Electric wine openers are a good option for wine lovers who have limited strength, or those who host events and need to open multiple bottles at a time. Among electric models, the Oster Electric Wine Opener 4207 (Est. $20) is a top choice based on professional reviews and user ratings.
The 4207 is a silver cylinder that sits on a black recharging base until ready to use. It features a soft grip handle and foil cutter and opens bottles in seconds, according to Oster. The wine opener gets recommendations in two comparative, professional tests of electric models. Although one test doesn't list specific judging criteria, the second evaluates openers on speed, sturdiness and the precision with which the screw drills through the cork. The 4207 also gets a nod from About.com wine expert Stacy Slinkard, who likes its slim appearance and says it's simple to use and extracts corks easily.
Among nearly 300 users who post comments at Walmart.com, the Oster 4207 gets an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5; almost 40 Target.com owners give it 4.5 stars out of 5. Most say the wine opener works consistently and is easy to operate, and many love the way it looks. However, some complain that the Oster stopped working after a few weeks or months, and others say it can tear or shred corks.
Another highly rated choice is the Waring Pro Cordless ($40 ) , which costs about twice as much as the Oster 4207. It earns a recommendation in one professional, comparative test that judges wine openers based on performance, stability and precision. More than 90 Amazon.com users give it an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5, and about 35 owners give an identical model that adds a vacuum sealer 3.9 stars out of 5. Most reviewers say the Waring Pro is easy to use and performs well, although some report chewed-up corks or other malfunctions.
The Emerson Electric Wine Bottle Opener ($25 ) is also recommended in a comparative test by a leading publication, but it gets lower average ratings from Amazon.com customers. More than 90 owners give it 3.8 stars out of 5, with complaints centering on motor or battery problems. In contrast, Target.com reviewers largely praise the Emerson's performance and give it a near-perfect rating, but a handful of users do report motor malfunctions.