OXO Double Lever Waiter’s Corkscrew

Last updated date: March 8, 2020

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the OXO OXO Double Lever Waiter's Corkscrew placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 19, 2020:
Checkout The Best Waiter’s Corkscrew for a detailed review of all the top waiter's corkscrews.

Expert Summarized Score
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
127 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The OXO is similar to the Truetap, but for a few bucks more, you get a soft grip that some might find more comfortable.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The OXO is made of stainless steel and has a comfortable non-slip grip—plus, a foil cutter folds out of the handle.
- The Spruce Eats
The OXO waiter’s friend won rave reviews from testers for both its comfortable handle and the foil knife, which is built into a shallow notch in the handle and does a great job of riding around the bottleneck.
- Serious Eats
Forget about fuss: The nonstick screw slides through cork easily, and the two-tiered lever allows for painless extraction.
- Men's Journal
The integrated foil cutter folds in and out, allowing you to store it away when not needed and access it immediately when you do.
- Winewoo
What experts didn't like
It’s few dollars more expensive.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Despite its comfortable grip, it has a comically short knife and fulcrum.
- Food & Wine
But this model fell just behind our winners when we tested how tightly it held to the bottle opening.
- Serious Eats
The screw isn’t as sharp for some.
- Winewoo

From The Manufacturer

Our Double Lever Waiter's Corkscrew combines slim, compact form with no-fuss function. The non-stick screw glides smoothly into corks, then the second lever retracts for easy cork removal. Bottle opener is integrated into the comfortable, non-slip handle. Foil cutter folds out of the handle.

Overall Product Rankings

1. HiCoup Kitchenware All-in-One Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 12
2. Chef Craft Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 0
3. Barvivo Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 10
4. Coutale Sommelier Double Lever Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Gitko Wine Opener & Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Truetap Double Hinged Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
7. HYZ Waiter’s Corkscrew, 3-Pack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
8. CORKAS Waiter’s Corkscrew Wine Opener
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
9. Vintorio Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
10. OXO Double Lever Waiter’s Corkscrew
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Waiter's Corkscrews

Part of being an excellent server in a restaurant is being proactive, quick and discreet when needed. If you work in an establishment that offers wine, you’ll want to be equipped with the best waiter’s corkscrew. Uncorking a fresh bottle can either be victorious or defeating, but practice makes perfect. Having the right corkscrew can be the key to success.

First, let’s look at the two types of corkscrews. One is a handheld wine “key” that is used with one hand and best for waiters. The other type has wings and it is ideal for home use. The wine ‘key’ features a lever that creates force against the lip of the bottle as you pull the cork out. Alternatively, the wine opener with wings projects the screw through a circular opening that holds against the top of the wine bottle as the gears pull the screw and cork out. The latter needs a table to rest the wine bottle on as you pull the cork out with both hands.

Wine bottles also come in all shapes and sizes as do their corks. Some corks are made with synthetic materials, composite cork or organic cork. In addition to a cork, many are covered by a metal or plastic wrap. You always want to remove this covering either but cutting with the tip of the corkscrew or by pulling it off.  This is why it’s important to have a strong metal point or even a small knife on the back of your wine key. The Barvivo Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew and the HiCoup Kitchenware All-In-One Waiters Corkscrew both feature little knives for this purpose.

To prevent the cork from falling apart or pushing it into the bottle, it’s important to find a corkscrew that is made from a sturdy material. Stainless steel is a common metal used to make corkscrews. The Coutale Sommelier Double Lever Waiter’s Corkscrew is built to last with stainless steel construction. For additional support, a corkscrew with a spring-loaded lever will help with pulling the cork out in one try. The Chef Craft Waiter’s Corkscrew offers an excellent jointed lever for an easy pop of the cork.

DYWM Fun Fact

Samuel Henshaw was the first person to patent a corkscrew in 1795. Almost a century later in 1883, Karl Wienke invented the “waiter’s friend,” a lever-style that offered servers an easier way to uncork a bottle.

The Waiter's Corkscrew Buying Guide

  • Choose a corkscrew with both a foil cutter and bottle opener.
  • Stainless steel is the best kind of corkscrew for its durability and strength.
  • A spring-loaded lever is a great feature to look for in a corkscrew.
  • Look for a groove along the edge of the screw for better grip on the cork as it pulls it out.
  • Always read reviews to see how other consumers liked the product.