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Posted by C. Stark on Nov 11th 2010
Bottom line: Efficient, well-made. Like the probe option for water-based temperature control. Don't like the noise, it's not exactly "Whisper". Very reliable. Easy to install.
Posted by M. Braunstein on Nov 9th 2010
I've had a custom walk in cellar cooled by a Vinotheque 3000 XLT unit for over 10 years. While I was always happy with the unit it did run quite a bit and, as a result, I had to replace it every few years. To their credit, Vinotheque offered a reasonably priced "trade-in" program and was always quite prompt in sending the new unit. The last time I contacted them they offered the substantially more expensive new Extreme series unit which they said would fit right into the existing hole. I decided to switch and I'm extremely happy I did.
While the 3000 XLT was a substantial unit, from the moment I opened it I could easily see that the Extreme took things to another level. It is much quieter, moves far more air and, as a result, runs far less often. Vinotheque asked me to send in picture of my installation and made some recommendations and offered to extend the warranty to four years if I made them.
I wanted to remodel and expand the cellar anyway so I did that an incorporated all their suggestions. I'm thrilled with the results, the Extreme runs even less often (mostly, I think, because I super-insulated the door -- something I would recommend to others because it makes a huge difference). Vinotheque was as good as their word and promptly extended the warranty once I sent in new photos.
No product, no matter how good, is any better than the service that backs it up. I've read all sorts of horror stories about poor service
for wine cellar cooling units. My recommendation is to look no further than Vinotheque -- great cooling units and even better customer service.