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(updated for 2024)


Hands-free can openers (also called automatic, one-touch, electric cordless, or battery operated)  open a can with a push of a button.

Since not much strength is required to use it, this type of the opener is a great choice for seniors, for people with arthritis or weak hands, and are also suitable for one-handed operation.


Drawbacks of battery operated can openers

Unfortunately, hands-free battery operated can openers have less positive reviews compared to other types of tin openers.

1) The biggest complaint is that this type of gadget is not able to cut the can or it takes going around the can with the opener 2-3 times to complete the task.

2) The other common annoyance is that the opener “eats batteries” (so you need to keep lots of AA batteries handy). Though this is avoidable with a Walk-and Cut can opener that works on rechargeable battery.

3) They are noisy.

4) Also, the majority of automatic can openers are made by unknown manufacturers that offer no warranty and even do not have a website. Sometimes when a warranty is promised, it’s impossible to find any information about the manufacturer, so there is no possibility to claim the warranty in case of a malfunction.  That is why none of the “questionable”  brands made it to our best hands-free can openers list.

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Top 3 automatic can openers

After thorough research, we came up with the best performers in the battery operated  can openers category:


1. Zyliss EasiCan

(works on AA batteries, leaves a safe smooth edge)


2. Hamilton Beach Walk ‘n Cut 

(works on rechargeable battery)

Amazon often runs out of this can opener. You can wait till it’s back in stock or alternatively get it from Walmart online. (Walmart offers FREE standard shipping for orders totaling $35 or more)


3. Kitchen Mama mini electric can opener

(works on AA batteries, sanitary and safe)


Zyliss and Kitchen Mama are AA battery operated can openers that cut from the side of the can below the rim. If you are looking for a battery operated can opener that is safe and sanitary (creates smooth edge on the lid and doesn’t touch the food), any of these openers is a good choice.

Hamilton Beach Walk ‘n Cut is a cordless can opener that cuts the can on the top. It comes with a battery charger: you need to plug it into an electric outlet to charge the battery, but must unplug the opener from the charger before using a can opener.

If you ever need a new battery for Hamilton Beach opener, visit our replacement parts section. 

What else is on the market?

Farberware hands-free automatic can opener and Tornado F4 hands free can opener (new and improved version of Tornado as seen on TV)  deserve honorable mention.

A word of caution. If you decide to buy  an automatic can opener on Amazon that is not mentioned in this article  because you saw hundreds of 5 star reviews – please be aware that sometimes automated battery operated can opener reviews do not match the product listed for sale. It is especially important if you are gifting a can opener to somebody, because your loved ones might get a piece of junk.

See information about the best performing openers at glance in the tables below.

If you want to read instructions how to operate and care for the openers before buying it, visit manufacturers’manuals page in our resources section.

Zyliss EasiCan

Zyliss EasiCan


– works on 2 AA batteries;

-just push a button to start and again to stop;

-cuts from the side of the can, leaves a smooth edge;

-works on any size can;

-sanitary, blade doesn’t touch the food;

– easy to clean – wipe with damp cloth;

-compact, store in a drawer;

– perfect for people with arthritis , can be operated with one hand;

– 2-year warranty;



Hamilton Beach walk and cut can opener

Hamilton Beach Walk ‘n Cut (model 76501)


– automatic shutoff;

-cuts can on the top;

– magnet lifts the lid after cutting;

– to clean: remove cutting assembly, wash and dry;

– opens cans of all sizes, works better on tall ones

– perfect for people with arthritis , can be operated with one hand;

-compact, store in a drawer;

– noisy

-1 year warranty



Kitchen Mama can opener

Kitchen Mama Mini Can Opener


– works on 2 AA batteries;

– just push a button to start and again to stop;

– cuts from the side, leaves a smooth edge;

–  works on any size of can, will not work on soda cans;

-sanitary, blade doesn’t touch the food;

– easy to clean -wipe off the surface with damp cloth;

– available in 3 colors;

– perfect for people with arthritis, can be operated with one hand;

– 1-year warranty;

Automatic can opener in action

Watch this YouTube video made by Kitchen Mama company on how to use one touch can opener.


Read related articles:

Best electric can openers (free standing)

15 can opener types

Best can openers for arthritis/elderly

One-handed can openers

Can opener buying guide

Final thoughts on hands free battery operated can openers

Automatic can openers though not perfect are the useful gadgets for people with arthritis and weak hands. The best brands making these kind of can openers are Zyliss, Hamilton Beach, Kitchen Mama (made by Bangrui), Tornado (as seen on TV), and Farberware. 

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Best hands-free (battery operated) can openers