Best Bottle Openers

11/18/2008 Consumer Watch In restaurants, the wine server makes opening a bottle look so graceful. But there are plenty of us who wind up just pushing the cork in.

You've certainly got lots of openers to choose from, including this rabbit that costs 40 dollars.

Now Consumer Reports has tested electric corkscrews. You simply put the corkscrew on the bottle and push a button to remove the cork. Push the button again and the cork is released.

To test these Newfangled devices, Consumer Reports opened nearly 100 bottles with both real corks and synthetic ones. The testers found this electric opener from One Touch was noisy and bit a slower than the others. But two worked well. They take just a few seconds to remove the cork.

Adam Kaplan, Consumer Reports, says "These are good for anybody, but they're especially good for anyone with limited hand strength or who has trouble using a regular corkscrew."

They're from Oster and Emerson and cost 20 dollars each. Both have a rechargeable battery and they come with a foil cutter. You may not turn into a sommelier but at least you won't break any more corks.

If you don't like the thought of getting one more electric gizmo, Consumer Reports' tests found a couple of good manual ones. They're continuous turning corkscrews from OXO and Screwpull. They're easy to use and at 20 dollars, they're comparably priced to the recommended electric ones.


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