We are going to cut to the chase here and get right to the Four Best Wine Aerators on the Market today — from the standpoint of quality for cost.
You can find cutesier ones with doggy heads or elaborate dragons. You can find bigger more expensive ones with fancy pumps that light up with cool little blue lights.
And you certainly can find elegant (and expensive) crystal wine decanters that exude grace and charm — which, by the way are probably exactly what you need instead of an aerator if the wine you are drinking is premium-aged wine. (See a link to our recently article about when to decant rather than aerate wine at the end of this post.)
But for our money, and our palate, we would rather spend that extra money on wine. And 95 percent of the wine we drink is better or at least equally aired by aeration as by decanting. We prefer no ducks or puppies or mythological creatures be involved.
For what we drink, an aerator is the key to taste. And it means we don’t have to spend several hundred dollars on a decanter — beautiful as the crystal decanter may be — and we don’t have to wait half an hour to take our first sip of wine. With a good aerator, you simply uncork, pour, and drink.
We are all for taking our time over a long, slow leisurely dinner. But we are NOT all that crazy about waiting to pour the first glass of wine after we uncork the bottle. Thankfully, a good wine aerator solves that problem.
So here are our suggestions for the best aerators we have found at the absolute best prices.
Soiree Home Luxury Aerator with Travel Case
We love this Soireehome Luxury Aerator with its own Travel Case available on Amazon for around $30. The case makes it really easy to take it with you to a restaurant so you can quickly aerate wine when you are away from home. But the best part is, this little device works like a champ.
One of the things we like about it is that it is made of taste-free borosilicate glass rather than plastic so you pick up absolutely no extra non-wine taste during the aeration. And because it is glass, it’s completely dishwasher safe so the maintenance on it is low. It’s appropriate for reds, whites, and pinks.
This style of aerator has a food-grade seal that fits easily in either a cork-style wine bottle or one of the newer screw-top bottles and works as a pourer. The wine aerates as you pour through the device. It does an excellent job of quick aeration of wine. And the portability the case provides is an added bonus.
We do not own this particular aerator, but we have dined often in restaurants with friends who do. It works well. And the slick little leatherette case is an added touch both of convenience and elegance.
Vinturi Red Wine Aerator
The Vinturi Red Wine Aerator is usually available on Amazon for just under $25. It is made of high-grade plastic. But we have found no discernible taste carryover from the plastic.
This style is not one you fit into the wine bottle to use as a pourer, but rather is a device you hold over your wine glass to pour the wine through it.
Essentially it does the same thing as a pouring aerator. Wine is aerated glass-by-glass so this type of device is great for a one or two-person home when you are not planning on consuming the whole bottle over the course of the evening.
You clean it by running water through it for about 15 seconds after the last use of the evening. We don’t suggest you run it through your dishwasher because it has a tendency to crack if you do. (Don’t ask.) But the good news is that it works even with a crack in it. (Again, don’t ask.)
Vinabon Wine Aerator Pourer Premium
The Vinabon Wine Aerator Pourer Premium is, as the name suggests, a pourer-style aerator. It works on any type of wine bottle, cork or screw, and the seal is excellent. You can usually find this on Amazon for around $10. Several other brands are more expensive, but we find the Vinabon works every bit as well as the brands that are twice the price.
One advantage to this pourer style of aerator is that you are less likely to make a mess by accidentally missing the opening of the aerator when you pour from the bottle. All you have to do is aim for the wine glass — which is a bigger opening. Plus, you don’t have to find a place on the counter for the pour-through aerator or worry about it rolling around and landing on the floor or getting wine everywhere as it rolls around. It stays in the bottle until you are ready to cork the bottle.
We often use this for our whites and Rosés as well as for reds. It works great on all of them.
The difference between red wine aerators and white wine aerators is a screen for sediment. Because of that you may not want to use a white wine aerator on a red wine since it has no screen. But a red wine aerator that has a screen we find to be perfectly fine for any color of wine. And in truth, many of the red wine aerators have no screen anyway. In fact, only a few brands do.
Like the pour-through style, all you do to clean it is run water through it for about 15 seconds after your last pour. It’s made of plastic, but given our personal experience with other plastic aerators, we don’t recommend it going through the dishwasher.
If you are a fan of heavier reds that are not super-aged (by that we mean if you primarily drink heavy reds that are under 10 years old), combining one of these pourer style aerators with a pour-through aerator like the Vinturi we mentioned above gives an immediately cleaned and aired glass that truly is equivalent to half an hour of decanting.
Derguam 3-in-1 Wine Chiller Rod and Aerator
If your tastes center on — or often include — whites and Rosés, then this ingenious little device is a worthy addition to your stash. The Derguam 3-in-1 Wine Chiller Rod and Aerator is uber easy to use and highly functional because it both chills and aerates.
The rod portion is made of high-quality 304 Stainless Steel, topped with a plastic pourer. You simply store it in your freezer until time to use it. And then when you uncork a bottle of wine, even if you have not pre-chilled the bottle, you can forego an ice bucket and simply insert the chiller rod. With a bit of gentle bottle rotation every five or ten minutes, your wine is usually chilled in 20 minutes or less. And of course, in the heat of summer, if you combine this chiller rod with an ice bath, your wine chills down very fast.
You just leave the chiller rod in all evening because the pourer is an integrated part of the chiller rod.
It works great. And it’s very easy to use. And on top of that, if you live in a hot climate like we do, the chiller rod keeps wine cooler and at a more constant temperature over the course of the evening than an ice bucket does.
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