Even the greatest wine lover sometimes fails to finish a bottle.
If you end up wasting some wine once in a while, it’s no big deal. If, however, you find yourself routinely wasting your vino, it’s worth considering a wine preservation system.
Many singles, for instance, have no intention of finishing a whole bottle of wine with dinner. The alternatives to throwing the wine away, though, are not ideal. Whether you try to cram the cork back inside the bottle, or you leave it unopened, you’ll be introducing far too much oxygen to your wine. This triggers the process of oxidation, and spoils the taste and aroma of your wine.
Wine preservation systems mean you don’t need to waste your wine, and you don’t need to tolerate drinking it beyond its best either.
Not all systems designed with this in mind are complicated either. Indeed, the simplest systems are nothing more than stoppers. This kind of wine preservation will keep your vino fresh for up to a fortnight.
Another obvious option is to use a wine decanter or carafe. As long as the seal is airtight, you’ll preserve wine for a few days to a week.
The most complex wine preservation systems use argon gas. This is an inert gas favored by the wine industry, and it’s completely harmless.
Now, if you haven’t considered buying a wine preservation system before, there are a few simple pointers to consider on the buying trail.
- Style of wine preservation system: The first choice you’ll face is whether to invest in a gas-based or vacuum seal system. With the former, you’ll spray argon has into the wine bottle which helps it to stay fresher for much longer. Once the argon is inside, a wine stopper prevents any air from penetrating the bottle. With a vacuum system, oxygen is sucked out of the bottle. This stops the process of oxidation and ensures that the wine doesn’t go flat. We review plenty of both types of system
- Ease of use: Some of the better wine preservation systems require mastering, while simple stoppers are foolproof. Make sure you avoid any systems with a reputation for being awkward to use
- Price/performance ratio: As with most products, the more you pay for a wine preservation, the more you’ll get in terms of performance. Think here about your intended use. If you only occasionally leave wine unfinished, it’s unnecessary to buy an advanced and pricey system. For anyone routinely requiring the services of a wine save, it’s worth looking at the more upscale systems
OK, with those pointers in place, you should be perfectly placed to browse the best wine preservation systems out there to see if any make the right fit for you.
The 13 Best Wine Preservation Systems
1. Our #1 Pick: Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump
- Vacuum seal
- 5 x 4.25 x 8.25 inches
Our favorite overall wine preservation system is also one of the simplest. What do you get for your money, then?
This is a gift set that’s very keenly priced and consists of 6 black rubber stoppers and a wine saver pump.
If you fail to finish a bottle of wine, just create an air vacuum with the provided pump and the stopper is used instead of forcing you to attempt reinserting the cork. Not only will you avoid getting any cork debris in your wine, but you’ll also keep it fresher for longer, ideal if you don’t plan to drink it for a few days.
While the manufacturer claims you can keep wine fresh for up to 2 weeks, this is ambitious. You’ll certain prolong the life of your unfinished wine by a week or more, though. After that, expect some loss of flavor and aroma.
The stoppers are solidly built and should give you or the wine lover in your life plenty of faithful service.
Aside from the need to hand wash these stoppers, there’s not much else to find fault with here. This is one of the best wine preservation systems because of its simplicity, affordability, and durability.
2. Coravin Model Two Wine Preservation System
- Argon gas capsules
- 5 x 4.25 x 8.25 inches
Coravin takes a different approach to wine preservation using the argon gas favored by the wine industry. This is certainly not a cheap way of preserving your wine, but there’s no finer system on the market. The Coravin would be overall pick if it wasn’t for the price tag.
The concept of this system is that you can pour your wine without ever opening the bottle, so how can you achieve that?
Well, instead of uncorking your bottle, you insert the Coravin Model Two instead. The Teflon-coated needle pierces the cork, you then invert the bottle and pour your wine by pressing and releasing the trigger rapidly. The needle is coated with Teflon so it meets with no resistance going in or out.
The capsules of this system are filled with argon gas, used for decades by winemakers looking to perfectly preserve wine.
The Model Two is the second step in this complete line. The manufacturer recommends this model for wine enthusiasts. Does it sound like it fits the bill for you?
3. Ivation Wine Gift Set
- Electric vacuum seal
- 2 pounds
- 48 x 11.61 x 2.83 inches
When you’re shopping for wine preservation systems, you can find everything from simple stoppers to complete kits like this fine example from Ivation.
This set is reasonably priced and you get a great deal of value for money.
You can remove the corks from your wine bottles, both natural and synthetic, using the electric extractor. Uncork even stubborn or lengthy corks without straining yourself. This offers you cordless convenience and the ability to open up to 30 bottles on a single charge.
If you don’t manage to finish your bottle of wine, use the air pump bundled and one of the stoppers so you can keep the leftover wine fresh for a week or so.
You’ll also get an aerator so you can bring out the best in your wine while softening the tannins without needing to wait hours for the wine to breathe.
The foil cutter thrown in helps you to slice your way through all the wrappers on your wine bottles without needing to reach for scissors or a knife.
This makes a perfect gift for any wine lover in your life, but that’s assuming you can resist the temptation to keep this wine preservation system for yourself.
4. OXO Steel Wine Saver
- Vacuum seal
- 6 x 3.5 x 1.75 inches
OXO’s steel wine saver is a no-nonsense win saver from a highly reputable brand. This company has made above-average kitchenware for years while still charging very affordable prices.
You’re getting a simple vacuum seal pump that will keep your wine far fresher than trying to reinsert the cork.
With the stopper in place, your wine will be kept in an air-free environment. This will prevent the process of oxidation which can spoil your wine. Users report the seal being especially tight for a simple wine saver.
When you’re pumping this device, you’ll appreciate the neck. This is designed so you don’t pinch your hands. The grip is also ergonomic and ensures your wine bottle doesn’t slip away.
Time to remove your stopper? The push tab makes this super-simple to release.
Build quality is pretty impressive and the overall theme of user reviews is positive. That said, we found some isolated complaints about the cheap plastic O-rings. This is a slight let-down on an otherwise impressive package.
The only other concern here centers on quality control with a few disgruntled users complaining about receiving damaged packages. We would suggest closely checking your wine saver upon delivery.
5. EZBASICS Wine Saver
- Air pump
- 4 x 5.4 x 2.4 inches
EZBASICS serves up a simple wine saver that comes in at a remarkably keen price point. How does this thing stack up?
Well, despite the budget pricing, the build of this system is solid throughout. Stainless steel will stay the distance, and it won’t rust out either.
As well as the pump that helps create the perfect storage environment from your wine, you get a pair of stoppers with this set. These rubber stoppers are long-lasting and easy to clean.
With the oxygen pumped out of your wine, it will stay fresh for up to a week, a much lengthier period than you’d enjoy by trying to recork the bottle, or by leaving it unopened. In either case, oxidation will begin and the wine will be impaired in terms of both flavor and aroma.
Based on a half-finished bottle of wine, you’ll need to pump for around 15 seconds to create that perfect seal.
A date indicator allows you to keep tabs on when your wine was laid up. This is a welcome touch not present on most of the other systems we review today.
As with so many wine preservation systems, this model is blighted by quality control issues. As long as your package arrives in one piece, though, you can kiss goodbye to squandering unfinished wine by ushering in this money-saving gem.
Don’t be put off the basic appearance, this wine saver is one of the most effective systems out there, and it’s also one of the cheapest.
6. Sunwuun Wine Bottle Stoppers
- Vacuum seal
- 4 x 3.1 x 2.2 inches
Sunwuun might not be the most recognizable brand, but if you’re prepared to take a punt on an unknown, how does this wine saver perform?
These all-in-one pumps and stoppers are a pocket-friendly way to combat wine wastage. The stoppers are sized to fit pretty much any wine bottle.
Slide the stopper into the top of the bottle and pump several times. You’ll feel the stopper suck itself tightly into the neck of the bottle, creating an airtight storage environment where your wine won’t be exposed to the oxygen that spoils the flavor and aroma.
You’ll enjoy superior performance to the original cork, and this device also works on many other bottles similar to wine bottles.
The exterior is made from food-grade ABS, while the inside of the device is made from food-grade silicone. This means you won’t have any niggling health concerns while you’re minimizing wine wastage.
You can twist the date dial on this wine saver so you know exactly when the bottle was sealed.
This market segment often seems to deliver particularly poor customer service. This brand, on the other hand, deals with any issues head-on.
7. Savino Wine Preserver
- Vacuum seal
- 25 x 4.25 x 10.5 inches
If you want to buy a wine preservation system for a loved one, this is one of the sleekest and best-looking options at your disposal.
This solution allows you to store your wine for longer without relying on pumps, and without needing any gas capsules either. How does this thing work, then?
Well, the Savino works equally well for red or white wine. Where many other wine preservation systems attach to the bottle, with this model you simply pour any unfinished wine into the glass decanter. Capacity is roomy enough for a whole 750ml bottle.
The carafe itself is made from a combination of Tritan, flint glass, and silicone. You’ll get no harmful BPA anywhere here.
Once your wine is decanted into the Savino, add the float and you’ll create the airtight barrier you need between your wine and the surrounding oxygen. Get this in place and your wine will stay fresher for much longer.
You’ll have no problems at all removing the float from the decanter despite the tightness of the seal, and when you pour out your half-finished wine, it will taste as good as it did when you first uncorked it.
8. Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System
- Argon gas capsules
- 88 pounds
- 3 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
If you liked the look of the Coravin we review above, this is the Model One from the same world-famous stable. How does this unit perform?
The Model One is intended for everyday wine drinkers and is the entry-level wine preservation system from this brand. You don’t get the metallic accents or the non-slip grip the pricier models offer, and you won’t get a carrying case or Bluetooth connectivity either. What do you get, then?
Put simply, this is one of the best wine preservation systems out there. Rather than uncorking your wine with a corkscrew or bottle opener, instead you insert the Teflon-coated needles of the Coravin inside. You then invert the bottle and pour your wine as you pump the trigger. As you do so, argon gas is introduced. This inert gas has been used for centuries in the wine industry and is perfectly safe as well as highly effective.
You get a pair of these argon gas capsules bundled, and you’ll need to factor in the ongoing cost of replacements.
If you’re concerned about introducing gas to your wine bottle, this will have absolutely no effect on the taste of your wine. Leaving it unopened, though, will adversely impact both the flavor and aroma, so don’t leave things to chance.
For a user-friendly, efficient, and long-lasting approach to wine preservation, Coravin is an industry heavyweight with just cause. This wine saver might not be the cheapest option out there, but it delivers in fine style if you can stretch to it.
9. Barvivo Wine Saver
- Pump preserver
- 5 x 6.3 x 1.65 inches
Barvivo is a highly reputable brand with a hard-won reputation for producing first-class wine accessories. What do you get with this pump preserver system then?
The first thing we should mention is the pricing. Not only is this system one of the cheapest you can find, it’s currently being aggressively discounted. Move quickly and you’ll steal yourself an incredible bargain.
Beyond this, you get even greater value since this set contains an aerator to get things off to a strong start. If you’re a fan of red wine, this typically needs decanting before serving so the tannins can soften out and the flavors and aromas can properly develop. Who has time for that, though? Use the aerator instead and you can short-cut this process, allowing your wine to reach its best in seconds flat.
How about when you fail to finish the bottle, though? Well, that’s where the wine saver comes in. The stainless steel pump helps you to remove any oxygen from the bottle, and the durable rubber stopper ensures your wine stays fresher than if you tried to place the original cork back inside.
While the bulk of user feedback is overwhelmingly positive, we found some complaints about the seal weakening over time.
10. Private Preserve Wine Preservation System
- Inert gas capsules
- 5 x 6 x 6 inches
As we edge to the end of our quest for the best wine preservation systems, Private Preserve delivers a powerful device that stops oxidation cold and guarantees you unfinished wine that tastes just as good as when it was first uncorked.
This system harnesses completely inert gas to create a protective barrier that prevents oxygen from penetrating and ruining the wine. The mixture includes argon, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen in a well-balanced formula that’s also totally safe.
Using this thing couldn’t be easier. When you can’t drink any more wine from the bottle, insert and spray the Private Preserve inside. Unlike storing wine in a wine cooler, you should keep the bottle upright when you’ve sprayed in the inert gas. This helps to keep the gas on the surface of the wine.
Don’t worry about ignoring the usual advice to store the bottle horizontally. The primary reason for that is to keep the cork in contact with the wine to stop it drying out. With this system, the cork is no longer a concern at all.
The manufacturer claims you can get 120 uses from each can. We found a number of dissatisfied customers suggesting that they couldn’t achieve anything like this amount.
If you’re looking for an affordable and user-friendly way of getting the most out of your wine, we can’t recommend this system strongly enough.
11. ArT Wine Preserver
- Argon gas capsules
- 4 x 2.8 x 2.7 inches
The ArT wine preserver is another argon-based system that helps you to extend the lifespan of all types of opened and unfinished wine.
Using the same principle as all systems like this, you’ll displace the oxygen in the wine bottle when you introduce argon gas. This serves to arrest the damaging process of oxidation. Air will impair both the taste and the aroma of your wine.
The manufacturer also offers stoppers to insert into your bottle after using this pump. They will act as a much tighter seal against intruding air than the old cork reinserted.
If you need to reopen the bottle and you still can’t finish it all off, you can just respray the argon and repeat the process. It couldn’t be easier even if you’ve never tried a wine preservation system before.
A few customers complained about the can running out quite quickly and representing poor value. We feel the pricing of this is very reasonable, though, and it’s a lot better than throwing away expensive wine.
12. Repour Wine Saver
- Vacuum seal
- 6 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches
Next up is another simple but effective method of keeping your wine fresh for longer than if you try reinserting the cork. You’ll also save yourself the headache of trying to force the cork back inside the bottle, and the foul taste of pieces of cork in your mouth.
This device was designed by a chemist with a love for wine. Unlike some of the more complex systems, this one just slips inside your wine bottle instead of the cork. And that’s when the magic happens…
Repour manages to absorb oxygen both from the air and also from the wine in the bottle. With this approach, you’ll eliminate the oxidation that attacks and ruins wine when it’s exposed to oxygen.
You can buy Repour in packs of 4, 10, or 72.
While this wine saver works wonderfully at home, you could also save yourself a fortune if you run a commercial establishment where you’re continually pouring away unfinished wine. Invest in a bumper pack of Repour and stop throwing profits down the drain.
Where the air displacement used by most competing wine preservation systems will reduce the oxygen content, they won’t get rid of it completely. With Repour, on the other hand, you can keep your wine fresh for as long as you need to, period.
13. Ivation Wine Gift Set
- Vacuum seal
- 3 pounds
- 23 x 10.16 x 2.83 inches
Last but by no means least in our search for the best wine preservation systems is this fine gift set, again from Ivation. How does this system shape up, then?
Despite getting everything you need to keep your unfinished wine fresh, you won’t need to dig too deep for the privilege. The affordable price tag doesn’t lead to any compromise on the performance front, though.
Start by using the foil cutter to scythe through the wrapping on your bottles. Use the electric corkscrew to open your wine without lifting a finger. Then, sidestep the breathing process by using the aerator instead of pouring your wine directly into the glass. This will soften the tannins while also bringing out the best in the flavor and aroma of your wine.
What can you do if you fail to finish the bottle?
This is where the heart of the system comes into play. Use the pump and stoppers to remove the oxygen while sealing the wine bottle so it stays fresh for days.
Although most users reviews of this wine preservation system are positive, we found some scattered complaints about a disappointing lifespan with some components.
Overall, we feel this is one of the most comprehensive wine preservation systems, and it’s also priced within most people’s budget.
If you pitched up today here at Barnacle Bar with no idea about whether wine preservation systems are a smart investment or a waste of money, that should have changed by now.
As always, we reveal the flaws in all of the products we review rather than purely focusing on the benefits. We want to give you the opportunity to buy with your eyes open and a clear understanding of what you’re buying. Stick with any of the wine savers on our shortlist and you’re in safe hands.
If you encounter a wine saver that we didn’t review today, we hope you find the buying guidance at the beginning comes in useful. Keep those pointers in mind and you should easily find the best wine preservation system for your needs.
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