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(updated for 2020)

We have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of smooth edge can openers in Can Opener Buying Guide.

Lets quickly recap.

The positive points of a smooth edge can opener are:

  • safety (leaves smooth edge after the lid is cut),
  • sanitation (blade doesn’t come in contact with the food),
  • easy care (just wipe with a towel after use).

The drawback is that these gadgets do not last long in comparison with manual can openers because they cut through the thick part of the can which wears them out quickly.

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2 types of smooth edge can openers

Smooth edge can openers can be the manual or electric type.

Electric safety can openers are primarily battery operated.

Battery operated can openers that leave a smooth edge after cutting cans do not appear on the top 3 list because they are not as good performers as manual smooth edge openers.

The biggest complaints about hands free can openers are that they require frequent change of the batteries, are very loud and, sometimes, are not able to open a can. (Read more information about battery operated can openers in:  Best hands-free can openers.)

The only smooth edge electric can opener that plugs into an electric outlet available for purchase in August 2020 is Black and Decker SmoothCut One Touch  electric can opener. This device is a great choice for people with arthritis and weak hands that want to have safety can opener.

Safety (smooth edge) can openers: top performers

It was hard to pick the winners among manual safety can openers because quite a few are good, for example:

Safe Cut Can opener by Good Cook,

OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge,

Starfrit Mightican Manual Can Opener

Fissler Magic  Smooth Edge Can Opener.

But I am most comfortable recommending Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety can opener, because it’s highly rated Swiss designed tool.

And I love Rosle because it comes with lifetime warranty.  Additionally, it is a beautiful tool that is a pleasure to use and to own. Rosle smooth edge stainless steel can opener makes a truly elegant gift.

Both suggested models (Kuhn Rikon and Rosle) feature built-in pliers that are used to pick the lid after the can is opened.

Please, compare featured models side-by-side in the tables below and choose one that fits your needs.

rahet smooth edge can opener

Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety Can Opener

– well made

– easy to operate (easy to use ratchet handle)

– safe (creates smooth edge);

– sanitary (blade doesn’t touch the food);

– lock on technology;

– stainless steel cutting mechanism;

– easy to maintain: wipe with a dry towel;

– mini-pliers on the side of the opener help to remove the lid:;

– 2 year warranty

Black and Decker Smooth cut can opener

Black + Decker SmoothCut EC600B Electric Can Opener

– well made;

– easy to operate;

– safe (creates smooth edge);

– sanitary (blade doesn’t touch the food);

– opens any size of standard and pop up cans;

– easy to maintain: just wipe blade with damp cloth;

– comes with scissors bottle opener and built-in knife sharpener


Rosle Stainless Steel Manual Can Opener with Pliers Grip

– cuts can on the side;

– made entirely of 18/10 stainless steel;

– will not rust

– easy to operate, glides smoothly on the can;

– safe (create smooth edge);

– sanitary – cutting mechanism completely sealed;

– integrated pliers to lift the lid;

– opens any size of the can;

– dishwasher safe;

– lifetime warranty

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Best smooth edge can openers

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