You’ve heard it before after someone opens up a bottle of wine: “Let’s just let it breathe for a while.” Obviously the wine is not actually breathing, but it is technically getting some air. That’s the simple concept behind aeration, which triggers oxidation and evaporation. This process is important to a wine’s taste and aroma — it can make it smoother and bring out the flavors even more.
A swirl of the glass is a basic aeration process. But if you’d like to aerate it even more, there are tools... to do that. A decanter is great, but if you only use that, you’ll have to let it sit for a moment to let it breathe. An aerator can do it quickly, though — as you pour, in fact.
Interested in buying an aerator for your own home or for a gift? There are tons of options available on the market these days. From simple and inexpensive to luxury electronic, we’ve sorted through all sorts of different wine aerators to bring you our recommendations for the best ones. See below for our picks, based on sales and customers reviews:
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This aerator claims our top spot for its quality and simplicity, not to mention that it’s a fan favorite among customers. The product, which is made out of acrylic, is about six inches high and two inches wide so it’s easy to store and can also be cleaned in the dishwasher. Use it by holding it over the glass and pouring the wine through it for an instant aeration process to enhance the flavor, bouquet, and finish of the drink. It comes with a no-drip stand for easy handling.
An overwhelming... majority of those who have used this product give it a perfect rating. Many have said they’ve noticed a significant improvement in the taste of the wine after using this product. One even said they did blind tastings with it and came to the conclusion that it works. As for negative reviews, some people reported cracks in the product, or leaking when using it, but most didn’t have any issues with it and would recommend it to others. It makes a great stocking stuffer or small gift for newlyweds.
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Want something simple and inexpensive but still gets the job done well? This wine aerator from Rabbit is a great pick. It’s made out of silicone and polished stainless steel so it’s durable and will last a long time. Insert it into the uncorked bottle (it’s designed to fit all types, according to the company), and just pour for improved quality and flavor of the wine. The spout is made to prevent drips, so rest assured you won’t make a mess when you pour. One of the downsides is that it’s not... dishwasher safe, but can be easily washed by hand with warm water and soap.
A top seller in its category, this wine aerator is beloved by many. People say they can really taste the difference and that it’s also really easy to use. One person noted that it makes kind of a funny sound as it aerates the wine, so it might not be the best tool for a fancy dinner party, but if you’re looking for a product that does what it says it’ll do and won’t break the bank, this is a great choice.
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If you’re looking for a fancier version of an aerator, consider this one from Vinaera. The company claims that thanks to its patented design, it provides six times more air contact surface oxidation than a funnel type aerator. It’s powered by six AAA batteries (not included) and has a built-in electronic air pressure system. You can operate it by putting the device into the bottle, turning it on with the touch of a button, and watching it dispense aerated wine (one ounce per every two seconds.)... It’s not just for wine though. You can also use it for other types of alcohol — it makes spirits less spicy and bitter tasting.
People seem to love this product saying that it brings out the flavors and creates a smoother experience overall. While it’s a little expensive, many said that it was worth the splurge. One common problem people have had with it is that the tube isn’t long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle so you’ll have to pour the last of it by hand.
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If you prefer the simple pouring mechanism for your aerator, here’s a great pick for that. The Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer lets you stick the device into the bottle and pour aerated wine almost instantly. It’s made of FDA-approved materials and has a rubber stopper that will give you a leak-free seal, plus the acrylic pour spout is notched and ergonomically slanted for easy drip-less pouring, according to the company. The product comes with a lifetime manufacturer's guarantee.
The majority... of those who purchased it love the product, and it’s also a top seller in its category. One reviewer said it made a $12 bottle taste like a $25 one, and most agree that it makes the wine taste dramatically different. Some have reported issues with the wine leaking through it, but an overwhelming number of reviewers had nothing but positive things to say.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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This electric wine aerator is worth the money if you’re looking for a high-quality product with some fancy features. It transforms into a personal tap for wine bottles, and with the push of a button, can deliver aerated wine straight to your glass. According to the company, it’s the only aerator designed to also keep wine sediment in the bottom of the bottle and not in your glass. It’s small and portable, so you can bring it with you to wine parties, picnics, and even to the beach. To clean,... simply fill an empty wine bottle with water and dispense it through just like you would with wine. Then just take a damp washcloth and wipe the rest down. The device operates on six AAA batteries, which are included in your purchase.
Those who have purchased it seem very pleased with it overall, raving about its sophisticated design, convenient way to dispense the wine, and the fact that it does make a major difference in the taste. Some customers have reported issues with it breaking sooner than they’d like, especially for the money, but the majority didn’t report any problems.
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