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(updated for 2024)

We have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of smooth edge can openers in 15 can opener types.

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.)

There are two high-rated smooth edge electric can openers that plug into an electric outlet available for purchase on Amazon:

 Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Electric Can opener  


 Bulbhead CanExpress (as Seen on TV)  electric can opener. 

These devices make a good choice for people with arthritis and weak hands that want to have safety can openers.

I must note that Amazon runs out of them from time to time, but if you are patient, they will be back in stock. Alternatively, you can get them from Walmart online.


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:

OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge,

Starfrit Mightican Manual Can Opener

Fissler Magic  Smooth Edge Can Opener.

But I am most comfortable recommending the Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety LidLifter Can Opener because it’s a highly rated,  Swiss designed kitchen 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. Amazon also runs out of this can opener from time to time, but gets it back in stock rather quickly.

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.

Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety can opener

Kuhn Rikon LidLifter Safety Can Opener

– well made

– easy to operate 

– 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

Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch electric can opener

Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch 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;

– great for people with arthritis.


smooth edge can openers

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

Read related:

Topless beer can openers (they leave smooth edge on a beer can)

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