Wine Openers

The Best 12 Wine Openers To Buy In 2021

Your preferences and abilities will determine which wine opener is the best for you. Our first day of life after learning to open a bottle of wine was the day we learned how to open a bottle. It’s the same for everyone we know. It is not uncommon for people to speak about wine bottle openers. A screwpull wine opener, a needle wine opener, and an electric wine opener.

A corkscrew was an invention that came about out of necessity, like so many others. We have been selling wine in glass bottles with cork stoppers for as long as we have sold wine. Consumers have struggled to remove those corks for as long as wine has been sold in glass bottles. Early in the seventeenth century, English inventors began dreaming up methods of removing corks from glass bottles as soon as they arrived.

In the 1680s, the first reference to a corkscrew was noted. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, gunsmiths manufactured crude cleaning tools (gun worms) to clean musket barrels. In the following 300 years, the patent system would produce hundreds of patents, with dozens of improvements made to these first corkscrew adaptions. Here are a few of the most significant advances over the years.

Types of Wine Openers

  • Waiter’s Corkscrews / Wine Key – Besides being at the top of the list for affordability, compact size, and feasibility, they are also considered the oldest method of opening a wine bottle.
  • Wing Corkscrews – Wing corkscrews are popular for removing synthetic corks, as they are easy to use. The drawback is that wing corkscrews do not work well with vintage wine or wines with natural corks that tend to crumble. This corkscrew’s small size and easy-to-use design make it perfect for use by waiters at the front of the house.
  • Counter Mount Corkscrews – The counter mount corkscrew has the advantage of being able to be attached to a table or counter for stability and support. It can open bottles faster and with less effort than most other types of the corkscrew.
  • Wine Cork Extractors – An extractor for wine corks contains prongs designed to slide between the wine bottle and cork so that they can be removed.
  • Pocket Corkscrews – The small pocket corkscrews make them ideal to carry in an apron or pants pocket. The corkscrew worm of many pocket corkscrews comes with a sheath to prevent it from poking through the fabric. Additionally, this sheath also provides leverage to enable the worm to rotate into the cork and be removed from the cork using a “T” shaped crossbar.
  • Electric Corkscrews – This corkscrew helps you open wine in a matter of seconds using its simple push button feature. It is great for use behind the bar or back of the house where you need to open wine quickly.
  • Lever Corkscrews – A lever corkscrew requires only two motions: a forward motion that inserts the worm into the cork, and a reverse motion that simultaneously removes the cork. The handle of the lever corkscrew allows the user to have a great deal of control over the bottle while it is being used, which is very beneficial.
  • Wall Mount Corkscrews – A wall mount corkscrew can be set for a different penetration depth. The method can be used at banquet room functions where wine will be placed on tables before the event kicks off and part of the cork can be extracted.
  • Continuous Pull Corkscrews – A continuous pull corkscrew works by driving the worm into the cork with a twisting motion. They are designed for use by bartenders and servers at the front of the house due to their small size and easy handling.

Things To Consider Before Buying Wine Openers

The Price

If you have a high-volume wine operation, you should consider the more expensive corkscrews such as the wall mount, counter mount, and electric corkscrew in order to have an easy time opening many bottles simultaneously, therefore, recouping your cost. Small establishments or those with staff trained in removing wine corks may opt for a corkscrew in the waiter’s pocket.

Type of Opener

Cork (opener) is classified into two: synthetic and natural.

  1. Natural corks – These corks have a brittle texture and are more difficult to remove than those made of synthetic materials.
  2. Synthetic corks – This type of cork requires more effort to twist the worm into the cork because it is denser than natural corks.

Ease of Use

If you have a difficult time using a corkscrew, you might end up with cork crumbs in your wine, broken corks, or you may not be able to remove the cork at all. As a result, many large operations have moved to counter mount, wall mount, or electric corkscrews as these styles make cork removal incredibly simple.

Now that we already have our knowledge with wine openers, we have compiled you list of the best of the best. Below are our top picks.

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OXO SteeL Winged Corkscrew

This corkscrew is usually more of a blade style, which ensures that it will be inserted into the center of a cork at the correct angle parallel to the bottle, and it reduces chances of breaking an old, dried out cork.

Price

$19.99

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Ergonomic design
Cons
  • Plastic body
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OXO SteeL Vertical Lever Corkscrew

This lever corkscrew lets you open your wine quickly and easily without having to force it open. Because of the compact design, it won't take up much real estate on your kitchen counter. The foil cutter can be removed from the device so you can use it as a knife as well.

Price

$37.95

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Compact
Cons
  • Quite expensive
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Le Creuset Waiter's Friend Corkscrew

A sleek, efficient, budget-friendly and efficient option, the classic wine key excels in all areas of utility. The Waiter's Friend corkscrew is a Spanish product originating from the trusted French cookware brand Le Creuset. Its grooved screw and two-step design make it a popular choice with both the service industry and household drinkers.

Price

$24.95

Pros
  • Portable
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Quite expensive for it's size
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Coravin Model Two Premium Wine Opener

With this opener, we have the option of tasting a bottle without having to open it. The Model Two is made from stainless steel and fiberglass nylon, which will help it resist rust.

Price

$199.99

Pros
  • Prevents oxidation form the bottle
  • Portable
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Expensive
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KitchenAid Gourmet Winged Corkscrew

This wine opener is thick and robust, and it's lined with a non-slip material on the top handle, wings, and bottom to prevent the bottle from slipping. In the screw and wings, corks are inserted smoothly, while they are pulled smoothly from the screw.

Price

$19.39

Pros
  • Easy grip
  • Dishwasher safe
Cons
  • Loose wings with several use
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True Truetap Double Hinged Corkscrews

There are no loose or tight hinges on any of the doors of this opener. A nonstick coating coats the screw and the boot lever notches, ensuring that the boot lever fits securely on the bottle lip.

Price

$7.09

Pros
  • Cheap price
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Uncomfortable to grip
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Viski Winged Corkscrew

A metal winged corkscrew with two metal wings is what makes this corkscrew. Featuring a self-centering worm and a built-in bottle opener, it makes serving wine simple and easy.

Price

$16.76

Pros
  • Stylish gold color
  • Non-stick coated worm
Cons
  • Uncomfortable to use
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Brookstone Compact Wine Opener

Designed with its compact but mighty size, ergonomic grip, streamlined metal construction, and extra-long lever to provide maximum leverage for easy pulling, you can pull any cork (natural or synthetic) with little to no effort in just three seconds.

Price

$30.99

Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Can remove cork smoothly
Cons
  • A bit pricey
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Monopol Westmark Cork Puller

It features two prongs that slide along the sides of the cork, providing a soft, effective pull towards the end of the cork. A wine opener of this type is great to have if you occasionally drink older wines.

Price

$22.99

Pros
  • Durable
  • Great gift for collectors
Cons
  • A bit pricey for it's kind
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RBT Black Brass Tabletop Corkscrew Puller

The bottle rests in its pivoting brass coaster on the acacia wood and metal platform of this modern lever design, but the notable difference is that it is stationary, so you don't have to handle it on your own-it stays in place as you operate the lever.

Price

$245

Pros
  • Elegant modern design
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Not consistent in removing corks
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Beneno Wing Corkscrew

With its built-in bottle opener, this multi-functional wing corkscrew is designed to open wine bottles, beer bottles, and other bottles with caps or corks. Corks do not break, no cork crumbling in the wine. It has a precision-machined screw; it will not shatter.

Price

$11.99

Pros
  • Sleek and elegant design
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Uncomfortable grip
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Cooking Light Premium Winged Corkscrew

It is made of stainless steel with no frills and is easy to wash. With this handy tool, it's easy to open even the most stubborn corked bottles. You can quickly and easily open bottles with the lever design because of the reduced force needed.

Price

$8.99

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Easily slips through hands

Related Questions & Answers About Wine Openers

The first step is to cut the foil around the bottle lip. Remove the sheath, slide it into the opening at the base of the corkscrew. As you insert the corkscrew into the cork, turn it until the worm is well inserted. The cork can be removed by pulling the handle outward once the worm has been fully inserted. Then reverse the corkscrew motion while holding onto the cork to remove the cork from the worm.
Cleaning a wine opener is as simple as wiping it with a damp sponge or cloth, and letting it air dry.
White wine with a lower acidity can last three to four days in the refrigerator; however, wine with a high acidity will last for at least five days.
A corkscrew is a wine opener. There's no difference at all. The only difference is that wine openers come in different types, depends on what you want to use.
Depending on the circumstances, it may last between three and five days.
Remove the foil first. Unfold the corkscrew. Insert the corkscrew into the cork. Fold the short, notched arm of the corkscrew down. Lift the corkscrew up. Reposition the notched portion. Then remove the cork from the bottle.
Yes. Wine should be kept at a chilled temperature. Your room is too warm to serve and store wine.
It is true that unopened wine has a longer shelf life than opened wine, but it can still spoil. You can consume an unopened wine past its expiration if it doesn't smell and taste bad.