Our list of Top 10 Best Wine Bottle Corkscrews meets common criteria for wine accessories – simple to use, high quality, and a good price. Whether you’re looking for a reliable corkscrew for home, picnicking, or as a gift, these manual corkscrews will get the job done.
We included the best of several types, from standard sommelier or waiter’s pocket corkscrews to rabbits to pump-action extractors. If you want to consider electric-powered corkscrews, check out Top 10 Best Electric Wine Bottle Corkscrews. You can purchase these items using the links provided next to each, but price and availability are subject to change at any time. Cheers!
1. Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sommelier Corkscrew
Zwilling J.A. Henckels has made premium knives and kitchen utensils in Germany since 1731. This sommelier’s corkscrew has high-end features, such as a groove in the worm that makes it easier to insert the worm into the cork and improves engagement during extraction. This deluxe cork screw is great for home or as a special gift.
2. HiCoup Premium Waiter’s Corkscrew
A simple corkscrew, reasonably priced, with elegant rosewood handle that folds for easy storage in a drawer or picnic basket. The foil cutter has a serrated edge and the double hinge fulcrum provides excellent leverage for easy cork removal. This style of corkscrew is popular with restaurant staff because it fits easily in a pocket and is highly reliable.
3. Belwares Ah-So Two Prong Wine Opener
When it’s time to open a well-aged bottle that might have a dry cork, this is the type of cork puller to use. The prongs grip the cork on two sides and pull it out whole. If you suspect a dry or crumbling cork, don’t try a worm corkscrew first, start with this one. This type of corkscrew is often called a butler’s friend because it removes the cork without leaving a mark. Handle is also a bottle cap opener.
The rabbit-style lever corkscrew gets its name from the two ear-like handles that are gripped to hold the corkscrew onto the bottle. This set includes an extra worm, pouring spout, drip ring, foil cutter and bottle stoppers in a storage box.
5. OXO Vertical Lever Corkscrew.
There are many types of level-action corkscrews and the OXO model is one of the easiest and most comfortable to operate. Just place the corkscrew atop the bottle and pull the lever down to drive the worm into the cork, then raise the lever to extract the cork.
6. Cork Genius Wine Opener Set
Pumping out a cork rather than pulling it out is an easy way to open a wine bottle. The process is simple enough – remove the bottle’s capsule, push the needle through the cork, pump the handle to send air through the needle and into the bottle thereby creating pressure that pushes the cork out. Cork Genius does this very well.
7. Boomerang Two-Step Corkscrew Wine Opener
The Boomerang is a simple worm/fulcrum corkscrew with one unique feature – it has a 4-wheel foil cutter. Wheels are usually faster and easier to use than blade foil cutters. As noted in our article Flying With Corkscrews, TSA has allowed corkscrews with wheels in carry-on luggage when flying commercial aircraft (this is always subject to change).
8. HiCoup Winged Corkscrew
9. Northern Response Smart Touch Wine Opener
10. Kit-Home Corkscrew 4-Pack
There’s nothing worse than being away from home and having the opportunity to open a bottle of great wine – and not have a corkscrew. We’ve see the videos on how to pull a corkscrew with a house key, wire coat hanger and other McGyver-esque techniques. But the easiest thing to do is be ready wherever you go by having extra corkscrews in places such as your purse, briefcase, backpack, and car glove box. They don’t have to be home-quality corkscrews, just be capable of doing the job under normal circumstances. This set of 4 inexpensive corkscrews helps you keep one handy wherever you go without breaking the bank.