Product Type: Vacuvin Wine Cooler
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Ingenious little wine cooler
Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler
Member Name: jipp05
Vacuvin Rapid Ice Prestige Wine Cooler
Advantages: Stylish, chills wine from room temperature and keeps it cold for hours
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.
Summary: A well made, stylish wine cooler that works