Sure, there are cheaper corkscrews available, but if you're willing to invest some extra bucks for easy and consistent performance, the Metrokane Rabbit is a great choice. Professional reviewers say it gets the job done with no problems or headaches, and is well-designed and -constructed to boot. Some owners report breakage or unreliable performance, but most say their money is well spent.
Consistent and quick. Reviewers widely praise the Metrokane Rabbit for its solid performance. Stacy Slinkard at About.com calls it a "no-fail" product, saying she has never encountered broken corks, pushed-in corks or capsule problems while using it. About.com's Mariette Mifflin agrees, saying its "31 precision parts" guarantee easy and quick cork removal. Multiple owners report regular use for years with no problems. However, some warn of breakage before the 10-year warranty runs out and several find fault with Metrokane's customer service.
Lightweight, easy to operate. The Metrokane Rabbit removes corks in a mere three seconds, says Mifflin, and owners agree that it's a breeze to use. One calls it "effortless" and others say it works easily even for those with shaking hands or limited hand strength, but some users find that it takes practice to determine the optimal grip pressure. The Wall Street Journal's Anjali Athavaley says you must grip the handles firmly for the opener to work easily. On the plus side, reviewers like the Rabbit's lightweight, easy-to-store design.
Slinkard says the Metrokane Rabbit is the easiest, most consistent corkscrew on the market. She calls it a fail-safe opener and has never encountered problems during use. Slinkard doesn't describe any comparative testing, but her bio indicates extensive experience in the wine industry.
Review: Wine Corkscrews and Bottle Openers, Stacy Slinkard, Not dated
About 170 users review the black Metrokane Rabbit at Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of 3.6 stars out of 5; more than 50 post feedback on the silver version that gets 3.9 stars out of 5. Most say the opener is easy to use and well constructed, although several complain of breakage over time.
Review: Metrokane Rabbit Corkscrew, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
Mifflin says the Metrokane Rabbit handles comfortably and removes corks in about three seconds. She calls it built to last and suitable for gift giving, but doesn't describe her testing methods or indicate whether she compared the Rabbit to other products.
Review: Metrokane Rabbit Corkscrew, Mariette Mifflin, Not dated
4. The Wall Street Journal
While this roundup and review is dated, it's still helpful. Athavaley calls the Metrokane Rabbit one of a new breed of easy-to-use corkscrews, saying it works well as long as you firmly grip the handles. Four openers are recommended, but Athavaley doesn't describe how they're tested or what other models were considered.
Review: Popping the Cork, Easily, Anjali Athavaley, July 26, 2007