Ivation makes many different models of wine coolers making it difficult to select the right one. In this article you will find which Phiestina wine coolers are the best, whether they meet your requirements and how good or bad they really are.
#1 Ivation IVFWCC121LB Wine Cooler
Ivation IVFWCC121LB is a single zone freestanding wine cooler with operating temperature range of 41°F to 64°F. It can hold up to 12 bottles of wine however larger, wider bottles can reduce the holding capacity by as much as half.
Ivation IVFWCC121LB cools down fast however it does experience temperature fluctuations which is no surprise considering it’s a pretty inexpensive unit. Temperature usually fluctuates within few degrees of selected temperature and rarely fluctuations can be as high as 10 degrees, however you will likely never experience such a significant temperature variation.
Luckily temperature of wine doesn’t fluctuate as much. Since air temperature fluctuations are temporary the temperature of wine seemingly never manages to catch up to them. However wine temperature still can slightly fluctuate. Doesn’t matter much if you simply want to keep your wine or beverages cool, but if you own expensive wine to be enjoyed at perfect temperature then you likely need a more serious and expensive wine cooler.
Ivation IVFWCC121LB operates quietly. It’s not completely silent but you definitely wouldn’t call it loud.
Control panel is located on the outside of wine cooler which means you don’t need to open the door and let warm air inside to make adjustments. Control panel features and LCD display that shows selected temperature and 4 touch sensitive buttons:
- “Lock” button: Press to lock control panel and avoid accidental tampering around the settings. Hold to unlock.
- “Light | °C/°F” button:
- Press: to turn interior light on off.
- Hold: to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales.
- “Up” button: Press to increase temperature by 1 degree.
- “Down” button: Press to decrease temperature by 1 degree.
Dual-pane smoked glass door block UV rays and provides air-tight seal and keeps moisture away. Door can also be locked and comes with 2 keys.
Size and weight
Ivation IVFWCC121LB weighs 37.48 pounds (17 kilograms) and measures 9.92” wide by 17.72” deep by 31.18” high.
Ivation IVFWCC121LB is not the best wine cooler in the world, far from it, but it doesn’t try to be one. It’s not made to keep your expensive wine collection at perfect temperature at all times. Instead it’s a relatively inexpensive model that simply keeps your wine cool. It offers good value for money for what it’s and that’s what makes it the best Ivation wine cooler for most consumers.
#2 Ivation IVFWCC181LSS Wine Cooler
Ivation IVFWCC181LSS wine cooler keeps your wine anywhere from 41°F to 64°F and holds up to 18 bottles.
Air temperature inside the wine cooler to fluctuate, typically withing 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Again, just because you set temperature at 50°F and it jumps to 53°F before compressor kicks in doesn’t mean temperature of your wine is 53°F. Air has very low density so it takes a while to transform the heat to wine.
Ivation IVFWCC181LSS does make some noise when compressor kicks in but it’s not overly loud.
All of the controls are located outside of wine cooler so you don’t need to open the door and let warm air inside to do any adjustments. Control panel is pretty basic though (which is not necessarily a bad thing). You get an LCD display and 3 buttons: two for temperature adjustment and another one for interior light and switching between Celsius or Fahrenheit scales.
Ivation IVFWCC181LSS comes with 2 keys for its door that can be locked. The glass is dual-pane smoked to block any UV rays and maintain your wine at pristine quality.
Size and weight
Ivation IVFWCC181LSS weighs 43 pounds (19.5 kilograms) and measures 13.58 inches wide by 17.72 inches deep by 30.31 inches high.
Ivation IVFWCC181LSS is relatively inexpensive wine cooler. It works just fine for regular wine, but if your bottles are worth hundreds or thousands of dollars then it’s only natural to assume you want a very accurate wine cooler which tend to be expensive.
#3 Ivation IVFWCC181LB Wine Cooler
Ivation IVFWCC181LB is large enough to hold up to 28 bottles of wine. Just like Ivation wine coolers above it, it also works in 41°F to 64°F temperature range.
Temperature control might be inaccurate by couple degrees so a thermometer is recommended to adjust accordingly. Temperature seems to be surprisingly constant but compressor is running often and can be a bit noisy. It’s not very loud but you wouldn’t want this wine cooler to be in the room you sleep at night.
Control panel is located on the outside and is made of LCD display and 4 buttons. It’s identical to that of Ivation IVFWCC121LB. One of the buttons is for locking/unlocking control panel, another one for interior light and temperature scales and the last two for adjusting temperature.
Ivation IVFWCC121LB is equipped with dual-pane smoked glass door that provides air right seal and blocks UV light. The door can be locked and wine cooler comes with 2 keys.
Ivation IVFWCC181LB is not a high-end wine cooler but it’s relatively inexpensive and works pretty good for the money.
#4 Ivation IVFWCC281LWSS Wine Fridge
Ivation IVFWCC281LWSS is a compressor wine cooler with up to 28 bottle capacity. It works in temperature ranges from 41°F to 64°F.
There are some temperature fluctuations. Temperature increases 1 to 5 degrees above selected temperature when compressor kicks in and quickly brings down the temperature to desired setting.
Some consumers reported their Ivation IVFWCC281LWSS being unable to cool down below 55°F. Perhaps those were defective units or consumers didn’t follow instructions in manual or units were operating in very high ambient temperatures. Whatever the reason is most consumers did not have this issue.
Ivation IVFWCC281LWSS features display that shows selected temperature setting as well 3 buttons:
- Up button: Increases temperature inside the chamber by 1 degree.
- Down button: Decreases temperature inside the chamber by 1 degree.
- Bulb/Fahrenheit/Celsius button: Turns interior light on/off when pressed. Switches between temperature scales when held.
Ivation IVFWCC281LWSS features UV-Resistant Thermopane Glass and lockable door.
Size and weight
Ivation IVFWCC281LWSS wine cooler weighs 49.6 lb and measures 16.9 inches by 17.7 inches by 33.1 inches.
If other Ivation wine coolers don’t offer desired bottle capacity then IVFWCC281LWSS is worth consideration.