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10 Best Wine Aerators 2020 | Wine Aerator Reviews

March 6, 2020
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Scott

Wine aerators make wine taste and smell better, there are no two ways about it. By encouraging oxidation and evaporation, wine aerators open up a wine’s taste and aroma. $10 bottles of wine taste like $20 bottles, $20 bottles like $40 bottles, and so on.

We’ve previously laid out exactly what wine aerators do and how an aerator works. Check that post out if you’re curious about the many benefits of these little miracle workers. The best way to look at wine aerators is as money-savers. If you’re already willing to spend money on wine—and you’re willing to pay more money for higher-quality wines—a wine aerator saves you money. You can spend $15 on a bottle, aerate it, and have the experience of a $25–$30 bottle. And if you're after a more traditional approach, we've got our picks for the 10 best wine decanters.

Here, then, are the 10 best wine aerators of 2020. Some are best-in-class in a certain wine aerator category, and we’ve called that out. But the first one, the Zazzol, is our pick for the best overall aerator of 2020.

10 Best Wine Aerators of 2020

Zazzol Handheld Wine Aerator Decanter: Overall Best Wine Aerator

Zazzol wine aerator decanter

Handheld wine aerators are probably what you picture when you think of wine aerators. They look like little stemless wine glasses or champagne flutes that you hold above or place on a wine glass. The Zazzol is one of the absolute best wine aerators on the market. One thing that repeatedly comes up in reviews for this one is that it’s virtually leak-proof. Overflow and dripping can be a problem with wine aerators, but not so with the Zazzol. What sets the Zazzol apart is its multi-stage aeration process. First the wine is poured over and dispersed over a cone-shaped plug. Then it drains through over 30 holes before the air is injected into the tube to interact with pressurized oxygen. The fact that it’s easy to use, doesn’t drip or leak, has a three-step aeration, and comes with a gorgeous gift box makes it a steal for the price.

The Zazzol Wine Aerator gets our vote for best wine aerator of 2020 based on reviews, price, style, and packaging. It comes with a gift box, a travel pouch, and a wine aerator stand. Couple that with over 1,000 five-star reviews and a reasonable price and, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

Vinturi V1010 Essential Red Wine Aerator

Vinturi V1010 red wine aerator
Vinturi is likely the biggest name in retail wine aerators. And Vinturi’s V1010 red wine aerator comes with a no-drip stand that not only keeps it clean but makes the aerator look downright regal. Vinturi aerators use a patented design that draws in a specific amount of air for a specific amount of time. These specifics were chosen by the Vinturi team to decrease the wine’s pressure while increasing its velocity. The result being a proprietary aeration that unleashes a wine’s bouquet and enhances desireable flavors.


CORKAS Wine Aerator: Best Budget Wine Aerator

CORKAS wine aerator
The CORKAS wine aerator gets our nod for best budget wine aerator. It’s an in-bottle wine aerator, which is inserted directly into a wine bottle’s opening. It then aerates the wine when the bottle is poured. The aerator itself is on the end of a one-size-fits-all rubber stopper, while the pour spout is made of FDA-approved high-quality acrylic that can easily be cleaned with warm water. It also comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee.


Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer

Vintorio wine aerator pourer
Unlike hand held aerators, in-bottle wine aerators fit directly into the wine bottle. Upon pouring, the wine runs through the aerator and out a pour spout into the wine glass. They’re especially convenient because you can always aerate wine with one hand free. The Vintorio comes with a ribbed rubber stopper and notched acrylic pour spout to encourage drip-less pouring. Three air holes draw in oxygen from an air tube that’s injected directly into the wine after a flow regulator disperses the wine into a large aeration chamber. One big benefit of the Vintorio is its large aeration chamber, which maximizes the wine’s initial air exposure. We even chose it as one of our best wine pourers.


TRIbella Classic Drip-Free Wine Aerator: Best In-Bottle Wine Aerator

TRIbella Classic Drip-Free Wine Aerator
The TRIbella is a bit different from the other two in-bottle aerators here. It’s a bit pricier, but each aerator is handcrafted. And the pour spout is, in fact, three pour spouts. There are three stainless steel exit pipes, which send wine streaming into your glass in three streams. That alone is a powerful act of aeration, to say nothing of the pressurized oxygen infused into the wine beforehand. What's more, it's designed to minimize dripping, which is an integral part of learning how to pour wine properly.


Vinetto Wine Aerator Pourer

Vinetto wine aerator pourer
Like the other in-bottle options here, the Vinetto has a drip-free rubber stopper. What sets this one apart is the 150-degree swan-neck pour spout, which makes hitting the standard wine pour quite easy. If you’re looking for the most ergonomic option, this one may be for you.


Chevalier Collection Stemless Aerating Wine Glasses: Best Wine Aerator Wine Glasses

Chevalier aerating wine glasses
These stemless aerating glasses don’t send the wine through a stream of pressurized oxygen like the other decanters, but they’re still very, very cool. They’re made of Pyrex glass and include a stemmed internal cell within the glass. Wine is poured into the cell and dispersed into the glass through the bottom. They’re dishwasher safe, wonderfully simple, and very easy to clean. They’re also loads of fun to use.


Vintorio Wine Aerator OMNI Edition: Best In Style Wine Aerator

Vintorio omni wine aerator
The Vintorio OMNI is a handheld aerator that is our choice for the most stylish of the bunch. If you’re pouring beautiful, crimson-hued wine into a contraption, why not show us what’s happening? The OMNI does! It’s totally transparent acrylic construction gives it the look of crystal and makes the wine inside flash and sparkle as it moves through the aeration funnel. It uses the spray aeration technique, too, which disperses the wine not through streams or dripping, but many tiny droplets. That means more surface area exposure for the wine.


Aervana Essential: Best Wine Aerator with Dispenser

Aervana Essential wine aerator dispenser
The Aervana is different. It attaches to the top of a wine bottle like in-bottle aerators, but wine is aerated and dispensed through the push of a button. Not through pouring. That’s because a tube is inserted into the wine bottle to its base. It touts six times more aeration than gravity-based aerators. Because it doesn’t rely on gravity, it’s battery-powered. If you’re looking for a one-touch, all-in-one aerator that makes the process as easy as humanly possible, this is the one. Pair it with a set of wine glasses with pour lines and most of the work is done for you.


BOUARTS Electric Wine Aerator

BOUARTS Electric Wine Aerator
Like the Aervana, the BOUARTS is a battery-powered aerator and dispenser combination. Also like the Aervana, it claims six times as much aeration as gravity-based wine aerators. Through a tube inserted into the bottle, the touch of a button sends the wine up into the aerator and out through a pour spout. Once you open the bottle of wine, there's no pouring required. Where this differs from the Aervana is mostly in style and price point. If you’re looking for something dark and minimal—and you’re looking for an aerator and dispenser combo on a bit of a budget—you’ve just found your forever aerator.


You’ve Chosen … Wisely.

Aerating wine is wise. No matter the type of aerator, all of the above are best for a certain type of wine. Young, tannic reds. Aged wine is sometimes too fragile and should be decanted for aeration instead. This is where it helps to know what are tannins in wine, since they tend to be strong and astringent in younger reds and wine aerators temper that. White wines don’t typically need aeration.

But if you’re drinking old reds that have resolved tannins and some sediment, learning how to decant wine could be a life saver. you’re better off using a decanter. So check out our 10 best wine decanters of 2020. Learning how to decant wine will get you to the same place as using a wine aerator. It just takes a little longer. But decanters have many benefits of their own, including but not limited to looking absolutely gorgeous and filtering sediment out of old red wines.

And if you’re on the fence about using a wine aerator vs. decanter, we broke it all down for you.

You may not be making a sommelier salary or charging a corkage fee using your aerator or a decanter, but you’ll be saving money and learning valuable service skills if you're planning on becoming a sommelier. They test for this kind of stuff on the master sommelier exam. And if you’re doing it in your home, you’re ahead of the pack.


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