Includes foil cutter
Transparent corkscrew mechanism
Wobbles on charger base
Foil cutter can be knocked off easily
Some users report breakage over time
The Secura Electric Wine Bottle Opener is powered by a rechargeable battery and can open up to 30 bottles per charge. With its stainless steel design and modern appearance, it’s an attractive device and a great conversation piece. However, a product can’t be judged on aesthetics alone. We put the Secura Wine Opener to the test to see if it eliminates the hard work of opening a bottle of wine. Read on to see how well this kitchen tool performs and determine if it’s worth buying.
Performance: Easily removes a cork in seconds
The Secura Electric Wine Opener makes cork removal a quick job. Thanks to the opener’s one-touch functionality, it’s very easy to operate. All you have to do is place the opener on top of the bottle and make sure that it remains as upright as possible. You have to apply a bit of pressure and press down firmly on the opener—otherwise, it’ll just spin around and not make contact with the cork. At the same time, depress the lower portion of the switch. Moving in a clockwise direction, the corkscrew will steadily make its way through the cork. The opener will stop automatically once the cork has been removed from the bottle.
You have to apply a bit of pressure and press down firmly on the opener—otherwise, it’ll just spin around and not make contact with the cork.
To remove the cork from the opener, press down on the upper part of the switch. The corkscrew will turn counterclockwise and release it. You can place your hand under the opener to catch the cork when it pops out.
In our test runs, the cork came out cleanly and in a matter of seconds. We were really impressed with the performance of this device, especially when compared to a traditional corkscrew. The Secura eliminated all of the hassle associated with the old-fashioned, do-it-yourself method, which often involves a lot of wrenching, wiggling, and, sometimes, cork breaking.
Design: Stylish and easy to use—with a few caveats
The Secura Electric Wine Opener is attractively designed. Its stainless steel build blends in nicely with other steel appliances in our kitchen. We also like the blue LED light that illuminates the bottom portion of the opener. The light only remains on when the opener is charging on its stand. A full charge will take about six to eight hours. The blue light will also turn on when the switch is pressed and the wine opener is in use.
There was one aspect of the design that we didn’t like—the wine opener is very wobbly on the charging base.
The Secura has a few features that we found particularly helpful. It comes equipped with a foil cutter that removes the seal in seconds. Simply clamp the cutter around the neck of the wine bottle and give it a spin. The charging base also has a built-in stand for the foil cutter. Another innovative feature is the transparent shell of the corkscrew mechanism, which eliminates any guesswork and allows you to easily line up the opener with the cork.
There was one aspect of the design that we didn’t like—the wine opener is very wobbly on the charging base. Although the sides of the charging port are high enough to prevent it from tipping over, the design is still somewhat flimsy, allowing the opener to rock back and forth at the slightest touch. The foil cutter is also easy to knock over; it wraps around a small circular stand, but there is nothing to hold it in place securely. The unit’s unsteadiness isn’t a dealbreaker by any means—just a minor inconvenience. We do recommend that you put it in a safe place on a counter, where you’d be less likely accidentally bump it, though.
Price: A great, affordable option
With an MSRP of $21.99, the Secura is one of the more affordable electric wine openers on the market. Though it lacks some of the more advanced features found on premium models, it gets the job done for a reasonable price.
Competition: Plenty of choices, depending on your budget
Oster Cordless Electric Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter: Retailing for $18, this Oster model runs neck and neck with the Secura when it comes to performance. It’s just as easy to operate and it, too, can open a bottle with just the touch of a button. However, the Oster lacks one very convenient feature: the transparent shell of the corkscrew mechanism. When it comes to construction, we felt the Oster had an edge over the Secura: It sat much sturdier on its charging base. There is also a slot on the Oster’s charging base to hold the foil cutter securely in place. We found the foil cutter stand on the Secura to be far less sturdy.
Wine Enthusiast Electric Bottle Opener and Preserver Set: Most electric openers include a foil cutter, but if you’re looking for something with a few more bells and whistles, this Wine Enthusiast set comes with a vacuum pump, two stoppers, and an aerating pourer. Retailing for $45, this product comes with a higher price tag, but it has the dual capability of opening a bottle and keeping it fresh for a day or two afterward.
Brookstone Automatic Wireless Wine Opener: Unlike most of its competitors, this Brookstone model runs on batteries, rather than a charger. It requires four AA batteries (not included) and can open about 150 bottles before the batteries will need to be replaced. Since it’s cordless and compact—weighing less than a pound—this opener is easy to store and you never have to plug it into an outlet. It retails for about $45.
Worth the purchase—especially if you appreciate aesthetics.
Despite a few caveats in its design, the Secura Electric Wine Opener is a solid performer that can open your bottle with just the touch of a button. A product that makes your life easier and comes with a reasonable price tag is certainly worth buying.
- Product Name Electrical Wine Bottle Opener
- Product Brand Secura
- MPN SWO-3N
- Price $21.99
- Weight 1.2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 12 x 2.7 x 7.5 in.
- Material Stainless steel
- Warranty 2-year limited