Russell Hobbs RH8WC1 Review

By Enda / a couple of years ago
Russell Hobbs RH8WC1 Bottle and Drinks Cooler, Black
(Last Updated On: November 11, 2017)

This is one of the best selling wine coolers on the market today. Not only does this one do a super job of cooling your drinks, but it is very good at running efficiently. This is a cooler that will hold up to 8 wine bottles, and keep them at a temperature of between 8 and 18 degrees.

For most homes, that size is enough, and in terms of taking up space it should also suit many homes. If you currently store your wine in the fridge, then now you have also freed up that valuable space.

That will help keep your power bills under control. Russell Hobbs are one of the few manufacturers who do what I would class as good quality coolers, and they are a well established and recognised brand in the UK

You can see from the images and the video below that this one has been designed to be a very modern looking cooler, and most people agree that it is certainly eye catching. We particularly liked the glass door as it gave a really nice effect.

You can buy this one either as the horizontal look, or the vertical look and there is a small variation in those two price points.

It comes with an indoor light which also looks great as well. So no question in our mind that it looks good, but does it do the job?

Russell Hobbs RH8WC1 Bottle and Drinks Cooler

Main Features and Benefits of the Russell Hobbs 8 Bottle Wine Cooler

Having one of these in your home does help free up valuable space in your main fridge. It is however still very important that it keeps your drinks at the right temperature as well. As mentioned this cools them to between 8-18 degrees.

Space

This one has contoured shelves that will stop any chance of bottles rolling around. It also has been designed to sit on a counter top so check out the measurements to make sure it does not take up a lot of space, in your own kitchen or dining room.

We think this one is a great idea for people who have kitchens with limited space.

Quiet

We have mentioned that this one looks sharp, but it is also quiet in operation. Many of these can actually be quite noisy, but that will not be an issue with this one. Some people did think it was noisy, but when compared to others in the same range, this one is quiet.

Horizontal Wine Cooler

Wine coolers either come in this horizontal design and are best suited for placing on the counter top. The vertical ones are available for those who prefer a ground standing model, or one for under the counter top.

It is black in colour, has a glass door and a nice interior light that allows you to have a look in. It is important to store wine on its side rather than standing up. This prevents the cork from drying out. If a cork does dry out, it can shrink and allow air into the bottle.

These days many wine bottles come either with a plastic cork or a screw on. For those it doesn’t really matter if they are stored on their side or not.

Overall Opinion of the Russell Hobbs Bottle & Drinks Cooler

Small wine coolers are hard to come by that tick every box. This one comes close and works really well, and is very efficient.  One buyer said this:

Perfect small size for 8 bottles of white…leaves space in main fridge

That sums this one up nicely we think as it looks the part, does not take up too much room, is relatively quiet and will keep your drinks cool. It measures 27.5 cm tall, 41 cm wide and 54.3 cm deep so make sure to get your measuring tape out first, and check that it will fit in your kitchen.

This one has an RRP of £84.99, but it is usually possible to find it much cheaper online.

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Other Russell Hobbs Wine Coolers

Russell Hobbs also do the RHWC2 which is a vertical 8 bottle cooler. I have done a full review on that one which you can read by clicking here.  and a dual zone model which is spilt for wine and cool drinks.
Wine Storage Tips

Wine should of course be stored at the right temperature as that helps maintain its flavour and its balance. Many people don’t realise that a bottle of wine can easily be ruined if it is subject to fluctuations in temperature.

Now ideally we would all have space in our home to have an air conditioned and humidity controlled wine cellar. Sadly that option is really only available to those who have the money to enjoy such a set-up. For the ordinary person like myself the best solution would be to make my own smaller wine closet.

wine cellar

Classic Wine Cellar

Now much as I love my wines, I just don’t have the time to do that so a wine fridge or cooler is I think my best option. Wine is best kept in the dark (away from direct sunlight) and away from anything that has a strong potent smell. (That’s why you shouldn’t use a normal household fridge)

  • Full Bodied Reds should be stored at 17 degrees Celsius or 63 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Light & Medium Reds should be stored at 12-15 degrees Celsius or 54-59 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Dry Whites should be stored at 8-12 degrees Celsius or 46-54 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sparkling Whites/Sweet Wines  should be stored at 5-8 degrees Celsius or 41-46 degrees Fahrenheit

So as you can see from this the Russell Hobbs model shown here is suitable for storing most wines.

RH8WC1 FAQ

What size of wine bottles can this one take?

The RH8WC1 is designed to hold 8 bottles of standard wine bottle size (75 ml bottles)

What Is the Energy Rating?

This cooler is rated A++ for energy efficiency. This helps keep running costs down and helps reduce your carbon footprint.

Does it Have Removable Shelves?

Yes it does and if you remove them, then you can store the wider champagne bottles (up to about 5 of those)

Can It store Beer or Soft Drinks?

Yes it can store these. One buyer said they removed the bottom shelf and were able to store 15 beer cans. iff you take both racks out it would hold around 24, 440 ml cans.

What Are the Internal Dimensions?

It measures 14 inches by 7.75″

About the author

Enda

I enjoy cooking and love using a whole variety of small kitchen appliances. On this website, I review many of the best kitchen gadgets that are fun to own, and even more fun to use.