In today’s world, a glass of wine is no longer a luxury. Even necessity! It boosts your brain power and makes you feel relaxed. At the end of the day, it’s effin’ essential. Don’t you agree? Of course, there’s one thing that bars everyone from enjoying a glass or two of your favorite wine – the cork. We can imagine just how the lack of a wine opener can result in tragedy. We can also relate to the ultimate relief you feel when you finally find your corkscrew hiding behind all that junk in your kitchen drawer. Now, if you’re in the market for a wine opener, you should know right off the bat that there are several different types. So, to avoid trying your patience with all that jargon, we’ve decided to just list down the easiest, top quality or the best wine openers there are that you can choose from. You can take it all from there.
Top 10 Wine Openers of 2018 Reviewed
1. Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil CutterBest Cordless Wine Opener
The Oster Cordless Electric Wine Opener is a crowd-favorite because it’s so easy to use and you can be sure that you’ll be enjoying that glass of wine within minutes of entering the house. It features a built-in rechargeable battery that can open around 30 bottles on a full charge. Both the charger and the wine opener feature a power indicator light. This wine opener also features a foil cutter inserted at the back of the charger.
The entire wine opener (including the charger) is pretty compact though it will require you to store it on your countertop instead of a drawer. Easier access, right? And in case you’re worried about the device matching your kitchen’s decor, don’t. This comes in three different finishes: silver, merlot, and champagne. However, there are certain drawbacks. This wine opener doesn’t seem to work well with rubber corks (it doesn’t pull it out all the way). And there have been complaints about battery life. Moreover, there isn’t an indicator to let you know when the battery has fully charged.
- Sleek and stylish
- Rechargeable battery
- Super affordable
- Doesn’t work well with rubber/silicone corks
- The battery is easily drained
- The indicator light does not let you know if the battery is done charging
2. HiCoup Waiter’s CorkscrewBest Waiters Corkscrew
This waiter’s corkscrew by HiCoup is definitely a thing of beauty. It features a 420 stainless steel body and a Rosewood handle. The corkscrew is cut so precisely to ensure that it won’t “drag” as it drills into the cork but still grips it enough that makes removal clean and easy. This wine opener makes use of a double-hinged lever so you don’t need to apply a lot of elbow grease. And the foil cutter is a serrated blade that cuts through foil or plastic with ease. As a wine key, you can’t go any simpler and any more compact. It fits in your kitchen drawer nicely; it can even fit in your pocket!
If you’re one to go “old school,” then you would definitely love this wine opener. And leave all your wine-loving friends in awe of your bottle-opening skills. However, it DOES take skill to use. If you haven’t done it before and/or seen one used, then you’ll need to learn how and start practicing. Also, the foil cutter is hard to pull out at times which can be frustrating if you’re opening multiple bottles at a time. There’s also a tiny gap between the rosewood and the metal that gives this wine key a less-than-finished look.
- Beautiful design
- Pulls corks easily
- Great value
- Requires a bit of skill to use
- Foil cutter can be hard to open
- Tiny gap between wood and metal
3. Secura SWO-3N Stainless Steel Electric Wine OpenerBest Wine Opener for Arthritic Hands
This stainless steel electric wine opener is quite similar to our top pick with two major differences. This features a transparent shell around the worm so that you can easily see what’s happening while the corkscrew is working. And there’s a blue LED light to give you even better visibility. Like our top pick, this also features a rechargeable battery, a charging station, and a foil cutter that fits on the base. There’s no question that the Secura SWO-3N looks elegant with its all-steel construction.
And it’s very quiet while it operates. However, some users report that it can feel quite slippery in your hand and it’s a bit slower than other electric wine openers. Also, the blue LED light can’t be turned off. Not really a deal breaker but it may annoy some.
- Transparent shell around cork mechanism
- Blue LED light
- Easy to use
- Blue LED light does not turn off
- Can be a bit slippery (all stainless steel construction)
- Slower than other electric wine openers
4. HiCoup Wing Corkscrew Wine OpenerBest Wine Opener for Waiters
This wing corkscrew from HiCoup hits all our spots and then some. It features a two-inch wide turning knob so it’s easy to screw in the worm. A bottom collar lets the wine opener sit comfortably on top of your bottle while preventing the worm from drilling too far into the cork and damaging it. To add versatility to this tool, the knob also functions as a bottle opener; perfect for heathen friends who prefer beer to wine. And if you’re unable to finish a bottle, then you can use the high-quality wine stopper included with the wine key to preserve it for tomorrow.
Just in case you aren’t happy with your purchase or something breaks, you can get a refund or a replacement through the company’s 100% Lifetime Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. However, you will need to add quite a bit pressure (read: strong) to get the corkscrew to start drilling. If you don’t, the screw chews up the cork and may fall into your wine.
- Comes with bottle stopper
- Bottom collar prevents the screw from going too far
- 100% Lifetime Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
- Needs strong pressure to get the screw into the cork
- Can chew up the cork a bit
5. Brookstone Compact Wine OpenerBest Lever Wine Opener
The Brookstone Connoisseur’s Compact Wine Opener features a lever-pull design that allows you to get that bottle open in just 3 seconds. The handle extra long gives you that much-needed leverage. The almost entirely stainless steel appearance of this wine key gives it a stylish, sleek look. The smooth lever action makes it a dream to work with. There’s a foil cutter that cuts through foil like butter.
Plus, this wine key is hella sturdy. What’s the catch? Well, it’s double the price what you’d pay for a lot of our other picks. It isn’t easy to get the cork out of the screw once you’ve pulled it out of the bottle. And you need to put in a bit of elbow grease to use. For those who want something compact, don’t let the name fool you. This is quite bigger than some openers and takes up prime real estate in your kitchen drawer.
- Opens bottle in just 3 seconds
- Sleek design
- Smooth lever action
- Requires some elbow grease
- A bit bigger than other wine keys
6. HQY Best Wine Opener Corkscrew
The HQY Luxury Golden Wine Opener is a rabbit wine opener that is not only attractive but effective. It can enable you to easily open a bottle of wine even if you’re suffering from arthritis. This wine key is constructed from a durable zinc alloy material with a luxury gold finish. Aside from looking very stylish, the two-step uncorking means that you can get that much-needed glass of wine within minutes of grabbing the bottle. As an added bonus, this comes with an extra corkscrew spiral and a foil cutter so you’ll never have to do without wine for a very long time.
However, there have been quality issues. Some users have reported that their wine opener broke in less than a year. The good news is that the company stands behind their product and quickly sends a free replacement. Also, you’ll need to practice it a bit to learn how to properly use it. Some users have mistakenly pushed the cork into the bottle instead of taking it out.
- Stylish finish
- Excellent customer service
- Comes with an extra corkscrew
- Quality issues
- Learning curve to using it
7. True Fabrications Truetap
This is a double-hinged waiter’s corkscrew that’s made out of stainless steel and plastic. It’s 6.75 inches long and features a non-stick worm, a serrated foil cutter, and integrated bottle opener. The handle is curved to fit comfortably in your hand. The design is truly compact; it can fit easily in your pocket. If lime green isn’t your thing, don’t despair. This wine key comes in 13 other colors for you to choose from. The main advantage to using this wine key is that it opens bottles flawlessly. Waiters and bartenders swear by it. However, the foil cutter’s blade is a bit on the small side and doesn’t work as great as others we’ve tried. The color/paint fades or chips easily.
- Comes in 14 different colors
- Very compact design
- Easy to use
- Paint/color fades or chips easily
- Foil cutter is too small and not sharp
8. Foho Best Wing Corkscrew
This winged corkscrew features a zinc alloy body, stainless steel corkscrew, and strengthened rubber grips. All these combined make for a great wine opener at an extremely low price. It even comes with a chrome plated bottle stopper to keep your wine fresh in case you didn’t get to finish off the bottle.
And if ever you’re unhappy with the product or require a replacement, the company offers a lifetime warranty and 100% buyer satisfaction. As for performance, it’s pretty great considering the price. It does require you to put a significant amount of force to get the corkscrew into the cork initially. But it gets the job done quite easily after that. The bottle stopper doesn’t fit all bottles.
- Lifetime warranty and 100% buyer satisfaction
- Sturdy build
- Bottle stopper doesn’t fit all bottles
- Requires elbow grease to get the cork in
9. Pulltap’s Double-Hinged Waiters Corkscrew
This is the original Pulltex Pulltap’s Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew. The double-hinged fulcrum provides excellent leverage and the 2-inch Teflon-coated worm ensures smooth drilling. As one person put it, it pulls the cork as smooth as silk. This is a simple, no-frills wine key that will last you a good long while. However, it does require a bit of skill to use as well as some elbow grease. And the blade of the foil cutter could be better.
- Simple yet sturdy
- “Smooth as silk” performance
- Compact design
- Requires skill
- Requires elbow grease to operate
- The foil cutter doesn’t cut well
10. Le Creuset Activ-Ball Metal CorkscrewBest Screwpull Wine Opener
The Le Creuset Activ-Ball Metal Corkscrew is a self-pulling wine opener that features a Teflon-coated, helix screw and an internal flex system that holds the bottle in place as you pull out the cork. The body of this wine key is quite flexible which allows you to easily position the device on a bottle of any size. The wine key feels comfortable in your hand because of the soft-touch panels and handle.
The inclusion of the ball makes this wine opener stand out because it ensures that the cork won’t go too high up the corkscrew. We also love the fact that the corkscrew’s body ensures the screw doesn’t misalign too much; this reduces the chance of the screw getting drilled near the side of the cork. Any drawbacks? Just a few. It’s expensive for a wine opener. Some users might like the fact that it’s heavy while others may not. Also, this does not include a foil cutter.
- Easy to use
- Comfortable in hand
- A bit heavy
- No foil cutter
How to Buy a Wine Opener
We’ve all been there. The incredible frustration of having to open a bottle of much-needed wine after a day of hell and there’s no wine opener in sight. Worse, the one you have is being a pain in the ass. As if you needed any more frustration. Yes, you could just go with boxed wine.
But there are times when you need a glass or three of the really good stuff. In any case, if you’re any kind of wine lover, you need to invest in a good wine opener. One that won’t fail on you in a crisis (or as we like to call ‘em: all days that end with a “Y”). To help you figure out one corkscrew from another, we’ve devised this quick guide on choosing the best wine opener.
Types of wine openers
Who would’ve thought it? There are actually 8 different types of wine openers and we’ve listed them all below to help you differentiate one from another.
Screwpull: also called the twist corkscrew, this is the wine opener everyone is familiar with. It features a top handle and a curled rod at the bottom. To use this, you just screw in the curled rod, also called the worm, into the cork and pull it out using the handle. The great thing about screwpull corkscrews is that they are affordable and compact. They also make a great weapon in a battle.
Unfortunately, these require a lot of effort to use and take longer to open the bottle. This type of corkscrew is for those who have the expertise to use it or need to show off. Fortunately, the Le Creuset Activ-Ball Metal Corkscrew makes using this type of corkscrew a breeze.
Waiter’s Corkscrew: this is a very portable wine opener that comes in several variations and looks a bit similar to a pocket knife when it’s folded. The most popular one features a double hinge that acts as a lever which means you don’t have to put much strength into taking out the screw. There’s even a small knife blade in the handle for cutting the foil. One good example is the HiCoup Waiter’s Corkscrew.
Winged Corkscrew: this is another common corkscrew. These are much easier to use than the Screwpull ones because the handle is actually two levers that you push down to pop the screw out. However, you’ll need to make sure that the worm goes all the way through the entire length of the cork. Otherwise, you might leave half of the cork inside. If the worm is not thin enough, it may shred the cork. This is not a wine opener for aged wine since the corks there are typically fragile and small. The Foho Best Wing Corkscrew is a good option since it’s just $10 and will last you a good long while.
Lever-style corkscrew: also called a rabbit wine opener, this is perfect for beginners. The two handles hold the bottle in place while you use a lever to insert the worm into the cork. Use the lever again to “pop” the cork out and you’re good to go. While this is incredibly easy to use, the rabbit wine opener takes up quite a bit of drawer space. Also, it is usually expensive. The Brookstone Compact Wine Opener and the HQY Best Wine Opener Corkscrew are both pricey compared to other types of wine openers but they are the best out there.
Air pressure wine openers: unlike other wine openers, this one does not make use of a screw. Instead, it uses a hollow needle that is inserted into the cork. It needs to go all the way down because it will be releasing a small amount of CO2 into the bottle (once you press the button, of course). This will cause the cork to get pushed out of the bottleneck. This is the perfect wine opener for those who have arthritis or are planning to open multiple bottles at the same time. However, the amount of CO2 in the wine opener is limited. In most cases, you only get to use this device for around 80 to 100 uses, though some come with refillable CO2 packs.
Air pump corkscrews: this is actually a variation from the air pressure wine opener. Instead of pressing a button to release CO2, you will pump air into the bottle. Naturally, this requires you to exert some effort in getting the air into the bottle until the entire cork pops out. However, it is a great way to burn some calories before you indulge.
Ah So openers: the name is derived from the German phrase “ach so” which, when loosely translated, means “ah/oh, I see.” Also called “the Butler’s Friend,” this wine opener is specifically designed for opening aged/vintage wine with a delicate cork. It features two thin metal prongs that you insert between the cork and the bottle. Once you do, you can twist the handle and pull up the cork. This wine opener is quite tricky to operate since there’s a chance you’ll push down the cork instead of taking it out. However, it’s a great way to take out a damaged cork that’s stuck in the bottle.
Electric wine opener: obviously, this is one of the simplest wine openers to use. With the push of a button, the corkscrew spins around on its own, inserting itself into the cork. Pressing the button again will pop out the cork. Most of these are battery-operated, either the standard AA/AAA batteries or a built-in rechargeable battery. In addition, most electric wine openers feature a foil remover as well. Wine enthusiasts who lack the dexterity to operate a manual wine opener would benefit from this type of corkscrew. Our top pick, the Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, is a good example of this type.
Is there a specific size I should look for?
Size isn’t so much a factor in terms of performance as it is a factor in storage. Wine openers are typically as big as your regular can opener though some, such as the waiter’s corkscrew, are more compact.
That being said, you need to make sure that the screw is at least 1.75 inches (around 4.5 centimeters) long. Short screws tend to tear up the cork which could leave residue in your wine.
Not shaken or stirred
Unlike James Bond’s martini, we don’t want our bottle shaken because any residue within the bottle will come pouring out. This is the reason why you want to choose a wine opener that doesn’t shake the bottle while extracting the cork.
What’s the worm-like?
The worm should look like, er, a worm that’s coiled or a coiled snake. It shouldn’t look like an auger where the worm is wrapped around a nail, much like you’d see in a regular screw. This is because an auger will shred the cork which makes it harder to open your bottle AND leaves residue in your wine
Also, make sure that worm is just the right thickness. Not too thin that it’ll break while you’re screwing it in or too thick that it shreds the cork.
How much strength do you have in your hands?
As we’ve already mentioned, some wine openers require you to put a lot of elbow grease into opening a bottle. However, there are some that allow individuals with limited hand strength to still open a bottle at home such as electric wine openers and air pressure wine openers.
Do you plan to host parties?
If you’re going to be opening multiple bottles at the same time, you will need an opener that will save you time and effort. An electric wine opener and a tabletop wine opener are great options.
Do you have a wine collection filled with vintage wine?
If you have vintage bottles in your collection, you’ll need a wine opener that can handle delicate corks such as the Ah So wine opener. Using this will enable you to open a bottle of wine without causing the cork to crumble into the wine.
With the right wine opener at your fingertips, the wine world is your oyster.