Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Corkscrew

Get that cork out easily and cleanly so you can start pouring and enjoying.

If you’ve ever cursed at a cork that won’t come out because the corkscrew went in crooked, or tiny bits of mangled cork found its way into your wineglass, you know the value of a good corkscrew. Wing-style wine openers are small enough to fit in a drawer and are easy to use. Eared openers require only a push and a pull of a lever to fully remove a cork. Electric corkscrews work via push-button and are perfect for wine drinkers who have arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are a few pros and cons of each design.

The anti-slip levers on this model provide a good grip and increased leverage. IPOW

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A wing corkscrew has two levers that resemble bird wings when upright. Fold the levers down and place the ring squarely on top of the bottle’s crown. Twist the top to embed the screw into the cork. The levers rise up in the process. After the screw is in, push the levers down to remove the cork. Wing corkscrews can fit into a kitchen drawer, and some have a bottle opener built into the top, making them multifunctional. Wing corkscrews are easy to use but avoid models with wobbling screws because it increases the chance of inserting it into a cork crooked, and poorly engineered devices won’t fully remove the cork from the bottle.

This model has a large handle for extra leverage. Demenades

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A rabbit corkscrew requires only two motions to remove a cork. Pushing the large handle drives the screw into the cork, and pulling it back removes the cork from the neck. A separate set of ear-like grips grasps the neck itself while you operate the lever. A rabbit corkscrew can open bottles fast—you can typically remove a cork in less than five seconds—and the large handle provides leverage, eliminating strain.

This battery-powered model can open up to 30 bottles on a full charge. Secura

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A battery-operated, rechargeable wine opener is the easiest to use of all the corkscrew designs. Some can open up to 50 bottles of wine on a single charge. They don’t take up a lot of space and don’t require as much effort to operate as a manual corkscrew.