Wine Openers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentCook's Illustrated performed detailed field tests on kitchen gear, including wine openers, in November 2006, with a subsequent update in May 2007. Editors conclude that the best of the lever wine openers take the huffing and puffing out of cork extraction, but it is still hard to dismiss a corkscrew for under $15 that has worked well for years. Testers are generally disappointed in the air pump styles and the "wormless" wine openers.
Electric Wine Openers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentCook's Illustrated's editors test three rechargeable electric wine openers, judging performance based on speed, accuracy and handling. They recommend electric openers for parties, where multiple bottles of wine need to be opened.
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentChoice magazine compares and rates 16 budget wine openers (which leaves out some fancy models). The reviewers evaluate clarity of instructions, ease of use and ergonomics. Several wine openers rate very well. But, with lower-rated corkscrews, testers struggled to get the cork off of the spiral worm, and with others, the instructions were inscrutable.
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentExperts in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's food appliances department, along with their dining room's waitstaff, put 24 corkscrews and wine openers to the test, choosing six favorites. The six are broken down into categories that are sometimes contradictory, but the test does seem thorough. The testers unanimously preferred the simple Oxo Good Grips Waiter's Corkscrew. However, they name a different product as "what works best" and deem another the "fail-safe product." They also warn buyers about which types of corkscrews to avoid.
Cork Popping Options
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tested 19 wine openers in 2002, updating the article in April 2005. This report covers the different types of corkscrews thoroughly, and although several example models are cited with a mild recommendation, there's no wine-opener ratings chart or other testing data listed. Lever wine openers seem to be the editor's favorite since they require so little effort.
Easy Electric Corkscrews
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org discusses the reasons one might opt for an electric model, and reviews three models. There's no wine-opener ratings chart or other testing data listed. A sample chart of other, non-electric options and recommendations also is available.
Corkscrew Best of Review
by Editors of 3Luxe.com
Our Assessment3Luxe.com's review of wine openers doesn't indicate whether or not they tested the Metrokane Rabbit, Zevro or Rogar Champion wine openers, or from what sources they gathered their research. Even though their product descriptions are fairly detailed, few drawbacks are listed.
Popping the Cork, Easily
by Anjali Athavaley
Our AssessmentThis article covers only the newest wine openers on the market, but it appears that the reviewers did test each of the four products. They provide short descriptions of each, listing pros, cons, price and where to buy. Prices range from $30 to $100, and three of the four are the popular lever-style openers. No single wine opener is recommended, however.
Corkscrews and Openers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com has more owner-written wine opener ratings than other websites. However, because so many models get similar ratings, visiting this site makes more sense when you already have your choice narrowed down to a few models.
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentEvery product featured on Buzzillions.com lists user reviews, and most of the reviews are verified by retailers as being from actual buyers. Visitors to this site can filter and narrow their search results based on specific criteria such as best uses, brand, price, pros, etc. Since so many wine openers get similar ratings, this site is more useful for identifying poor performers than trying to decide which might be best overall. Buzzillions is worth a look once your choice is already narrowed down.
The Corkscrew Test
by Editors of Corkscrew.com
Our AssessmentThis is an article by a retailer, and while the wine-opener ratings should be taken with a grain of salt, the reviews do seem well balanced and offer pros and cons. Corkscrews are judged on 10 criteria. Editors claim their review is "unscientific" and do not discuss the methods or rating systems they used for tests, but the review is valuable nonetheless. Their survey is extensive and links to specific products to help illustrate their points.
The Ergonomics of Popping a Cork
by Jeanie Croasmun
Our AssessmentErgoweb.com features news, information and shopping for those concerned with ergonomics. This short overview of wine openers does not claim Ergoweb.com tested the products referenced here. The review is jaunty and personable, claiming the Wine Master Corkscrew requires "minimal effort." The Grenouille Ergonomic Corkscrew "touts a curved design, tapered handle and soft thumb rest on top, easing the irritation and adding a layer of shock absorption to repeated bottle opening." Overall this article is uneven, but a pleasant read.
Wine Openers and Tools
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentCooking.com allows consumers to rate products, but half of the 61 openers on the site have no ratings offered and several have fewer than three comments, making it difficult to ascertain which openers might be better than others. While this might be a good site to visit once you narrow down your choice, it isn't very helpful if you are starting your research.
Giving the Corkscrew a New Twist
by Florence Fabricant
Our AssessmentThis short article features only one wine opener, The Built Wine Ratchet Magnum. This corkscrew is fashioned like a ratchet wrench and releases all corks with a champagne-bottle pop. There's no evidence of testing and the wine opener isn't rated.
Oster Inspire Wine Opener
by Editors of TheVineTimes.com
Our AssessmentThe Oster Inspire Cordless Wine Opener is the only wine opener currently reviewed on this site, with no comparisons to other types or models. Since it was the only reviewer we found that rated an electric wine opener, it could be helpful to anyone interested in this type of product.
Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Review
by Jessie Scanlon
Our AssessmentThe Vertical Rabbit is praised for its ease of use, sleek styling and improved design over past Rabbits. Scanlon calls the new design "friendlier," and notes the ergonomic improvements. She dislikes the foil cutter, which requires a two-step process to open a bottle of wine. Overall, she rates the new Rabbit highly.
Wine Openers and Stoppers
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentEpinions.com lists hundreds of wine openers and corkscrews, and allows site visitors to write reviews. However, some of the reviews were written as far back as 2000 by writers who are no longer active members. Some individual wine-opener ratings are more useful and balanced, but it takes some time to weed them out.
Built Wine Ratchet Magnum
by Christopher Null
Our AssessmentThis brief review discusses the Built Wine Rachet Magnum. Reviewer Christopher Null praises the contemporary design and likes that it comes with a variety of screws to ensure a proper fit. But this wine opener takes muscle to use, he says: "As a bonus, the Magnum can double as a weapon in a bar fight." No other wine openers are tested.