If the price of some wine openers makes you pop your cork, and you can’t get the hang of those cheaper winged things, you
might like an electric corkscrew. You just press a button to pull the cork and again to eject it from the screw. Opening usually
takes less than 10 seconds.
The best electric corkscrews in our tests were the Emerson Electric Wine Bottle Opener BO60 and its virtual twin, the Oster
Inspire Collection Electric Wine Opener 4207. They cost about $20. Both electric corkscrews come with a foil cutter and have
a rechargeable battery and a charging base. A third, battery-powered corkscrew, the One Touch Wine Opener KC07, was noisier
than the others and a bit slower, and could be hard to fit over some bottle necks.
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Place it and pull the lever down, driving the screw into the cork. Pull it up, and the cork emerges. Le Creuset Screwpull
Elegance, $130, and VacuVin, $50, were great in our last tests. Metrokane Rabbit, $50, was easy to use but not quite as smooth.
A foldout arm braces against the bottle’s lip. The best ones have a two-position arm to let you readjust for extra leverage.
Pulltaps, $8, was one worth trying.
Place it over the cork and turn the handle. The screw travels downward; further turning pulls the cork up and out. Oxo and
Screwpull, both $20, did well.
You twist the screw in, then use your own muscles to pull out the cork. Upper-body strength is a plus.
Raise the wings and turn the screw. Push the wings down; the cork comes up.
Insert the prongs between the cork and the bottle and twist the cork out. It’s useful for removing old or broken corks but
can be tricky to use.
Posted: October 2008 — Consumer Reports Magazine issue: November 2008