wine aerator review – in bottle pourer breathers
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Thank you for visiting this wine aerator review. All of information is based on my personal
observations and I have been as truthful as I can and have backed up my views and thoughts with
quite a few photos. I hope that you find some of the information useful to you.
All I am doing today is testing out three popular wine bottle aerators. These are the attached type,
the type that fits into the neck of the bottle. There are numerous unattached types that you have
to hold above the glass but I wanted to test out this type because I wanted to find one that leaves
one hand free while I am pouring out the wine.
For definition purposes, I will call them curved, rotating and straight versions as shown in the
I have broken the review down into different sections to make it easier to understand. (Hopefully)
Ease of Use / Cleaning
Each aerator has different features. Obviously they all need a wine intake and outlet and an
air intake system, it s just the way they are put into service that is different.
The curved aerator has some great features. Starting with the air intake system which is a really
clever system. As the wine from the bottle flows through the primary wine intake and the centre
of the aerator, it pulls air in through the air intake system and it gets infused into the flowing wine.
There is a secondary wine intake that joins with the air intake system and makes the oxygenation
Air Intake System
There is a splash guard around the air intake system. This is just to ensure that any of the wine
from the secondary wine flow doesnt splash out as it mixes with the air. This splash guard can
easily be twisted off for cleaning purposes but I dont even bother to remove it because the wine
rinses out very easily anyhow.
The silicone connection simply fits into the neck of the bottle. Obviously it is tapered slightly so
that it will fit into most bottles. I think that once it is fitted into the bottle, it shouldnt be moved
around because any wine on the silicone connector might make it slippery against the glass. A
The anti-drip shield that surrounds the
silicone connector is there just to ensure
that should any wine escape through it,
wont drip out.
The curved aerator spout has a V
shaped notch in the lip of the exit of the
spout which keeps drips down to a
minimum plus it allows for precision
pouring. I think it works because it breaks
up or disrupts the water tension of the wine as it pours and it doesnt
shoot off in all directions. Simple yet effective.
A base is included with the curved model. The aerator snaps into position and pulls out with a
slight tug. I really think the bases are a good idea. Apart from the aesthetics, they are really useful
for keeping the aerator safe.
The rotating aerator has a very obvious feature. the rotating wheel. You can see the wine as itpasses through the aerator and it spins the paddled wheel. There are a couple of tiny air holes in
the top of the wheel section which as the wine flows through, draws in the air to mix with the wine
spinning in the wheel. The oxygenation system is the wheel and the tiny holes and doesnt have a
complicated dual wine intake. It does have two wine intakes but the join up again inside the
aerator and dont help with aeration. There may as well be only one wine intake hole.
Rotating Wheel Aerators
As with the curved model, there is a tapered silicone connector. It fits easily into the bottles neck.
The taper is more pronounced and will probably fit a wider bottle neck. There is no anti drip shield
with this type.
The pouring spout is a simple cylinder cut at an angle and is pretty basic. The wine exits quite fast
and isnt as precise as the other two aerators. It does a job though.
The straight model has a lovely looking pouring spout as I said. It doesnt have a v notch but the
shape of the spout allows the wine to flow out smoothly but not as thin a flow as the curved
version. Still good though.
The aeration system is closer in design to the curved model than the rotating model. It has a
primary and secondary wine intake. The primary wine intake flow draws in the air through the air
intake hole. The secondary wine flow seems to mix with the air in the chamber and go down into
the main wine flow.
The silicone connector resembles the one from the rotating model. It is slightly thicker at the top
and will fit a slightly wider bottle neck.
There is no base with this one, which is a shame really. It does fit into the base of the rotating
model but thats not much help.
Acrylic is very durable, in other words resistant to heat, cold, sunlight and is strong and
shatterproof. Some dish washer chemicals can affect its integrity.
Silicone is also highly durable, can withstand very high temperatures and can withstand
most chemicals and is resistant to mold and bacteria.
Curved and Straight Aerators
Both of these styles are made from food grade acrylic and silicone. The main body being of
extruded acrylic so is in one piece, and the tapered connector being silicone. There are no moving
parts with these two aerators and should last a long time.
This one is made from food grade acrylic for the rotating wheel, stainless steel for the outside of
the spout and body support, silicone tapered connector, another plastic for the main body and
another plastic for the wine intake system. Being a moving part, the rotating wheel is the thing
that will probably fail first. The main body is formed from two halves and may fail and leak
Ease of Use / Cleaning
There is nothing to choose between all three models. Simply insert them into the neck of the
bottle and pour. Gravity takes care of the rest. As I said, these attached types leave your hand
free. This is a benefit because with the free hand you can hold the glass or decanter and move it
around to achieve a greater degree of control of where the wine goes.
Cleaning up after using them is a breeze. Once you have finished using them, simply run under the
fresh water tap for a few moments and they will soon rinse out, then leave them dry out. It is
recommended to hand rinse them rather than put them in the dishwasher because acrylic can
start to develop fine lines or hairline cracks due to dishwasher chemicals.
The two types that are supplied with the base are better. Once the aerators are rinsed out, they
will dry out in the base. Also the base keeps them from being damaged in the kitchen drawer.
I didnt know what else to call this section. Its not about how effective wine
aerators are, or if you believe breathing wine makes a difference at all. Its about
the quality of the bubbles themselves. I enjoyed testing them out. For the test, I
used a bottle filled with tap water. Obviously it is nearly the same as pouring out wine from
the bottle, except tap water is a lot less expensive than wine when doing experiments, and I
did go through about ten bottles of water to get the desired results.
The bubbles that came out from the curved aerator were quite large really. There was an even
amount of bubbles all the way through as the bottle emptied apart from the very start of the pour.
This was due to the fact that there was only a small amount of air in the bottle to start. By tipping
the bottle at a steeper angle, the wine flowed and the air infused superbly. There was a very
satisfying gurgling sound as the aerated wine left the spout. This was a very good even aeration
through the entire bottle.
Well, I was disappointed to be fair. The wine went through the aerator really well. The thing was,
the rotating wheel didnt rotate all the time. It did when I tipped the bottle up steeply and the
rotating wheel looked awesome. The problem was that even when the wheel did spin, it didnt
seem to aerate the wine very well, if at all. This produced very little aeration.
I really enjoyed the pour with this one. There was a very even bubble count of small bubbles. The
air intake hole is smaller than the curved aerators air intake hole, therefore the smaller bubbles. It
poured from the very start all the way to the end of the bottle. This was a very close second
bubble factor to the curved model.
I chose the bubble factor of the curved model because I believe that there was a greater surface
area of the water wine coming into contact with the air than the other two aerators.
The first thing I am looking at is the way they look, their visual appeal. I know that its how
they work that is paramount, but I like to look at the whole picture, how they would look on
the worktop, a kitchen cabinet, or wherever they are to be kept. Will they complement the
kitchen design and other tools and utensils?
Curved Aerator in Stand
Rotating Aerator in Stand
The pouring spout of the curved version seems to head off at
an unusual angle and looks like a beak of a bird of prey. Some
of these types are called Hawk aerators. Apparently, the
angle ensures the wine gets maximum aeration as it passes
through the device and it comes out at a natural angle
meaning greater control of the wine direction. I think it looks
slightly wobbly or top heavy, (its not), but its ok and it takes
a bit of getting used to but it has grown on me.
It also comes with a base which holds it aloft in full view. I
like the sharp cut grooves in the top and the bottom of the
spout because when bright light catches it or if it is in a
sunny position inside the base, it glistens like a crystal prism.
Obviously, the rotating
aerator looks pretty
snazzy. Even when
stationary, the rotating
wheel is pretty eye catching, and was what attracted me to
this model in the first place. When wine is being poured and it
is spinning, it is great to watch it go whirling round. Gimmick or
The whole design reminds me of a paddle steamer. The
rotating wheel being the paddles, and the spout looks like the
funnel. Once again, the aerator is placed in a base to keep it
from being damaged and its lines look slightly more pleasing
than the curved type. There is a silver colored rim around the
bottom of the base.
Well, the straight aerator is basically straight. There isnothing spectacular about it. It looks sharp and sleek. The pouring spout looks really pleasing to
the eye, curving slightly downwards and expanding at the exit. Very nice. It didnt come with a
base so it cant be held aloft and on show like the previous two models are.
There are many similar models to the ones that I purchased and am doing this review for.
Some companies and brands may offer extras with their particular brand.
This one comes with a base as standard and also
came with a foil cutter to remove the foil from
around the bottle top and the cork. It also came
with a vacuum bottle stopper to keep the wine
fresher if you dont finish it and want to keep it
for a while.
This model came with a base as standard.
This one came just as it is with no extras.
Once again, different brands with similar models offer different prices and those prices
move also. It is about what you can get at the time. Anyhow, this is what I paid for mine.
Curved Aerator $ 14.59
Rotating Aerator $ 18.95
Straight Aerator $ 13.63
After taking everything into consideration with this review of these three aerators, I feel that the
curved model comes out on top. This is due to the fact that although it works on a par with the
straight model, it comes with added bonuses which on their own add up to another $20 or so. It
may cost another $2 more that the straight aerator but these add ons are very useful and not just
The straight model cones a close second but as I said, the add ons just leave it short.
Although the rotating model looks great, it fails to impress when aerating the wine, plus it costs
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