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Metrokane Houdini Wine Preserver with Set of 2 Vacuum Stoppers, Black

2.9 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

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  • This Houdini wine saver removes air from opened bottle of wine helping to lock in the freshness and flavor of wine
  • Patented push button stopper creates and holds a wine vacuum for days; reopen and drink at your own leisure
  • Ergonomically designed wine pump handle for easy operation; easier than ever to preserve the freshness of your opened wine bottles
  • Includes 2 wine stoppers allowing you to preserve two bottles of wine at the same time
  • With excellent Metrokane design, you can count on both quality and sturdiness that is meant to last
  • Pump vacuums oxygen out of opened wine bottles
  • Preserves flavor and aroma by preventing oxidation
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Product Description

Size: Set of 1

Product Description

The Metrokane Houdini wine preserver allows bottles to be stored horizontally. The preserver includes two pushbutton stoppers which holds the vacuum seal for days.

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You've spent an entertaining evening over several bottles of wine, but now you have a bunch of half-empty bottles sitting in the kitchen. What to do? Enjoy them to the end with the Metrokane Save-the-Wine vacuum pump, which removes the air from opened wine bottles to preserve the wine taste and bouquet. Without the vacuum seal, the oxygen-exposed wine will stale quickly, dramatically affecting the flavor. This ergonomically designed pump is simple to use, and it will let you drink the wine up to two weeks later with few ill effects. The pump comes with two pushbutton stoppers, each of which seals the vacuum tightly. The stoppers also release the vacuum at the touch of a button. --Rivers Janssen

Product Information

Size:Set of 1
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 6 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 9.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Cookware
Manufacturer Houdini
ASIN B00009WE4M
Item model number 5577
Customer Reviews
2.9 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #55,869 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#174 in Kitchen & Dining > Bar Tools & Glasses > Wine Stoppers & Pourers > Wine Stoppers
#2,187 in Kitchen & Dining > Wine Accessories
#2,269 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Bar & Wine Tools
Date first available at Amazon.com June 2, 2003

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By S. Hess on November 6, 2006
Size: Set of 1
I bought this item as a resplacement for another that had lasted several years before succumbing to the demise to which all devices with cheesy plastic parts eventully succumb. Fortunately, the Swissair I replaced was for use both with wine (suck out the air) and bubbly (pump air into the chamber), and the busted bit was stuck in the wine position, which was fine for 99% of its service.

Like a dummy, I got the Metrokane and chucked the Swissair in one irreversable transaction.

The Metrokane is servicable. It does what it purports to do: It sucks the air out of the bottle. If that were the whole story, I would undoubtedly give this product a 5. Alas, the value of the vacuum is only as good as the staying power of the vaccum, and that requires that the stopper provide a robust seal. To put it simply: The seal seems to be the weak link in this system.

If I pump the bottle, and immediately let out the seal, I get a satisfying hiss, indicating a positive seal. If I pump the bottle and wait a day, the hiss is a little less satisfying, indicating a slow leak. One might expect the day-later hiss to be diminished for other reasons (whatever it is that goes on inside the open bottle), but in comparison to the swissair, the next-day hiss is too differnt from the immediate release.

I have found if I wet the stopper, that helps, and the resulting seal can last a few days with very slow loss.

So, I gave the product a 4 -- it works, but not as well as what it replaced, and I think that issue is with the stopper, not the pump.
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I've had enough half-bottles of wine starting to turn vinegar only one day after I opened them. I've tried enough different kinds of stoppers trying to prevent it.
FINALLY -- THIS ONE WORKS!!!
I bought this because it came inexpensively with my Rabbit corkscrew (which is also wonderful) and figured it was worth trying. WOW was it ever! Just put the stopper on the bottle, put the little hand pump on the stopper and give it a couple of pumps, and the wine is good to keep!
On the top of each stopper is a small "vacuum relief valve" -- just touch that to the side to let air back in the bottle to equalize the pressure, and the stopper comes out easily.
It has worked well for a couple days at a time. I haven't tried it for longer.
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This product worked fairly well. About 80% of the time the bottles held their vacuum. The other 20%, well... the tops made a good cork. Unfortunately, after only about 20 uses, the pump broke while I was using it. The pressure from the vacuum pulled the plunger away from the handle. Since this piece in internal, there's no way to fix it, so it's basically trash now.

So... 4 points for how well it worked, but minus two for breaking.
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While in California wine country, we learned about the benefits of pumping the air out of a wine bottle so the wine doesn't oxidize while in storage, thus, it "keeps" longer.

The Metrokane Vacuum pumps works as advertised, and our wine is lasting much better. We only use it for red wine; the white is usually in the 'fridge.

It is a good product at a very reasonable price. The pump comes with two corks, so you can have two bottles of red wine opened at the same time.
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By A Customer on April 11, 2004
Size: Set of 1
I have had the "other" vacuum wine saver and it did the job so-so. Purchased this one as a stocking stuffer for a freind, and they raved about it so much that I got one for myself. It's great - especially the air release valve. Whow, no more wasted wine!!
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I bought this to keep partial bottles of wine fresh for a couple of days (no bottle lasts me longer than that anyway). The pump seemed to pull a good vacuum and the stoppers held it for that period, emitting a satisfying hiss when I vented the bottle. Then it broke in the same unrepairable way other reviewers have experienced. Now it's junk.

I'm going to try the Vacu Vin.
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I got at least 20 good uses out of this wine saver until the pump broke as I was pumping the air out of a bottle. Disappointing, but it was good enough while it lasted that I will probably buy another (I still have the 2 corks that go with it, anyway). But heed this warning: stop pumping when you start to feel resistance. The pump clearly isn't built to take a lot of force.
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If, like me, you have a crazy job and just need a glass of wine (or two) at the end of the day, this is perfect. I drank a bottle of red wine over 5 days and it tasted the same on the last day as it did when I first opened it. I haven't tried using it for longer than 5 days, but if you keep a bottle for longer than 5 days, what is wrong with you?? Keep drinking!

In all seriousness this vacuum pump was the smartest $10 purchase I've made all year.
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