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best ambidextrous can openers

An ambidextrous can opener is a good choice for a family that has right and left-handed members. That way the tool can be used by any person with ease, so there is no need to have two can openers in the kitchen. Let’s take a look at the best ambidextrous can openers that exist on the market these days.

Though any electric can opener obviously will do the job (check out our best electric,  and best hands-free can openers if you would rather get this type of device), the information presented in the following comparison tables is about the best manual can openers that can be operated by right-handed or left-handed individuals.

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Best ambidextrous can openers include:

1. Zvation Professional manual can opener

2. Bartelli SoftEdge manual can opener

3. Nogent Super Kim manual can opener.

In all of the featured can openers the thumb-wheel needs to be turned toward you (counterclockwise) for left-handed individual or away from you (clockwise) for right-handed people. Some left-handed people find this arrangement awkward, but some say that it is pretty comfortable.

Zvation and Bartelli openers cut cans from the side and leave a very smooth safe edge on the can and on the lid. These two openers are very similar. Both of them have some complaints about difficulty of turning the thumb-wheel. That is why I would not recommend these manual Zvation or Bartelli openers for people with arthritis.

Nogent Super Kim is a quality item made in France and comes with lifetime guarantee. (For warranty information visit our Resources section). It is a top cutter that uses a knife instead of a wheel. Unlike can openers that propel the can by rotating wheels as you crank the knob,  the Super Kim opener drags the knife along the edge of the can.  You will have to hold the can with your other hand while using this opener.

And now you can compare manual ambidextrous can openers side-by-side in the tables below and pick one that works for you.

Note. The faded out text in the tables shows what features are not available in the particular opener.  

best ambidextrous can openers
best ambidextrous can openers
Best ambidextrous can openers

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