BEST CAN OPENERS: TOP 5
(updated for 2021)
The following list presents the best can openers: top performers in 5 most popular categories:
1) manual can opener – rotary style, cuts can on the top,
2) manual can opener – rotary style, cuts can on the side (smooth edge),
3) electric can opener – top cutter,
4) electric can opener – side cutter,
5) manual can opener with no moving parts.
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For more information about can opener types, their positive and negative points and practical information on how to choose a can opener that is right for you read our Can Opener Buying Guide.
If you are looking for a functional and stylish gift, read Can opener gift guide.
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OXO SteeL Can Opener
(Manual, cuts the lid on the top)
I have owned an OXO SteeL can opener for 12 years and it is still as good as new.
The large knob helps to open cans with ease, which makes this opener suitable for people with arthritis. This device is well made: the blades and handles are stainless steel. Because it not fully made of stainless steel – you should not put it into a dishwasher though, just rinse and wipe it after use. Mine never got rusty.
Read more about a simple way to care for your manual top cutter can opener here.
Overall it is a great performer and if I would have to get a new manual can opener – I would buy this one again. Also, OXO lifetime guarantee sweetens the deal. Did I mention that it has a built-in bottle opener?
Negative points are the same as for all can openers that cut the lid on the top: the cutting wheel may touch the food, leaves sharp lid edge, and needs cleaning after each use.
But I like to have a manual top cutter can opener for speedy food preparation: it makes draining the liquid from the can without the strainer super easy. I just do not cut the lid all the way around, turn the can upside down to drain the fluid (luckily, OXO SteeL latches to the can strongly and safely) and beans are ready to go into the pot or tuna to the salad. You cannot do that with a manual safety or electric opener, that is why a manual top cutter is a “must have” in the kitchen for a cook.
RöSLE STAINLESS STEEL CAN OPENER WITH PLIER GRIP
(Manual, rotary style, cuts lid from the side)
Highly rated by reviewers. Smooth and effortless operation. Lifetime warranty.
Made entirely of 18/10 stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.
Leaves smooth edge after cutting on the lid and on the rim.
Integrated pliers can be used to lift the lid. Then lid can be reused for storage.
Sanitary – the cutting wheel never touches food.
Stylish and elegant. Makes a wonderful gift for any occasion.
The complaint is the same as with all side cutters – they do not last as long as top cutters. Because the safety-style openers cut through the thicker part of the can – it wears out the cutting wheel sooner. Their average useful life is only 2-3 years.
But if safety, sanitation, and low maintenance are your top priorities, then you should splurge on this beautifully crafted tool. And with the lifetime warranty offered by Rosle – you can not go wrong buying it.
The Superior Electric Can Opener
(Electric, cuts the can on the top)
The Superior electric can opener is made by Hammacher Schlemmer – the company that produced first electric can opener in the 1950s. Hammacher Schlemmer equals innovation and quality, and offers lifetime warranty and 100% money back guarantee for this device.
The opener is not loud and opens the can fast. It latches the can safely, and has a strong magnet that will not drop the can. Also, because the appliance is solidly made – it will not tip over under the weight of the can. The activation lever comes off easily for cleaning and is dishwasher safe.
It is a functional can opener to have for people with weak hands. And it is beautiful to look at – a piece of machinery you can proudly display on the countertop to match your stainless steel appliances. The Superior electric can opener by Hammacher Schlemmer makes an elegant gift.
If you prefer shopping on Amazon, Amazon sells a similar looking Cuisinart can opener, but Cuisinart offers only 3 years limited warranty compared to lifetime warranty by Hammacher Schlemmer.
Hamilton Beach 76607 Smooth Touch Can Opener
(Electric, side cutter, smooth edge)
Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch tops the list of the best freestanding electric smooth edge safety can openers a few years in a row.
Hamilton Beach electric side cutter is a highly rated product and a best seller in electric can openers category on Amazon (at the time of writing this article).
As all can openers that cut the can from the side, it is safe and sanitary, because the wheel doesn’t touch the food and does not get dirty. It holds cans securely and is easy to maintain and operate, which makes the Hamilton Beach smooth touch electric can opener a useful device for people with arthritis and weak hands.
As a nice bonus – a pair of scissors is included when you buy this can opener.
The only thing that I do not like about this opener – it comes with just a 1 year of limited manufacturer warranty.
Japanese Can Opener (Ganji Kankiri)
(Manual, no moving parts, cuts can on the top)
Ganji Kankiri (Japanese can opener) is a good candidate to take along with you on vacation, picnic, or to keep in an emergency kit. Also, it can be used as a back up can opener if your other devices fail to cut through the can, or if you own an electric corded can opener and the electricity is out. Actually if you don’t open cans very often – this can opener might be the only gadget you need.
The Ganji Kankiri is made in Japan. it is sturdy, compact, reliable and cuts smoothly. The blade is sharp, thick, made of stainless steel and will not bend. Overall it is a solidly built device. It also opens bottles.
It is surprisingly easy to use for a can opener with no moving parts . Ganji Kankiri has a built-in guide, that helps to keep the opener at the correct angle. Also, the large handle gives good leverage. And it’s a breeze to clean – just rinse and wipe with a paper towel, there are no many crevices to catch food like in manual rotary top cutters.
This manual can opener is a great tool all around, but I would not recommend it to the people with weak hands.
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