When you want to take all the physical effort out of opening a wine bottle, an electric wine opener is probably your best bet. Powered by a small battery-charged motor, electric wine bottle openers typically require you to center a tubular opening over the bottle, press a button, and watch the worm drill down to extract the cork. These are particularly good for those with limited hand strength, though they require more storage space.
The Wine Enthusiast Electric Blue Push-Button Corkscrew (Est. $30) gets consistent praise from experts and owners because it is inexpensive and easy to use. It's available in both black and stainless steel, but the version you choose will determine the type of base: The black unit comes with a rectangular black charging base that also stores the foil cutter, while the foil cutter for the stainless steel unit doubles as the stand and takes up a bit less counter space.
Editors at YourBestDigs.com praise the Wine Enthusiast's partially transparent casing, which gives users a clear view that "removed any guesswork" as the worm drives down into the cork. They say the opener only struggled once in a six-bottle test. While users report success with both natural and synthetic corks, some say they have a tougher time using this opener with synthetics. The battery has an eight-hour charge time and most users say they are satisfied with battery life; in testing it lasted 45 minutes. The foil cutter earns praise as well, and testers note that it is also easier to use because it is transparent. The unit has a blue LED light that helps illuminate the cork, though many reviewers say it functions best as a soft kitchen nightlight while the opener is plugged in.
Users who have limited grip strength say there is no struggle using the Wine Enthusiast opener and, together with the ability to ensure the worm is properly centered over the cork, they say ease of use is superior. Durability, for the most part, seems solid: Many reviewers say they've used this opener for months or even years without issues, but there are a few who report that the battery stopped holding a charge after a short time. The opener is backed by a one-year warranty.
If you're looking for an even more affordable electric option, reviewers highly recommend the Oster Electric Wine Opener (Est. $20). Many say it opens wine bottles quickly and easily. The unit, a silver plastic tube with black accents that sits upright in a black charging base, should blend in well in most modern kitchens. An included foil cutter can be stored with the charging base.
The Oster scores well in tests of electric corkscrews. It also earns high marks from hundreds of owners. Nick Guy of TheSweethome.com says it outperforms several pricier models, removing corks more quickly -- in about 6 seconds -- and with more ease. Editors with YourBestDigs also like the Oster, but they found that it requires more pressure than competing models to remove corks, and the lack of a transparent bottom means guessing at exactly when to apply it. Reviewers say it consistently removes all types of corks, even tricky plastic ones. Others praise battery life: It recharges in six to eight hours, and YourBestDigs editors found it lasted 53 minutes without needing a charge. The foil cutter also does its job well, most say.
In general, the Oster's push-button operation gets high marks. Because it's so easy to operate, Guy recommends it for "those with grip issues." He also notes that the unit's slim body makes it especially good for users with smaller hands. There are scattered reports of durability-related issues: Some reviewers say it stopped holding a charge after several months, while others say it started dying in the middle of pulling a cork. It comes with a one-year warranty.