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Corkscrews are an essential item in any kitchen, how else would we open a bottle of wine?
We’ve looked at 24 different types of corkscrews and covered more than 36 hours of research and testing so I could write this review, to recommend that the Waiters Corkscrew by HiCoup emerges as the best corkscrew for most people’s needs. This unique corkscrew not only looks absolutely stunning, it also scored the highest with us and our product testing panelists.
1. Waiters Corkscrew by HiCoup
The Waiters Corkscrew by HiCoup is in the familiar unfolding pocket corkscrew form, featuring a foil cutter and materials and details that make a reassuringly weighty, smooth operating device that’s a pleasure to use.
It’s precisely finished with a rosewood grip, with other wooden finishes available, and stainless steel body, fulcrum and shaft. It doesn’t compete with most of the gimmick-laden corkscrews on the market, but it does have one trick feature: the double hinged fulcrum, which enables firmer and more consistent sideward pressure on the neck of the bottle while extracting a long or tricky cork.
– precision construction and finish
– smooth action and smart two-stage lever
– convenient and sharp foil knife
– not the most innovative
According to HiCoup it’s guaranteed to remove any cork with five turns or fewer, and the worm is engineered with a groove for improved grip and minimal cork crumbling. Well, it screws into even a dry natural cork easily enough. The double-jointed lever helps for sure, keeping the corkscrew straighter to extract the last quarter of the cork from the bottle.
The foil cutter seems to work better than the standard knives that come with this type of corkscrew.
Ease of Cleaning
The wooden handle make you think twice about immersing it in water, but it’s the kind of tool you want to take good care of and keep free of dirt, grease and bits of cork.
Ease of Use
Most people charged with opening bottles will be familiar with the action, so there’s no need for instructions or a tutorial. It’s a smooth, precise example that everybody will want to borrow, or steal, so be warned!
It’s assembled with almost weapon grade precision. The manufacturers do warn that the foil cutter blade benefits from a drop of oil to make it flick out a little easier, and this did indeed help.
Dimensions 4.3” L x 0.5” W x 1.1” H
Shipping Weight 3.2 oz
Warranty and Support
HiCoup make a big deal of their service and product quality, and so they offer a lifetime warranty with unlimited replacement or refund.
The Waiters Corkscrew by HiCoup would make a great gift for the drinks enthusiast who firmly believes you can’t improve on the tried and tested action of opening bottles. It’s painstakingly engineered and beautifully finished with a choice of wooden facings. It does have a hint of firearm about it, with the sculpted wooden grip that fits warmly into your palm and engraved steel lever. It rates as one of the best corkscrews to hold and use in the traditional waiter’s friend shape. The double hinged lever is a neat premium feature, and allows you to apply more pressure when faced with a longer cork, or one that resists pulling out the last quarter-inch.
Why our reviews are trustworthy
We have covered corkscrews and electric wine openers here for quite some years now. They are great items to have around the kitchen.
Some people love corkscrews so much they collect them – this is known as Helixophilia.
Anyway, since we started reviewing them, we have logged long hours of research and testing (Anyone for Merlot?). We’ve looked at a large number of types of corkscrew to compile this review every year. We always keep up to date with reviews from other prominent companies that also test or review products, such as, Reevoo, Which? and Amazon though we do find sometimes that the coverage is not as thorough as it could be. We also do our own testing by selecting our participating experts, ourselves and members of our consumer product testing groups to provide their feedback through our extensive product testing panels.
*This review covers top corkscrews on the market before and since the last time we created this guide.
Our Other Top Picks:
- Zazzol Premium Wine Opener (Best corkscrew for the elderly)
- Wine Key (Best pocket corkscrew)
- Corkfish Wine Cork Retriever (Best corkscrew for old corks)
- Foho Best Wing Corkscrew (Best budget corkscrew)
Who should get one?
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to want to save both time and energy by having a well designed and functional corkscrew. Have a look at the best ones on this list and ask yourself:
“Self, would you give such a glowing review about the corkscrew you have in your kitchen right now?”
If the answer is no, it’s time to get yourself a better one armed with this information.
Now, many of us enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a hard week or at a dinner party. We pull and tug and break out into a sweat trying to remove that troublesome cork, until the cork breaks and we throw the corkscrew back in the drawer, vowing to invest in a new one. We read the best corkscrew reviews until our heads literally spin and, allow people on TV and in magazine adverts to convince us that the best corkscrew is theirs. Well, to try and end all this advertising craziness, and to hopefully save you time, energy, stress and maybe even a dollar or two, we are sharing with you the results of our research and testing.
How we began the selection process
We began by making a list of all of the top rated corkscrews that we could find for sale in high street stores and online. We then scoured literally, thousands of reviews to be able to bring you the most helpful information on the best corkscrews for home use. We listed 24 models in the selection for this category.
There are a myriad of variables to consider: the materials used, the features and accessories, the build quality, the usability and how effective they were at pulling corks. There are countless styles of corkscrews for sale, and choosing the perfect one for your needs is vital to making a winning purchase.
Features and Accessories, many corkscrews come packaged with accessories such as foil cutters, presentation boxes, bottle grips or specially designed fulcrums and worms. Some models have beautiful etchings or carvings on the handle making for a truly unique corkscrew.
Usability. There are several methods employed by corkscrews in order to remove corks. This factor may also influence how effective they are at pulling corks as some methods rely a little more on brute force than others.
Materials, corkscrews tend to have their metal components made from stainless steel, ensuring that not only do they look beautiful in your kitchen but cleaning and maintenance is simple as well. Corkscrew handles can vary in the materials used, however Rosewood is a popular choice among some of the higher end models. The materials used often go hand in hand with build quality as well.
Warranty, most of these products come with a standard one year warranty. However, there are some that come with extended warranty that will give you some longer extra protection. Some corkscrew manufacturers are so confident in their product that they offer a free lifetime warranty.
After days of reading everything from manufacturers product specifications, scientific papers and consumer product reviews (plus the occasional passionate debate between us all), we were able to narrow the list down to the top 10 corkscrews we ultimately picked to be tested.
How we tested them
The primary function of any corkscrew is to open corked bottles with the minimum of fuss. This year we tested the corkscrews using mixed cases from Naked Winery ,we spent a long time testing different types for ease of use, strength and durability before we selected the ones for the tests (another of the fun parts of this review).
We selected our participants from our consumer panelists and then sent out the corkscrews and bottles for them to test at their leisure, we also got the corkscrews ready for our in-house panelists (including ourselves). Once everyone had their corkscrews to test, each panelist started by noting down the build quality, materials, accessories, features and other basic statistics for them.
Then everyone got down to the task, with the consumer panelists blind testing them on themselves, their families and friends, while we agreed to be the blind testers in-house (Fetch the cheeseboard – it could be a long night!)
After a week or so the testing phase was complete, we had finished testing all the products and the panelists scorecards were collected up and analyzed. We eagerly awaited the results so we would know what the ranking order of the top rated corkscrews was, and after a couple of days they were ready. Then we compared the prices and discovered our favorite picks were not always the more expensive ones. Though, mostly with these products, you really do get what you pay for.
Other Picks to Consider:
2. ALL ING Rabbit Style Wine Opener Corkscrew with Foil Cutter
Price: $18Buy Now
This corkscrew makes every bottle an occasion, and ALL ING aim to make the best corkscrew available in the rabbit style, by improving on the design and materials of other lever-operated corkscrews on the market.
It comes with a neatly designed stand and base that complements the silver alloy finish and curves of the corkscrew itself, and also provides a home for the metal foil cutter that’s included in the package.
– Elegant shape and quality finish
– Well weighted, with smooth and progressive action
– metal foil cutter included with stand
– long levers and handles mean little effort required
– Can take some practice to squeeze and line everything up right
– Takes up space, doesn’t really fit in a drawer
Once you have an idea of when to squeeze the handles around the bottle neck, it’s a smooth and relatively light pressure required to lever the worm down into the cork. Gripping the bottle with one hand (through the rabbit-ear handles) and levering the cork out with the other takes a little getting used to, but once you’re confident, you’ll find the ALL ING corkscrew can tackle most kinds of stopper: plastic, rubber or synthetic, natural or dried out and crumbly cork. It was notably easy to get a grip on the cork, which is not always the case with automatic lever bottle openers.
It’s a manual process but quite easy to perform once you are used to holding the corkscrew with both hands.
Ease of Cleaning
It’s mostly a polished alloy metal finish so should just need a dust or wipe, abrasives and strong detergents aren’t recommended.
Ease of Use
The rabbit design’s not a corkscrew anybody can pick up and use, but this is a progressive and smooth example of it. The length of the handles helps reduce the amount of force required.
The metal gives it a meatier feel than some of the plasticky alternatives, and it fits tightly together and everything moves smoothly. The manufacturer’s money-back promise shows they believe in their product.
Dimensions – 9.9” L x 2.3” W x 7.2” H
Shipping Weight – 1.5 lbs
Warranty and Support
There’s a 12 month guarantee from the manufacturer.
It may look like something that’s escaped from a workshop bench, but it’s a well engineered and chunky piece of hardware for smoothly and stylishly removing tops from bottles. From the aluminum foil cutter with its slot in the stand to the shape and action of the handles, it’s clear that thought has gone into the design of the ALL ING Rabbit Wine Opener.
If this type of corkscrew is your preferred design, or the gift recipient’s, you’ll be delighted with this premium example. It has many satisfied users commenting on its sturdiness and durable feel. If you want a compact pen-sized tool that folds away and lives in a drawer, then you should look elsewhere, but this is a device that will remain out and ready for action.
3. Premium Wine Opener Vertical Corkscrew by Jebor
Price: $19Buy Now
Open your wine in style with the Premium Wine Opener Vertical Corkscrew by Jebor. It’s a sleek, futuristic cork puller with a single handle that inserts into the cork without any screwing action, then lifts it out smoothly. Although the corkscrew’s body is plastic, most of it is finished in shiny stainless steel.
It’s a stylish accessory or gift that will complement any kitchen or bar that already boasts a few shiny touches and flourishes.
– Sleek, shiny appearance
– Smart design and single-lever action
– Foil cutter included
– Plastic doesn’t feel as solid as it could
– Performs better with real corks than dense synthetic ones
Once the corkscrew body is aligned with the bottle neck, it’s a simple down-up action with the handle to extract the cork, while squeezing the neck. A ratchet action on the downward stroke means no twisting action is required, and for most traditional corks it’s a smooth and easy action.
For troublesome, dry or crumbly corks you may prefer a little more control over the insertion process, falling back on a more manual means of opening your wine. It was also more of an effort to break into tougher, more rubbery synthetic corks. But for quick and stylish bottle opening with a flourish, it works well.
There’s a rubber grip on the underside of the handle, and it comes with a very neat and compact foil cutter, making it a quick squeeze and twist action to expose the top of the cork.
Ease of Cleaning
It’s easy to wipe and polish and you’ll want to keep the Jebor corkscrew looking its best. Just avoid any products that are abrasive or contain bleach.
Ease of Use
Very little effort is required – although you may need to squeeze quite hard while inserting the corkscrew into the cork. It’s effective for opening bottles quickly.
The plastic moving and squeezing parts would maybe be more durable if they were metal, but it seems well made and operates smoothly with no looseness or play in the mechanism.
Dimensions – 7.1 x 6.7 x 2.1 inches
Shipping Weight – 1.3 lbs
Warranty and Support
There is 12 month’s after sales service, with a promise of replacement for any faulty items, damage in transit or parts failures.
The Premium Wine Opener Vertical Corkscrew by Jebor is one of the best looking corkscrews available for a reasonable price. It’s the kind of cool corkscrew you won’t want to put away, but leave out on display.
The action is almost robotic, in keeping with the appearance, and that’s its only drawback. For dense or crumbly corks, it’s difficult to achieve the level of control you need to get the corkscrew safely engaged. The Jebor vertical corkscrew is not as versatile as some manually-operated devices for opening every bottle of wine. Some hard rubber corks take more than one attempt, too. But if you know the kind of wine you’ll be opening, it’s a quick and stylish way to show off by dealing with bottles quickly and smoothly.
4. Select Culinary SC-CKS1
Price: $6Buy Now
The best corkscrews are all in one. That means that you can open wine bottles, beer bottles and even use it as a wine stopper when you’re finished. It is a premium quality corkscrew with a chiselled drill and stylish stainless steel finish; it is light, durable and portable. The multiple features of the corkscrew mean that you will never be caught short when entertaining guests or working in the bar industry. It has everything you need in a small self-contained unit.
-It has a high-quality build, produced from stainless steel. This also means it looks good and sits well with the rest of your utensils.
-The stainless-steel material prevents staining. It always looks spic and span.
-The best feature of this product is the needle itself. It allows you to drill precisely and reduces the chances of breaking the cork; perfect for when you’ve had a few drinks.
-The wine stopper is a nice, useful addition that you don’t get with most corkscrews.
-The winged handles really make it easy to pull the cork out and reduce the amount of work you do.
-Beer bottle opener, another design plus that makes this the only corkscrew you need.
– Not the cheapest corkscrew on the market but it is the best value for money.
Since I’ve owned this corkscrew I haven’t broken a single cork. It is well made and all the pressure is taken on by the winged design which means I don’t have to put the bottle between my legs and pull like my life depended on it.
The stainless-steel makes it look clean and stylish whilst boasting a butterfly design which makes it easy to grip when corking a wine bottle.
Ease of Use
Very simple and easy to use. The winged design protects the bottle neck and all of the work is done by the opening mechanism. It’s also ok to put this in the dishwasher along with your knives and forks which is exceptionally convenient.
This product, from top to bottom, is premium quality. The stainless steel not only prevents rusting but it also lasts longer.
Dimensions – 7.7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight – 11.2 ounces
Warranty and Support
This product has a standard 12 month warranty.
Overall I was very impressed with this product. It is suitable for professionals and individuals alike. What sets it apart from other corkscrews is the premium quality throughout. Stainless steel, accurate drilling needle and useful additional features like the wine stopper. In my opinion one of the best corkscrews on the market.
5. Monopol Corkscrew
Price: $26Buy Now
Engineered and made in Germany, the Monopol corkscrew is a premium example of the bell shaped pulltap corkscrew. Manufactured from hardened, polished chrome plated metal, it has precision-made parts and a gleaming, extra-sharp threaded screw that looks like it belongs on a workbench or some farm machinery.
The chrome plated body has beautifully aligned edges and a textured matte finish. A toughened black base protects te metal and completes the appealing look of the corkscrew. The handle has brushed flat sides, and is stamped with the maker’s logo and “Made in Germany” in a satisfying finishing touch.
– Beautiful, precise construction
– Positive, smooth action
– Attractive finishing touches
– Compact and portable
– As usual with this design, it can be tricky to line up
The good first impressions made by the corkscrew’s appearance and finish continue in use. The mechanical action is tight and precise, but never becomes stiff or loosens. The sharpness of the thread makes it easy to drive positively and avoid damaging the cork or wine by going in too far or retracting it too soon.
The neck is wide enough to fit any bottle, so needs to be aligned and held in place as you screw the thread into the cork. As usual with this design, Monopol’s corkscrew gives you a lot of feedback and feel about how easily the thread is going in, or the stopper is coming out of the bottle.
Ease of Cleaning
The hardened chrome finish means the Monopol corkscrew can simply be rinsed and wiped dry, and no red wine is likely to stain it.
Ease of Use
As with other bell-shaped corkscrews, it doesn’t do everything for you and you’ll need to align it right for best results. But the sharpness of the cutting thread means it drills into and extracts all the corks we tested with good, clean results.
The solid and weighty feel, and precision make and finish of the parts bode well for a long and dependable lifetime of opening bottles.
Dimensions – 5.7 x 1.2 x 2.6 inches
Item Weight – 6.5 oz
Warranty and Support
The Monopol corkscrew comes with a 12 month limited warranty
For a premium finish added to a traditional design, Monopol offers one of the best corkscrews available. There are no gimmicks or innovations, just a precisely and solidly constructed tool that’s notably sharp and a pleasure to hold, use and admire.
The price reflects its position at the premium end of the marketplace, but it should outlast any cheap and rattly corkscrew, and would make a fabulous gift for a wine drinker who appreciates a good piece of engineering, and perhaps likes a few German premium brands in their life. Naturally, make sure the recipient has a preference for this kind of wine opener, and the skills to use it.
6. Vacu Vin Twister Corkscrew
Vacu Vin Twister Corkscrew with Bottle Grip has an eye-catching contemporary design that’s shaped rather like a fish. It’s a variation on the bell-shaped twist wine opener, with a frame that grips the bottle neck hard, thanks to some tight fitting rubber inserts.
Slide the frame onto the bottle, then twist the handle on top to screw the non-stick coated spiral into the stopper. It’s the same twist action to extract the cork, and the Twister can quickly open bottles without the need to hold it in line, ideal for large gatherings.
– Easy to center the corkscrew in the cork
– unusual design and materials
– very compact, good keeping in a drawer or traveling
– ethical manufacturer with strong social involvement
– small handle can be hard work to turn
– Foil cutter not included
For such a compact, lightweight unit it performs well across different types of cork, natural and synthetic. Some of the firmer rubber stoppers required some force to insert the corkscrew, and the small sized handle may be a consideration for those with less manual strength.
This corkscrew sits securely on top of the bottle, which will give confidence to less accomplished wine waiters. Twisting the screw into the cork requires a little more effort than some mechanical corkscrews, but the design makes it easy to enter the cork straight.
Ease of Cleaning
The plastic casing is dishwasher safe, or easy to clean with soapy water.
Ease of Use
The rubber grip is strong but it slides onto different sizes of bottle neck with ease, and from there it requires less effort to hold in place while twisting the handle down into the cork. Extracting is positive and straightforward, although it doesn’t feel as solid as some chunkier metal corkscrew designs.
The plastic frame with large holes appears a little lightweight compared to some corkscrews, but it’s tough and robust. There are many long-term users praising its durability.
Dimensions – 8.6″ x 3.2″ x 1.6″
Item Weight – 3.3 oz
Warranty and Support
Vacu Vin offers a competitive 12 month warranty and support for this product.
The unusual shape and plastic construction make it stand out from the crowd of premium metalwork corkscrews. It also means it’s extremely good value, and Vacu Vin’s active fundraising and inclusive employment initiatives are an attractive selling point too.
The Vacu Vin Twister corkscrew with Bottle Grip is well worth considering for anybody who’s less confident about some of the manual corkscrews in the marketplace. It aligns the corkscrew perfectly and avoids damaging corks and wine by exiting through the side of the cork. It’s also a convenient size and weight for traveling, or just keeping within easy reach at home.
7. VinOrama Waiter’s Corkscrew
Price: $14Buy Now
This is a premium quality corkscrew that does really work. If you are tired of trying to open your favorite bottle of wine, then the handcrafted VinOrama corkscrew could be the answer. This corkscrew comes highly recommended and will open every bottle with ease. This would make a good present as it comes with gift packaging, presented in a black box with the logo and a bonus black velvet pouch for you to store it in. The corkscrew is 3 in 1 which means you can use it as a corkscrew, bottle opener, and foil cutter.
– Each corkscrew is handmade
-Good quality and sturdy
-Foil cutter is sharp so will cut the top of the bottle easily
-The cork will not crumble when you pull it out due to the precision cut notch that will grip and pull the cork out easily
-It has a smooth pull due to the double hinge.
-Bottle opener can be difficult to use for some people.
-It is quite big and heavy to use
-The hinge does not open far enough if the bottle is big
The corkscrew is used by waiters, bartenders, and sommeliers around the world due to its handmade rosewood handle and the fact that it is made of strong polished steel and is good quality.
The rosewood handle is handmade and each one has its own unique design on the top of it. It comes with its own gift box so you can give it as present
Ease of Cleaning
The metal part can be washed by hand using detergent
The wood handle should just be wiped clean with a soft cloth
Ease of Use
Due to its design and the sharp foil cutter, it will open most corks even the longer ones and cut through the foil easily.
The corkscrew is well made by a good company. It is sturdy and will last a long time. It is heavy and solid and it is double hinged and spring loaded which means it will open bottles with ease.
Dimensions – 3.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight – 7.2 ounces
Warranty and Support
The corkscrew is guaranteed for lifetime by VinOrama.
The VinOrama corkscrew is well made, sturdy, has a lifetime guarantee and has a unique design which makes it an ideal present for a wine lover. Each rosewood handle will be different due to its unique hand made design. This is a very good corkscrew for all to use. With its gift box and black velvet pouch that comes with it, it will also make an ideal gift.
8. Professional Waiters Corkscrew by Barvivo
Price: $12Buy Now
Are you tired of using poorly designed and flimsy bottle or wine openers which keep on breaking? Well, don’t worry as Barvivo has invented one of the best wine and bottle corkscrew which is easy to use and convenient as well. This corkscrew can open a bottle in seconds and therefore as a waitress or waiter you don’t waste a lot of time opening a bottle for one client when you have others to serve.
This type of corkscrew can be useful both at home and in bars. It is made of durable materials and hence guarantees to serve you for a long time. This is an extremely corkscrew meaning you will not keep on going to the shop to purchase a new one. Therefore, you end up saving your money as well.
-Easy to use. The corkscrew is very easy to use as ones you learn how to open a bottle with it, hence it will take seconds to open a wine or beer bottle.
-Durable. The device is made of durable materials such that you don’t have to keep on going to the shop to purchase a new bottle opener. This is because it is made of stainless steel which does not rust even when you pour a drink on it.
-Multipurpose. The other benefit of having this corkscrew is the fact that you can use it for both opening your wine or beer bottle hence making it quite versatile. Therefore making it useful for waitresses, waiters, bartenders and you can use it at home too.
-Easy to carry. The corkscrew is designed with a perfect double hinged fulcrum, and it also has the simple foil that is small as the size of your hand and therefore can easily fit in your pocket. So the next time you are going camping you can carry it to open your wine or beer bottle as you hang out with your friends.
-Costly. Comparing the price of Barvivo corkscrew with other related brands, it is quite expensive. Also, there are so many fake brand imitators in the market, you may end up buying a corkscrew that is of a lower quality.
Dimensions – 4.5 x 0.5 x 1.4 inches.
Shipping weight – 0.8 ounces.
If you own a bar or you are just looking for a corkscrew to gift your friend or use at home, the Barvivo corkscrew could be the best brand to invest in. You are guaranteed quality service and efficiency from this item. The corkscrew also has great features that make it stand out from other brands. Therefore you should not consider the price as what matters is the quality and efficiency that is offered by this corkscrew.
9. Wing Opener by HiCoup
Price: $12Buy Now
For their range of corkscrews, HiCoup add value by adding premium finishes and making thoughtful tweaks to proven designs. Here, they provide a bit of extra reach and leverage to make the traditional wing corkscrew a little less effort to operate.
Their polished steel wing opener has a wide collar designed to sit securely on any bottle, a large handle that screws the non-stick coated worm down into the cork, and long arms with grips to ease the cork free from the bottle.
– long arms make for minimum effort
– good for natural and dried-out corks
– excellent lifetime guarantee
– opens beer too
– doesn’t look much different than other wing corkscrews
It screwed in smoothly to a variety of natural and synthetic corks, and importantly sat securely on top of the bottle without moving side to side too much to threaten crumbling the cork.
The longer than average shaft reach all the way into the cork, making less danger than some wing corkscrews of breaking dry or troublesome corks.
The head does double duty cracking beer bottles open, and the weight of the corkscrew makes this a breeze.
Ease of Cleaning
It rinses easily or goes in the dishwasher, and may just require a polish to maintain its shine.
Ease of Use
It’s never the fastest way to uncork a bottle, so a wing corkscrew is better suited to relaxed evenings than quick-fire wine waitering. The wide handle helps, designed with weaker hands in mind. The arms’ long reach and positive action without play or looseness help make using this corkscrew as smooth as possible.
It’s heavier with smoother moving and much better fitting parts than a cheap wing corkscrew. It should remain tight for a long time.
Dimensions – 9.3 x 5.5 x 2 inches
Shipping Weight – 1.2 lbs
Warranty and Support
The manufacturer is confident enough to offer a lifetime guarantee, “no questions asked” with the wing corkscrew.
The HiCoup wing corkscrew makes an attractive gift, especially with the expensive-looking packaging, but the recipient may be a little nonplussed by the corkscrew’s appearance. It’s sleek, shiny and elegant but there’s none of the wooden facings and etched surfaces of some of HiCoup’s other wine products, and at first sight it looks like many other wing or rabbit-style openers.
In use it’s soon apparent, however, that this is among the best corkscrews of this type. HiCoup’s engineering effort has gone into making less effort to open your wine. It has subtle advantages like the long armed grippy handles and extended reach that overcomes the issues with dry corks that these kind of corkscrews sometimes have. There’s none of the looseness of a cheap version, and that along with the generous guarantee makes it a worthwhile upgrade if you prefer the long-armed vertical way to open wine.
Corkscrews – A Buyer’s Guide
You’ve come home to find a wonderful aroma filling the air. It’s immediately apparent that your partner has been slaving away in the kitchen for a while on what promises to be an amazingly delectable meal.
The table is set, the wine has been chosen, and all that you need to to do is open it. You go to your wet bar and look for your wine corkscrew. The same one you’ve had for five years – and yet, it apparently is missing. You call out to your partner to find out that they’ve not moved it either. You both want to enjoy the meal, but it was made to go with the perfect wine!
All of a sudden you realize that you’ll have to go to the store to pick up a new one, and that is one task that isn’t your favorite.
Alright, in reality, most of us aren’t struck down in horror at having to choose a new corkscrew. At the same time the ‘home bar’ scene has grown in popularity and haste. There are numerous claims to fame for the best corkscrew. The companies that put out barware all claim to be the best and the ones that the ‘professionals’ use. There are cool corkscrews and waiter’s corkscrews. What this guide will aim to do is unscramble the confusion when picking out the best corkscrew for you.
What are the types of corkscrews?
When out and about, if you’re a wine connoisseur, you’ll notice that there are pretty standard corkscrews and then there are the unique corkscrews. There are the ones with all the bells and whistles – that will remove the foil, pull out the cork, and open the occasional beer or cider. There are electronic corkscrews and and there are the manual. The most traditional corkscrew that you’ll find will open your bottle of wine with two handles that allow leverage while you remove the cork. The handles, or arms, will go up while you twist the corkscrew into the cork and then you’ll push them down to remove the cork.
The other manual corkscrew is known as a key. You pull out the screw portion from the body of it and twist. You’ll have one or two leverage points on the lip of the bottle and you’ll pull up. If you’re not familiar with this style then you’ll want to make sure that you have your bottle of wine on the counter to help you with the leverage. The electronic corkscrews generally you press a button – and the machine will do the rest. Once they have removed the cork, it will release it and you’ll be able to reuse the cork as needed.
Popular Types of Corkscrew
Rabbit & Lever Wine Corkscrew
Some of the highest recommended corkscrews are known as The Rabbit, this can cover a host of of different styles. It is coveted by any wine enthusiast because of the ease of use and cork removal. Most Rabbit designs are beautifully made, packaged, and designed in such a way that it will add to splendor of your home bar or wine collections. The use of the Rabbit is simple, most of the designs come with foil cutters, which will grip and remove the top of the foil. The corkscrew is surrounded by two arms on the side and a lever above. Once you’ve lined up the cork and spiral hold the side arms in place. You’ll push the top lever down and the pull it back up, and voila, an easily opened bottle of wine.
Easy to use, so anyone can use it.
Looks elegant, which makes for a wonderful accessory.
Works every time.
You do pay for the name, even with the basic models.
Some may break earlier/more easily than expected.
Standard Pulltap/Wine Key Corkscrew
These are the ‘Swiss Army Knives’ of corkscrews. This type of corkscrew can be a little intimidating and it can take time to learn how to use this. The bonus with these is that you don’t need to buy a separate foil cutter. There is a serrated blade is used to cut the foil under the lip. You’ll then spiral the corkscrew slightly off center about six and a half times. There are two levers, or jointed, levers. The first, or higher, lever is used to start the release of the cork. The second, or lower, lever is used to remove the cork entirely. This is the most commonly seen method in restaurants and bars. You’ll want to have at least two of these ‘waiter’s corkscrews’ on hand.
Since these are used by the professionals, you can look like a professional too.
Compact and easy to store.
Can be a little bit tricky to master
Other’s may not be able to use if they’ve not had any practice.
Since it’s so easy to store, it can be easy to lose.
Electric Wine Corkscrew
Whether you have a wireless or corded rechargeable unit, there are multiple types of electronic corkscrews. This could be termed the ‘cool’ and ‘unique’ corkscrew. These are perfect for anyone with arthritis or weak grip strength. Other people who’ll love this is the kitchen gadget crew. You’ll want to make sure that you do your research on each brand, as they can sometimes require more strength than one might think to remove the cork easily. It’s always a good idea to have a wine key on hand in case there is an issue with this style of corkscrew.
Great for those with arthritis/weak grip strength
Great gift idea
This is the most malfunction worthy corkscrew style
Battery life can be very short/nonexistent.
What to Keep in Mind When Buying a Corkscrew
Prior on deciding what type of corkscrew you want to buy, you’ll want to keep in mind quite a few factors. There are different types of corkscrews, and will be the best for one person, it may not be the same for another. Keeping this in mind, you’ll also want to consider your budget.
How much would be too much for you? Is this for casual or daily use?
Depending on your answers you might want to consider a larger budget. If you’ll only look at using the corkscrew a few times every other month or so then you might be fine on a $10.00 corkscrew. Remember that you’ll be looking at the best corkscrew or best corkscrews for you. You’ll want something that is easy and that will enhance how you enjoy your wine.
Something else to keep in mind – is this a gift?
If it is, you’ll want to consider if there is a price cap or what type of gift you’re giving. The nicer the corkscrew, of course, the more expensive this will be but not as much as something like a riding lawn mower or baby bottle sterilizer.
Something else to consider, especially when giving a corkscrew as a gift, is portability. Can you take this item on a plane in your carry on? Will you, or they, need to check a bag? Can you mail it back home if needed? Gift giving can be complicated. There are different rules for different occasions. More often than not, one of the best corkscrews reviewed will be in The Rabbit line up.
They are small works of art in some circles and won’t be snubbed as a gift. As we’ve gone over in the review that was briefly summarized above, you’ll be able to feel confident in this choice as a gift. Of course, we recommend doing your own research and choosing the best corkscrew from that. We just like that there is a ready made gift suggestion in this piece.
Warranties & Guarantees
Most of the wine corkscrews on the market will contain some sort of warranty or guarantee. Of course it’s highly recommended to read the whole of the agreement for your warranty or the your guarantee at the time of purchase. Each company will provided for different circumstances, and knowing what can and can’t be covered in the case of damage would be helpful. It is more common nowadays to see that you have a Lifetime Warranty or Guarantee.
These are handy on the more expensive products as you won’t always be having to pay for a new one in the case that it breaks or malfunctions. At most businesses that sell these corkscrews – you’ll find a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – more than likely you’ll want to keep a receipt on hand just incase it’s needed. That is a requirement with most items unless you’ve registered them online. In those cases you’ll be able to contact the company and give them the information on the registered product.
Over the course of this piece we’ve aimed to help you feel educated about what can be a complicated issue. There are multiple types of wine corkscrews on the market. With them there are the professional, or waiter’s corkscrew, there are electric corkscrews, and there are beautifully crafted corkscrews. You’ll be able to make your choice with confidence and knowing that you will be happy with any additional choices you may need to make concerning corkscrews in the future.
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