Like the top-rated Oster 4207 electric opener, the Waring Pro Cordless is widely considered effective, easy to use and quick, but it costs about $20 more. However, it opens nearly three times as many bottles on a single charge than the Oster, and it comes with a vacuum sealer to help preserve wine flavor. If you like these extras or you simply prefer the Waring brand, you might find the Pro worth the upcharge.
Does the job. The Waring Pro Cordless earns a nod in one comparative, professional test, and most users agree that it performs exceedingly well. "Presto! The cork is gone," says one, while another adds that it performs "flawlessly." Some note that the opener holds a charge very well. However, one owner says the Pro must be precisely aligned with the cork or it'll chew it up, and another reports that a dead battery wouldn't recharge and needed to be replaced. To prevent this, many users suggest storing the opener in the base so it's always fully charged.
Effortless operation. Reviewers give the Waring Pro high marks for ease of use, with one critic noting that it drills straight into the cork with no need to struggle with either bottle or machine to prevent wobbling. One user calls it "effort free," and another says the Waring's easy operation "helps take stress off tender joints." Other owners say the opener is compact and stores easily in its charger, but one user who opens multiple bottles at a time complains that the Waring Pro must be aligned precisely with each wine bottle.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors at Cook's Illustrated test electric wine openers, evaluating their performance, sturdiness and how well the screw goes directly into the cork. Both natural and synthetic corks are used.
Review: Electric Wine Openers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May 1, 2009
The Waring Pro Cordless earns an average 4.2 stars out of 5 from more than 90 Amazon.com customers; the identical WO50B that includes a vacuum sealer gets 3.9 stars out of 5 after about 35 reviews. Most say it works extremely well, although some report shredded corks.
Review: Waring WO50 Cordless Wine Opener, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
Here the Waring WO50B -- identical to the WO50 but with a vacuum sealer included -- gets 4.5 stars out of 5 from about 45 users. Most say the opener has a stylish appearance and its push-button design works easily. However, a few report that corks aren't extracted or became damaged.
Review: Waring Cordless Wine Opener, WO50B, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of August 2013