When selecting a can opener, ease of operation, size and intended use are
all factors to consider. Although electric can openers are easier on the
hands than manual ones, they take up more space and are limited in the size
of cans they can open. Some electric can openers offer a removable, dishwasher-safe
cutting mechanism for easy cleaning. Manual can openers can be more difficult
to use, take longer to operate and are difficult to clean, but they can open
almost any size can. Can openers that cut on the side create smoother edges,
while those that cut the top of the lid tend to leave sharp edges around
the lid and the rim of the can.
Reviewers offer the following tips for choosing the best can opener:
for a magnet to hold the lid in place. A magnet keeps the lid from
falling into the food after it has been removed, so you don't have to fish
the lid out.
- Choose can openers with stainless-steel blades and
carbon content. The carbon content prevents corrosion, while stainless steel is durable
and resists rust.
- For manual can openers, be sure the handles are
comfortable. Some manual can openers have nonslip or rubbery grips on the handles
for comfort and ease of use. Hold a manual can opener in your hand before
purchasing to feel how comfortable it is.
- Choose manual can openers with longer handles
if you have weak hands. Longer handles provide more leverage and require
less hand strength to grip a can.
- People suffering from arthritis or who
have difficulty using their hands will find electric can openers easiest
- Side-cut can openers leave smoother edges. Can openers that cut
just below the rim of the lid around the side of the can leave no sharp
- Manual can openers can open the largest variety
of can sizes. Unlike
most electric can openers, which are limited to cans shorter than
the unit itself, manual can openers can generally open cans of any size.