposes the back.
- There is a rear humidity drip tray that may (should not) fill with condensation, so if you are placing it on precious carpet or flooring, you may want to invest in a drip tray.
- The bottom of the door has a 20mm gap that may not open if placed on a soft, thick carpet
- It requires a 240V power point
- Don’t place it in direct sunlight
- The gloss black finish is a fingerprint magnet
- And it stores bottles on their side, and you can’t put an opened one back upright for temporary storage.
And one other thing. Despite using solid-state cooling (no condenser), it makes a fan noise of 50dB at 322Hz at 1 metre, which happens to be a reasonably annoying humming frequency. We are taking this up with LG and trust it is just a review model quirk. (Update: The noise stopped after removing and reinserting the rear fan filter).
Chill – 8° is perfect for white wine or champagne
We tested with a Kestrel D3 temperature/humidity and data logger. It takes a while to chill room-temperature wine (22°) to 8°. We measured just over seven hours, but it remained rock-steady once there. Opening the door does cause a cavity temperature increase, and the wine temperature remains stable.
You can adjust the temperature from 8-16° – the ideal chill serving temperature ranges are
- White wine from 8-11°
- Champagne from 8-10°
- Rose/pinot noir from 12-16°
- Reds (Shiraz and Cab Sav) from 16-18°.
It is not really a fridge
It uses solid-state cooling (Thermoelectric Semiconductor Module), so the device is quiet, small, and light.
It does not vibrate (a real wine killer), and the double-glazed glass reduces UV light and external heat.
Clever LG – but as the cabinet only has one temperature – don’t mix your whites and reds. And don’t try it with beer that needs 4°.
It varies between 70-80W. At 30 cents per kWh, it costs about 50 cents a day.
CyberShack’s view – LG 8-bottle mini-Wine Fridge is one of life’s essentials
I had a Vintec 130-bottle wine store in another life. If you are looking for a larger 65-bottle wine fridge, the LG Signature Wine Cellar is perfect.
But my needs are simple now. A few good whites, champagnes and reds on tap is all I need. This serves the purpose so well and gets the bottles out of the fridge, making better use of that storage space (and 4° is too cold to serve whites and champagnes).
At launch last year, it was $659, and I would not have felt it was sufficient value. At $499, it is excellent, and at $399 on sale with free local delivery, it is a no-brainer.
LG 8-bottle mini-Wine Fridge$499 but may be on sale
- Just the right size for small parties
- Gets wine out of the fridge
- Serves at the proper temperature for best flavour and nose
- 50 cents a day electricity – get solar
- Fits a standard 60cm benchtop
- Takes about twice as long as a fridge to chill wine
- Can’t stand an open bottle upright
- Rear panel is bare metal
- Not for beer