Have you ever struggled mightly with pulling out that wine cork with a screw-type wine bottle opener? I sure have. And although I’ve gotten a little better at getting the cork out of bottles, I’ve always been interested in something that would do it quicker and with less chance of broken corks. There are a number of different “automatic” type bottle openers, but this is the first electric one I’ve taken a look at.
The Oster Electric Wine Opener is a surprisingly compact device that is fairly easy to use. You just push the button and the screw enters the cork immediately. Press the button again and cork comes right out of the device. Now, because the device is electric and quite small, it needs to be charged up after doing a number of bottles. That number that Oster claims is 30. I don’t see too much of a problem with that, even if it was 15 it’d be ok. If you’re opening 30 bottles of wine frequently for parties - then opening the wine bottles is probably going to be the least of your worries!
I like the design of this opener which is pretty sleek and stylish. The handle seems to be very ergonomic. There is a foil cutter in the charging base that can be used to remove wine seals. I believe it will fit most traditional wine bottles. What I’m curious about is about the screw that removes the bottles. On some other wine openers, like the Rabbit I’ve had friends have problems with the vinyl on the corkscrew eventually wearing out - and when that happens it becomes much, much harder to get a cork out. I’m wondering if the Oster will have any issues with that since it is electric - like maybe it will do less than 30 bottles because of the extra power needed to get the cork out.