10 best corkscrews

Whatever you’re drinking tonight, uncork the bottle in style. IndyBest tests the top gadgets for oenophiles

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Whatever you’re drinking tonight, open bottles in style with one of these gadgets. We’ve put them to the test to bring you the best.

{1} Le Creuset 2-Step Waiter’s corkscrew: £16, lecreuset.co.uk

 

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There’s a reason these corkscrews are still used in restaurants all over the world; they’re quick to use (once you’ve got the knack) and very straightforward. Resembling a piece of hardware more than a kitchen tool, Le Creuset’s sturdy number is as trusty as they come.

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{2} OXO Good Grips Easy Twist: £10.99, Lakeland.co.uk

 

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The Good Housekeeping Institute has given this self-pulling corkscrew full marks, and for good reason. An in-built foil cutter gets the fiddly bit out the way, while the non-stick screw and comfortable handles allow you to twist the cork out in a flash. No brawn needed.

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{3} Ikea 365+ Vardefull: £6, ikea.com

 

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Ikea have done it once again. For under £10, they have created a reliable and easy-to-use corkscrew with foil-cutter and a grippy handle. Chrome plating ensures it looks the part, too.

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{4} Alessi Anna G: £29.95, johnlewis.com

 

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Alessi’s shapely lever corkscrew was modelled after the  designer’s girlfriend at the time and has, for obvious reasons,  been a best seller ever since.

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{5} Marks & Spencer’s Stainless Steel corkscrew: £9.50, marksandspencer.com

 

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This corkscrew is evidence of the high calibre of the department store’s design team. It’s sturdy, unfussy, and reassuringly heavy and works jolly well too. Excellent value for money.

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{6} Brabantia Classic corkscrew: £11.75, iwantoneofthose.com

 

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The extra-large turning handle of this self-pulling corkscrew not only gives an excellent grip, but it contains hidden capsule cutter too. There’s also a spring-loaded mechanism in the central shaft, so there’s no need to muck around with separate parts.

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{7} Hahn Original Fish: £14.99, amazon.co.uk

 

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While most twist-and-pull corkscrews are more effort than they’re worth, Hahn’s may be the only exception; its concertina design gives extra leverage, making for quick and slick removal. Place the thirsty fish’s mouth around the bottle, twist the tail and pull its body (and the cork) out in one movement.

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{8} Le Creuset LM350 Trigger corkscrew: £80, lecreuset.co.uk

 

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Yes, it’s expensive (and it takes a few goes to get used to), but don’t let that put you off. This is Le Creuset’s update on the ‘leverpull’ corkscrew, the trigger lever  adding extra grip on the bottle-neck. No corkscrew is swifter, and certainly none is more elegant. The presentation box, foil cutter and ten-year guarantee all add bonus points.

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{9} Brabantia Napoleon: £11.50, amazon.co.uk

 

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Just a gentle press on the Napoleon is all it takes for the screw to penetrate the cork. All you then need do is twist for effortless removal. A centring ring stops the screw from deviating off-target and two capsule cutters mean no bottle-top is unconquerable. Just watch out for plastic corks for this one; it sometimes gets stuck.

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{10} Vacu Vin Twister: £14.50, selfridges.com

 

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Vacu Vin know their bottles. The unusual frame of this corkscrew gives surprisingly good grip on necks (the rubber pads help), while the simple twist action makes removing corks cleanly a total doddle.

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Verdict:

Connoisseurs and gadget geeks will captivated by Le Creuset’s high-tech Trigger, but for those with less cash to splash, Hahn’s Original Fish and Alessi’s Anna G are both ideal for those in search of a good-looking corkscrew without the price tag. Value for money, however, comes courtesy of Marks & Spencer and OXO, whose stalwart screws will stand you in excellent stead for years to come. Cheers to that.

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