All last week we spent a most enjoyable time working, chatting and notably dining with our fellow Apartment Therapy managing editors. Of all the people we work with, we found ourselves the only non-drinker of the bunch. Our team was partial to popping open (several) bottles of reds, whites, and seemingly everything else with a cork in it with each meal. And although we don't drink, we do quite enjoy the practice of popping one open, though half the time we've tried, we end up with a messed up cork. We realized that there is a whole market of kitchen gadgets made to aid in opening bottles of wine out there, so we gathered the 5 best looking we could find, all at a range of prices...
Peugeot Rechargeable Electric Wine Opener:
here's the fanciest of electronic bottle openers, designed by French auto manufacturer, Peugeot. Rechargeable with an AC adaptor, this model can open 60 bottles before it needs to be juiced back up.
Brookstone Automatic Wine Opener: also rechargeable and opens 30 bottles in one charge, the price is a lot nicer than the Peugeot. Works well with natural or synthetic corks, and even removes/cuts the foil around the bottle top. Some customers note this is heavy, while others call it light, so it appears it depends on your hand size.
Haier Rechargeable Wine Opener: thanks to CES and those recognizable, jingle-laden commercials during sporting events, we've become more acquainted with the products from Haier. 30 corks per charge.
Whale Tail Automatic Wine Bottle Opener: The name cracks us up and it does indeed resemble something you'd find in a Good Vibrations catalog. Looks like something designed by the folks over at Alessi. Unfortunately, this model doesn't seem to be around anymore despite several mentions online.
Power Push Automatic Wine Opener: this wine opener differs from the others, as it relies upon gas pressure instead of battery powered operation to pop open your good times in a bottle. An audible pop is still maintained, though safely dissipated by the design.