What every best Wine Openers has:
- Has a screw that's at least 1.75 inches long.
- Can handle all types of corks.
- Extracts the cork without shaking the bottle.
Nick Guy spoke to wine servers and sommeliers before narrowing his list of wine openers for hands-on testing. He names a top pick, runner-up and best electric wine opener. Testers evaluate each wine opener for performance, ease of use and durability. The resulting reviews are detailed, even-handed and comparative.
Amazon is one of the best resources for real-world reviews of wine openers. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed, and some note durability concerns that are often overlooked in other reviews. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with the seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
Hoffman tests out six popular models and styles of wine openers, comparing them and detailing the pros and cons of each. Each review details ease of use, aesthetics, performance and value. Though she doesn't pick a winner, she notes who should buy each kind of wine opener, and who should steer clear, based on several lifestyle considerations.
Cook's Illustrated editors rate three electric wine openers by testing how well they work on both natural and synthetic corks. Each model is evaluated on how fast they open bottles, the stability of the base, noise, and other considerations. One electric wine opener is Highly Recommended, one is Recommended, and one is Not Recommended. Editors rate corkscrews elsewhere on the site.
Bed Bath & Beyond sells a wide range of wine bottle openers, both higher-end and budget. Reviewers rate products on a five-star scale overall. They also give specific ratings for value and quality, and indicate whether they would recommend each product to a friend. Reviews aren't as comprehensive as those on Amazon, however.
The Wine Enthusiast website includes a good collection of reviews for a wide range of popular wine openers. Reviewers rate each product on a one- to five-star scale, and there is a spot for questions and answers. Reviews seem honest, but they aren't as detailed as those typically found on Amazon.
Editors at Your Best Digs researched more than 20 electric wine openers and subjected five to hands-on testing. They name an overall winner, the best pick for those with arthritis, a budget pick, the best opener for commercial use, and a top pick for gifting. Tests include a measure of battery life and effectiveness on six bottles of wine. The discussion is even-handed and comparative.
Food & Wine's Carson Demmond evaluates 15 different corkscrews over the course of two consecutive dinner parties by using them on both Burgundy shape (sloped-shouldered) and Bordeaux shape (sharp-shouldered) bottles with classic and composite corks. One corkscrew is named best overall, and other winners include a pricey upgrade pick, a lever corkscrew, an electric corkscrew, and one model that's best for opening older wine bottles.
Editors at New York magazine set out to find the best handheld wine opener by consulting with local sommeliers, who tend to prefer wine keys over electric wine openers. One corkscrew is deemed "the Porsche of wine openers," and several runner-ups are also described.