The Cuisinart Rechargeable Electric Wine Bottle Opener CW050U is a large, battery-operated corkscrew that works at the press of a switch.
It comes with:
Instructions hidden in packaging were not entirely clear. Needs an initial charge. Each time returned to charging base, you need to check that contacts engage. 7/10
It takes firm grip and concentration to keep the opener directly vertical and central in the cork, and to counter the force on the bottle as the screw engages. This was no problem for younger users. Kathryn, with arthritis in thumbs and fingers, found the grip difficult, as was sustained pressure on the switch. This corkscrew may therefore not be a solution for some older users. (If you can comfortably fill a car with petrol, you will use this gadget with ease.) 7/10
The screw is easy to rinse, if necessary. You can leave it constantly on charge. At 33cm tall, it takes up space on a household surface, and an electrical socket. 8/10
We can’t think of pros. It’s not quicker. Physically it is not easier. We can vouch that for older people lacking firm hard grip it is difficult/possibly painful to hold a wide bottle in one hand and fat opener in the other against the turning force of the screw. It takes away the ceremony – instead of a pop you get a sound like a slow, quiet hairdryer. It permanently takes up a socket and space on a household surface. Our experts (and most other professionals) favour a double-articulated ‘waiter’s friend’ corkscrew.
Charles Metcalfe, wine taster and co-chair of the International Wine Challenge (IWC)
Kathryn McWhirter, wine taster, author and translator