Product Type: Vacuvin Wine Cooler
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Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler
Member Name: l500589
Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler
Date: 09/06/12, updated on 10/09/13 (197 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish looking, fast action, no mess!
Disadvantages: Slightly difficult to remove the wine bottle
~~~ 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!
Thanks for reading
© L500589 2012
Summary: So much better than an ice bucket!!