If opening a bottle of wine with a manual corkscrew consistently leaves you with half of the cork on the screw and the other half in the bottle, you may want to consider purchasing an electric wine opener. Simply press a button, and presto, the wine uncorks. But is an electric wine opener really handy or just another gimmicky gadget?
Gadget name: Waring Pro Professional Cordless Wine Opener
It looks like: Something Q would give James Bond: sleek, with stainless accents and a rubberized handset.
How it’s supposed to work: A push of the button sends the corkscrew spiraling down into the cork, then pulls it out.
How we tested it: We placed the cordless, rechargeable model atop bottles with natural as well as synthetic corks.
How it actually works: This opener had a slow but steady corkscrew that drilled straight into the cork and removed it without wobbling the bottle or making us struggle to keep it or the bottle in place.
Drawbacks: With an electric wine opener, you don’t get to experience the feeling of accomplishment you get from coolly opening a bottle with an old-fashioned manual openers.
Good to know: This opener works just as well, and with far less effort, as our favorite manual tool (the Oggi Nautilus Corkscrew).
My favorite part: A broad base lets the device rest firmly on the bottle, and its sturdy, quiet corkscrew minimizes wobbling.
Best for: Someone who hosts a lot of parties and runs with a wine-loving crowd. (This opener can uncork 80 bottles before it has to be recharged.)