I purchased an SWC2801 on 3/28/2012. Abe's of Main was great and the product arrived promptly. However, within 2 weeks the chiller stopped working and it would not cool down. Avanti was great and they immediately replaced it. But it failed again (same thing) in May 2013. Now it is out of warranty. I don't know if all thermoelectric coolers are unreliable. But I would not recommend this one. I am going to buy a compressor based unit from a name brand company.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend