I want to tell you about two of my favorite electric appliances. The first is the Kalorik "Sunny Morning" immersion blender. Unless you are a big soup maker, you probably won't use an immersion blender very often, so it isn't something most cooks want to invest in. Believe it or not, some of these babies can cost $200 and more. That's ridiculous. You can buy the Kalorik for $16 at Walmart or Amazon. It has a 200-watt motor, which is as powerful as any of them, but it also has a detachable head which you can toss in the dishwasher to clean. Most of the competition has to be handwashed because they are all in one piece, and the electric cord is attached. If you don't have an immersion blender and want to make blended sauces and soups on occasion, this is the one to buy.
I've opened a lot of wine bottles in my time - thousands of them. In my opinion, cork technology, dating back to the 17th century, has long overlived its usefulness. I'm now a big fan of screwtops. In fact, in countries like Australia and New Zealand, you almost can't get anything but screwtops. That said, a hell of a lot of wine is still being sold with corks. Even more annoying, plastic corks are taking over from corks make from cork oak. There is no shortage of corkscrew types, but for my money, the best is the electric corkscrew which has been on the market for about 5 years. They all do the same thing. An electric motor, powered by a rechargable battery, drives a corkscrew into the cork and pulls it out of the bottle. Reverse the rotation of the screw and the cork pops off. Two things that are great about an electrric corskcrew: 1) They NEVER fail to open even the most stubborn plastic cork which are sometiomes excdeeding difficult to remove; 2) They NEVER crumble a dried-out real cork.
Consider that the best old-fashioned waiter's corkscrew, the French-made Laguiole, costs from $15 to $35. Although you can spend up to $75 for an electric corkscrew, for my money, the Oster "Inspire" model, selling for $13.43 at Target, Walmart, Amazon. etc. will do just fine.