In order to choose the best decanter stopper, you need to consider what you want to use it for, what material it should be made from, and the size. Size is important, especially if you are buying a replacement stopper for a decanter or if you are purchasing a decanter stopper for a decanter that did not originally come with one. A decanter stopper can also be one that suits your style, and many come in modern, antique, or novelty designs.
A decanter is used to hold wine or other liquid for the sake of presentation and to clear out sediment from the liquid. Decanters also give an elegant look and are easier to pour than bottles much of the time. The decanter stopper can serve to hold the liquid in or can act as a filter or concentrated spout for easier pouring. Some stoppers have aerators on them for use with wine or other fermented liquids. How you want it to function should be the first factor in determining what kind of decanter stopper you want.
Glass and crystal are the most common materials used for decanter stoppers, and most of them are balls that rest on top of the decanter. This is fine if you aren’t concerned about moving the bottle or storing the liquid for long periods. Other glass or crystal stoppers come in a more traditional form and look more like a stopper with a handle. There are many crystal stoppers like this, and they often come in an antique style. Other stoppers that are used as filters or spouts for pouring have a screen on them or are made of metal, as is often the case of a spout stopper used for pouring.
Decanter stoppers can also be made from other materials. Heavy woods, such as oak or mahogany, are often used because they are not as absorbent as other woods. Other stoppers are made of cork. These materials can be nice and are often cheaper than crystal or glass, but often don’t last as long.
If you want a stopper with more flair, there are several available that come in various designs. They can reflect a holiday, artistic style, or other common theme. A novelty decanter stopper can add a nice decorative touch for a special occasion.
The most important thing is finding a stopper that fits properly. There are many specialty stores that carry them, and they often list size requirements. If you purchase one online, be sure to verify the measurements.