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The 10 Best corkscrews

Don’t hide it at the back of a drawer. Once a simple thing, the waiter’s friend is now a hi-tech piece of kitchen kit...

1. Raymond Blanc by Anolon

£12, amazon

Well made, sturdy and solid, this is also stylish and ergonomically designed. No wonder Raymond Blanc was prepared to put his name behind it.

2. Bouf

£10, bouf

Inject a little humour into your life with this moustache corkscrew that doubles up as a bottle opener – and what better time to get one than in the advent of Movember?

3. Alessi

£34, amazon

You can always count on Alessi for a winning combination of design and practicality. This fun parrot-shaped sommelier corkscrew is no exception.

4. Paxton & Whitfield

£40, paxtonandwhitfield

Paxton & Whitfield has teamed a waiter's-friend corkscrew with a great cheese knife – all presented in a classy gift box. Both are made from fully forged steel.

5. NScessity

£20, amazon

This automatic, cordless and rechargeable corkscrew lets you unscrew up to 20 corks on a single charge and has a comfortable rubberised grip.

6. Eva Solo

£42, amazon

The self-pulling screwpull design of this corkscrew means you just turn the handle and up comes the cork. Plastic corks are no more challenging.

7. OXO Good Grips

£12, amazon

Now, this is clever. An internal cutter removes the foil, then with a gentle twist of the comfy soft handle, the non-stick coil smoothly removes the cork.

8. Brabantia

£9, amazon

This boasts an extra-wide body, which means it's suitable for all bottleneck sizes, while the extra-large turning handles allow it to open wine smoothly and easily.

9. Le Creuset

£129, amazon

Not only is this corkscrew aesthetically pleasing and reassuringly heavy, but it delivers truly effortless cork removal, thanks to innovative rotation technology.

10. L'Atelier du Vin

£69, johnlewis

Made from chromed metal with a tactile lever encased in solid wood, this corkscrew makes opening even the most difficult of bottles a pleasure.