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13 Best Bottle Openers to Keep On Hand

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated June 13, 2024

13 Best Bottle Openers to Keep On Hand
Courtesy of Xthel

Bottle openers are the sort of tool you only really miss when you don’t have one.

There’s nothing that frustrates me more than realizing I can’t drink that beverage because I don’t have a simple piece of correctly-shaped metal to get it open. (Even a spoon or knife will do in a pinch, right?)

To make sure that never happens, I’ve gotten used to carrying a bottle opener with me wherever I go. I have yet to attend a pool party, backyard BBQ, or even a hangout in my own house where it didn’t come in incredibly handy. After all, it’s much easier to whip it out and deploy it than go fumbling among my kitchen utensils drawer trying to find a bottle opener.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
  • Your drinks, your way: Bottle openers can be fashioned into multi-tools, fridge magnets, key chains, or minimalist works of art. Whatever suits your style and daily use best, there’s a bottle opener built with you in mind.
  • Built tough: Typically, bottle openers will be made from stainless steel, aircraft grade aluminum, titanium, or brass, all materials that will handle regular contact with spilled and splashed beer without rusting or bending beneath the pressure of popping the metal top.
  • Worth keeping handy: Domestic beers may often be screw-top, but you’ll want to keep at least one bottle opener in your kitchen or backyard BBQ setup just in case someone brings a pop-top import.

Be smart and always carry a bottle opener with you. Thanks to the list below, you’ll never run into a situation where you can’t get your beer—or someone else’s—open in seconds.

Best Overall Bottle Opener

KITCHENDAO 2 in 1 Magnetic Beer Bottle Opener

Why did I choose it?

Thanks to its built-in magnet, this bottle opener will stay put on your fridge, car, or grill so it’s always within easy reach. In addition to the “professional” design, it will catch your beer caps as you pop them off.


Best Keychain Bottle Opener
GERBER Shard Keychain Tool

Best Bottle Resealer
Westmark Germany Hermetus Steel 3-in-1 Resealer Beer Bottle Opener

Best Bottle Opener for Fancy Dinners
Craighill Ripple Bottle Opener

Best Tiny Bottle Opener
Xthel Titanium Keychain Beer Bottle Opener


Best Overall Bottle Opener

KITCHENDAO 2 in 1 Magnetic Beer Bottle Opener


 

With this bad boy sitting on your fridge door, you’ll always have an easy way to open your beers. The magnetic bottle opener is designed to adhere to any metal surface, and it features the “professional bottle opener” design favored by bartenders around the country.

I love that it’s not just a beer bottle opener, but also a soda can opener (in case the pull-tab cracks on you). It’s also designed to magnetically “catch” the beer caps as I open the bottles so I don’t have to waste time chasing the caps under counters or across the lawn to collect and toss them in the trash.

Though it’s ultra-cheap, it’s proven to be a reliable and useful bottle opener that has served me well over years of regular drinking.





Best Keychain Bottle Opener

GERBER Shard Keychain Tool


 

I’ve been using the Gerber Shard for so long I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s the most compact, unobtrusive solution around, but also incredibly practical.

This bad boy is built from stainless steel with a titanium nitride coating that makes it incredibly durable, and features all the tools I need in my daily life—including a pry bar, small and medium flathead screwdriver, Philips head screwdriver, wire stripper, and, of course, bottle opener.

It’s compact and light enough that you can secure it to your keychain and carry it around all day long, ready to whip out and put to use at a moment’s notice. And I’ve yet to find a bottle opener that can beat the insanely low price tag.





Best Bottle Resealer

Westmark Germany Hermetus Steel 3-in-1 Resealer Beer Bottle Opener


 

What do you do if you can’t finish your beer right away? It doesn’t happen to me often, but sometimes I get called away for some chore, or my line finally gets a bite and you’ve got to wrestle that fish onto the boat. More often, though, my wife takes a few sips then forgets to finish her drink. Should I let a good beer go to waste? Not in my house!

That’s why I really like the Hermetus Steel 3-in-1 Resealer Beer Bottle Opener. Not only does this handy little device pop open my beers, but it comes with a rubber surface that creates an airtight seal over open bottles to keep them safe and sound while I’m busy or if a drink gets forgotten. I can always come back to it, slide off the re-sealer, and enjoy it as fresh as when I first popped it open.

Made with stainless steel and high-quality rubber, it’s the tight tool for the very important job of ensuring not a single sip of beer is ever wasted.





Best Bottle Opener for Fancy Dinners

Craighill Ripple Bottle Opener


$60
 

Sure, you may drink imported beer, but you want only the finest American quality for your tools. And that means the Craighill Ripple Bottle Opener.

The tool is entirely U.S.-made—the steel or brass is milled in Wisconsin, the nitrocarburized coating is applied in Maine, and the finishing touches are applied in New York City, before being shipped out to you.

This fine American tool combines form and function in all the right ways, delivering a well-balanced, churchkey-style bottle opener that is as eye-catching as it is practical.





Best Tiny Bottle Opener

Xthel Titanium Keychain Beer Bottle Opener


$10
 

This nifty little bottle opener takes “minimalist” to the next level. Made from titanium and weighing just 3 grams, it’s the lightest item on our list, but so sturdy that you’ll never have to worry about it bending or cracking. It’s even rust-proof!

Whether you buy this for yourself or as a gift for a guy thank enjoys a little beer-drinking, it’s the perfect portable solution guaranteed to last for years. Best of all, it’s one of the lowest-priced options on this list.






OXO SteeL Stainless Steel Bottle and Can Opener


$10
 

Keep this handy little tool in your kitchen drawers for those occasions when you just want a quick, easy way to pop open a beer.

Sure, you can collect all the other cool and unique bottle openers on this list, but having a reliable back-up in case one goes missing (or is in use) is always the smart play.

This simple bottle opener also doubles as a can opener, made from tough stainless steel and featuring a soft, ergonomic grip that makes it easy to wrestle with every the most stubborn bottle or can. It’s sizeable enough you’ll always remember where you put it, and impossible to lose.






James The Midland


$79
 

The Midland by James is designed to be the ultimate expression of “minimalist excellence”, giving you only what you need with no fluff or frills. Made from Billet 6AL4V Titanium, the bottle opener is just 3.4 inches long and weighs just enough that you know it’s a solidly built tool without being heavy or cumbersome.

The tool comes with its own flat-profile titanium key ring that allows you to hang it from your keychain or backpack, or the bottle opener itself can simply clip onto your belt/belt loops to serve as its own keychain. Talk about simplicity and versatility combined!






Wesn The MT


$48
 

The MT by Wesn is so much more than just a cutting-edge bottle opener. Not only does this compact multi-tool come with a perfectly shaped metal corner that fits perfectly beneath a beer cap (making for easy removal), but it also includes a pry bar, flathead screwdriver, and scraper.

It’s just 2.75 inches long and weighs 0.4 ounces, light and small enough to fit on any keychain or in your pocket. Yet it’s made from hyper-tough milled titanium that will never break or bend with your daily use. Talk about ultra-versatile and guy-friendly.






Tooletries The Catcher


$25
 

If you don’t have this magnetic beer opener on your fridge, you are simply making life more difficult.

It’s the perfect solution for opening your bottles: a small metal bottle opener attached to a magnetic surface that will catch the beer caps and hold them in place until you see fit to throw them out.

Thanks to the silicone-grip technology, the catcher will stick to any fridge or freezer (I’ve got it on my garage fridge), but also to even glass and tile.

I love how I can unstick it in a matter of seconds to switch it between my fridge, RV, and campsite with ease, but it’s small enough that it doesn’t take up too much space in my camping gear.






Everyman Ballard Bottle Opener


$25
 

You won’t find many bottle openers sleeker and more portable than this one by Ballard. It’s literally a single thin bar of metal (2.4 inches long and 9mm wide, weighing just 6 ounces) with a groove into which you can slide the beer bottle lid for easy opening.

The stainless steel coating guarantees that it will last for years to come, and you’ll find the pocket-sized device is small enough to fit into any pocket or pouch. The accompanying cable ring allows you to clip it onto a keychain or even your backpack so you can be ready for beer o’clock every day.






YETI MOLLE Zinger Retractable Tool with YETI Bottle Key Opener


$30
 

YETI does more than just keep your beer cool; they make it easy for you to pop open your beer with this bottle opener that is guaranteed to never get lost.

I really like how the Molle Zinger is designed to attach to my backpack, bag, harness, or camping gear. The retractable braided bomber cord is ultra-tough and guaranteed to never break/snap.

With the attached bottle opener, I’ve always got a handy solution for popping open a drink. Even cooler: you can switch out the attachments to hang clippers, flashlights, and a wide assortment of other YETI tools from the Zinger. It’s come in handy many times over, and it’s the perfect addition to my hiking, camping, and cycling loadout.






Gerber The Chonk Pry Bar


$20
 

Gerber’s latest introduction, the Chonk Pry Bar, takes multi-functional awesomeness to the next level. This compact pry bar is tough enough to split wood and crack concrete, but it’s compact and lightweight, meaning ultra-portable.

In addition to its pry bar, it also features a nail puller, flathead screwdriver, wire cutter, and bottle opener.

With this bad boy clipped to my belt or hanging on my keychain, I’m ready for anything the job-site or home DIY project can throw at me!

Best of all, it’s incredibly long-lasting but retails at a price tag I just can’t help but love. It’s safe to say this is one of my favorite additions to my daily gear.





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