Sub Zero 424 Wine Cooler in Cabinetry

Sub-Zero Wine Cooler Review – 424

Sub-Zero’s wine cooler, the 424, has been a staple in the industry since it first appeared in the early 90’s. Remarkably, its design was so ahead of its time it remains largely unchanged to this day. The only recent upgrade I can think of is  additional interior lights were added.

Make no mistake, this is one of the most expensive wine units on the market. So with the flood of cheap, chinese (I’m looking at you, Haier), wine coolers – is it really worth the premium price? That depends on how important your wine is to you. If you’re the kind of person that will easily go out and spend a couple thousand dollars on wine, then you’re probably the type of person who wants to make sure your investment is well looked after. And the Sub-Zero wine cooler is the best wine cooler I’ve come across to-date.


Sub Zero 424 Wine Cooler FrontThe unit is built in the United States. It’s design allows it to keep your white wines cooler than any other unit on the market. Thanks to its efficient insulation, the Sub Zero wine cooler is the only unit on the market that can keep white wine as low as 38F. With two temperature zones, you can store red and white wines together without a second thought. The racks are specifically engineered to hold any type of bottle, from half bottles to Magnums. The glass panel is engineered to protect against harmful U.V. light. There is also a very important alarm system connection option, should you leave for vacation, so that if the computer detects a system failure or large temperature fluctuation, it would set off the home security system.

The Sub Zero 424 wine cooler can also be had as a freestanding unit, with stainless steel sides and top for placement outside of cabinetry enclosures. But with the price of the built-in Sub Zero 424 coming in at $3,279. and the Free-standing variant at $3,639. – this Sub Zero wine cooler is not for everyone. One consolation to the price is the exceptional warranty you get with a Sub Zero: 2 years, parts and labor on the entire unit, 12 years parts on the sealed system.

For those who are serious about their wine, Sub-Zero offers a serious solution.

Pros: Dual temperatures, solid build-quality, lowest temp control

Cons: An expensive way to store my cheap wine.

Anthony Rocco
  • J Nelson

    Had this model for three years. So glad we bought the extended warranty. First time the unit malfunctioned, it heated up to the max from the motor and no cooling going on and most all bottles of wine blew the corks making a very messy and expensive situation. The alarm was set, but didn’t go off. Many very expensive bottles lost. Since that time, 2 service calls as it won’t drop to the desired temperature for the whites.
    It sure looks pretty, but make SURE you get the extended warranty. To say the least, I am disappointed with Sub Zero.

    • scott

      I am so glad I found this site. I was actually going to buy the smaller unit for our small condo in Toronto. Now that I read about the suspect quality of the 424 unit, I’ve decided to go elsewhere. One can get a mediocre wine cooler for 1/4 of the price of this, which is exactly what I’ll do. Too bad companies don’t take pride in their work and stand behind their brand any longer – no wonder why most people buy from China now. No point buying US-made if the quality is the same and the price is higher.

  • Greg St. Claire

    I own about a dozen subzero 424 wine coolers in a mix of home, office and commercial restaurant spaces. They range from 3 – 5 years old. I am a restauranteur and have quite a bit of knowledge on equipment. The actual units are very attractive, the dual zone is great and the shelving system well made. That being said – never have I purchased a more poorly made cooling/condensing system than on these sub zeros. All but 1 unit has failed and we maintain them regularly through our commercial refrigeration company. They seem to last a little beyond 2 years and then repairs are not covered and super expensive. The reference to a 12 year warranty on ‘sealed parts’ is totally deceptive. Not once has a unit been covered under a sealed component failure. Typical repair cost are in excess of $1000.00. At this point we view the units as throw aways and are replacing them with different brands. It is a shame that they can’t put a better cooling system in these units because the dual zone design of these units is the best out there. There are a ton of better options out there than these units. Check out Perlick, True or MIele for starters. Not as beautiful looking, but they work and properly chill your wine.

  • Mark Owens

    So glad I found this site! Was just about to buy one of these puppies. Did anyone here replace their subzero’s with a different brand and have good experience thus far?

  • John Kennedy

    Our subzero 424 is just reaching 10 years old. After the first 2 years the unit had to be completely rebuilt under warranty. Now it won’t hold temp. I have done everything-vacuumed the coils, you name it. The service light comes on after it drops to high 60’s and them ups to 80 degrees. I’m 3 years out of labor, and I called the service tech here in Sacramento and the cost of repair is over $1000 with Sub-Zero covering the parts-really?!?! I’m at a real crossroads here-thinking about taking to the dump and buying a cheaper unit. I paid almost 4 grand for this thing when we had out home built. I’ve had cheap refrigerators last longer than this

  • Cheryl Scott

    Hello, has anyone converted their under the counter subzero 424 to freestanding, with the stainless steel casing.

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