OXO Steel Vertical Lever Corkscrew & Wine Opener

Last updated date: October 30, 2020

DWYM Score

8.7

OXO Steel Vertical Lever Corkscrew & Wine Opener

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We looked at the top Wine Openers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wine Opener you should buy.

Editor's Note October 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wine Opener for a detailed review of all the top wine openers.

Overall Take

The vertical lever corkscrew removes corks in second with two easy motions and the handle has a soft, non-slip grip for extra comfort. You can conveniently store the removable foil cutter on the corkscrew for quick access, and the product works with natural and synthetic corks.


In our analysis of 29 expert reviews, the OXO OXO Steel Vertical Lever Corkscrew & Wine Opener placed 6th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Don't let a stubborn cork get between you and your favorite wine. The OXO Steel Vertical Lever Corkscrew removes corks smoothly and quickly with two easy motions. The die-cast zinc handle with soft, non-slip grips provides leverage for comfortable use and the non-stick screw glides easily into cork. The cork releases from the Corkscrew with a simple pump of the lever. The removable foil cutter stores on the Corkscrew for quick access and convenient storage. The Vertical Lever Corkscrew comes with an extra screw for long-term use and is the perfect addition to any home barware collection.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.4
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
1,046 user reviews

What experts liked

Soft grip on the lever
- The Wine Aerator
Comfortable and non-slip grip
- Winewoo
In my opinion, this is the Bentley of wine openers
- The Oprah Magazine
Very quick to open a bottle
- Best Wine Opener

What experts didn't like

On the heavy side
- The Wine Aerator
Not as durable as the others
- Winewoo
Silver foil cutter made of plastic instead of stainless steel and most of the customer complaints that it did not work properly
- Best Wine Opener

An Overview On Wine Openers

An effective wine opener is a must-have tool for any oenophile, whether you’re a casual sipper or an aspiring sommelier. The tool, also referred to as a corkscrew, is a device for drawing corks from bottles, consisting of a helix- or spiral staircase-shaped metal point attached to handle. Wine openers come in endless shapes and sizes, from the pocket-size manual wine keys to posher electric varieties; which one you choose depends on your preference and how often you pop open a bottle of vino.

The most common wine opener available is the waiter’s friend, or the Swiss Army knife-like wine key, which fastens the metal helix (also known as the worm) to a curved handle that pulls it out at a 90-degree angle while a fulcrum (the point at which a lever rests) rests on the lip of the bottle, providing the resistance needed to pull the cork out with a lift of the handle. These affordable models are usually equipped with a retractable blade for cutting the bottle’s foil capsule. Bartenders, sommeliers and servers are big fans of the wine key, which is small enough to fit into any pocket, requires zero maintenance and can be replaced for less than $10.

Lever model corkscrews use an up-and-down motion and eliminate the need for users to manually twist the helix into the cork, which is required with wine keys. The lever-style opener is bulkier and can weigh a couple pounds, so you can’t carry it around in your pocket, but it gets the job done with the squeeze of a hand. A foil cutter may come with the product, or you may have to purchase one separately.

If you’re looking for something fancier or often open several bottles at a time, consider a rechargeable electric wine opener, some of which can open up to 30 bottles in a single charge. All you have to do is place the opener on top of your bottle and it’ll do all of the work with the push of a button; one drawback is that the products are portable and may require a separate foil cutter.

The Wine Opener Buying Guide

  • Things to consider when shopping for a wine opener include how much you want to invest (a wine key is the lowest-priced option), ease of use (will you have to read instructions to figure out how to use it?) and the types of bottles you plan to open (there are specialized wine openers for older vintages and some are better than others for synthetic corks).
  • While electric models are handy, they do require more maintenance than the manual models. Always make sure to recharge the batteries — there’s nothing worse than trying to open a bottle and finding out you don’t have any power.
  • Be careful when handling the foil cutter and helix, which is also very sharp. In fact, the screw is modeled after a tool of war; soldiers used metal claws mounted to the end of wooden ramrods to clear bullets from musket barrels that failed to fire.