Wine Bottle Balloon Reviews
Wine Balloon invention is another wine preserver in an already crowded market place. Every kind of wine preserver has its merits but also it downfalls, so is Wine Bottle Balloon any different and what does it have to offer that other products do not.
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The product has been reviewed by sommeliers but one criticism versus the inert gas products is that you need to release the valve to deflate the air and remove the balloon from the wine bottle. This is not ideal in a busy bar or restaurant when wine is served by the glass. The gas wins hands down, as all the server has to do is remove the cork from the bottle. On the other hand, with Wine Bottle Balloon invention, no cork is required. Some have argued that the Wine Balloon is no good for commercial businesses because you would need to have too many wine balloons and it would be time consuming for a bar or restaurant when one inert gas canister can satisfy the need of several bottles.
The following quotes are opinions taken from various internet forums and product reviews:
“Since my wife doesn’t drink, I often have half a bottle of nice wine left after a meal. I have a couple of small complaints about it, however. First, it is much more expensive than it needs to be – - the product is extremely simple. Second, there is no “spare” balloon in the package. I don’t look forward to shelling-out another $23 for a replacement kit.”
“The balloon often deflates. I have lost 2 bottles of wine due to this defect because I laid them on their side. Also, sometimes the air release valve won’t release. Worthless junk.”
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“BUT (and it’s a big BUT): The balloon itself is very fragile. It worked for about a month and then I inflated it without being able to see it through an opaque bottle of red wine. It blocked incoming air as advertised, but I couldn’t tell that it had inflated enough. So I kept inflating it and it burst. Now what?
Amazon doesn’t advertise spare balloons, but Wine Balloon invention does. They want $3.50 if you order one at the time of purchase of the kit. Otherwise it costs $5.00! Up to you.
I suppose that if you have a bright light behind the bottle when you are inflating the balloon, you can see when it is big enough, and you stop before the Bottle balloon bursts.
September 7th 2011:
Using a replacement balloon I started again. As I said earlier, things work well if you can avoid over-inflating the balloon. Also, don’t let the weight of the tube and the ‘squeezer’ bulb drop onto the balloon, because the combined weight on the neck of the balloon when it is fully-inflated may be too much. Just watch the balloon through the bottle and keep things straight. Voila! Since the original review I have used Wine Balloon a number of times, and have been impressed by how well it keeps wine for days at room temperature without spoiling it.
Buy it and try it!
December 1st 2011:
More problems. A small hole developed in the balloon, and it collapsed, allowing the air to get at my wine.
December15th 2011: I’m on my spare balloon, and so far so good. The balloon is definitely the weak spot in an otherwise useful device.”
The consensus is that Wine Bottle Balloon invention is an effective product that does what it says but the Bottle balloon is a weak spot. The price is also questioned as it seems too expensive for what it is. Clearly, the manufacturers need to take heed and supply a spare balloon at least for the price they are charging. An exploding balloon does not sound especially safe although the company would have done this type of testing without doubt. In a crowded market place, does the Wine Balloon really deliver? By all accounts, consumers are generally pleased with it when it works but frustrated at the price and the fragile balloon. The last thing any consumer needs is to keep going back and re-ordering spare parts especially at the price point.
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A nice wrap up of a few Wine Bottle Balloon Reviews.