Perfectly good walls, shirts, and table linens have been soiled by failed attempts at opening wine bottles. And many fine wines have been tainted by crumbly cork bits. Though it seems a simple enough task, not everyone can pop a cork as flawlessly as a sommelier or waiter. Enter these easy-to-use bottle openers, which will help even the most helpless hosts pull off a clean uncorking.
Pulltap Double-Hinged Waiters Corkscrew
A simple and reliable classic, Pulltap’s corkscrew is considered every waiter and sommelier’s best friend. Plus, it’s compact, cheap, and effective. The double-hinged design allows it to maintain leverage even if the worm is twisted all the way into the cork—unlike single-hinged fulcrums, which require the worm to only be partially twisted into the cork.
IPOW Wing Corkscrew
A multifunctional tool, the IPOW Wing Corkscrew works well on both wine corks and bottle caps. It’s made of durable, rust-resistant zinc alloy and boasts ergonomic curved handles on the sides (complete with anti-slip rubber grip covers), which require less downward pressure to pull out the cork.
The Durand Corkscrew Bottle Opener
The Durand is a combination of the standard corkscrew and the Ah-So bottle opener, which has two metal prongs that slide between the cork and the neck of the bottle. It’s specifically designed for finely aged wines with older, more fragile corks prone to breakage. The prongs hold the stopper intact as the worm extracts it, which prevents any cork bits from falling into your drink.
Wine Ziz Wine Air Pressure Pump Bottle Opener
This wine opener doesn’t require any pulling or twisting; it lets air pressure and physics do all the work instead. It looks quite similar to a hand pump used for inflating balloons or bike tires. Simply slide the needle into the cork, and pump a few times to open a bottle. It should be compatible with all types and sizes of wine bottles—except bottles of bubbly, of course.
Secura SWO-3N Electrical Wine Bottle Opener
This cordless electric wine bottle opener pops a cork within seconds. It requires minimal physical effort—no twisting, pulling, or pumping required—just the simple push of a button. The built-in rechargeable battery gives the device the ability to open about 30 bottles on a single charge, while a decorative blue LED light adds to the sleek overall look.