The Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Compact combines the ease of an electric can opener with the compactness of a manual can opener. Reviewers say this can opener works well, but it can take some practice to position it correctly. Although it can be operated with one hand, some reviewers say it takes both hands to attach the unit to the can. The magnetic lid holder keeps the lid in place for easy disposal, and the Walk 'n Cut automatically shuts off when finished. Some owners say the Walk 'n Cut Compact stops holding a charge over time. For an electric can opener that holds up well over time, the West Bend Electric (Est. $40) is easy to use and attractive, although it is designed to sit on a countertop.
We found the best reviews of the Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Compact in a formal review conducted by Wired. While the authors put each can opener through formal testing in order to reach their conclusions, we wish more details were provided about their experience with each model tested. ConsumerGuide.com provides a full expert review of the Walk 'n Cut Compact, and reviews are available on two separate articles at About.com. Owner-written reviews are available on Amazon.com.
This brief review discusses the results of a test of four electric can openers, although details are few. Results are ranked in order of performance, considering cutting speed, balance and cleanliness. The Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Compact finishes in second place.
Review: Lose Your Lid, Erin Biba, March 16, 2007
Nearly 70 reviewers have rated the Walk 'n Cut Compact with an average rating of 3.5 stars out of five. Most owners say this automatic can opener works well, but there are complaints about longevity.
Review: Hamilton Beach 76500 Walk 'n Cut Cordless Can Opener, Contributors to Amazon.com
About.com's guides to arthritis discuss and recommend six can openers. The Walk 'n Cut Compact is listed fifth, although it's unclear whether this is a formal ranking or just a numbered list. It doesn't appear that the can openers in this list have been put through formal testing, however. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Arthritis-Friendly Can Openers, Carol and Richard Eustice, July 28, 2009
The Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Compact earns a rating of four stars out of five, based on value, performance, ease of use and other criteria. However, there's no discussion of how testing was conducted, and the write-up is brief and not very detailed.
Review: Electric Can Openers Review and Prices, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, Not Dated
Barbara Whiting, About.com's guide to house wares and appliances, recommends six electric can openers, including the Hamilton Beach Walk 'n Cut Compact. However, descriptions are brief and there's no discussion of whether testing was conducted. According to Whiting, the Walk 'n Cut Compact can open an average of 19 cans before requiring a recharge. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 6 Electric Can Openers, Barbara Whiting, Not Dated