Product Type: Vacuvin Wine Cooler
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Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler
Member Name: northernlovely
Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler
Advantages: Works well, looks great, low price
Disadvantages: None really
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.
Summary: Well worth the money if you're after a cooler
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