The 5 Best Wine Openers

by Gina Ippolito on 19 December 2013 0 comments

Whether you love to entertain or you enjoy a glass of wine by yourself on a quiet night, chances are you'll need a wine opener at some point in your life. Wine is many guests' favorite gift to bring event hosts, and you don't want to be caught unprepared when it comes time to crack those bottles open. What used to come in just a simple, handheld corkscrew style has now transformed into everything from state of the art electric wine openers to huge countertop stands with levers and buttons. We here at Wise Bread have taken the guesswork out of bottle opening by picking the five best corkscrews out there today.

What Is a Wine Opener?

A wine opener is a device used for removing corks from bottles. It usually consists of a sharp, metal spiral and some sort of handle, although options can be more complex than this. The sharp, metal spiral is driven into the cork with the help of the handles and is then used to pull the cork out of the bottle, giving access to the liquid within.

Best 5 Wine Openers

Metrokane Vertical Rabbit

While the original Metrokane Rabbit was a favorite among wine enthusiasts, some reviewers complained that it was slightly difficult to use. The company seemed to take those reviews to heart and came out with the Metrokane Vertical Rabbit, which makes opening a bottle as easy as pushing a lever.

To use this extremely simple wine opener, simply place it over the bottleneck and press down the lever. This forces the corkscrew into the cork, and pulling up on the lever raises it out of the bottle. The Vertical Rabbit boasts an opening time of three seconds. The cork will not break, and there is no effort exerted from having to pull it out by strength. Once the cork is out of the bottle, simply press and release the lever once more and you can release the cork right into the trash.

Reviewers are very happy with the aesthetics of this wine opener, and it comes with a storage case, spare corkscrew, and a foil cutter for cutting the foil around the neck of your wine bottle. It has a 10 year warranty.

The Metrokane Vertical Rabbit has a die-cast metal lever handle and comes in gun metal grey, metallic red, and velvet black.

Current Price: $43.95 at Amazon

Oster Electric Wine Opener

Electric wine openers are one of the easiest to use options on the market, and they're especially come in handy if you have multiple bottles to open quickly,\ or have limited strength or dexterity. The downside to these is often that they can be fairly pricey, so the Oster is an excellent and suitably priced wine opener for any budget. Consumer Reports gave it high praise and ranked it as one of the two best electric wine openers they tested.

This wine opener is operated by placing it over the neck of the bottle and simply pressing a button. The corkscrew inserts into the cork and removes it. Then, simply remove the opener and press the button again to release the cork into the trash. It can remove all sorts of corks, even plastic ones. Oster claims it opens wine bottles in a matter of seconds and can open up to 30 bottles on one charge alone, and reviewers confirm that it holds a charge extremely well. It comes with the recharging base and the opener itself is cordless and has a comfortable, soft-grip handle. A few reviewers lamented the large size of this product, claiming that storage is more difficult than the other, smaller options on the market.

The Oster Electric Wine Opener comes with a foil cutter and has a one year limited warranty. It is available in silver.

Current Price: $19.99 at Amazon

Le Creuset Screwpull Lever Model Elegance

This more expensive, luxury wine opener from Le Cruset is one that reviewers feel makes a wonderful gift around the holidays. Owners claim that it is extremely aesthetically pleasing, with one reviewer writing that it looks like a piece of art.

To use the Le Creuset, simply grip the neck of the wine bottle with the two handles and push the lever down so that the screw goes into the cork. Pulling the lever back up easily removes the cork, and one more push on the lever releases the cork into the trash. The extra long corkscrew can get deep into bottles and ensures that no cork will break when being removed. It is triple coated with teflon, allowing it to stay very sharp. The company claims that you can open up to 2,000 bottles without having to change the screw. The one complaint seems to be that, at 4.8 pounds, this is one of the heavier wine openers to operate.

The Le Creuset Screwpull Lever Model Elegance comes with a an extra spiral, a stand that can rest on the shelf or be wall mounted, and a foil cutter which reviewers claim is easier to use and far more superior than other models. This wine opener also comes with a 10-year warranty and is available in black.

Current Price: $99.99 at Amazon

Pulltap's Double-Hinged Waiter's Corkscrew

For simplicity and price, the waiter's corkscrew is still a great go to option, and Pulltap makes one that is well reviewed by users. It is simple to use, although it does require some muscle and finesse. The long corkscrew is teflon coated so it remains sharp and has no problem pulling out estate length corks. The small, compact size makes it easy to stash in a drawer out of the way until it is needed.

The Pulltap is reviewed as being much easier to use than other brands of waiter's corkscrews. To use, simply twist the corkscrew into the cork and pull out. The foldout arm braces against the lip of the bottle and this, when combined with the double hinged fulcrum, gives more leverage for pulling corks. This is a great, basic, no-frills option for stocking your bar.

The Pulltap's Double-Hinged Waiter's Corkscrew features a serrated foil cutter and a bottle opener, and is available in black, red, green, orange, and navy.

Current Price: $9.99 at Amazon

OXO Steel CorkPull Wine Opener/Corkscrew

This OXO wine opener fits into the continuous turning category of openers. It did well in Consumer Reports' wine opener tests and is a favorite of reviewers on Amazon who state that it is easy to use and comfortable to operate, although it does take some hand strength to turn.

To use the OXO, simply place it over the bottle you wish to open, turn the knob to lower the screw into the cork, and keep turning it in the same direction until the cork travels up the spiral and is easily lifted out. There is no pulling or tugging necessary. Once it's out, remove the cork from the appliance by twisting the handle in the other direction.

The OXO Steel CorkPull Wine Opener/Corkscrew is made of die-cast stainless steel and has a large, comfortable rubber turning knob with a soft, non skid grip. Reviewers claim that it is very easy to rotate, although, as previously stated, requires more strength than, say, an electric wine opener. The knob can be removed to reveal the built-in foil cutter inside. There are some reviews that claim that the foil cutter itself is awkward to use, but all in all, this is a solid buy for any wine enthusiast.

Current Price: $24.99 at Amazon

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