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EdgeStar 18-Bottle Wine Cooler Review
Best Small 12-Inch Built-In Wine Cooler

A slim design for your tiniest spaces

Alright, if you are in search of a tiny, slim wine cooler to slide beneath your bar top or countertop, you’ve come to the right place. I know how frustrating it can be, these days, to find what you need when you are looking for something as specific as this.

We live in an age when bigger is considered better. For that reason, more and more companies are moving toward offering only large wine coolers. We also live in a world where high-tech is considered highly valuable. For that reason, more and more coolers are being created with thermoelectric technology which does not allow them to be placed beneath a countertop or even between two other pieces of furniture. There was once a time when I could have created this website without having to divide the products between “freestanding” and “built-in.” Alas, those times have passed and here we are, in the built-in section of my website.

EdgeStar 18-Bottle Wine Cooler

EdgeStar 18-Bottle Built-In
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Let’s get back on track, though, and focus on why you are here. You’re here to learn more about this cooler, right? Well, let’s get to it then, shall we?

A Slim Built-In

One major question you may have is, “Just how slim is it?” That’s a great question, if you ask me. Measuring only 12 inches across, this is about as slim as wine coolers come. It will allow you to place three bottles, side by side (and end to end), inside the unit, while still allowing for the thickness of its walls.

A piece like this is perfect for those of you who are trying to fit it into a tight space. Most kitchens (and even most bars) are not built with specific space set aside for a wine cooler. For wine lovers like me, this doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I need to understand that not everyone feels the same way I do. So, if you are trying to work within a kitchen or bar which is already built and you don’t want to do too much work to fit your cooler in, I believe you should entertain this idea: rip out one of those tall, thin drawer units that many builders fit in the small 12 inch spaces between other cabinets and appliances, then slide this cooler into that space!

With a Carbon Filter Included

A carbon what? I know many of you may not have heard of a carbon filter and that some of you (even if you have heard of it) aren’t sure of its purpose. No worries, I will cover all of that here. These little babies are designed to keep scents and debris outside of the unit. Look, any built-in unit needs to run its cooling system with a forced air system. This system moves air into the unit and super cools that air as it moves through and comes into the unit. During this process, there are plenty of opportunities for things like dirty smells, dust, and even pet dander to make their way inside.

No one wants to pull a bottle of wine from their cooler to show it off only to find that it’s covered in dust. Scents which make their way inside don’t only create a foul smell inside the fridge, but can also make their way through the permeable cork and into your wine, affecting its flavor! This cooler’s built-in carbon filter will take care of all of that for you, so you can serve and drink your wine worry-free.

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass certainly gives any cooler a nice, elegant feel doesn’t it? While that is, of course, true, that isn’t the major reason why the glass of these appliances is usually tinted. Instead, the tint serves a real function – it keeps the UV rays out. Since UV rays from sunlight can have negative effects on your wine (even through the glass of the door and the glass of the bottle) special tint protection is important. Of course, I wouldn’t mention any of this if this cooler was one of those cheap ones with a clear, non-protective glass door. It does, in fact, have UV-resistant tinting.

Large Temperature Range

This is a single zone unit, which means that you may not want to mix your reds and whites inside, since they require different temperatures. It is perfect for anyone who prefers one type to the other, though. The internal temperature can be set anywhere between 40 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

I love this temperature range. As someone who occasionally indulges in a dessert wine or a champagne, I know the importance of being able to set your cooler as low as 40 degrees – an option not built into many of the units on today’s market. If you like two different types of wine or all three kinds, there is nothing (aside from possibly space or budget) stopping you from installing three of these compact units beneath your countertop!

That’s Not All

At the risk of sounding like a cheesy infomercial salesperson, I really do think it’s important to say something along the lines of “That’s not all folks!” That’s because the truth is that there is much more to be said about this cooler, despite its tiny size. This includes its soft blue internal LED lighting, wood-embellished slide-out shelves, masculine black and stainless steel appearance, powerful circulation fans to keep everything evenly cool, reversible door, sleek stainless steel handle, and digital control panel.

I will stop here though with my salesman like eulogization, you can better check it out yourself right here on I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that this is an impressive little cooler.

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