New Yale Appliance + Lighting Beverage Center (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)
Steve Sheinkopf | May 26, 2015 | 3 Min. Read
Beverage centers are the most popular undercounter refrigerators, because they can hold almost everything. Typically, you are looking for a unit to hold food, wine and beverages. Beverage centers can accommodate all three. They are perfect for bars or as secondary refrigeration.
We'll look at the beverage center and the new Yale version.
Industry Changes in Undercounter Refrigeration
In September 2014 the energy standards for refrigeration became much more stringent, especially for smaller types. You saw many brands disappear from the market while the average price jumped significantly. The average beverage center is now $1,599-2,499, because they were redesigned with better insulation to meet these standards.
The New Yale Beverage Center
This spring Yale is releasing a private-label beverage center. We have had a great deal of success with our own branded products because they offer our customers quality without the price premium for a name-brand.
Yale private-label products are sourced from various manufacturers with a proven track record for reliability. We have also been able to specify features not available in the regular beverage centers.
- Sleek tubular handle design – will look good with any appliance brand
- Stainless steel frame only with either right or left hinge (please specify which side you need)
- Back interior with 1’’ stainless steel shelf fronts
- Blue LED theater-style dual-level lighting
- Dynamic Cooling Technology for effective temperature stability
- Frost free interior with temp range from 34 degrees to 42 degrees
- Thermal insulated cabinet with tinted UV resistant glass door
- Roller glide 4-bottle wine rack
- 2 full width cantilevered glass shelves
- 1 half-width cantilevered glass shelf
- Close door assist hinge system
- Audible door and visual alarms for door ajar and high-low temperature
- 2 year warranty
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How Does This Compare?
It really depends.
There are cheaper freestanding units. However, they are plastic and are not designed to be installed between cabinets, so the compressor on the back will seize due to restricted air flow.
On the other side of the spectrum is True, which is all stainless and is UL approved to be used outdoors. The price, however, is well over $3,000.
Similar models to the Yale Beverage Center
U-Line is a popular mid-range under counter refrigeration brand. Their products can either be purchased panel-ready or stainless steel. I like that their line offers a lot of products in a variety of sizes at different prices.
ULine 2224BEVS00A - $2,249
- Stainless steel door frame with tubular handle design
- Black interior
- LED lighting that turns off when you close the door, you can program the interior lighting to stay on for up to 3 hours
- two wine racks
- Three internal glass shelves
- 34-45 degree F temp range
Jenn-Air is the premium brand manufactured by the Whirlpool Corporation. Jenn-Air produces appliances in many categories. I like that this unit has two temperature zones for wine and other beverages. You can either purchase a beverage center with a stainless frame or panel-ready.
Jenn-Air JUB24FRERS - $2,299
- Stainless steel frame around glass door with Jenn-Air euro-style handle
- LED interior lighting illuminates beverage center when door opens
- Auto light display allows you to have the beverage center activate LED lighting when you are near the appliance
- Extendable ball-bearing wine racks
- Soft-close door
- UV-resistant thermal glass door
- Light-guided electronic control panel
You are looking at three similar units. The reliability rates on U-Line and Yale (manufacturer) are slightly better. The other two do offer a panel ready option, whereas Yale is simply stainless.
The features are identical down to the LED lighting. The big difference is the price. You are not paying $500 for the name brand. We also warranty our own for an extra year.
Get the Yale Undercounter Refrigerator Buying Guide with features, specs and inside tips to all the brands like Sub-Zero, U-Line, Marvel, True and Jenn-Air. Icemakers and other refrigerators are also included. Well over 90,000 people have read a Yale Guide.
My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.
A Note About Pricing