Whether you’re looking to buy a corkscrew for yourself or as a gift, it can be difficult to pick out the right one if you don’t know what to look for. Here are 10 helpful tips to make sure you get the perfect corkscrew (or another type of wine opener) every time!
How Old Do You Have To Be To Buy a Corkscrew? You have to be at least 18 years old to buy a corkscrew in most states, though they aren’t prohibited by law. However, you may have trouble purchasing one if you’re under 21 and your local liquor laws are stricter than others.
Stores will often refuse to sell these types of items if they think you might use them to illegally access alcohol. If you do plan on buying one, be sure you give proof of your age as some stores require ID upon purchase.
1. Don’t Spend All of Your Budget
If you’re in a wine-loving household, you know how important it is to have a good corkscrew at all times. But not all corkscrews are created equal. If your tool of choice doesn’t have a long handle, chances are it’ll take an extra couple of minutes each time you use it.
You also want to make sure that your cork remover has an easy-to-maneuver arm—that way, it won’t break from all of the pressure.
2. Know what you want before you go shopping
In an ideal world, you’d head to a wine store with a solid idea of what you want. But in reality, you might be swayed by deals or good advice from a salesperson.
If you’re not sure where to start looking, here are five things to keep in mind:
(1) determine your wine-storage needs—how much space do you have and how many bottles will you be storing?
(2) make a list of your regular go-to wines; if you don’t already know what they are, try finding that information online or by asking friends and family.
(3) figure out the features you need—wide mouth, vacuum sealer, screw top—and check out our recommended models below.
(4) consider both cost and style; some people prefer wood for its rustic look while others prefer metal for its durability.
And finally, (5) remember that a corkscrew is just one piece of equipment when buying wine. If you’re unsure about the type of glassware or food storage containers to buy as well, we recommend consulting a retail specialist in the store before making any decisions.
3. Shop at multiple stores
Check out a variety of sources—online and brick-and-mortar—before making your purchase. You’ll find plenty of deals online, and lots of department stores have coupons that you can use to save money on online purchases.
Salespeople aren’t always right; they often get a commission based on the sale price, so they may recommend an expensive corkscrew if it means a higher commission.
4. Take your time
When you are shopping for a corkscrew, it is important to take your time and look around. There are many different styles, brands, and types of corkscrews. It is important to remember that while price is a factor in buying any product, it should not be your only consideration.
Your decision to buy an expensive or inexpensive corkscrew should be based on what you intend to use it for and how often you will use it. If you plan on using your corkscrew only once in a blue moon, then save your money.
Instead, choose an inexpensive one with simple functions as your once-in-awhile tool. If, however, you find yourself opening wine bottles at least twice a month (or more), then splurge!
5. Consider durability, quality, and warranty info
There are a few things to consider when shopping for a corkscrew. First of all, you’ll want something that is durable and can stand up to years of abuse—which means you might want to look into heavy-duty models.
Additionally, if you’re interested in buying a model with a warranty or guarantee, it’s important to double-check that everything is spelled out in terms of coverage.
This way, if anything should happen within the warranty period—including parts breaking or wearing down over time—you can get repairs done free of charge. Warranty information varies from brand to brand so make sure you check before pulling out your wallet!
6. Get free shipping if possible
If you’re looking to reduce your costs, don’t assume that buying direct from Amazon is your only option. Many wine accessories are available through third-party sellers, who also often have free shipping.
This means you can use a service like CamelCamelCamel to find out what an item is selling for on Amazon and then see if a third-party seller is offering it at a lower price—along with free shipping. (And yes, of course, check prices on eBay as well.)
If a seller has great ratings and usually ships quickly and with tracking information provided, buying from them often makes sense. Free shipping can really add up when you’re talking about larger items like wine racks or wine cellars.
7. Decide how many corkscrews you need before you look at prices
How many wine bottles are you planning to open? Do you want a corkscrew that can only open one bottle at a time, or one that can handle multiple bottles at once? If you’re planning on opening more than two or three bottles per week, consider purchasing a corkscrew with multiple arms so that it can hold several bottles at once.
Most models will tell you how many bottles they’re capable of handling in their product description. You may also want to look into options like automatic bottle openers, electric options and services like Pop & Pour.
8. Look up coupons online
You don’t have to accept inflated prices. There are deals and discounts all over, you just need to know where to look.
Price comparison websites like PriceGrabber and CamelCamelCamel allow you to set alerts for when a product you’re interested in goes on sale, giving you an automatic heads up so that you can place your order before everyone else (or even while they still don’t realize what they’re missing).
And if there isn’t a sale currently going on that we’ve spotted, well, use that search engine of yours: type in your brand and model number along with words like discount, coupon code, or deal. Once again, Google is your friend.
9. Think about aesthetics as well as performance
Think about how you want your corkscrew to look. Do you want it in your kitchen drawer? In a barware cabinet? Displayed on your countertop? Knowing how you’ll use it will help you find a style and finish that fits your space.
Keep in mind that different materials offer different performance characteristics—stainless steel is easier to clean, for example, but bronze will last longer with frequent use.
10. Consider multi-purpose corkscrews to reduce cost per use
Multi-purpose corkscrews are a unique twist on traditional corkscrews. These are similar to pocketknives in that they include multiple tools, like knives, scissors and screwdrivers.
Many people purchase a multi-purpose tool because it replaces an entire collection of other tools and because you can use it to open bottles of wine or beer.
Consider your lifestyle as you shop for these devices; perhaps you’ll only need a corkscrew or bottle opener and don’t want to pay extra fees associated with all of those extra features. If that’s not you, consider how often you will use each feature before making your decision.
You can find your own wine to accompany a meal, but if you’re in need of an extra table, you might consider buying a corkscrew.
A good corkscrew will help save your bottle from being uncorked in an uneven way by a friend or family member. The cork is placed into its special cradle, which then pushes it up and out of the wine bottle with minimal effort on your part.
Instead of having to pour some wine into one glass to try and take out any bits that are sticking up out of your bottle, you’ll be able to enjoy pouring a completely even amount each time. Just make sure that you select one that has enough leverage built in!