Last updated: January 30th 2017
The story of how you came to this page most likely started with something familiar to anyone who has used a basic corkscrew:
-the cork broke
-the corkscrew broke off in the cork
-your shoulder, arm, or hand was worn out after pulling and pulling on the cork
-there is no pizazz or presentation in a basic corkscrew, especially when one of the problems above happen
It is ok to admit it and even have a laugh about it because now help is on its way.
That is why this list exists. To make sure that those looking for more than just the basic corkscrew find all the options they could want or need.
To go directly to the rankings click here or to read the ranking factors and criteria read on below.
Criteria used in Wine Opener Rankings
There are many wine openers for sale in the marketplace today. Looking online, at wine stores, wine bars, department stores, almost anywhere there will be some selection of openers from good to bad and from few to many. How to pick the best one for you? There are many things to consider in making that decision. What are the ergonomic features of the opener? Is it visually appealing? Should I go for electric or manual operation? Am I in need of a better opener because of reasons such as arthritis or carpal tunnel making it hard to open a bottle of wine? Or do I just want to up my wine game from a basic corkscrew to something better? All of these are good questions and need to be answered. Below are some of the factors considered in selecting the top openers for the rankings below.
Ergonomics is the key to good wine opener design. No matter if it is due to physical need such as arthritis or hand pain or if it is just the desire not to pull and pull on the cork making opening a bottle of wine easier is the end goal. This can be accomplished either through effective use of leverage in design on manual openers or pushing a button on an electric opener. Other features such as soft grips and levers or sizes that naturally fit the hand are other examples of how to accomplish this successfully.
No one wants an ugly and unattractive wine opener on their counter or their bar area. Whether adding to the decor of the kitchen or bar area or making things look good for a party having a good visual impression is a factor that must be considered. What we are looking for is something efficient and effective while still looking good. There are numerous openers below with great designs to consider.
Electric or Manual
One of the objective features that must be evaluated. Will you stay with a manual opener or go electric. Manual openers still require some force to be used even though the best minimize it a great deal through effective use of leverage in their design. Electric openers are almost entirely automated with operation by pushing a button or buttons. Manual openers would obviously not require charging or ever run out in the middle of use, but most of the electric options are good for between 30 and 80 opens per charge cycle. The electrics tend to run larger in size than the manual openers, but also may have other features for counter display such as lighting. This one comes down to choice unless you physically have to have an electric opener due to physical issues.
Most of the electric wine openers reviewed all have stellar battery life with more than enough charge to open multiple bottles on a single charge. With a range between 30 to 80 bottles per charge on the ones below this measure probably only matters if you are hosting a large party or are a business. For most personal use this is more than enough. The charge measure would be considered a tiebreaker metric.
Charging Base or No Base
This one is really a matter of aesthetics. Having a charging base means that the wine opener plugs into the base to charge while the base plugs into the wall. An opener without a base would plug directly into the wall. Either works just fine, but will have a different presentation and look to them.
Here we are looking at standout items or beyond the basics. Having a built in thermometer, digital battery readout, colored lights, or a transparent window to allow viewing of the opening process are good examples of these features. You can see that these advanced features had an impact on the overall ratings when seeing which ones took home three out of the top four spots.
Value for the money being spent is always a factor in making a ranking decision. The reviewed openers are all in reasonable price ranges, but they are given a comparative factor below broken into three broad classes of price. Prices are always subject to change.
Addons, Kits, Gift appropriateness
Some of the reviewed openers come with foil cutters, stoppers, or with a kit of tools. These add ons provide some value especially when being viewed as potential gifts. Also considered here are the visuals of the packaging of the product for being given as a gift – such as does it have a nice box or storage to give it in.
That sums up our list of evaluation criteria. Below is the rankings table and then a summary of the individual products.
The chart below will list our ratings and rankings for the best wine openers. There is a key below the chart explaining the columns and it is followed by a short summary of each wine opener as well as a link to read more reviews on the site or to buy on Amazon.
Wine Opener Name – This column lists the name of the products being rated.
Style – This is our descriptor for the type of wine opener. Manual is operated by hand power. Electric is operated by battery or electric power.
Price – Comparative dollar rankings. The $ is lower price, the $$ moderate price, and the $$$ more expensive.
Our Ranking – Our numerical ranking from 1 to 9 on these selected ergonomic keyboards with 1 being the best.
Buy – Link to buy the product on Amazon.
Summary for Best Wine Opener
Giving a quick recap of the ratings prior to diving into the detailed comments below the winner was the Maestro Electric opener from Ozeri. 3 of the top 4 performers were electrics with only one non-electric opener making the top four. The one that did make it came in strong at #2 though. The Vertical Rabbit from Metrokane fought off two other strong electric opener models to hold down the #2 spot for the manual users who want something non-electric, but want a much improved design. Coming in at a solid #3 and #4 ranking and in almost a tie were the two electric openers who round out the top four – the Secura wine opener along with another Ozeri offering the Nouveaux II. Both offer attractive visuals, good ergonomic design, with transparent views of the opening process and a blue light feature that will draw some in over the top two choices. These round out a strong top four which all represent very well and would make good choices. The other choices on the list are worth a look for comparison if you are not convinced, but the top 4 generally outclass them in either some or many areas.
Individual Product Notes, Reviews, and Comments
Ozeri Maestro Electric Wine Opener – Buy – This electric wine opener took down the rest of the field and came out #1. The Maestro won with great features that the competition didn’t have and by beating them on the features they shared. The ergonomics on the Maestro are great with solid design. It also includes a built in infrared thermometer which none of the other choices had. The battery is the strongest on the list with 80 charges reported before needing recharge. The battery also displays the current state of its charge so you know whether you are in danger of running out of power or not. This one just will look great on your counter or bar with its good looking base and sleek design features. With great performance and an appealing high tech modern look this is our #1 choice for the best wine opener available.
Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Wine Opener – Buy – The Vertical Rabbit wine opener is the top rated non-electric choice on this list. With a superb design that makes it the most effortless non-electric opener available this one battled back all opponents except the top rated electric opener above. The ergonomic design in this opener is outstanding and makes it very easy to open a bottle of wine with the least amount of manual effort. It has great presentation value and gets the job done – namely opening wine with ease and under three seconds. If you want to stay away from electrics, but don’t want clunky old corkscrews then this is the one for you.
Secura Stainless Steel Electric Wine Opener – Buy – The Secura electric opener is a very worthy #3 choice. It was a tossup to get it here instead of the Ozeri below, but it won out by a bit. With a similar blue light and transparent action this one came down to a preference for the visual look and feel of the Secura. Both would be a fine choice for the 2nd best electric opener in this list.
Ozeri Nouveaux II Electric Wine Opener – Buy – The Ozeri Nouveaux took the 4 spot and it was a tough match with this one and the Secura at #3. Almost a tie in features with the Ozeri having slightly more charge resiliency, but the Secura having a better visual sleekness and slightly more ergonomics. Both are good choices if you want electric, but for some reason don’t want to go with the #1 choice also from Ozeri – The Maestro.
Delwip DW-WO17 Professional Wine Opener – Buy – It was a tough call whether to rate this one 5 or 6. It got a bit of an edge with its looks and its feeling of restaurant style. Not the most intuitive or ergonomic of the openers on this list it does still do what it is supposed to do. It requires some practice to make it work and it requires some balancing and coordination in the process. These things won it a spot over the lower rated electric openers, but not the better ones or the best manual choice which took the #2 slot.
Metrokane Electric Rabbit Wine Opener – Buy – The 2nd lowest rated electric opener on the list even though their manual opener is rated 2nd on the list. It sports some nice features such as a transparent view to the cork removal process, but just doesn’t beat out the ones above it in the things it comparatively lacks.
Oster FPSTBW8207-S Electric Wine Opener – Buy – The lowest rated of the electric openers on the list this one just couldn’t stack any higher. Lacking in a few key comparative features when compared to the higher ranks such as transparency in the opening area, temperature readings, battery level indicator, and has one of the lower bottles per charge ratings in the list. Occupying the lower ranges of the price point for an electric opener if price is the main differentiator this one wouldn’t be the worst choice on the list if electric is what you want and this is how you get there.
Shenkitchen Professional Wine Opener – Buy – The Shenkitchen opener isn’t a bad product, but it just doesn’t stack up when compared to the other choices on this list. With a minimalistic feature set and still requiring significant manual action including more balancing than others it just cannot be ranked higher than this. The other items on the list just outclass it in some way.
Precision Kitchenware Luxury Corkscrew Set – Buy – This manually operated corkscrew is only one step up from the basic corkscrew. It does incorporate some features to make use of leverage when opening, but it can at best be considered a minimal upgrade. When compared to the rest of the list even as a great entry level product it must round out the bottom.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
There are the results and rankings of the top wine openers in the market today. We think this is a complete and fair review of what is out there. Please let us know what you think in the comments below. Agree or disagree? Have one that we left off the list? Let us know and we’ll look into it.