The 15 Best Corkscrews

Best-Corkscrews

If you’re new to wine drinking and wine collecting, you’ll soon discover you need a fair amount of equipment.

For starters, it pays to invest in a wine cooler so you can keep your favorites reds and whites chilled at the optimum temperature. If you need to keep both reds and whites for short-term consumption, you’ll need to consider a dual-zone wine cooler.

Once you get your wine at the stage where it’s ready to drink, though, you’ll need some help removing the cork. By the end of today’s guide to the best corkscrews, you should have no problem choosing the right one for your needs.

Now, while you might imagine buying a corkscrew would be one of the easiest decisions you face on the buying trail, if you skip the planning and steam in, you might get lucky and find a great corkscrew. More likely, though, you’ll end up with something entirely unfit for purpose. Cheap and low-quality corkscrews abound. Focus on the following pointers when you’re comparing corkscrews and you’ll find the best fit the easy way.

  • Type of corkscrew: The main choice you’ll face comes down to a decision between manual or electric corkscrews. Only you know whether you can physically remove corks, or whether you need a helping electric hand. We review plenty of both style
  • Type of cork: You’ll find both natural and synthetic wine corks. Not all corkscrews are designed to cope with all types of cork. A synthetic cork is remarkably dense and requires more effort to remove than a natural cork. Natural corks, on the other hand, are much more brittle. We draw your attention to how well these corkscrews cope with various corks so you can easily choose the right one for your needs
  • Ease of use: This is arguably the single most important element of your buying decision. If you’re opting for an electric corkscrew, you should make sure the process is straightforward. All of the electric models on our shortlist qualify admirably on this count. If you’re choosing a manual corkscrew, you should scour plenty of user reviews to get an idea of how the corkscrew performs.
  • Size: If you want a travel corkscrew, or you’re planning to use the corkscrew in a commercial setting, you need to look for something that’s small and compact, ideally pocket-sized. Many of the units we review today fare well on this front. Electric corkscrews obviously can’t offer the same degree of portability. What counts here is making sure you have enough room to accommodate the opener and charger on the kitchen counter. If you’re struggling for space, one of the corkscrews we review comes with no additional base, so keep your eyes peeled for the Secura down below!
  • Price/performance: Think about more than the bottom line when you’re looking to establish value. If you drink wine every night with dinner, consider a corkscrew as an investment. Pay a little more and you’ll get a corkscrew built to last.
  • Appearance: Function is much more important than form with wine corkscrews, but you should choose the best-looking model among those on your shortlist. Why shortchange yourself with something ugly cluttering up the kitchen?

OK, with those basic sketched in, let’s launch right into our corkscrew reviews!

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The 15 Best Corkscrews

1. Our #1 Pick: Barvivo Waiters Corkscrew

Barvivo-Professional-Waiters-Corkscrew-This-Wine-Opener

Features

  • Waiters corkscrew
  • 25 pounds
  • 7 x 0.6 x 1.2 inches

Our overall favorite corkscrew is a back-to-basics model in a style favored by service staff the world over. How does this classic waiters corkscrew shape up, then?

Firstly, you can choose from multiple finishes to complement the stainless steel body. From black or gold resin to rosewood or ebony, inject a splash of color and texture to suit.

This corkscrew features a double-hinged fulcrum. This gives you the power and precision to extract even the most fragile corks without any debris making its way into your wine bottle.

If you have a wine collection featuring bottles with both natural and synthetic corks, this corkscrew will make light work of all of them. You’ll have the cork out and the wine decanted in seconds flat.

A few users have pointed out that the foil cutter is awkward to pull out until the corkscrew is broken in somewhat.

With an ergonomic, non-slip handle and a highly efficient fulcrum, this is a no-nonsense corkscrew for much less than you might imagine.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Variety of finishes
  • For synthetic and natural corks
  • Double-hinged fulcrum
  • Foil cutter is hard to access

2. True Truetap Waiters Corkscrew

True-Truetap-Waiter's-Corkscrew-Bartender-Turn-Key-Bar-Accessory

Features

  • Waiters corkscrew
  • 15 pounds
  • 5 x 0.75 x 7 inches

Next up in our curated cross-section of the best corkscrews comes another classic waiters corkscrew from True Truetap.

You can choose from a staggering array of colors, from stainless steel or copper through to lime green and bright pink. You’re not buying a corkscrew to look at, though, so how does this thing perform?

The double-hinged fulcrum gives you first-class leverage, so you’ll easily whip out even the most stubborn corks. The best part? The efficiency of the design means you’ll need very little effort to achieve this.

Once you’ve driven the worm into the cork, the non-slip nature gives very little resistance when you’re removing it. This is something that blights many cheap and ineffective corkscrews.

Compact and easy to slip in your pocket, this is a superb corkscrew at an almost throwaway price point. What are you waiting for?

While most users seem very satisfied with this dinky corkscrew, a few complain about an overall flimsiness. Considering the budget pricing, we really don’t feel there’s much to gripe about here.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Non-stick worm
  • Compact and slimline
  • Stainless steel
  • Feels slightly flimsy

3. Pulltap’s Double-Hinged Waiters Corkscrew

Pulltap's-Double-Hinged-Waiters-Corkscrew

Features

  • Waiters corkscrew
  • 125 pounds
  • 75 x 0.75 x 0.5 inches

Pulltap’s is a highly reputable brand producing precision-engineered corkscrews perfect for all wine lovers.

The stainless steel is finished in either a black or a subtle copper. This is a lightweight yet rugged corkscrew that makes a great travel accessory.

Any corkscrew stands or falls on the strength of the worm. This one is coated with non-stick Teflon. Not only is the corkscrew a cinch to drive into the cork, but it’s equally easy to move without the cork disintegrating or breaking away.

As you would expect, there’s a foil cutter onboard so you can scythe away that wrapping around the bottle and get right down to business.

Surprisingly for such a prestigious brand, quality control can be hit and miss. We would advise checking the contents of your package closely upon delivery.

If you want a simple yet highly effective way of cleanly remove corks from your wine bottles, place your trust in Pulltap’s.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Teflon-coated worm
  • Serrated foil cutter
  • Impeccable brand heritage
  • Some issues with quality control

4. Oster Cordless Electric Corkscrew

Oster-Cordless-Electric-Wine-Bottle-Opener-with-Foil-Cutter

Features

  • Electric corkscrew
  • 1 pound
  • 5 x 15 x 5.3 inches

Many people prefer the effortlessness of an electric wine bottle opener, and considering the rock bottom price of this unit, that’s no surprise.

If you have problems with arthritis, you’ll find the Oster a smart investment that will have the corks out of your bottle without you needing to strain your joints.

Using this thing couldn’t be much easier even if you’re not too technically-minded. One-touch operation will uncork your wine in seconds flat.

The opener comes with a charging base bundled. It takes up to 8 hours to impart a full burst of charge, and this allows you to open up to 30 wine bottles before it needs a boost.

There’s a foil cutter to help you trim away the bottle covering. The handle of the unit is soft and non-slip so you won’t end up with your favorite wine bottle smashed on the floor.

The only real gripe with this unit concerns issues if the power dies with the cork in the bottle. Make sure you always keep this opener fully charged to avoid this.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Removes corks in seconds
  • Push-button operation
  • Recharging base
  • Problems if battery dies in use

5. OXO Corkscrew

OXO-Steel-Double-Lever-Waiter's-Corkscrew

Features

  • Waiters corkscrew
  • 3 pounds
  • 5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches

OXO make some highly effective kitchenware and accessories, including this classic but capable waiters corkscrew. What do you get for your money, then?

Well, this iconic design has endured with just cause: the simple lever mechanism extracts corks with very little resistance. With no moving parts, there’s nothing to go wrong, and these corkscrews should last years if properly cared for.

Even if you have a longer and more demanding cork, all you need is 2 steps and you’ll have it out and your wine ready to decant and pour. The double lever on this model makes for a seamless experience.

The compact form and lightweight nature of this OXO corkscrew means it’s a great choice for travel. Whether you’re going on vacation, heading to the campsite, or hitting the road in your RV, there’s no excuse not to always have a bottle opener on hand.

The stainless steel finish and soft, comfortable grips give you an ergonomic corkscrew that gets the ob done fuss-free.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Double lever corkscrew
  • Great leverage
  • Non-slip grip
  • Build quality questionable

6. Secura Electric Wine Opener

Secura-Electric-Wine-Opener,-Automatic-Electric-Wine-Bottle-Corkscrew-Opener

Features

  • Electric corkscrew
  • 2 pounds
  • 12 x 2.7 x 7.5 inches

Next up we have the most striking corkscrew on our shortlist. Secura makes a range of appliances that harness technology without bewildering the user. This corkscrew manages to deliver exceptional performance with push-button ease.

At a glance, it’s hard to determine what this appliance is! It looks more like a speaker than a corkscrew, but that’s part of the appeal.

All you need to do is pop this device on top of the wine bottle you want to open, push the button, and watch the cork slide out almost instantly.

As with most rechargeable electric corkscrews, you’ll be free to uncork up to 30 bottles on a single charge. This should be more than enough for most reasonable purposes. If you leave the corkscrew unused for 3 months, you should charge it to help preserve the battery.

This corkscrew will comfortably run on either 110 volts or 220 volts giving you an appliance suitable for use all over the world.

For a quiet, seamless, and effortless way to remove your wine corks, put your trust in Secura.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Super-simple to use
  • Works worldwide
  • Effortless cork removal
  • Not the most rugged corkscrew

7. OXO Corkscrew

OXO-SteeL-Vertical-Lever-Corkscrew-with-Removable-Foil-Cutter

Features

  • Lever corkscrew
  • 6 pounds
  • 5 x 7.6 x 7.2 inches

Next in our hunt for the best corkscrews comes another entry from the ever-reliable OXO. How does this corkscrew stand out in a crowded pack?

This is a vertical lever corkscrew that allows you to uncork wine bottles using just 2 simple movements. Kiss goodbye to wrestling with corks and say hello to seamless bottle opening.

This unit is capable of dealing with both natural and synthetic corks, so any bottles are fair game.

The foil cutter on this corkscrew is removable for your convenience. Onboard storage when you’re done ensures you never misplace this tiny but crucial tool.

Releasing the corks is just as easy as removing them. All you need to do is pump the lever and the cork comes away clean from the non-stick screw.

Most users appear pretty satisfied with this corkscrew. We found a few complaints about the price, and a few more gripes concerning lifespan. Overall, this is a simple but effective manual corkscrew from a brand you can rely on.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Extract cork in 2 movements
  • Non-stick screw
  • Soft, non-slip handle
  • Lifespan could be improved

8. Viski Belmont Gold-Plated Corkscrew

Viski-Belmont-24k-Gold-Plated-Signature-Corkscrew-Wine-Bottle-Opener

Features

  • Waiters corkscrew
  • 15 pounds
  • 5 x 1.5 x 6.5 inches

As we reach the midpoint of our curated collection of the best corkscrews, we have a commanding gold-plated unit from Viski Belmont. What do you get beyond the glimmer of gold?

The corkscrew feels very solid and looks great on the kitchen counter with your wine decanter.

The 5-turn worm technology combined with a non-stick screw and outstanding leverage combine to make light work of even stubborn and tough corks. Whether the cork is natural or synthetic, this corkscrew will pull them out without any breakage or debris.

Unlike some stiff and clunky corkscrews, the mechanism here is smooth and efficient. You won’t need to put in any effort while that impressive leverage does the hard yards for you.

Although this corkscrew looks substantial enough, you’ll find it lacks the robustness required for commercial use. As long as you’re planning to use this corkscrew at home, though, you’re in safe hands.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Sleek 24k gold plating
  • 5-turn worm
  • Serrated cutter
  • Not ideal for commercial use

9. HiCoup Wine Corkscrew

HiCoup-Wine-Corkscrew-&-Bottle-Opener-Easy-To-Use

Features

  • Lever corkscrew
  • 2 pounds
  • 6 x 2.1 x 9.5 inches

Next up is a cheap but efficient corkscrew from HiCoup in classic wing style.

The stainless steel and plastic build feels sturdy, and this is a reasonably heavy corkscrew. In return for this extra weight and heft, you can expect a decent lifespan from this thing, a welcome change from the many throwaway corkscrews that seem to come apart after a few weeks.

The handle is designed to be easy to grip, and it allows you to get plenty of purchase when you’re struggling with longer, tougher corks.

The polished helix worm cuts down on the effort you need to put in with cork extraction. It can easily work down inside even the lengthiest cork, then all you need to do is pull the cork out with little resistance.

We found a handful of complaints from users who claim they damaged corks using this corkscrew. Overall, though, user sentiment concerning this affordable and effective corkscrew is largely positive.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Minimal effort required
  • Polished helix worm
  • Comfy, non-slip handle
  • Can mangle corks

10. Ozeri Nouveaux II Electric Wine Opener

Ozeri-Nouveaux-II-Electric-Wine-Opener-in-Black,-with-Foil-Cutter

Features

  • Electric corkscrew
  • 2 pounds
  • 3 x 3 x 9 inches

Many wine lovers hate the thought of physically wrestling with wine corks, so there are plenty of electric solutions to this age-old problem.

This elegant corkscrew is available in black, red, or silver. Unlike most electric corkscrews, the design of this thing means there’s no need for a base. The unit can stand alone and charges using a supplied cord and adapter.

Although this corkscrew can extract both natural and synthetic corks, it’s not the most powerful appliance, so you may find harder synthetic corks are hard work.

The foil cutter, on the other hand, slices through the bottle wrapping like a knife through butter.

This corkscrew has a see-through shell. This transparency not only looks sleek, but you’ll also be able to see every step of the extraction process clearly.

As with all rechargeable devices, you can expect some degradation of the battery over time. A scattering of users have also complained about charging issues.

If you don’t mind digging a little deeper for an electric corkscrew, we feel you’ll be impressed with the Ozeri.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Not great with synthetic corks
  • Some issues with charging over time

11. BOJ Classic Self-Pulling Wine Opener

BOJ-Vintage-Inspired-Classic-Wine-Opener-Self-Pulling-Corkscrew

Features

  • Self-pulling corkscrew
  • 43 pounds
  • 9 x 3.1 x 1.5 inches

Next up is a vintage wine bottle opener from the highly reputable BOJ. How does this thing stand and fall, then?

Firstly, the antique styling looks ideal in more traditional settings like a dining room or study. The zinc alloy and steel finish also manages to slot in neatly with more modernist décor, though. This is a versatile piece of kit.

The milled spiral worm will eagerly and easily make its way down into any cork, whether natural or synthetic. Whatever wine bottles you have in your collection, even if they have old and fragile corks, you’ll be able to open them confidently and with consummate ease.

The classic self-pulling design of this corkscrew has endured for generations for one simple reason: it’s devastatingly effective.

If you don’t mind the idea of using a manual corkscrew, this is one of the best options in a glutted field.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Retro styling
  • Steel and zinc alloy
  • Milled spiral worm
  • Build quality unimpressive

12. True Brands Corkscrew

True-Brands-Truetap-Matte-Black-Double-Hinged-Corkscrews

Features

  • Waiters corkscrew
  • 1 pounds
  • 75 x 1 x 0.5 inches

True Brand delivers a sleek, matte black corkscrew constructed from stainless steel.

This comes in the classic waiters corkscrew design with a double-hinged fulcrum that allows you to get the maximum leverage with the minimum effort.

The serrated foil cutter lets you trim away all the covering at the top of the bottle without needing to grab a pair of scissors or hack away at it with a knife.

The 5-turn worm burrows into any cork with ease. All you need to do is pull gently upward and you’ll have your wine ready to drink with no damage to the cork and no debris in your wine glass. That said, we encountered a handful of reported issues with corks breaking. It’s tough to ratify these complaints without knowing more about the corks in question.

Overall, this is a simple, cheap, yet truly efficient corkscrew that also looks great on the kitchen counter. See what you think.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Double-hinged design
  • 5-turn worm
  • Serrated foil cutter
  • Some snags breaking corks

13. Pulltap’s Waiters Corkscrew

Pulltap's-Professional-Double-hinged-Waiter's-Corkscrew-with-Pulltap's-Logo.

Features

  • Waiters corkscrew
  • 04 pounds
  • 3 x 1.5 x 0.9 inches

Pulltap’s has a hard-won reputation for supplying exceptional accessories and equipment for all aspects of wine collecting. This waiters corkscrew is used by service staff worldwide for its no-nonsense approach to cork removal.

The double-lever system gets more work done with less effort. Even if you drink wine with long corks or older bottles with fragile corks in the bottles, you’ll enjoy a seamless experience when you’re opening them.

The knife blade attached to the corkscrew is serrated so you can slice away all that foil and wrapping on the bottle top before you get down to work extracting the cork.

The non-slip handles is also neatly contoured, allowing you to work with confidence even if you’re dealing with stubborn corks.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Highly reputable brand
  • Contoured handle
  • Non-stick spiral
  • Mediocre finish

14. Rabbit Bar Tools Corkscrew

Rabbit-Bar-Tools-Classic-Wing-Corkscrew

Features

  • Wing corkscrew
  • 75 pounds
  • 8 x 3.3 x 1 inches

Rabbit Bar Tools makes a deep bench of products that work just as well in a commercial bar as they do in the home kitchen. For any wine collectors looking for a cheap but effective way of removing corks at home should seriously consider this compact tool.

The wing design with twin arms has been used for generations and shows no signs of fading in popularity today.

This is a universal corkscrew so you’ll have no issues with any size bottles, and you won’t have too much trouble even if the cork is aging, brittle, or just extremely tough to remove.

The stainless steel construction is available in a brushed black finish giving you an elegant addition to your wine collecting supplies and an efficient method of cork removal. What’s not to love?

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Stainless steel and plastic
  • Dishwasher-friendly
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • Cork tough to remove from screw

15. Wine Enthusiast Legacy Corkscrew

Legacy-Corkscrew-with-Black-Marble-Stand-and-Handle

Features

  • Corkscrew with stand
  • Stand: 18.5 x 8.5 x 23 inches
  • Pewter corkscrew

We’ve saved the best for last with this powerful corkscrew with a difference from the inimitable Wine Enthusiast.

While this corkscrew certainly isn’t cheap, you’re getting far more for your money than a simple waiters corkscrew with its crude but effective fulcrum. Here, you get a heavyweight legacy corkscrew that’s finished in a subtle but striking pewter.

You can also opt for a monogrammed stand giving you the perfect foundation from which to work and more stability when you’re wrestling with tough corks. The stand can be monogrammed with up to 3 initials of your choice. Treat yourself or a wine lover in your life to a personalized touch of class.

The worm is treated with Teflon so you won’t get any resistance on the way in or out.

Simply yank the handle to remove either natural or synthetic corks with the minimum of effort.

The zinc alloy casing and components are built to stay the distance. All things considered, we feel this corkscrew is great value even though it’s the most expensive corkscrew on our shortlist.

Things We Like Things We Dislike
  • Superb conversation piece
  • Efficient cork removal
  • Optional monogrammed stand
  • Quite costly

Conclusion

Finding the best corkscrews can be challenging. The reason for this is that there are so many cheap and shoddy units flooding the market, it’s hard to know which ones are any good.

Stick with any of the wine corkscrews we review today and you can buy with a clear awareness of their benefits as well as their drawbacks. If you encounter a corkscrew not on our shortlist, we hope you find some useful tips in our introductory buying guide. Take this into account and you should easily find the right corkscrew for you.

Before you hustle off on the corkscrew trail, bookmark Barnacle Bar. We’re here to bring you all the best products for the wine lover in your life so we can save you time and money. We update our content with fresh guides daily, so be sure to come back soon!

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