Best Wine Openers Reviewed and Tested

Picture the scene, it’s a warm summer’s afternoon, a picnic is spread out on a grassy slope, and a beautiful girl is by your side. To complete the romantic setting you reach for a bottle of wine, and then it hits you – no wine opener! Well, that’s happened to me, and I am sure it has happened to lots of other people over the years. An interlude of romance ruined by the lack of a simple tool to open a bottle of your favorite wine. After reading this, you’ll never be lost without a wine opener, as we have lots of different types and different price brackets to recommend.

Our Top 3 Picks

Oster Rechargeable Wine Opener
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Brookstone Compact Wine Opener
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Rabbit Wine Opener
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Types of Wine Openers

There are a number of different types of wine openers on the market, and they fall into five basic categories. The simplest is the waiter style, to the more elaborate being the electric or tabletop variety. If you look at the differences, it will make your choice of wine opener easier.

The Waiter Style

waiter style wine opener

This is probably the simplest and cheapest wine opener on the market. Not surprisingly it gets its name from its use by waiters in all types of restaurants, from fine dining to bistro. What makes this style of wine opener so universal is its portability. It’s easy to carry around in a pocket or an apron. It’s also the type most often found as part of a multi-knife kit. One thing to be aware of when using a waiter style wine opener is getting the corkscrew positioned correctly is essential. If the screw is not placed in the right spot, and the lever action is applied, then a dry cork can often break. Novices often struggle in the beginning to get the action right, but with all things a little practice, and a few bottles of wine later, you should be competent at pulling a cork with this style of wine opener.

The Butterfly Style

butterfly opener

This could be seen as the next logical improvement on the waiter style wine opener. The butterfly style wine opener has two wings that provide the necessary pressure to remove the cork from a bottle without the mess. As the user screws the auger into the cork, the two geared arms on the side of the wine opener raise. Once the corkscrew is in the cork, gentle pressure downwards on the butterfly wings and the gearing pulls the cork from the bottle. This type of wine opener is a little larger than the waiter style, but is still small enough to go in the pocket, and will not take up much room in a kitchen drawer.

Lever Style

lever opener

This is a more expensive and bulkier style of wine opener. However, they are very easy to use, and ideal for the novice wine lover. The lever style sits on top of the bottle, and when you press the lever down the corkscrew is driven into the cork. When you lift the lever back up the cork is withdrawn. Because it is such a simple operation, the lever style is a big favorite.

Tabletop Style

tabletop opener

As the name implies, the tabletop wine opener fits onto a table or bar top. These are much larger than the other wine openers, and therefore much more expensive. They are best used in places where a lot of bottles are being opened, such as a bar or restaurant, or if you want to make a serious statement about your love of wine. They are bulky and need to be properly attached to something sturdy to work correctly so purchasing a tabletop wine opener should not be considered lightly.

Electric Style

electric wine opener

Up to now, we have looked at wine openers with varying degree of manual labor. Electric wine openers use minimal effort to open a bottle of wine, but they are the most expensive. An electric wine opener won’t take up a lot of space in your kitchen or on your bar top, and they come in a variety of designs and colors to match the decor. If you have problems gripping, with little hand strength, or are likely to get tired opened lots of bottles regularly, then this is probably the solution for you.

10 Best Wine Openers

 

3. Oster Rechargeable

When it comes to pulling a cork with very little effort than the Oster Cordless Wine Opener fits the bill, and comes with a thermal stainless steel chiller to keep that freshly opened bottle at just the right temperature.
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The Oster makes opening a bottle of wine as easy as pressing a button. The wine opener comes with a foil cutter too. The operation is as easy as one, two, three. First, you use the foil cutter to reveal the cork in the neck of the bottle, then place the Oster Cordless Wine Opener on the wine bottle, making sure it is vertical, and then just press the button on the side for the cork to be removed in seconds. This stylish black and silver design comes with a recharging base and can open about 30 bottles of wine on one charge.

Pros
  • Simple operation                                          
  • Stylish design
  • Additional Chiller
Cons
  • More possible to go wrong

1. Brookstone Compact

You know you have quality in your hand with the Brookstone Compact Wine Opener. It's chunky stainless steel construction gives you the confidence to open bottle after bottle of wine.
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This model uses the lever action to insert the screw into the cork, and then remove it from the bottle. The Compact Wine Opener has a comfortable ergonomic shape with plastic insert handles that are easy to grip with any size of a hand. The extra long handles make this style of wine opener easier to use, as corks are pulled in a single motion. Users say it takes about three seconds to open a bottle of wine, even with synthetic plastic corks, which can be trouble at times. The manufacturers say it has been specifically designed to work with new plastic corks and they should not be a problem.

The wine opener comes with its own foil cutter to remove just enough to reveal the cork and the neck of the bottle. You then place the Compact Wine Opener on the top of the bottle letting the corkscrew rest on the cork. You use a thumb to drive the corkscrew into the cork rather than turning a handle or key. Then all you have to do is lift the second lever, and the cork pops out of the bottle. The whole operation is designed to be done with just one hand.
Pros
  • Easy to use                                                     
  • Great design
  • Good pulling power
Cons
  •   Relatively expensive

2. Rabbit

The Rabbit gets its name from its unique design and has been described as the most versatile wine opener on the market.
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This rugged wine opener is also well constructed and has gear teeth made from hardened steel, which is great for those hard to open synthetic corks. The long chrome handles give the right amount of leverage to ease the extraction of even the most difficult cork.

The lever action works effortlessly to extract the whole cork from the bottle, and not leave you with crumbling bits floating in your wine glass. The makers claim an impressive six seconds to remove a cork from the bottle, which is sure to impress. The Rabbit will work with any size of bottle, and any size of cork, so you don't have to restrict yourself to a regular size. This kit comes with a foil cutter, stand and an extra worm screw, and if that were not enough, the manufacturers offer a 100% money back guarantee.
Pros
  • Good grip                                                       
  • Works with any size bottle
  • 100% money back guarantee
Cons
  • Not as fast as others

4. Monopol Two-Prong

We have already discussed the problem of any corkscrew and pulling an old or dry cork, where the worm or auger tends to rip the cork leaving it broken or shredded and a residue of debris in the bottle or glass.
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With the Monopol Two-Prong Cork Puller, that is not going to happen, as the design does not tear into the cork when extracting it from the neck of the bottle. This style of wine opener is ideal when opening a vintage wine, as it reduces the chances of an old cork crumbling. The operation is simple. Slip the longer of the two prongs down between the bottle and the cork, and then the other. Slowly pushing the prongs deeper into the neck until finally secure, and then only turning and pulling at the same time. The cork should slowly extract from the bottle in perfect condition with no debris left in the wine.
Pros
  • Simple operation                                           
  • Elegant design
  • Ideal for vintage wine
Cons
  • Needs a strong hand

5. HiCoup All-in-One

It's about time we looked at the most popular type of wine opener, the waiter. This style of wine opener is lightweight and simple, but can still be a sophisticated and useful tool for the barman or wine lover. It's the type of wine opener many sommeliers use, and the HiCoup All-in-One comes with a foil cutter and bottle opener.
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The worm on this corkscrew has been designed to reduce the risk of a dry or old cork crumbling or breaking. It has a little notch cut along the side. This is said to maintain the structural integrity of the cork. By making sure there is more space for the worm, it reduces the chances of the cork ripping or cracking apart, and making it easier for the cork to be extracted in one simple movement. The HiCoup All-in-One has a well designed double fulcrum, which helps you control the force used to pull the cork from the bottle. The two hinge points give a sturdier fulcrum which gives more leverage and force, meaning you don't have to use brute strength to get that cork from the bottle.
Pros
  • Well designed                                                
  • Simple to use
  • Range of colors
Cons
  • Needs some strength

6. Ozeri II Electric

This is another simple to use electric wine opener and is a one-hand operation. The Ozeri Nouveaux II Electric comes with a built-in foil cutter, a pouring spout, and stopper. The wine opener is very well designed and is so easy to use.
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Another cool thing is that the see-through body means you can watch the cork being pulled from the bottle. The gently curved design fits neatly into the hand for smooth operation. When charging and working a cool blue light shines through the corkscrew area making it easier to see what is going on. The Ozeri wine opener usually takes about 10 hours to charge with the charger plugged into a power socket fully. Once that is done, it can be used anywhere, and the makers impressively claim it can pull 60 corks before needing to be recharged. So one charge should last the average wine lover a very long time.
Pros
  • Ease of use                                                    
  • Long time between charges
  • Cool lighting
Cons
  • No charging station

7. Wasserstein 4 In 1

So far we have looked at wine openers that have added attachments to do other things such as foil cutting, but the Wasserstein 4-in-1 combines, the wine opener, with a foil cutter, pouring spout and stopper into one complete package. The great thing is that you have all the components you need to help you enjoy a bottle of wine in one stylish compact unit.
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Opening a bottle of wine with the Wasserstein 4-in-1 couldn't be simpler. Just pop the device on top of the bottle, and then squeeze the bottom, so it tightens around the neck. By twisting the opener, the foil cutter does its job. The twisting top on the opener allows you to quickly drive the corkscrew into the cork and then keep turning to extract it.

Once the bottle is open, there is a pourer located on one side of the handle, and a stopper in the other. Everything you need to open and pour a bottle of wine perfectly is easily at hand. The manufacturers are so confident in their product, that should it break, they will replace it with no questions and no charge.
Pros
  • All-in-one design                                        
  • Simple to use
  • Replacement guarantee
Cons
  • Sometimes stiff to turn

8. Precision Luxury

The butterfly style wine opener is one of the most common designs because it is functional and reliable. There is not much to go wrong with this type of wine opener, so preference often comes down to how it feels in the hand and the quality of workmanship and materials.
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The Precision Kitchenware Luxury Corkscrew wins on all counts, as the body of the device is all made of chrome-plated metal. It can withstand being washed many times, and will not rust and thus contaminate your wine.

You don't have to worry about breaking out into a sweat when using a butterfly style wine opener; the geared levers should do all the hard work for you. It is important to align the corkscrew worm with the middle of the cork and then turn the key at the top to drive the screw in. Because of the gearing, the arms on the side or wings rise. Once the worm screw is securely in the cork, it is just a matter of pushing down on the butterfly wings to raise the cork from the bottle. With plastic grips on the end of the arms, there is no fear of the metal digging into your hand during the process.
Pros
  • All metal construction                              
  • Simple to operate
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Heavy

9. Truetap Waiter’s

This wine opener is probably the best value for money on the market today. The Truetap Double Hinged Waiter's Corkscrew can sell for a few bucks, which is a bargain in any language.
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Some fancy wine openers come with features you may never use, or want, but this is a simple, honest corkscrew that will get the business done with no fuss, and certainly, won't break the bank. The Truetap uses the traditional waiters design with a lever arm folding out from the body of the opener. The handle has been ergonomically designed, so it is easier to hold than other openers of this style where the handle is flat. It has a small knife blade recessed into the handle to use as a foil cutter, and one end can be used as a bottle cap opener.

At less than half an ounce in weight and six inches long the Truetap is the ideal go-anywhere pocket corkscrew. The wine opener comes in a wide range of colors, so there is likely to be one in your favorite color or match your kitchen decor.
Pros
  • Low price                                                      
  • Simple design
  • Lots of colors
Cons
  •   Blade foil cutter

10. Suck UK Pirate

Opening a bottle of wine should be a joyous occasion and what better way to do that than with a novelty wine opener.
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This whimsical wine opener makes the ideal gift, as it has the design and the practicality to work at home or away. A lot of novelty wine openers stress the design, and opening a bottle appears secondary, but not with the Suck UK Legless Pirate Corkscrew. It has everything you expect from a wine opener, and the fun touches to make anyone using it smile.

What makes this stand out from other novelty wine openers is how the complete design is made to look like a pirate, down to the corkscrew becoming his peg leg. The bottle opener top includes a tiny eye patch to add to the piratical theme. The wine opener function of this has been well thought out, with a deep notch in the leverage arm to make easier to get a good hold on the mouth of the bottle. It folds away when not in use.
Pros
  • Great design                                                  
  • Simple to use
  • Good price
Cons
  • You have to like Pirates

How to Choose Right

If you are a wine lover who likes to open a bottle on a regular basis, or someone who has a glass once in a while for special occasions, getting the right opener is equally important. There is nothing worse than having to struggle to get a cork out a bottle, or having it break in two as the pressure mounts. The frustration this causes can often ruin the enjoyment. A good opener takes away that frustration and allows you to open a bottle with ease, allowing you time to savor the contents.

It may seem a simple task, to pull a cork out of the neck of a bottle, but there are thousands of different variations of wine openers on the market. The majority of wine openers are manual, this is the more traditional way of opening a bottle of wine, and nowadays some are electrically powered which makes it a lot easier if you have problems with strength in your hands.

Before going out to buy a wine opener, it is best to consider a few simple things to help narrow down your choices, so you pick the type that is perfect for you.

How often do you need a wine opener?

Consider how often you drink wine, and where you drink it. If you only drink wine for special treats, then there is no point in buying an expensive wine opener that will be used rarely. On the other hand, if you regularly have a bottle of wine with a meal, or do a lot of entertaining it is worthwhile looking at the more tough and professional models on the market.

Hand Strength

The strength of your hands will be a consideration in the type of wine opener you are going to purchase. If you have no problems with gripping things, and your hands have plenty of strength, then there is no problem, and you could just about choose any wine opener you like. However, many people, in later life, for example, find it harder to grip and hold onto things, as their hand strength has become limited. This is where an electric powered wine opener may be a better option. People do use electric openers just because they are easy and efficient.

Entertaining

If you like entertaining and serve a lot of wine at parties, you’ll need to make sure the wine opener you choose is durable and can handle a large volume of bottles. Also, you don’t want it to take a lot of time opening bottles when you should be at the party socializing. Electric models are quick and efficient and could fit the bill.

Wine Tasting

If you like to share your love of wine with other people, and host wine tastings then consider an opener that helps you look the part of the connoisseur. You may also need to consider decanting the wine for greater pleasure, so extras such as an aerator or decanter may be required.

Pull or Push?

There are wine openers, which increase the pressure inside the bottle forcing the cork out, rather than pulling it from the top. Pump style wine openers are not as safe as the pull types, and you should think twice before buying. A stuck cork can, without warning, blow out, hit the user or someone nearby, and cause an injury. If there is any weakness in the neck of the bottle, the increased pressure inside could cause the bottle to break, leading to untold damage, mess, and not least a wasted bottle of good wine!

Is the size Right?

Choosing the size of wine opener depends on what you are going to do with it, and how it fits into your lifestyle. For instance, if you have a bar at home, and want to make a statement, then a big manual wine opener would do just that, turning your man cave into a French bistro. On the other hand, a wine opener for the kitchen may need to fit inside a drawer or look good on the worktop. You might just need a handy wine opener to take with you on journeys, so it needs to fit neatly in the pocket.

Matching the Decor

You might think this is being a bit trivial, but getting a wine opener that matches your kitchen can just add a little something to the ambiance of your wine drinking. Many are stainless steel or silvered so they can match most household color schemes. However, if you have a modern style colored kitchen, there are also wine openers that come in a variety of primary shades to coordinate with your decor.

How old is Your Wine?

If a bottle of wine is not stored correctly, the cork can dry out making it harder to pull. A dry cork can often snap or crumble and using a corkscrew can often make matters worse. Therefore, if you have a vintage collection of wine you do not want to ruin by destroying the cork, we suggest you consider a prong-style wine opener. The advantage of his is that it does not have the corkscrew and rather grabs the cork and gently withdraws it from the bottle.

Any Little Extras?

Many wine openers come with a foil cutter, either built-in or as an added extra. A foil cutter adds something unique to wine presentation and should not be ignored. Winemakers go to the trouble of putting the foil cap over the cork to seal it in, and to make the top of the bottle look good. Why just rip it off with the blade of a knife, when it can be cut around the top leaving a collar on the bottle to give it style and elegance. It’s all part of the joy of drinking a bottle of wine, and a good foil cutter is a great bonus.

What to Look for in a Good Wine Opener

These are the features you are going to need to look for when choosing the right wine opener. If your choice of wine opener meets the criteria, then you know you’ve made the right choice and picked an excellent quality wine opener.

Easy opening

You don’t want a wine opener that requires the muscles of Superman to pull a cork. A wine opener should have enough leverage to remove a cork from the wine bottle without the user having exerted too much pressure on the device. The cork is tightly wedged into the neck of the bottle to stop air entering the bottle and contaminating the wine, so some degree of pressure is needed. Too much pulling on a cork can cause it to rip apart into pieces, especially if it is dry or old. A good wine opener provides even pressure on the cork, and smooth leverage to pull it from the bottle.

Little Movement of the Bottle

A good wine opener requires minimal movement of a bottle. Older or vintage wines often have sediment in the bottom of the bottle. This is quite natural and nothing to worry about. However, you do not want to shake the bottle up or move it about unnecessarily when removing the cork to disturb the sediment. You do not want the residue to end up in the glass, as it can destroy the enjoyment of a good win by adding a bitter and gritty taste.

The Type of Cork

Traditionally wine bottles have been closed with corks that come from the bark of the cork tree. This natural substance is noted for its ability to be squeezed into the neck of a bottle providing an airtight seal. The relative cheapness of cork means it has been many years before an alternative has come on the scene. Nowadays a synthetic plastic style cork is becoming more popular particularly among New World winemakers. These corks offer similar properties to natural cork and have the added advantage of not drying out over time. Be aware that synthetic corks do vary in their quality and hardness, and are not as uniform as natural cork. So, make sure the wine opener you choose can cope with all types of corks.

A Worm, not an Auger

To make sure your wine opener does its job correctly, check the style of screw that is turned into the cork. Look for a worm not an auger. How can you tell the difference? It’s quite simple, a worm corkscrew looks like a coiled up work, and auger looks like a worm wrapped around a stick. A worm corkscrew provides more surface area in contact with the cork, and thus evenly applying pressure to remove it. The auger style has a tendency to shred corks, and should be avoided if you are looking for the best performance from your wine opener.

FAQs

Q: How best to use a rabbit wine opener?

 

A clamp goes around the bottle, and a lever controls the corkscrew in the Rabbit style wine opener. There are three steps to using it:

  • Make sure the corkscrew worm in the up position, and clamp the handles around the neck of the bottle.
  • As you move the lever upwards, the corkscrew will penetrate the cork. Push the lever down, and the cork will come out.
  • Hold onto the cork, and then by moving the lever up and down the cork will remove itself from the screw,
  • Make sure the lever is fully extended to reset otherwise it may push the cork into the bottle.
  • If you feel the corkscrew is having difficulty penetrating the cork replace the worm.

Q: How best to use a waiter’s style one?

  • With the corkscrew spiral extended, twist the worm into the cork about six and a half times. This should leave one curl of the worm showing.
  • Engage the top lever onto the mouth of the bottle and pull, once the cork has started to come out of the bottle, use the second lever position to finish the extraction.
  • Use your hand to twist the cork off the worm.
  • It can be a tricky operation at first. But practice with a waiter’s style opener helps a lot.
  • To get a perfect pull, its best to place the tip of the spiral worm a little off center of the cork. Just think of the center of the spiral being at the center of the cork, and you should be okay.
  • Most waiter’s style wine openers come with a knife foil cutter, so do remember to put the knife back into position before starting to open a bottle. Otherwise, you may cut yourself.

Q: How to use a two-pronged wine opener?

  • Insert the longer of the two prongs between the cork and the bottle neck first, and then wiggle it down a little.
  • Insert the second prong on the opposite side of the neck between the cork and the glass.
  • Gently rock the handle allowing the prongs to ease their way down the neck of the bottle as far as they will go. The handle should be touching the bottle.
  • Twist and pull and the cork should slowly come out of the bottle.
  • Do not insert the long prong too far before putting the second in as you may then bend the prongs which is not okay.
  • As the cork is about to leave the bottle use your hand to catch it so that it does not fall on the floor.

Q: How to use a winged wine opener?

  • With the levers in the down position place the round opening at the bottom of the corkscrew worm on the mouth of the bottle.
  • Turn the handle until the levers have risen as high as they can. Press down on the levers allowing the gearing to pull the cork out of the bottle.
  • Twist the cork off the worm spiral.
  • If the worm spiral is having trouble penetrating the cork, it is time to replace it and get yourself a new wine opener.

Q: How best to use an electric wine opener?

  • Remove the foil cap from the bottle allowing the mouth and cork to be seen.
  • Place the open end of the electric wine opener over the mouth of the bottle pressing down firmly, and holding the bottle at the same time.
  • Make sure the electric wine opener is vertical to the bottle.
  • Press the button to operate, and do not let the opener or the bottle rotate.
  • Remove the cork from the opener.