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We previously looked at the best wine decanters, in this article we are going to check out our favorites from the best portable wine aerators available today.
The Best Wine Aerators
When serving good wines you need one of the best wine aerators to make the flavors really pop. The best wine aerators do a similar job of a decanter, using a process of oxygenating to enhance your favorite beverages. Oh, and the scent of the wine infusing into your room is certain to get your taste buds going!
One of the benefits of these wine separators compared to decanters is their small size. Indeed, most of these are so portable you can take them with on holidays or trips to your local winery.
HOST Tilt Mini Variable Wine Aerator
Starting off our list is this entry-level aerator which is a great introduction to these useful home bar tools. It’s made from BPA-free plastic so you can be assured that only delicious wine will make it into your glass. To use the HOST, you simply insert it into the neck of the bottle where it will sit snugly. Then, when you come to serve, you angle the bottle for your desired aeration level. The steeper you have it, the greater aeration you supply to the wine. We recommend a shallow angle for delicate wines and angles over 45 degrees for the more intense or tight wines.
The built-in stopper is a particularly helpful too, you can seal your wine to preserve its freshness. The HOST Tilt Mini Variable Aerator is a neat, well-designed gadget that we heartily recommend.
TenTen Labs Wine Aerator pourer (2 pack)
The TenTen Labs Wine Aerator comes in a great value twin-pack so you can have two bottles on the go at any time. The manufacturer suggests giving one to a friend but this, as we like to think, is totally up to you! As with the previous model, the TenTen Labs aerator is a push-fit device with a silicone collar to ensure a reliable seal. These aerators are little marvels of engineering; a small hole allows air to enter the device, then mix with the wine across a perforated stainless-steel flow plate before splashing out into your glass. This model is also easy to clean by simply washing it with warm water.
Corkas Woodpecker Wine Aerator
The Corkas wine aerator uses a slightly different method of oxygenating wine through its longer spout. This is a two-piece food-safe acrylic construction with a rubber seal that is super easy to disassemble and hand wash. In use, this shows its recent upgrade and is cheerfully non-drip. As you pour, you can actually see tiny air bubbles being mixed into the wine as it comes down the spout. We really taste the difference between heady reds using this. The first taste of a wine, as they say, is through the nose where aromas trigger nostalgic memories and happy feelings.
Boao Stainless Steel Wine Aerators (Stag and Dragon design)
This handsome pair of stainless-steel wine aerators are ideal gifts for family or friends (or to yourself!) They feel solid and seem to be robust and hard-wearing. The Boao aerators are easy to disassemble and hand wash with just a bit of washing up liquid and a warm water rinse. The craftsmanship is surprisingly good at this price range with the actual animal sculpts being highly detailed and well-cast. Internally these have large aerating chambers and externally their wide mouths ensure that the oxygenated wine flourishes freely without drips. The grip between the aerator and the bottle neck is sound and we confidently pour one-handed. Boao produce several animal designs but these are our favorites.
Soirée Wine Aerator
Taking a bolder approach to the aerator, the Soirée tool is like a mini decanter you plug directly into your bottle. So, it may not be as convenient as one of our previous aerators, but it has the advantage of improving the level of aeration you achieve with each pour. This comes complete with a handy stand and drying rack which keeps it safe in between uses. The Soirée aerator comprises a thickened glass design that is around five times that of a standard wine glass. This helps with its overall strength and reliability long-term. As we expected, its silicone gasket makes for a great seal in our tests.
HOST Filter Wine Aerator
HOST’s second entry in our guide is the rather special filter aerator that uses a long, perforated stainless-steel tube to maximise aeration quickly while also preventing larger sediment from entering your glass. Its other benefits include it being the first entry that is fully dishwasher safe. This HOST also comes with a stopper so you can seal the bottle to drink later. This is a fantastic aerator produced by a company with a proven record of making high quality barware.
JIFAR Smart Electric Wine Aerator
We are stepping it up a notch and getting high tech! The JIFAR uses a potent air pump to quickly oxygenate your wine. Powered by a rechargeable USB battery this wine aerator will last through many bottles. This electric wine aerator has an almost universal range of bottle fittings thanks to its clever design. You simply insert one of the two supplied tubes into the bottle then connect up the aerator and you’re good to go. You will now get great-tasting wine at a press of the button!
Cleaning the JIFAR aerator is easier than you might think too. You just place the tube into warm water and press a button until the water coming through the aerator runs clear. In practice this is a straightforward process.
It comes complete with a velvet bag and an attractive box which makes a great gift for wine lovers everywhere.
Our final entry in our guide to the best wine aerators comes from Aervana. Astringent – or bitter – tasting wine is a thing of the past with this high-end aerator. Exuding class, the Aervana Original makes any wine bottle look extra special. This model uses six supplied AAA batteries which keep this stunning aerator operational through many bottles of aromatic wine. One tip we have is to check on the batteries from time to time particularly if you are going a long time between uses. And also, use good quality replacements of course. That little caveat aside, the Aervana is a vigorous performer that produces perfectly oxygenated glasses of wine time after time.
The gasket seal provides a reliable, leak-free experience and means that if you accidentally knock the bottle over you won’t end up with wine everywhere. It comes with two tubes so you can have more than one bottle going at a time. Once you place a tube into the pump and insert it into the neck of the bottle, you’re all set. Pushing the button on the top will generate aerated wine in an instant.