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 One-Handed Can Openers: top 3

(updated for 2022)

One-handed can openers can be operated with just one hand.

There are few choices of can openers that are suitable for one-handed operation on the market today. 

Lets briefly describe 3 kinds of these gadgets (from the good to the best) that according to user’s reports show the best performance, highest satisfaction, and make it easy to open a can using just one hand.

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1) Countertop manual can openers

Manual can openers that stay screwed to the countertop or the table are suitable for one-handed operation, though it takes practice to learn how to use them.

This kind of manual can opener is operated by turning a crank, which gives good leverage and makes can opening easy.

A drawback with this kind of opener is that initially somebody needs to screw the device to a hard sturdy surface because it would be an impossible task for a one-handed individual. In addition, in order to keep the opener ready for use at any time, it needs to be left attached to the counter, which might take too much space. Maintenance can pose a problem too. Also, it is the most expensive kind of opener, yet at the same time, it is a durable, heavy-duty piece of equipment.

The best opener of this type for home use is the Edlund Old Reliable #2 manual can opener, suitable for opening cans up to 7″ high (Old Reliable  #1 opener is for commercial use and opens cans up to 11 “tall). Any of commercial can openers that screw to the countertop will do a good job too but are more expensive.


2) Automatic battery operated can openers

An electric battery operated can opener (also called hands free, one-touch, or automatic) can be a good one-handed can opener option if it works as intended.

It opens cans with just the push of a button.

The problem is that this kind of opener requires a frequent battery change, which might be hard to do with one hand.  However, it might be possible to install 2 AA batteries into the Zilyss automatic can opener by using just one hand.

Zilyss can opener cuts cans from the side which leaves a smooth lid edge and never touches the food. This makes the opener safe and sanitary.

In order to operate this device, you just need to place the automatic can opener on the top of the can with its rim positioned in the groove between the cutter and drive wheel and press the button to start it and again to stop it.

For more options check out our related articles:  15 can opener types and Best hands-free can openers

You can find manufacturers instructions and manuals for the mentioned openers in our Resources section.


3) Manual ratcheting can opener

The winner of the one-handed can openers list is the Chef’n EzSQUEEZE manual ratcheting tool that cuts the can from the top. This gadget is cleverly designed, takes little space and is dishwasher (top rack) safe.

It offers truly independent -handed operation:

  1. push button to release handles,
  2. make a few squeezes of the handles to open the can,
  3. lift the lid with the magnet and you are done!

P.S. Recently, I got an email from a reader who complained about Chef’n EzSqueeze can opener. He pointed out (and he is not alone in his assessment according to Amazon reviews) that the ratchet drive gears of the opener begin to slip/strip after only about 4 months of use. It happens because the opener is made with cheap parts. 

It’s very disappointing and I’m going to contact the manufacturer to bring awareness to this issue. 

However, I still recommend Chef’n EzSqueeze can opener because of its great design and convenience for one handed operation. Unfortunately, I cannot find another opener on the market that suits the needs of a one handed individual.


Below are comparison tables for the mentioned openers.

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

Check them out and get one that suits you the best.

One-handed can openers
Zyliss hands free can opener
One-handed can openers
Sur La Table

Can Openers that can be operated by one hand