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When you taste a wine and it needs decanting to taste better, do you want to wait? Of course not! That’s the time you need the tool in your arsenal called an aerator. We have reviewed multiple aerators and have also done a review on an electric aerator. But if you’re a wine geek who loves gadgets like me, then when I was offered to do a review on the Waerator, I jumped at the chance.
Since we did do a review on another electric aerator previously from Aervana, that meant it was time for the perfect comparison between the two to provide a review of the Waerator. First up was reading the instructions. I know that’s strange for a lot of people, but I always do, especially if I want to provide the best possible use of the tool.
The first thing that struck me when I was ready to do the review was the point in the instructions that said after washing the aerator, I should wait 24 hours so it can properly dry. What? That’s the last thing I want to do with an aerator is wait—that’s why I have an aerator. But for the point of the review, I waited. And while I waited, I re-read the Aervana instructions to see if it had the same requirement. It did not.
That also gave me time to compare the two electric aerators. I noticed a couple things quickly when comparing the two. The Waerator requires four AAA batteries while the Aervana requires six AAA batteries. That could amount to some savings over time.
The second thing I noticed was the two tubes provided that go into the wine bottle. The Aervana’s tubes were identical in size whereas the Waerator’s two tubes were slightly different sizes. That could come in handy if the bottle is a little longer and you wanted to get as much wine out of the bottle as possible.
After the 24 hour waiting period to dry, it was time to finally compare the two aerators in use. First was to choose the wine and I chose a Grenache. I tasted the wine from the bottle first to get a control sample.
I first used the Aervana aerator. Remembering the taste from before, it was definitely aerated. Next up was the Waerator. It worked as the other and provided a foamy pour into the wine glass. Tasting the Waerator’ed wine was a little different than the aerated wine.
So, what was the difference? When pouring, the Aervana gave more of a foamy pouring, but it cleared up quickly. With the taste, the Aervana gave more of a tannic taste slightly less to the unaerated wine than the Waerator, which was definitely the smoothest tasting of all.
What would be better? If you want to get rid of most of the tannins in your wine, then the Waerator in this case would be better. If you still want some tannins, but not as much as an unaerated wine, then the Aervana gives you that. It’s probably similar to letting a wine decant for 30 minutes (Aervana) vs. one hour (Waerator). In the end, it all depends on what you would prefer to drink.
The other factor to consider is price. The Aervana currently on Amazon is more expensive than the Waerator, but time may change prices when you look.
The one negative about the electric aerators is it pretty much requires you to keep an empty wine bottle around just to use for water to clean the aerator after use.
To summarize, an electric aerator like the Waerator makes aeration useful. Is it better than a non-electric aerator? It’s certainly more fun to use and show off, and only you can make the decision if it is the better aerator for you.