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November 2008
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Easy electric corkscrews
Maxine Siegel testing an electric corkscrew
EASY DOES IT  Sensory Group manager Maxine Siegel and two other staffers used electric corkscrews to open dozens of bottles.
Photo by Michael Smith
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.

Find out which wines are at the top of our Ratings, get the best wines under $10, and read about the proper serving temperatures for your reds, whites, and sparklers.


Nonelectric alternatives
 

Illustration of a lever corkscrew
Illustrations by
Jason Lee
Lever
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.





Illustration of a waiter's corkscrew
Waiter’s
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.









Illustration of a continuous turning corkscrew
Continuous turning
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.












Illustration of a T-shaped corkscrew
T-shaped
You twist the screw in, then use your own muscles to pull out the cork. Upper-body strength is a plus.







Illustration of a wing corkscrew
Wing
Raise the wings and turn the screw. Push the wings down; the cork comes up.








Illustration of a pronged corkscrew
Pronged
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