Unlike lever-type wine openers, continuous-turn corkscrews do require you to twist the screw into the cork. But unlike a traditional corkscrew, you don't have to pull to remove the cork. Rather, you just keep turning the screw in the same direction and the cork rides up the spiral. The Oxo Good Grips CorkPull receives good reviews, and though it's inexpensive, some users say it isn't durable. Most owners and experts say it's a good continuous-turn corkscrew overall. It includes a foil cutter, but reviewers are mixed on how well it works. Though it costs more, the Vacu Vin Corkscrew Winemaster (*Est. $40) takes even less hand strength to use.
The Oxo Good Grips CorkPull receives high marks from the expert testers at Australia's Choice magazine and Good Housekeeping. ConsumerReports.org also tested this product. We found owner-written reviews at Amazon.com.
1. Choice magazine
Testers at Choice rate wine openers based on ease of use and ergonomics. The Oxo Good Grips CorkPull receives rave reviews on all points. Choice reviewers are also impressed that this wine opener can handle wide-topped bottles.
Review: Corkscrews, Editors of Choice magazine
2. Good Housekeeping
Experts at Good Housekeeping headline the Oxo Good Grips CorkPull as "easy to use." They find the rubber handle comfortable, but they say the foil cutter is awkward to use. They also say the Oxo Good Grips CorkPull is bulky.
Review: Corkscrews, Editors of Good Housekeeping
ConsumerReports.org tests 19 wine openers of various types, three of which are of the continuous-turn variety. The Oxo Good Grips CorkPull is included in the test. This article does a nice job explaining the differences between the various types of wine openers.
Review: Cork Popping Options, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2005
About two dozen owners of the Oxo Good Grips CorkPull give it mixed scores overall. Most users agree that it removes corks from bottles easily, comfortably and ergonomically. The biggest complaint is difficulty removing the cork from the spiral worm.
Review: Oxo Good Grips CorkPull, Contributors to Amazon.com