Best wine decanters 2024: recommended by experts

The best wine decanters will enhance the essence and aromas of your favorite bottles. Young or aged, this is the best way to enjoy a glass of good wine.

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Whether you're new to wine or an obsessive, the best wine decanters are a home essential. They come in all shapes and sizes, from minimalist and chic to elaborate and decorative, so there's plenty to choose from.

If you care about your wine, you probably have a good wine cooler. However, that's only covers part of the experience. Pouring wine into a decanter helps to oxygenate it, enhancing the aromas and flavors of your bottle, red or white. 

Wine decanters aren't reserved for the old bottles that you wait years to drink, either. In fact, many experts recommend using decanters for younger wines too. I've searched through hundreds of decanters looking for ones with stoppers, swans, or electric technology and these are the best.

When you're winding down from the day and looking forward to enjoying a glass of expertly preserved wine, you'll be glad you bought a decanter.

Best wine decanters 2024

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Decanter FAQs

What is the best shape for a wine decanter?

A circular base with a narrow neck and flaunted opening is perfect. The circular base will let the wine pool out, exposing it to more oxygen, while the narrow neck makes it easier to pour your wine out 

Does the quality of a decanter matter?

Most decanters are made of glass; more premium options are crafted from crystal. If you use a different material, such as stainless steel, this will affect the flavor or your wine. 

Why does wine taste better in a decanter?

When wine reacts with oxygen it tastes smoother and fruiter. This is especially true for young wines. Sparkling wine shouldn’t be decanted, but lots of others will taste lovely. 

Final thoughts

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 When pouring a glass of wine, there are a few things that you can do to elevate your drink. Using wine from a good wine cooler always helps. Decanting wine into one of the best containers will enhance all of the complex, beautifully preserved flavors. Pouring it into the perfect wine glass with some delicious snacks completes the perfect trio. Once you start doing it, you won't go back.

How we test

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At Homes & Gardens we like to test everything before we recommend it to you. However, we were unable to test the decanters, so I looked through all of the best wine decanters on the market, trying to find the perfect one for you. 

I scoured through expert and customer reviews finding out all the details for each decanter. If it had a useful feature, I found out how good it really was. Similarly, if a decanter was difficult to pour from, ultra-fragile, or not big enough for a full bottle, I found that out too. If you'd like to know more, we have a dedicated page for how we test appliances. 

Laura Honey
eCommerce Editor

Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.