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Sub-Zero vs. GE Monogram Undercounter Wine Coolers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Amy Ross  |  October 31, 2018  |  4 Min. Read

GE Monogram  |  Wine Coolers  |  Sub-Zero

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Out of nowhere, the popularity of wine over the last 20 years has increased demand for better wine storage units. You may not know this, but wine is the toughest item to store. 

It can react to almost anything such as vibration, light, humidity, temperature changes, and, of course, heat.

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Beverage Center Display in Framingham Showroom

If your wine storage cannot address all these elements, your wine will taste differently than intended.

For example, the term "corked" refers to spoiled wine due to a dry cork allowing air into the bottle.

It's due to a lack of humidity in your wine storage unit. 

Yet most wine undercounter refrigerators or "coolers" as well as beverage centers do not address these issues and are not fit for long-term storage of wine.

To solve these issues, some brands made a few changes to their existing undercounter wine coolers. They replaced their doors with low-E glass to eliminate the possibility of harmful UV rays ruining your wine.

They also added slide-out shelves for reducing vibration and removed heat-generating incandescent bulbs.

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Sub-Zero Wine Cooler Interior with Slide-Out  Racks

Sub-Zero and GE have designed a wine storage system addressing nearly all the inherent problems of storing wine. 

We will look at both companies, their products, and then compare. 

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero was founded in 1945 and is still family owned. Their products are durable, innovative and built to last. The founder of this company, Westye F. Bakke, invented the first freestanding freezer in 1943 and later the first built-in refrigerator.

Their wine storage unit is fairly new (for them) being debuted in 1990. Sub-Zero is made in the US.

Sub-Zero 400 Series 24" Undercounter Wine Storage Refrigerator - $3,290-$3,900

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Features:

  • Undercounter wine storage unit with 46 (750 ml) bottle capacity
  • Overlay and stainless steel design options
  • Refrigeration system allows individual temperature control of the two wine compartments and ideal humidity environment
  • Sturdy, rustproof wire shelves accommodate standard 750 ml bottles, half-bottles, as well as magnums
  • Roller-glide shelves faced with natural cherry wood have a three-quarter extension for easy access
  • Soft low voltage lighting
  • Service light indicator, optional lock and tie-in to home security system
  • Solid door unit can be special ordered
  • UV resistant glass protection
  • Two, five and twelve-year residential warranty
  • Door Options:
    • Glass Door (standard)
    • Solid Door
    • High Altitude Glass Door
  • Capacity: Wine storage capacity: 46 Bottles (750 ml)
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GE Monogram

GE Monogram is the luxury division within the GE appliance company. Monogram products are mainly distributed through their builder division.

GE was recently acquired by the Chinese conglomerate, Haier. To be transparent, we do not sell any GE products with no plans to do so in the future.

GE Monogram 24" Wine Reserve ZDWR240HBS - $1,900

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Features:

  • 57-Bottle Capacity
  • Cherry Wood Shelf fronts
  • Adjustable temperature control Maintains a consistent temperature
  • Red or white wine temperature setting maintain the ideal temperature for aging or serving wine
  • Full-extension sliding wine racks Positions bottles either horizontally or vertically to maximize space
  • LED lighting Places contents into the clear, brilliant view
  • Unfinished heart-of-cherry wood wine shelf fronts Can be finished to complement surrounding cabinetry
  • UV resistant, tempered glass door Affords a full view of wine reserve contents
  • Flush installation Allows near-seamless integration with surrounding cabinetry

Sub-Zero vs. GE Monogram Wine Storage Comparison

First, let's talk about their common features. 

Both can accept custom paneling to match your cabinets. Both have doors to protect your wine from harmful UV lighting. Sub-Zero added the blacked out rear wall to dampen any remaining light. 

Both prevent vibration with glide-out racks. 

GE Monogram Features Over Sub-Zero 

GE Monogram's wine storage units can hold more wine at 57 bottles versus Sub-Zero's 46 bottle capacity. It is also half the price of the Sub-Zero at $2,000 instead of $3,000. 

Sub-Zero Features Over GE Monogram

The real difference is the temperature control. 

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GE Monogram Temperature Controls

GE Monogram has one temperature setting plus a bottom area for red or white wine, assuming red would be kept at a higher temperature, roughly around 55 degrees. 

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Sub-Zero Temperature Controls

Sub-Zero has two individual thermostats with settings from 39-65 degrees. You can store all red, all white or both in individual compartments. Gaskets in the middle prevent temperature crossover between compartments.

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Gasket Separating Two Temperature Zones

Twin Evaporators

Sub-Zero has two evaporators to protect against too much humidity or not enough versus one for the GE Monogram. 

Additional Vibration Control 

The Compressor unit on the Sub-Zero is mounted on rubber grommets to eliminate vibration when the unit is running. 

Alarm

Sub-Zero has a service alarm and can also be tied into your home alarm system. 

Should You Buy Sub-Zero or GE Monogram Wine Storage Refrigerators?

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It depends on what you value and need. GE Monogram has a better price and capacity.

However, almost 30 years after introducing wine storage, Sub-Zero is still the only company invested in truly protecting your wine. 

Our best advice is to buy the GE Monogram for its price. If you are a wine collector or want to store wine for a long periods of time, the Sub-Zero is the better unit

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Amy Ross

Amy Ross is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Amy once competed in the junior Olympics and enjoys spending time with her family .

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