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I received this Vacu Vin wine cooler as a thank-you present over two years ago, from friends who came to stay with us for 10 days. Despite the fact that nowadays my husband and I rarely drink at home, it was a much-wanted and happily accepted gift! I see that it is currently available via Amazon.co.uk for £12 and upwards.
Vacu Vin is based in the Netherlands and has been around since 1986 when the founder developed a wine saving device. I'd had a housemate who had such a gadget, so I was vaguely familiar with the brand.
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Available in black or silver - we have the latter - this cooler is 20cm x 14.5cm x 14.5cm. Outwardly it has the appearance of a modern, sleek vase. Inside the vessel itself is a removable cone-shaped hollow ice pack sleeve that is slightly smaller than the holder - approximately 17cm x 14cm.
For this cooler to function properly, the ice pack needs to have been in the freezer for at least three hours. I'd advise storing the pack in the freezer, and then you are always ready to cool your wine.
The sleeve is a snug fit around most bottles of wine, indeed I cannot recall having any problems with it.
In my opinion the sleeve needs to be around the wine for at least five to eight minutes; I don't like my wine to be too cold. My mother, on the other hand, loves her white wine to be very cold so the sleeve is always left on for at least 15 minutes when she comes over. In fact what I do is pour my wine first a few minutes earlier than her, a little before I actually want it.
This cooler does feel quite heavy - I suppose that is to ensure that the bottle is well supported. Therefore, it may not be a suitable item for people with arthritis in their hands or those who have difficulties with their wrists. Apart from this minor annoyance, this is a great product.
However, would I actually buy it? Probably not. Why buy the entire contraption when you can obtain perfectly good ice pack sleeves at a cheaper price and without the hassle of storage.
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This works fine. If it suits your style then it may be right for you. Our friends probably bought this item for us in the sound knowledge that we wouldn't get it for ourselves.
Friday night for me is wine night, I get in from work and tidy the house ready for the weekend and as soon as my daughter goes to bed, I like to open a bottle. The problem was, despite this being my routing, I quite often forget to put the wine in the fridge so would end up drinking my first glass at room temperature (which is never nice when my favourite is white wine). So for my birthday last year, my other half brought me a wine cooler.
The product measures around 21cm tall and 15cm wide, I have never experienced any problems getting my bottle in although I would say it can only accommodate standard sized bottles. My cooler has a stainless steel finish to it which I think makes it look really stylish and fits in with the décor of my house. It is quite lightweight which is ideal during the summer months when I like to have a glass on the back garden.
The wine cooler retails for around £20 - 25, which I suppose is a little on the steep size for what it is however I do find it competitively priced to similar products on the market. It is available from larger department stores and place such as Amazon, EBay etc. The cooler is also available in black which seems to be priced around £10 cheaper so if you aren't fussed on the colour, I would recommend this one.
Using the wine cooler is really easy, just remove the inner sleeve (which has a gel like texture) and place in the freezer, flat for a minimum of 6 hours. What I do is once I have finished with my cooler, put it straight back into the fridge so its ready for the next time I want to use it. When I am ready to use, just remove the base (screw fit), put the sleeve in so it fits nicely round the inside of the cooler and the pop my bottle of wine in. According to the instructions, the wine is cool enough within 5minutes, I do find this is a bit optimistic and it takes more like 10 but even after 5, it is slightly chilled and ready to drink. The instructions also state that the cooler will keep the bottles chilled for a few hours although to be fair, my bottle doesn't normally last that long so I haven't tested that part.
One of the things I like most about the cooler is that it is portable as I don't need to plug it in anywhere. During the summer months, I take this to our static van with me and pop it in the freezer for when I am ready.
This is a great item and I would recommend, I can now rest assured that whenever I fancy a bottle of wine, they will be chilled. 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
So, you could spend a fortune on a wine-cooler the size of your fridge (who needs that much cold wine at a moment's notice?) or you could get one of these for less than £15. Personally, I prefer this option, although if we had enough wine for an actual wine cellar I might think differently.
It's nice and simple, no electric required. There's a section which goes in the freezer, then you bring it out and stick it in the cooler and hey ho, cold wine. Admittedly this means you have to know you're going to want it far enough in advance to put it in the freezer to start with, so no on-the-spot parties for you. It then keeps cool for up to 6 hours, or so it says. Personally I have yet to have a bottle of wine last that long!
It's hardly high technology, operating on the same principle as a cool bag and icepacks. However, it's also cheap and doesn't take up much room. And, unlike my husband's previous solution of sticking the bottle in the freezer, the bottle won't explode if you forget about it. If you're looking for a gift for someone who likes their wine, you could do a lot worse.
I bought this a while back after reading such great positive reviews on here about the product. I had always been in the market for a wine cooler as it would be fair to say that I enjoy a glass or ten. I picked it up from Amazon where I buy everything for £20. £20 is pretty standard I would say for a mid-range wine cooler as you can buy them in the hundreds but can also buy them for a fiver.
Anyway, it is a sleek silver with an inner piece which you take out and pop in the freezer to cool and take out when you plan on having a glass of wine and don't want to get up to get the wine. Size wise, it should fit into the smallest of freezers as it doesn't take up a lot of space. Give it around twenty minutes in the freezer and it should be plenty cold. Then you just pop it back in to its holder and carry it over to your seat. Once you put your bottle of wine in, it will only take around three or four minutes for the bottle to start going cold and it will last for around three hours from my experience which is plenty long enough for a single bottle.
You can also put the big bottles of cider in it or any other wine sized bottle. I have dropped it a couple of times but it has easily survived these drops, with the worst being a minor dent in the side which doesn't affect functioning; just appearance.
If you're in the market for a wine cooler, then I have to say that you should look no further as for £20, you can pick up one of the most effective wine coolers that I have used for a while. Functional, rugged and cheap, can't ask for more.
I don't like to buy wine on my weekly shop as if I buy it in bulk, I tend to drink it. Without sounding like an alcoholic! I tend to get the urge though and I pop to Tesco to pick up a bottle for the evening. Shops never usually chill their wine so this item made a novel and pleasant present for me for my birthday. Thanks to my friends that know me so well. The cover is a wine cooler that acts not only as a stand to keep the wine cool in, but rapidly cools the wine from room temperature.
==Price and availability==
This item can be bought for under £15 from ebay or Amazon, it comes boxed with instructions. It is not the most stylish of items but it is very functional.
The below is the spec:
* Chills wine from room temperature in just 5 minutes
* Keeps wine ice cold for up to 3 hours
* Black tabletop design
* Uses special Rapid Ice cooling system
* Charges in the freezer
The cooler comes in two parts the external stand and the ice jacket, is this that holds the magic and cools the wine. This is more than an ice jacket as it contains an ingredient that is ultra cooling, much more so than just an ice jacket. The plastic stand is fine, it is not very attractive and I would not have it on the dinner table usually but needs must when you want a cold bottle of wine. The jacket and stand fit any standard bottle of plonk and champagne.
After five minutes, the bottle of wine is colder but it is not ready to drink, I like my wine quite cold. I find that the optimum temperature is 20 - 30 minutes and the jacket will keep the wine cold for as long as it takes you to finish the bottle. I would say that we can do a bottle in 2-3 hours and it remains cold throughout. The jacket is slim so you can then fold it over and pop in the freezer for next time. It takes about 4-5 hours for it to be able to be used once it has returned to room temperature.
If, like me you have friends that just love to guzzle the wine, then this will make a nice present. It is not stylish nor attractive but it does the job and it keeps the wine cool. I think for the price, it offers good value for money but I think the external cover could be more pleasant to look at.
My partner and I like having friends and family members over for dinner. Being Italian, my partner has more bottles of wine than I've had hot dinners and there always has to be wine on the table. During these dinners, we are frequently getting up and down to pour more wine from the bottles in the fridge and so I purchased the Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler to save our legs, but perhaps not our livers.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed in order to chill wine quickly and to keep it cool for ages. The wine will maintain a constant temperature which makes it more plenty and refreshing to drink, and you won't need to be going back and forth from the fridge. It has a sleek design which should look impressive on display on your dining table and it promises to get to work within 5 minutes.
How do you use the product?
The product has a removable inside layer which contains a special gel. It is split into sections which means that it can be both rolled up and flattened out. This gel pack needs to be flattened out and put in the freezer for at least six hours but the longer the better. You then need to roll up the frozen gel pad and pop it inside the container. You then pop your wine into the container and leave it for about 5 minutes to cool down. It's then ready to drink.
Packaging and Price
The product does look quite nice on display on my dining table. It has a smooth silver outer casing and it is round in shape getting narrower at the top. The product will only cost you around £10 although I think it looks more expensive. It is also available in black but I think the silver one looks much more elegant. The product can be bought from a range of online websites.
The product is extremely easy to use. As you can roll the gel pad out flat, it doesn't take up unnecessary space in my freezer. I tend to leave it there between uses so that I don't ever leave it too late to put it in. The gel pad is easy to insert into the wine cooler. Normal wine bottles fit in easily and we haven't had any problems in this area so far but some of the more weird and wonderful bottles have trouble fitting in the container.
I think the 5 minute claims are a little far fetched. It is certainly getting cooler after this amount of time but it isn't chilled at this point. After around 10 minutes, it is more to my liking. The product is sleek looking and small enough that it doesn't take up unnecessary room on the table. It does keep the wine cool for the duration although depending on how many guests I have, that sometimes isn't long.
It does keep the wine at a consistent temperature throughout so you don't find the wine warming up at all as you near the end of the bottle. Once you have finished, you can either pop in another bottle or if you are done with your wine drinking, you can put the gel pad back in the freezer. It is reusable and promises to have a very long life.
All in all, this is a cheap and cheerful solution for wine lovers. It is simple to use and works quickly, although perhaps not as quickly as they claimed. It looks sleek and expensive on my dining table and it has fitted all bottle sizes that I have tried. The product keeps the bottle chilled and at a consistent temperature until it is all gone. I am very happy with my purchase and I can recommend this wine cooler wholeheartedly.
The summer just gone by has been a beautifully warm and sunny season, a wonderful change from what we are used to. Lazy evenings sitting in the garden with friends, sipping wine and putting the world to rights was suddenly possible and I wanted to savour every second of the sunshine without constantly trailing back inside the house to the fridge for drink refills. I know that may sound a bit lazy but I like white wine to be crisp and cold, particularly on a warm evening, and I couldn't possibly miss sunshine, conversation and run the risk of my dog stealing my seat in the sun! For this reason I thought it may be worth purchasing in a wine cooler that can be kept outside with us and save me going back in the house. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the device...the Vacuvin was absolutely perfect!
The cooler consists of a hard and sturdy outer case, with an inner, removable sleeve inside. This is popped into the freezer for 8 hours (personally I just keep mine in the freezer), then put inside the case and the bottle of wine is simply held inside.
The cooler works brilliantly. It can either be used to cool down a bottle of room temperature wine in about 10 minutes or can be used to keep a chilled bottle nice and cold. This is exactly how I used it - it kept the wine cold despite it being place on a table in the evening sunshine.
The other bonus to this is the sturdiness of it as it allows a little protection at the same time. Rather than a glass bottle than can be easily knocked over and smashed by an accidental hand gesture or an excitable dog, the case sits strong and is level in the middle of the table, without even a wobble when a glass bottle alone may have smashed.
Such a simple device that works so well could warrant a reasonably high price tag, but surprisingly, in the day and age when we seem to have to pay a fortune for everything, this was available for just £13 from Amazon. I have used it often throughout the summer months and intend to use it for entertaining during the festive period. I've only had it about 5 months but with it being such a simple product I think it will last a very very long time! Brilliant value!
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This Vacuvin Rapid Ice Wine Cooler was given to me as a gift, however looking around online it retails from £12. Amazon are selling this product for £14.86 and have it available in both the original stainless steel silver finish or a black plastic gloss finish.
eBay has a couple of listings with this item for sale at 12.99, and variety.co.uk are selling it at £14.
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* Chills wine within 5 minutes and keeps it cold for hours - without the need for a refrigerator or ice
* Removable cooling element slides into a rigid shell that looks highly attractive on the tabletop
* Cooling sleeve must be stored in a freezer for 6 hours or more before being applied to the outer shell
* Sleeve will lie flat when in the freezer (requires minimal space)
* Cooling element is both flexible and virtually unbreakable - will tolerate regular and prolonged usage
* It's also lightweight and easy to transport for use at parties, picnics, barbecues, on holiday etc (without the outer shell)
* Award-winning product - used by millions worldwide
Above specification taken from http:// www.amazon.co.uk/Vacu-Rapid-Elegant-Wine-Cooler/dp/B00005AS55/ref=pd_sim_kh _2/280-9916882-5391300
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The wine cooler I have is silver in colour and has a stainless steel finish. It measures 21 cm in height, 15 cm in width and 15.4 cm in depth. It looks simple but also modern and the small compact design adds to its attractiveness. I personally like the stainless steel finish as it coordinates with the stainless steel fittings in our kitchen, but it also comes in available in black colour.
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This wine cooler works without any electric power, so you don't have to worry about wasting electricity, instead it uses a gel pack to keep in the inside just the right cool temperature for the wine. The gel pack just needs to be stored in the freezer until frozen, and once frozen it is then placed into the bottom compartment of the wine cooler by simply unscrewing the base. The base doesn't take much effort to unscrew, and a couple of twists with the hand it is fully open. The gel pack is also very small in size, so it is easy to fit into small freezers without taking up valuable room.
The size of the wine cooler allows bottles of wine to fit easily into the inside, where it sits securely and is also just as easy to remove. As it doesn't require electricity to power it, it is therefore portable and we have a few times placed it on the dining table or on the lounge table and pour some wine when we want it, and saves us from having to go into the kitchen and missing parts of our favourite show or tv. We have also took with us to picnics and barbecues, as it is small and not too heavy (726 g) so we can pop it in our car boot without it taking to much room.
Once a bottle of wine is popped into the cooler, it takes around 15 minutes to get it nice and chilled. I like my wine really cold, and have been more than pleased with the results, as it cools the wine quickly and once it's poured into my glass I can pop it back in the cooler to keep in nice ice cold. As it uses a gel pack instead of ice to cool the wine, it stays keeps the wine ice cold for a lot longer than just popping a bottle in a outer freezer ice compartment. The gel pack keeps the wine cooler nice and chilled for a good few hours, which is more than enough time to finish a bottle of wine or have it sitting on the table at dinner.
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Overall this is great wine cooler that is compact, easy to use, reasonably priced, requires no electricity and most importantly quickly chills a bottle of wine. Therefore I would give this wine cooler a top rating of 5/5.
Having recently gone through the hell that is a house move, hence my absence from the review sites, and having been settled in for three weeks we have just started to entertain guests who generally come laden with either a house warming gift or a bottle of wine and one of my best friends came laden with both, this Vacuvin prestige wine cooler and a bottle of white to go in it which was a really nice touch. She gave us the black matt version and there is also a stainless steel version as well. Looking on Amazon the matt black version is under a tenner which is a great price regarding how useful this device is.
The great thing about it is that you do not need an energy source to use it. It is perfectly sized to handle a bottle of wine, standing at about 20cm in height and 14cm wide. Made from metal it looks nice and stylish without demanding to be the center of attention. The matt black one that I have is easy to wipe clean with a cloth after use. The cooling properties come from a cooling pack that you put in your freezer prior to use. This then slots back into the cooler and chills a bottle of wine while you are preparing the food if you are entertaining. The freezing time on the ice pack is supposed to be very quick according to the instructions, this will depend on the freezer that you have but ours has a fast freeze compartment and so it can freeze in about 20 minutes when in there. It is supposed to keep the wine chilled for up to three hours but I have never know a bottle to be open that long and not be empty, I do know that it coped with three bottles in all during our last dinner party and the wine stayed chilled from out of the fridge in the case of the 2nd and 3rd bottles.
You do not get the water drips that you do when using an ice bucket and that is one of the benefits of this system. Overall a great product and one that will not break the bank.
The only downside with this gift for me is the fact that I cannot drink at the moment as I'm pregnant but it has come in really useful on the couple of occasions we have had guests over since our move.
There is nothing worse than warm white wine and as this is one of my favourite drinks I have always used a wine cooler to keep it nice and chilled. I have had cheaper ones in the past but I had this one given to me as a birthday gift from my daughter who has got the lower model than this which is like a flexible padded material. The one I have is silver, but you can also get them in black. I think the silver one does look more expensive and it does look good on my table as I have other silver accessories on there. As it was a present I didn't ask how much it was but they retail for around £20 and are available from Amazon and other online websites, and also from retailers such as John Lewis.
It has an hard outer shell which is made of stainless steel but it isn't too heavy to move around. I would describe the shape as a cylinder which is wider at the bottom and has a smooth surface. There is a removable cooling sleeve which is what keeps the wine cool. It is recommended that you put it in your freezer for a minimum of eight hours so you either need to know well in advance that you need to chill your wine or like I usually do just keep it in the freezer when I have finished using it so I am never caught out. The only downside to this can be if your freezer gets a bit frosted up as it can stick to the bottom of the shelf which has happened to me in the past.
The cooler feels secure especially when there is a bottle in it and as it is wide at the bottom you never feel as though it is going to spill over when you are moving the bottle in and out. A normal sized wine bottle just fits snugly into the sleeve. It claims to chill the wine within 5 minutes but this is not long enough if the wine is not already chilled. I would say that if the wine is room temperature it would need to be left in the cooler for a good half an hour. I can say that a chilled bottle from the fridge will stay fresh and cool for a couple of hours but after this it isn't chilled enough for me as I do like my wine really cold. It hasn't needed washing but I would say that if there was any marks on it they would easily be removed with a damp cloth or kitchen roll.
This really is a great way to keep your wine cool especially if you are having friends for dinner and you don't want to keep leaving the table to top up the glasses. A lot of my friends have commented on how stylish this cooler is and one of them has recently bought the black one. They actually bought it new from Ebay and only paid £9 for it so they had a great bargain there. I haven't used it for outdoors but I would say that it would be great for a picnic as you could take the sleeve out of the freezer just before leaving the house and pop it into a cool bag and use it for wine or soft drinks. I think I might do this the next time I have a picnic outdoors but as the weather is changing I think this will now be next year.
I only bought this wine cooler because I had read a review here on dooyoo that was praising it and as I had a dinner with friends coming up I decided to treat myself to this as I thought it would look good on the table and be practical at the same time. I ordered it from Amazon where I paid £18 through a third party seller and I have to say that I have been pleased with it especially as I don't think that £18 was a bad price at all to be paying for it.
At home I have an electric wine cooler (it's called my refrigerator) and this is usually fine for me when I am having white wine but wine does tend to get warm really quickly when it is left out of the fridge and it is a bit of a pain having to go constantly in and out of the fridge all the time to get the bottle and for not a lot of money this stops you needing to do that. It also happens to look really stylish and I think probably more expensive looking than it actually is.
The wine cooler is comprised of an outer stainless steel shell which is very attractive and makes a good centre piece on a dining table when entertaining. The shape of the 'bucket' is very modern and it doesn't take up nearly as much room as those older buckets where you had to add ice to them to chill the wine.
Inside there is a cooling sleeve which is removable and you are supposed to cool the cooling sleeve in the freezer for at least 8 hours and then put it back in the bucket to chill the wine. I just keep the cooling sleeve in the freezer all the time as it lies flat and doesn't take up much room in there and it means that it is ready to use whenever I want it and I don't have to plan ahead.
When the wine cooler is on the table it sits perfectly flat and you don't need to worry about it falling over and spilling the wine all over the table. The bottle fits snugly in the cooler but it is still easy to get it in and out when you want to pour a glass. When I had friends over for dinner they did admire the cooler and thought it was an ingenious little invention and one friend even went home and bought one for herself.
This is supposed to be able to chill a bottle of room temperature wine in about 5 minutes. When I have used this at home I usually always just put pre chilled wine in it and this keeps it perfectly chilled and crisp so that the wine doesn't become warm and horrible. I have experimented with room temperature wine though and it does chill it but it takes longer than 5 minutes. I would probably say it takes more like 15 but it definitely does work.
I used this in the summer quite a lot out in the garden and it was amazing how chilled it kept wine even when the sun was beating down on it. I was so impressed that I even took it on a trip to the river with my friends to chill some prosecco. It can only hold one bottle but as we made short work of that we put another in and it chilled that one just as well and then again with the next bottle and even hours later when we were going home it was still cold so I was really impressed with how well it kept its coldness even when the weather was warm and other things were melting.
I would definitely recommend this wine cooler. It looks really stylish and does exactly what it is supposed to do which is chill wine and then keep it cold for hours afterwards. It isn't very expensive but it is well made and an ideal item for white wine lovers.
I'll be the first to admit that both me and my husband enjoy a bottle of wine or two. We would often decide after coming home from a hectic day at work that we fancied sharing a bottle of wine which usually meant nipping to the local shop to buy one. The problem with doing this is they aren't cool, and as my favoured wine is either rose or white, it just has to be chilled to taste nice! This impromptu purchase of wine would ultimately lead to us whacking it in the freezer for half an hour so that it could chill, but the wait is quite annoying, so I took to the Internet in search of a relatively cheap wine cooler. I almost instantly came across the VacuVin Wine Cooler. Selling for a range of prices (as with most things on the net) I managed to get hold of one for just over £9.00 including postage from Wineware.co.uk, after reading a few great reviews on it.
The cooler comes in two colours, stainless steel or black. I settled on the silver as it looked more expensive than the black one and when it arrived I was eager to give it a try! First of all, you need to place the sleeve (the insert of the cooler) into the freezer. I would recommend keeping this in the freezer permanently and then it's not a hurry to get it frozen when you need it. It needs to be frozen for a couple of hours and is then ready to be used. You then insert the wine bottle inside the jacket and within around 10 to 15 minutes the wine is perfectly chilled and ready for supping! The cooler actively keeps wine cool for a few hours, the problem we normally have is that the wine is finished before it stops working (so I'm not entirely sure how long it continues to work for, but it claims to be for around 3 hours).
The benefits of this cooler is the amount of use you will gain from it. I didn't quite realise how much use it would get used when I originally bought it, but it's been all over with us now, and is even in France with us on holiday now! Perfect for picnics, or outdoor use, you can take it with you, keep the frozen jacket cool in a cool bag and then get it out. We certainly fit in with the French who seem to have wine with everything so we are right at home here! We have also been known to use it at home, in our kitchen, yes even though the fridge is right there, it is handy to keep it out on the table and top up drinks as and when
rather than having to keep getting up and getting drinks out of the fridge. This obviously only helps if everyone is on the same wine, or if you have more than one cooler but I will probably invest in another in the near future especially for the bargain price of £9! I will also find it handy having two coolers as you can then always have one jacket in the freezer so if you do have another bottle of wine after the first, you can simply swap the jackets over so one is ice cold and one is cooling again in the freezer. The cooler fits snugly around an average sized bottle of wine, which maximises the length of the cooling period.
Although I didn't initially realise how much use I would gain from this handy little kitchen gadget, I would absolutely be lost without it. The only thing I will say is I perhaps drink more wine now than I did before, as the excuse of having a warm undrinkable bottle isn't a problem anymore! Oops!
It might be a little bit, well.. posh to have a wine cooler outside of a wine bar, but if you enjoy your wine cold, it's an essential bit of kit. I have the Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler and here is my review.
**What is it, and Why do I need one?**
It's sort of like an open ended Thermos for your wine, with a removable freezable jacket inside, of the sort that freezer bags are made out of. You just keep the jacket in the freezer and pop it into the inside of the wine cooler. Then you can serve your wine icy cold and keep it that way for a few hours.
Do you need one? Well, if you drink wine and you like it COLD, or if you entertain a lot, I certainly think it's something to consider. It's certainly a lot easier than re-plugging the bottle and sticking it back in the fridge, and it certainly looks lovely.
So, to the looks. It's a sleek brushed stainless steel receptacle with a black plastic base (you can barely see the base when it's stood up). It looks really smart even without a bottle of wine in it, and looks the part when it's in use. I give it a 8/10 on the looks scale.
**Price and Availability**
I've seen it only in two places, Lakeland, which is a homeware and cookshop located in Cheadle fairly near my home (there are other branches too!) and Amazon, I saw and liked it in Lakeland but it was far cheaper on Amazon at £12.50 so I went for it there with free delivery and it arrived the next day.
**Use and Maintainance**
It's SO easy to use. When you get it you need to put the freezer jacket in the freezer, it takes just under two hours in my freezer to go solid. Then you place the jacket in the wine cooler and place your bottle in that. I find the easiest thing to do is just keep the jacket in the freezer all the time and then it's always ready to use, handy if you have unexpected company or you just had a bad day and fancy a glass or two of pinot grigio!
It keeps the bottle nice and cold for 2 - 3 hours depending on the weather and the ambient temperature of the room it's in. And as I've said it makes it much easier than keep nipping to the fridge for a top up. It also looks nice on a side table or on your dining table, and as it's not an ice bucket, your wine is far less likely to drip water over your table / guests / carpet (you get the occasional drip of condensation but that's all).
Maintainance wise is a breeze, all you need to do is wipe the stainless steel cooler to keep it free from water marks but other than that you're good to go. If it does get splashed with food at the dinner table you can wash the freezer jacket under the tap and put the stainless steel body into the dishwasher should you want to.
I've had ours nearly a year now and it's still as good as new and we've used it lots especially over Christmas.
**Recommend & Final Words**
I think the Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler is a great item, well priced and good looking which actually works great. Not only do I think it's a fab item to have if you are a wine drinker, it's also a pretty handy and smart gift for those who enjoy wine, and entertaining, too. I shall certainly be buying one as a wedding gift in a few weeks (with a bottle of champagne in it of course!)
I think for under £12 for a stainless steel wine cooler you cannot go wrong. If you're thinking of buying one then I'd highly recommend the Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler, especially if you purchase it from Amazon due to the saving.
This is one of those 'never knew how useful it could be until you try one' products that we acquired a few months back as a present. There are times when we are sat outside with the BBQ, and it is nice to have a chilled glass of wine. However, often, we will have a BBQ on the spur of a moment (normally when we get a glimpse of warmer weather), and rush out and buy some meat and wine for the evening, without really getting the chance to properly chill down a bottle of white wine for the meal. We've tried the 'put it in the freezer for half an hour' approach, which is good, but it quickly warms up again once removed. But then we were given this Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler, and that opened up our eyes to a very useful gadget.
A wine cooler does what it says on the tin - it cools wine, and this Vacuvin model does that fairly well. To look at it, it appears to be something like a stylish silver vase that you would put flowers in. Costing just under £13, it measures 20cm high by 14.5cm round, weighs about 1.4kg and wouldn't look out of place on a mantle piece or on a bookshelf. But the key element is what is inside, because there you have a removable chill bag in the form of a sleeve. The sleeve measures just over 17cm tall and is about 14cm in diameter, and is padded around the internal area with thick gel sacks. The idea is that you remove this sleeve and keep it stored in the freezer. Then when you want to chill your bottle of wine, you remove the sleeve from the freezer, put it in your silver container, and then put your bottle of wine in it so that the sleeve sits around the bottle. It then rapidly cools your bottle of wine down to a chilled temperature. Of note, the sleeve and the gel sacks do not actually freeze solid. They still remain flexible enough to allow you to push your bottle of wine in to it.
The beauty of this device is that it is reusable and there is no mess. When you've finished using it, you just put the sleeve back in the freezer so that it is ready for the next time, which we've found normally takes about 2hrs of freezing before it is fully ready again, although you can freeze it for shorter durations, but it just won't last as long. All of the gel sacks on the sleeve are totally sealed, so there is no mess or need to refill anything. Hence, it is simple to use.
Now the manufacturers claim that this cooler will chill a bottle of wine in 5 minutes, and to some extent that is true, but it really depends on what your perception of chilled wine actually is. To me, after 5 minutes, yes it has reduced the temperature of the wine slightly, but not to the extent of what I would call chilled. In my opinion, you need more like 15 to 20 minutes with a bottle in the sleeve before the wine gets to a nice chilled state. What is nice though is that the sleeve does remain quite cold for some time afterwards. So once your wine has been chilled, the sleeve will keep it chilled for quite a while afterwards, perhaps an hour or so, or two at a push.
A slightly negative issue that is worthy of note is the fact that the sleeve is quite a tight fit on a bottle of wine. Normally, the sleeve would stay inside the container as you extract the bottle, then afterwards, you can just push the bottle back in to keep it chilled. But with this cooler, the sleeve is quite a snug fit on the bottle, meaning that when you go to pull the bottle out, it can be fairly difficult in that you have to hold the container in one hand whilst you pull the bottle out with the other. Often we have just ended up picking the whole container up to pour the wine out of the bottle, which isn't always convenient. We have tried a number of different bottles in the sleeve, and all seem to have the same issue. The only ones that seemed to work well were the fairly slim bottles that you sometimes see in supermarkets, but these don't tend to contain the more popular blends of wine.
Another point of note is that once the wine has been chilled, you will find that the wine at the bottom of the bottle (with the sleeve around it) will be quite cold, whilst the top of the bottle (away from the sleeve) may be more at ambient temperature. So when you pour your first glass of wine out, it will not be totally chilled, although the following glasses will be. We've normally got around this by giving the bottle a quick shake just before we pour it to ensure that the chilled wine is mixed throughout the bottle.
In summary, this is a neat little gadget to have and to use. It chills the bottle of wine fairly rapidly and keeps it chilled afterwards for quite a while. But it really could do with just a little more room on the sleeve so that you can easily fit it around a bottle. Overall though, I would still give it a 4 star recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I recently moved into a new house, and as is tradition I decided (well the wife decided) to have a house warming party. Numerous guests turned up to enjoy the merriment and join us in warming up our new abode, and most of them tuned up with a little gift for us. Some of those gifts are now hidden away in a cupboard, and are unlikely to put in an appearance for a while, however one of those gifts was that good that it made an important appearance on the actual housewarming party night!
~~~ What is it? ~~~
The gift in question was a wine chiller, which is something that I have never owned before, and so I decided to put it into action, as there was a modest amount of wine flowing that night.
The Wine chiller is a Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler, and it is a stylish little piece of kit that will sit proudly in almost any room of the house. It comprises of a slim stainless steel bucket, shaped like a sleek vase, and an ice jacket which sits inside the bucket. The ice jacket is removable, and the idea is to keep the ice jacket in the freezer, and when the wine chiller is required, the ice jacket is taken from the freezer, and pressed around the internal walls of the bucket. The bottle of wine then sits within the ice jacket, fully contained within the bucket. The wine chiller is designed to hold a standard sized bottle of white wine (or red if it takes your fancy).
For the purposes of this review I have found that this wine chiller costs £12:73 from Amazon which includes free delivery, and it is available in a silver stainless steel colour, or in black.
The dimensions of the chiller are 145mm by 145mm by 205mm, and it weighs 1400 grams.
~~~ My Findings and opinion on the chiller ~~~
The producers of this wine chiller (Vacuvin) claim that this product will chill a bottle of wine within 5 minutes, and to be honest I find this to be a bit of an exaggeration. Assuming that the ice jacket is ready (this takes about 2 hours if starting from scratch), then I find that a bottle will be nice and chilled within about 15 minutes, which is still mighty impressive when you consider how long it would take to chill in the fridge! For me there are so many good things about this wine chiller, which I will get to in a minute, but the one little niggle that I have with it is that I think it could have been made a few mm larger in diameter, because my wife does struggle to pull the bottle out of the chiller due to the tight fit between the ice jacket and the wine bottle. I often get the job of removing the bottle, and must admit it is a bit tight, and I find that if you turn the bottle slightly as you pull it out it comes a bit easier. I suppose this tight fit was part of the design intended to make the cooling process more rapid because the bottle is tight against the cool ice jacket, making sure that no part of the bottle is detached from the jacket.
Other than the stylish looks of this chiller, there are many other plus points! I have now used this chiller about a dozen times, and I absolutely love it. I keep the ice jacket in the freezer all the time, so that I know it will be instantly ready to chill a bottle of wine at the click of finger. It takes up very little room in the freezer, so I barely know it is in there. As mentioned earlier it takes about 15 minutes to chill a bottle of wine, and as you might expect the wine bottle tends to chill faster at the bottom where it is fully enclosed, and the exposed top of the bottle is what pushes the chilling time up to about 15 minutes. I tend to turn the bottle upside down a few times to try to help to blend the cooler wine at the bottom with the slightly warmer wine at the top and so speed up the chilling time.
The real beauty with this wine chiller is the simple ease of it. Ok I know it sounds lazy but when entertaining friends for a meal, it is so much easier to have the wine chilling at the table, rather than having to run back to the fridge each time somebody needs a 'top-up'.
To get around my laziness in the past I have used a bucket with ice in it, but this first involves having a mass of ice ready prepared, and also makes a mess each time the bottle is removed from the ice, with water dripping over the table, over people's laps, over meals, and into the drink itself as the wine is poured. With the Vacuvin chiller there is none of this irritation, as it doesn't contain ice and so it is drip free, and it also chills the wine so much quicker than having loose ice surrounding the bottle.
I have found that the chiller tends to work at it's best for about 2-3 hours, after which the cooling effect tends to recede. This is almost always long enough though, and if needed the ice jacket can be placed back in the freezer for 30 minutes to get it back to it's best again. Writing this has given me an idea actually - I wonder if you can buy an additional ice jacket, so that a spare one is always in the freezer ready for a long night on the wine?
In terms of cleaning it is very simple, just a case of wiping over the bucket and jacket with a cloth, and to be honest even that is not always needed, unless some of the wine has spilled onto it.
As I'm sure you can tell by know I am really impressed with this chiller, and it always draws lots of comments and interest from guests when they see it in action. It is perfect for taking into the garden for a glass of cool wine in the summer, and I have put small bottles of pop into it a few times, as well as large bottles of beer when I'm working hard in the garage or shed!
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