While most wine experts opt for the traditional waiter’s friend corkscrew when opening a bottle of wine, gadgets like electric wine openers can serve a great purpose, too. “Electric openers can increase the likelihood of corks on older bottles to break," says Michele Thomas, a Brooklyn-based sommelier and writer. "However, for those with mobility issues or an injury, an electric opener is a fantastic option." She adds, "They can also be great for parties."
When looking for an electric wine opener, Thomas has a few tips: “For me, the key to picking the right electric opener is about design. Is it lightweight? Is it loud? How many bottles can be opened with a single charge? Is the worm stainless steel or coated for smooth insertion?” According to Thomas, cordless models are generally the best looking and easiest to use. Here are some of the best electric wine openers for your home bar.
Best Overall: Secura Rechargeable Wine Opener
Secura’s rechargeable electric wine opener is a workhorse and a beautifully designed one at that. Available in various metal finishes (from Champagne gold to blue) with different LED light options, this device is reliable and easy to use. It's also a great piece to keep on display, though it can also be easily stored. Open up to 30 bottles on a full charge, and if anything goes wrong, you’re covered under a warranty for the first year.
Best Budget: Oster Metallic Wine Opener
Form and function meet in Oster’s cordless electric wine opener, which is made from sleek brushed metal and black plastic. Designed to work with any cork (synthetic or natural), this opener comes with a recharging base and a foil cutter, all at a reasonable price point. Open up to 30 bottles on a single charge with this device: simply place it on the neck of any standard 750ml bottle, hold it firmly in place, and press the button. Press again to release the cork from the worm after removal from the bottle.
Best Splurge: Peugeot Elis Electric Corkscrew
“I really like the Peugeot electric wine opener,” says Thomas. “It's a bit of a splurge, but it is so smooth and quiet.” This high-performing rechargeable corkscrew features a streamlined stainless steel design and a delicate, yet powerful mechanism that can be used on any type of cork—even older and more fragile ones. With the single touch of a button, the cork is removed in seconds, and to remove the cork from the device, simply press the top button. When not in use, store the corkscrew and charger away in the included compact case. Additionally, this electric wine opener can uncork around 40 bottles on a single charge.
Best Set: Ivation Wine Opener Gift Set
Ivation’s sommelier-designed electric wine opener set has everything you need to enjoy (and preserve) any bottle of wine. The seven-piece kit is comprised of a rechargeable electric wine opener, electric vacuum preserver pump, aerating pourer, two airtight stoppers with a date stamp function, charging station and foil cutter. The opener works just like any standard electric wine opener—place it on the bottle’s neck and press the button to remove the cork while holding firmly in place (and press again to release the cork once it’s out). This opener can extract around 30 corks on each charge. Use the aerator to help any wine breathe as you pour into your glass or decanter, and if you’ve got leftover wine, extend its life by sealing the bottle with one of the airtight stoppers.
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Best Battery-Operated: Houdini Electric Corkscrew
Houdini’s no-frills battery-operated wine corkscrew is incredibly easy to use. Built to extract all types of corks from standard 750ml bottles, this stainless steel corkscrew features a recessed worm that allows you to securely lock the device on the bottle’s neck while using it. Place it on the bottle, press the down arrow to remove the cork in just a few seconds, and then press the up arrow to release the cork from the screw. Simple yet reliable, this affordably-priced corkscrew also requires four AA batteries, which are included.
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Best Rechargeable: Cuisinart Wine Opener
“Cuisinart makes a great rechargeable wine opener that can be used for up to dozens of bottles with a single charge—it's a cinch to use,” says Thomas. With this cordless, lightweight opener, you’ll be able to open up to 50 bottles of wine before needing to be recharged, as well as both synthetic and natural corks. Sleek, yet functional, the opener features a brushed stainless steel exterior, compact charging base, and hidden foil cutter. Plus, it comes with a three-year warranty.
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Best with Foil Cutter: Sharper Image Rechargeable Opener
If you’re looking for a display piece with an equally aesthetically-pleasing foil cutter, look no further than this rechargeable wine opener set from Sharper Image. With its simple rectangular charging base, LED charging light, various metal finish options, and streamlined foil cutter, you can open over 30 bottles on one full charge. This electric wine opener is designed for use with all standard 750ml bottles and also works with most oversized bottles. Even more, it comes complete with a one-year warranty from Sharper Image.
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Céline Bossart has opened many a wine bottle in her tenure as a wine and spirits journalist. While she prefers to use a waiter’s friend most of the time, she appreciates the option to uncork more effortlessly—especially for those with limited mobility.