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You probably don’t think much about your bottle openers until you really need one, but the truth is, a good bottle opener can be way more handy than you think. The best bottle openers can be used for everything from cracking open a beer, to popping open a bottle of wine, to opening canned goods. As a bar kit essential, the most versatile bottle openers can be used to crack nut shells, and — in a pinch — slice fruit and cut through the cheese on your charcuterie board too.
What Are the Different Types of Bottle Openers?
Here is a rundown of our favorite back-to-basics wine keys and beer openers that may not be fancy but are always reliable. These all-purpose openers are easy to stash wherever they’re most often needed so you always have one at hand.
Beer Openers: There are a few talented individuals who can turn basically anything into a beer opener with a little ingenuity, but for everyone else classic standbys like a wall mount or churchkey are ideal.
Wine Openers: If you can’t find that giant, battery-operated engineering marvel of a wine opener you got as a housewarming gift seven years ago, it’s a good idea to keep a simple butterfly or waiter’s corkscrew in the silverware drawer.
1. Chef Craft Classic Stainless Steel Bottle Opener
The churchkey opener is a classic, versatile little tool that’s as useful as part of your camping gear as it is in your kitchen cupboard. This one has a sturdy, stainless steel construction as well as a handy magnetic back so you can store it right on the fridge. One end has a bottle opener mechanism, while the other is pointed for opening cans.
2. Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew by HiCoup
The pros swear by this manual wine opener. It’s sturdily built, meaning there are no annoying loose hinges after a few uses. It also has a spring an double-hinged arm, which allows you to pull the cork up in two, smooth moves.
3. 3PCS Cast Iron Wall Mounted Bottle Opener
There’s no need to waste time digging through the silverware drawer for an opener if the bottle opener is literally attached to the wall. These wall-mounted openers come in a pack of three, and we especially like the stylish, vintage look of the cast iron material.
Similar to wall-mounted bottle openers seen in bars and clubs, simply slide your beer (or soda) bottle under the hook tab, twist the bottle, and watch the lid fall right off.
4. IPOW Wing Corkscrew
Some folks find a winged wine opener easier to use than a hinged, waiter’s corkscrew, which is why we included this well-made and ergonomic version. What sets it apart is the shape of the corkscrew, which points directly down, therefore allowing it to pierce the cork more precisely every time. For good measure, it also includes a beer bottle opener at the top.