I have four, yes four, corkers. The first one was an el cheapo "mallet insertion" that came with my first kit. Of course, it's useless. Then I bought a double lever corker, which is ok, but the corks don't want to seem to go all the way in (even with #8 corks). I then bought a Gilda corker- it looked good in theory but I'm not strong enough to squeeze it enough to compress the cork well enough. So, after spending about $65 on corkers, I went out and bought the Portuguese floor corker for $55. It's awesome. I can bottle one bottle or 75 with no effort. I wish I would have just bought that one to begin with.