What the best can opener has
When selecting a can opener, three factors take center stage:
performance, ease of operation and size. As you're shopping, look for a can
opener that has the following:
lid magnet or pincers. For
top-cut can openers, a lid magnet keeps the cut lid from falling into your
food. This is not a problem when using side-cut openers. Instead, look for
metal tweezers to help you lift the lid off.
blades are durable and resist rust.
best manual can openers have non-slip or rubber grips that make them easier to
can openers must be tall enough to accommodate the largest cans you intend to
open, and the best handheld models should fit in a kitchen drawer.
Know before you go
is your grip strength? If
you suffer from arthritis or any other condition that may affect your hand strength,
opt for an electric opener, or look for a can (or jar) opener with longer
handles; they provide better leverage and ultimately require less effort.
you have children in the house? If
so, you may prefer a side-cut can opener that leaves smooth, safe edges on the
can and lid.
you need to open a wide variety of cans? Manual can
openers handle the largest range of can shapes and sizes.